The Ancient Tree Chapter 7
D-did we escape?! Marle asked puffing. It was a few minutes later and the gang had run strait back to the castle. Apparently, they had lost Kinishi.
Yeah, we did. But dont speak too loudly, he may be in the castle with us, Crono whispered.
Of course he isnt in here with us, Crono! Lucca cried. We ran faster than him, and arrived here first.
If you want to put it that way, thats your problem, Crono said. Then, just loudly enough for Lucca to hear, he added: But Im sure hes here. He leaned against the wall and looked around. Hey, why isnt there any guards here?
Hey, yeah. Thats strange. Marle do you know the reason of this? Lucca asked.
No. Usually, if there is a meeting, my father always leaves some guards on duty. And the castle was full when I left. Marle bit her lip. Father? she called out. Are you there? Her words only echoed down the empty hallway where the trio stood.
Somethings wrong, Lucca said slowly. Something is awfully wrong.
Suddenly, a dead guard dropped on the floor from the ceiling. Marle and Lucca both screamed, while Crono shrieked, jumping back. No one dared to speak. Marle, afraid that another guard would drop down at any moment, closed her eyes and lifted her head up to the ceiling. As she opened her eyes, they didnt focus very well. When finally they adjusted, what Marle saw made her almost faint; she fell down on her knees, still staring up.
Crono noticed Marle and gently asked: Are you okay? Marle didnt budge but mumbled something. What did you say? Crono asked her. This time Marle pointed to the ceiling. Crono looked up. Oh man! Lucca! Look!
Lucca looked up at her turn, and sank to the floor a hand covering her mouth. Hanging on the high ceiling were dozens of dead guards.
Kinishi appeared at the top of the stairs, and looked down at the gang. Why hello, there. Aint this a coincidence. All four of us together and the three of you are in shock. Its just perfect. Once finished, Ill put you up there with the guards, and call the King. Wont that be nice?
Crono pulled his friends up to their feet and shouted at Kinishi, Youll never get us! Lets meet again! Come on girls, RUN!
The gang ran out the castle door and hid in the forest, their legs numb with fear. They heard Kinishis voice from the castle. Ill get the tree! Remember I want it! And Ill have it! I want the world too. I always have what I want! Mwahahahahahaha!
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