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Epic of calanthra
CHARACTERS IN THE EPIC Calanthra (Callie): high school prom queen; must go on a journey to find eternal life for her sister; the epic’s hero Adelpha (Addie): Callie’s sister; becomes deathly ill Sedah (say' duh): the goddess of the underworld Demi: Callie’s best friend; helps Callie on her journey Samuel (Sam): kind man that helps Callie and Demi cross Lake Shumush (shoo' mush) to get to Mount Tsereve (sur·eev') Rudy: an old friend of Sam’s that joins Callie and Demi on their journey Zub (zoob): the mayor of the town of Shizniz
The epic begins when Calanthra (Callie) goes to prom. She gets crowned prom queen but has to hand over the crown to Missy Anderson, the runner-up for queen, when she gets a call from her mother telling her that her sister Adelpha (Addie) is deathly ill with a rare disease that has never been able to be cured ever before. Addie’s doctor, Dr. Bum, tells the family that Addie has only seventy-two hours to live. None of the family knows what to do, including Callie. That night, while Callie is asleep, Amora, the goddess of love, comes to Callie in a dream and tells her that the only way to save her sister is to journey through the land of Eckel and prove to Sedah, the goddess of the underworld, that she, her sister, and Demi are worthy of eternal life. This part of the story starts out with Callie and Demi searching to find the portal that leads to the land of Eckel.
“It has to be here somewhere. Amora said it was,” declared Callie. “Do you know what I’m starting to think?” asked Demi. “That this Amora lady is completely bonkers! There’s no ‘portal’ in your room that leads to some ‘magical land’ called Eckel. And besides, it was just a dream! It wasn’t even real! “But it felt so real! The idea sounds totally crazy, but it was real. I know it was! It just had to be! My sister’s sick and dying and this is the only possible way to save her!” The two girls kept searching, but they could not find one thing that would even give them some sort of clue as to where the portal could be. “Callie, I’m tired. Can we please just find this thing?” said Demi, rolling her eyes. “How could you be tired at a time like this? My sister is dying a slow painful death, and all you can think about is your self!” shouted Callie, her eyes dripping with wet, salty tears. “I’m sorry,” whispered Demi, almost inaudibly. “You’re right. We have to keep searching. Did Amora give you anything, you know, like, um, clues, or anything?” she said, stumbling over her words. “Well, the only thing that I can think of is when she said, um, when she said… oh no, what was it? I think it was, um something about being flipped-“ “The mirror!” shouted both girls simultaneously. “How could we have not thought of that before? It’s so obvious!” stated Callie. “Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s go!” Holding hands, the two girls approached the massive seven-foot mirror that Callie kept in her room. All of the sudden, the glass opened up and revealed a spinning multicolored portal. “Here we go!” shouted Demi as they jumped into the spinning rainbow. After what seemed like hours, Callie and Demi hit a soft patch of green grass with a thump. They laid on the grass in complete silence until out of nowhere, a voice that seemed to be nearby broke the silence. “Well, hello there. And what brings two pretty young ladies to Eckel on a day such as this one? “Well, we-,” started Demi “Well, pardon me. How rude am I! I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Sam. You two don’t look like you’re from around here,” said the old gentleman, heartily. Callie cleared her throat and then introduced herself. “My name is Callie and this is my best friend Demi. We’re not from here. We came through this portal…” Callie pointed at the spot where the portal used to be. It was gone. “Oh no! Where did that portal go? I-i-i-t was r-r-right here,” stuttered Callie. “Now how are we going to get home?” “Well, maybe we should focus on getting to where we need to go,” suggested Demi. “I mean, there has to be some other way, right?” “Pardon me, but where are you two from? And where are you trying to get to?” inquired Sam. “Maybe I can help you out along the way.” Callie and Demi tried their best to explain their situation as the old gentleman listened attentively. They explained to him how Callie’s sister was sick and dying and that the only way to save her was to come to Eckel and find Sedah. They also told him about Amora, how she had come to Callie in a dream, and how they came to Eckel through a mysterious portal in Callie’s mirror, which appeared to be no longer there. “I don’t know. Your story smells just a little fishy to me,” said Sam. “But you two girls seem nice, so maybe I can help you. I’m gonna warn you right here and now. This journey
you’re going on is very dangerous. No one that has entered Mount Tsereve, the home of Sedah, god of the underworld, has ever come back out. You two girls better be real careful. Oh, fish paste! I almost forgot! Here’s a map to help you cross the great Lake Shumush and get through the Shizniz Pass, home of the happy and cheery Shiznizian community. This route should take you right to the entrance of Mount Tsereve.” “What is Shizniz?” Demi asked “Oh, you’ll see when you get there,” chuckled Sam flippantly. Both of the girls glanced at each other with nervous looks. Then Demi came up with what she thought was a brilliant idea. “I know!” she exclaimed, suddenly pointing at Sam “You could help us along our journey. It’s a great idea! I mean, come on Sam, you seem to know this place like you know the back of your hands! You could help us get across Lake Shumush and into the entrance of Mount Tsereve! Come on! You have to help us, you just have to! Right Callie?” “Yeah, totally! I think it’s a great idea!” exclaimed Callie, excitedly. “Well, I don’t know about this-,” began Sam. “Come on! Please!” begged both of the girls. “Well, alright. I guess I should get out more around this place anyway. Come on, hop to it! We’ve got a journey to go on!” “Alright, now. We only have, like, two-and-a-half days to get across the lake, through Zilch’s pass, to the mountain cave where Sedah lives, and back home. Do you think we can do it?” she asked Sam. “Well, let’s get moving! I don’t think we’ll be able to make it if we’re just gonna sit around here chit-chattin’!” Sam declared. He then