Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventure 1 by Andi Katsina
The fabled Hawaiian Menehune people, thought to be invisible except in moonlight, are believed by most to exist only in legend. In actual fact their kingdom has been in deep slumber ever since being attacked, half a millennium ago, by an evil wizard, Wan Chu Fang.
Wylie, a vivacious teenage girl, finds the lost sacred Lono crystal teardrop, which contains the one being capable of defeating the evil wizard. The race is on for Wylie to reach the sleeping Menehune kingdom, and for the evil wizard to procure the sacred Lono crystal teardrop.
Violently separated during their vacation to Hawaii, Rick, Wylie’s father, must now enter the mystical forest, a huge region found deep within the Hawaiian island, in order to rescue his daughter and try to help her wake the sleeping kingdom. Along with a small group of friends, he is faced with many dangerous situations as they journey through the mystical forest. Wylie’s journey is equally fraught with danger, which unfortunately she must face alone….
Wylie couldn’t relax, the downhill snow run she was soon to face was treacherous, and
she was trading on naught but the reliability of her bark shield, for protection against
the Brujax ice-fire pixie. She had a plan; she would climb out of the Ancient Grand
Tree, and using the vines, would swing over onto a suitable rock protrusion. She would
then work her way down the cliff-side, and settle on the rocks at the edge of the snow
She’d been recalling all the fun times she and dad had enjoyed while skiing. He was a
great skier, and he’d taught her very well. Rick and Wylie had had such good times on
the snow slopes, they’d relished every moment of it.
Spotting her route down was nice and simple. She would take off from the rock ledge,
which would provide a good fast launch off the cliff-side, setting her down, Wylie
reckoned, just before the far end of the ice-glacier, at the foot of the upwards slope on
the other side of the caldera, past the devilish Brujax’s heart.
From her observations of the glacier, Wylie figured the ice-ground was solid, and
would be able to withstand the pressure of her set-down.. ..slam down. Not just that
though, she’d be travelling so fast on her wooden bark shield, touching down on the
ice should give her a great momentum boost, increasing her speed more than enough
to send her snowboarding up the other side of the caldera. She envisaged that if there
were to be any problems; that’s where the encounter would be.
Wylie wasn’t prepared to negotiate with her fears. She concentrated on the fact that her
dad would find her at the Sleeping Menehune Kingdom. That thought alone gave her
all the strength she needed. Reluctantly she began to climb out of the GaldernsBersnuh
Ancient Grand Tree, using the vines to lower herself down onto the cliff-side where the
tree roots were sunken in to the rock-face.
Successfully making it down to a rock outcropping, wide enough to sit on; Wylie began
to arrange her bark shield. Greatly valuing its protective properties, it was extremely
important to her that she didn’t lose her shield, she tied the vine leashes the cherubs
had connected to the bark, around just one of her ankles. If she did come off her bark
shield, it wouldn’t slide too far down the slope without her.
Knowing enough of the possible pitfalls, Wylie understood she was in a highly
dangerous situation; it was a strange feeling, though she did have confidence in her
physical abilities. After all, she’s brilliant at football. She’s a great dancer, everybody
says so, she’s a young ace at martial arts, with lightening quick reflexes… but what felt
so strange was that she wasn’t counting on any of that, Wylie was relying on pure trust
and faith, and that alone.
Hesitating was a mistake, the same applied in any sport, she knew that to be a fact.
Wylie tested the vine leash connection of the bark shield, she really didn’t want to lose
it; it was secure. She prepared herself to go on the snow slope exactly the same way
she did when she was with her dad. Wylie pretended that her dad had just skied across
the Brujax’s caldera and was waiting for her on the far side of the glacier, on the slope
below the other Ancient Grand Tree.
She was ready and just about to push off onto the snow when she thought she heard
gentle chirping coming from behind her, from somewhere within the Ancient Grand
Tree. Wylie quickly pulled back and leaned hard against the rock outcrop.
I’m English, of rich Irish, African descent. Born in the sound of bow bells, an orphan, I grew up in Manchester, England. Quite a bit more than forty, I‘m a vegan, though occasionally lapse into vegetarianism.
Throughout my school years I was a champion athlete and swimmer, going on to become an athletics coach, swimming teacher and youth leader. After which time I was trained as a Chartered Accountant. Interrupting my training, I branched out, working freelance as a troubleshooter in the field of accountancy. Six years of adding and subtracting, was followed by two years of trading as an international commodities broker. This led me to the sedentary position of ‘trader in antique, oriental carpets’. It was at this juncture that I became completely inspired to become a writer.
As a ‘school kid’ I very much enjoyed writing plays in English, Latin and French. Fortunately for me, writing came naturally. I so, so like writing stories that give people, especially young people, and people young at heart, the chance to exercise their own imagination.
I love taking my readers on fantastic journeys. The enjoyment and taste of adventure my stories give to my readers, warms me greatly.
Best wishes from Andi Katsina
- Author Interview: Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventures by And Katsina (plus giveaway) (iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com)