A sneak peek at things to come…
Wisp opened his eyes. He bolted upright in blind panic as his surroundings slowly came into focus.
The first thing that hit him was the pain. The cuts and bruises on his arms and legs stung hard. For an adult, they would have been nothing, but for a twelve-year old, the pain was enough to bring him to tears.
“No…stop Wisp!” He wiped his tears away. “There’s no need for that. Man up!” He took a deep breath, grit his teeth and examined his surroundings.
He found himself in what appeared to be a cavern adorned by glowing turquoise crystals that bathed the space in a greenish-blue light. Glowing moths fluttered around the place, the light from their wings glistening off the spiderwebs that clung to the walls. Tunnels of different sizes branched out from the cave. About ten meters above him, he saw the hole in the ceiling he fell through. Aside from that, the place was pretty normal for a Nightcrawler cavern.
Except for one thing. There was no one around. No cavern Wisp had ever seen was this completely empty. There were always at least two or three Nightcrawlers hanging around.
Where was he? How did he get here? He remembered falling…but that was it.
“Hello?” he whispered, his voice trembling. The word echoed throughout the cave. He was alone.
Suddenly, the tears were back. Wisp hugged his sides, whimpering and sobbing. He hoped it was all a bad dream. He hoped he would wake up in his comfy bed and that his mother would hug him and make everything better like she always did. But at the same time, he knew this was all real. He could feel the cuts on his arms and legs.
But why was this happening? And how? Wisp didn’t know. He was just scared.
Then, through his tears, he saw a blur of eerie blue light. Wiping his tears away again, the light started taking a solid form in front of his eyes.
It was a beetle. A glowing blue beetle the size of his palm. Its metallic wing cases shimmered radiantly, reflecting the light from the luminescent body beneath them. It was beautiful and alien all at the same time.
Transfixed by its hypnotic glow, Wisp suddenly remembered how he ended up there….