"Sissy, hurry!" My little sister then dove head-first into the same exactpuddle.I mumbled "Give me courage, Lord," and backed up, breathed deeply, andran at top-speed and cart wheeled into the puddle.I immediately felt a temperature so hot I couldn't even think. So I justlistened. I heard the sizzle of lava around me, and occasionally a bubble poppednearby, a deep
. The smell of metal and ash filled my nostrils, but if I tried tobreathe deeply, it stung my lungs. All I could feel was the heat around me, and Iwas crouched on something hard and hot. I could taste little ash particles in mymouth. My mind formed the image that I was sitting in a volcano; I was verysurprised, when I reluctantly opened my eyes, at what I saw.I was floating. Well, technically
wasn't floating, but a platform I was on, nomore than three feet wide, was floating. I swirled around; the only colors I could seewere blue, white, and every color in between. Swirls of them, in a tunnel thatcontinued on and on forever. The weird thing was, I could still smell and taste ashand metal, but now that I saw the calm color of blue, it gave the mysterious portal adifferent ambiance; it was no longer the roar and fury of lava. Instead, it was thesoothing , put-to-sleep atmosphere. But something still felt dangerous."Lillie! Turn around!" I whirled around, but there was no one was there. Thena figure was barely visible at the very end of the tunnel; it looked like a tiny dot. Ithad to be coming toward me at at least Mach 1, because all I could see wassomething approaching me incredibly fast. Whatever it was, it was going to hit me!
Scoot over, you stupid platform, scoot!
As soon as I thought that, the platform whizzed over to the side of the never-ending tunnel."
Now, zoom super fast over to the other zooming thing--
and I was off, soaringat the speed of light. As I traveled down the long tunnel, it appeared that the colorsaround me were getting lighter and lighter. I passed the figure; all I could tell wasthat a blur of long, black hair whizzed past me. Erika."Hey!" But my voice faded off. I could hear an echo that seemed toreverberate forever.I looked around. I was still zooming down the tunnel. The colors were prettymuch white now, and the end of the tunnel was more visible. I could see variousshades of green and brown, and pink, and blue...and white. The wind whizzed past me, and the colors became more defined. The brownand green of the trees, the pink sunset, the white of the clouds, the blue of the skyand ocean....wait, ocean? Now I was only a few hundred yards away from the end of