“you ok Hawk?” Sarah was worried. Hawk was now quite a weight with all the extra passengers and guns. She noticed he was visibly slower as they rose up above [...]
“Welcome to the lily pond.” Sam explained, “you’re not dreaming but we do need you with us. We will explain but no time now. Are you ok?” [...]
And now the final humiliation. It wasn't Scrounger's fault, his Dragonfly companion, they'd found each other when he first arrived. No, the organisers had thought to put him at a disadvantage by giving him no gunner. So he was stuck. The race was about to start and no partner in sight. [...]
Margaret, prepared as always thanks to Dreamer, slowly rose above the blockage and headed into open sky. It was a beautiful clear blue, bright blinding sun with not a cloud in sight. "Hey you two" Dreamer said, "I can see the door from here."
Just then a bird came shooting past them. It appeared to be completely out of control, flapping its wings wildly trying to right itself.
Looking in the direction the bird came from, they saw another team under heavy attack from a very large bird. Thinking better of joining in, they watched the fight from afar. Hoping the team would get away. "Oh dear, poor Dragonfly." Margaret said. As she saw the Dragonfly being eaten by the bird. [...]
As they reached a good enough height, they caught a glimpse of two other dragonfly's, one was in a bit of trouble but seemed to be ok. The other seemed to have a team of 8 with three pea shooters. Squinting, she thought she caught a glimpse of 'nah', she thought, 'it can't be'.
Suddenly, the wind took them and they started to spiral downwards. "SALLY! WAKE UP! both Haley and Jane said in unison. "WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!" [...]
Eagle shouted "LOOK UP YOU TWO!". Troy tipped his head to the sky first and spotted shadows in the sun. Immediately taking evasive action Eagle flew fast, rising up as Troy maneouvered side to side to see if they could see what was coming. Celandine, also looking up, angled her gun at the shadows knowing something was about to attack.
Suddenly, a massive bird swept past them, disrupting the airflow and sending them into a spin. Troy soon corrected but a second bird was on them, sweeping past the other side, causing them to spin again. This time though, one of Eagle's wings was clipped at the edge on the fly past. [...]
Derek understood. He swung back underneath and reached his hands ready. Sarah did her part and Hawk slowed down to match speed and spin of decent. Tumbling over and over the other team saw what was going on and releasing there straps, held on for dear life while reaching out for Derek. 'Come on' he thought. 'touching fingertips. Just a bit more'. Grabbing the wrist of each person they grabbed him with all their might, dislocating one of his shoulders and pulling the shoulder muscle of the other. [...]
Looking around the launchpad, he soon realised there were no starships at all. In their place though were six Dragonflies stationed at regular intervals along the sides. Although cool in itself, he couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that he wasn't about to learn to fly some kind of starship into space or beyond. Thinking more, he figured, given everything that's happened so far, it wouldn't be too far a stretch of the imagination to assume that it could still happen. So he'd settle for whatever this was for now and wait patiently for his ultimate daydreams.
Coming out of his thoughts, he suddenly realised he couldn't see Sarah. Calling for her, she shouted back "I'm over here".
"Where?" he responded, not able to see where the voice came from but knowing it was close.
"Here I am", Sarah said, coming around from behind a pillar. "Come see this, looks like we have to race 5 other teams across this lily pond". Derek went over to where he saw her and moved around the pillar. In front of him was a written description and a map which appeared to show the lake. The statutory 'You are here' arrow pointed to our location and an 'Exit' pointed to where we needed to get to to move on to the next world.
He read the Description; 'Welcome to Valley Creek Lily Pond. However you find yourself here and whatever your previous adventures, nothing will be as scary or as entertaining as this one. If you are reading this, then you are one of six teams competing today. Your task is simple, get your dragonfly to the exit on the other side of the pond. The difficulty, the residents are hungry and Dragonflies are their favourite choice of meal. To reach the exit, all teams will need to work together. We wish you great and magical luck.' [...]