pulled out the map and explained how it worked. “Now, this here is not just any ordinary map. This map is magical! Just tell it where you wanna go and it’ll show you the way! I’ve used it for years and it’s never failed me, not once!” The girls and Sam used the magical map to cross Lake Shumash in Sam’s rowboat. Along the way, the three of them conquered deadly fish, flesh eating barnacles, and an old friend of Sam’s named Rudy. Rudy decides to join Sam and the girls on their journey. Eventually they made it across the lake waters over to the Zilch’s pass. There, Sam, Rudy, and the girls meet up with Zub, the Shiznizian mayor, and decide to stay the night in Shizniz. “Alright now, you four needn’t worry,” said Zub. “I myself will recommend to you Squelch’s Inn, the best place in Shizniz to stay at! All you do is take a left down Nii Road and then follow that road down to the huge fountain in the exact center of Shizniz. Right behind the fountain lies Squelch’s Inn. It’s a bright purple building; you can’t miss it!” “Thank you so much for all of your help!” said Callie to the mayor. The four of them followed the mayor’s directions until they came right to the entrance of the inn. They checked in and then followed the lengthy stairway to their small room. All four of them instantly found a place to sleep and then dozed off. Callie and Demi shared a bed while Rudy slept on the other bed. Sam insisted that he sleep on the floor to make the others as comfortable as possible. The next morning, the crew was back on their feet and on their journey once again. After eating breakfast, Sam found the way to the mountain on the magical map. “Alright crew! Let’s get going! We’ve no precious time to waste!” Sam exclaimed, his voice thick with adrenaline. The crew followed the map all the way to the entrance of Mount Tsereve. They discovered the route not to be so hard after all. There were two brawny guards blocking the entranceway to the cave at the bottom of the mountain. Sam, Rudy, Callie, and Demi all argued with the guards about entering the cave. “But, please!” exclaimed Callie. “Amora sent me here to visit Sedah. You have to let me talk to Sedah!”
“Amora, eh?” said one of the guards. “Well why didn’t you say so before? Come right on in!” All of the sudden, the huge iron gate blocking the entrance lifted up after the guards quietly recited some sort of incantation. As Sam, Rudy, and Demi began to enter the cave, the guards suddenly stopped them. “And where do you think you’re going?” inquired one of the guards. “Please, you have to let them in. You don’t have to worry about them. They’re with me!” said Callie, her words in a jumble. “Sorry, but rules are rules. Amora only sent this one so this one is the only one that’s allowed in,” said the shorter guard, pointing to Callie. “But, but, but…,” started Demi. “Hold on. Maybe he’s right. Maybe I should be the only one to go in. Maybe you guys should just wait outside. This is my problem so I’ll deal with it!” declared Callie. “Well alright then,” said Sam flatly. “If you insist.” “Oh Callie! Be careful!” cried Demi. I don’t know what I’ll ever do without you!” Both girls embraced each other tightly and then Callie hugged Sam and Rudy. “Wish me luck guys,” pleaded Callie. I’m really gonna need it, thought Callie to herself. Callie entered the gateway and started to walk down a long, dark corridor. She felt nervous but kept on walking. Then, after slowly walking for many paces, Callie reached a lighted, pale room at the end of the corridor. There was a throne in the middle of the floor and in it sat the great and might Sedah, goddess of the underworld. “He-he-he-he-lo,” said Callie nervously “And who has been brought forth today?” asked Sedah in an angry voice. “Well, my name is Callie.” “And why have you chosen to enter my lair?” Callie nervously explained how her sister was sick and needed eternal life to keep on living. She also explained how Amora had sent her to Eckel. “Can you please help me and my sister?” “And what makes you think that you and your sister are worthy of possessing eternal life?” Sedah asked Callie tried to convince the angry goddess that Addie was a very kind person and that she was needed in this world, but Sedah would not buy it. “You must do something to prove yourself worthy of eternal life,” declared Sedah. “But please! My friends and I have come all this way! What else do you want us to do?” “I’ve got it! You and your little ‘crew’ can go to Yessel Mountain and bring me the Stone of Locke. No being, mortal or immortal, has ever completed the quest before. Do this and you will have proven yourself worthy. Now go!” Callie, Demi, Sam, and Rudy travel to Yessel Mountain. They overcome many obstacles along their journey such as strange animals, man-eating plants, and mountain dwellers. The Stone of Locke is found after many hours and as soon as it is touched, it instantly brings Callie and her crew back to Mount Tsereve with its powers. “You have proven yourself worthy!” exclaimed Sedah. “It has never been done before! Congratulations! Go back home to your sister and you will see that she is no longer sick! And please, keep the Stone of Locke! You have deserved it. Just touch it and you will instantly be transported back to your home! Good luck!” Callie exited the cave and went back to Demi and her two new friends. “Can’t you come back home with us?” begged Callie and Demi, pointing to Sam and Rudy.
“Nope, sorry ladies, but this is where Rudy and I belong. Now you two get home!” commanded Sam, hugging both girls. Then Demi and Callie hugged Rudy. The girls held hands and touched the stone. The next thing they knew, they were back in the middle of Callie’s room. “Well, I better be getting home. My mom is probably worried sick about me!” said Demi. “Wait a second. We’ve been gone for days, but my digital calendar still says the date of the day we started. How is that even possible?” “No time must have passed while we were in Eckel! That’s why it’s still the same day as when we started,” explained Demi. “Yeah, I think you’re right!” “Well, come on! Let’s go downstairs!” “Callie! Demi! Come down here! Addie says she doesn’t feel sick anymore!” a voice from downstairs shouted. It was Callie’s mom. The two girls ran downstairs knowing that Adelpha was no longer sick anymore. She, along with Callie and Demi, were going to live. Forever.
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