A True Friendship

Holly was walking towards the river that was surrounded by the trees. She was wearing a blue dotted dress with large pockets; she had blue eyes, and her long golden blond hair cascaded over her shoulders. She bent down over the fast flowing stream and splashed some water on her face. Then she took a mug out of her pocket and filled it with water. It has been two days since her best friend Cindy had been kidnapped by an evil wizard, and she was determined to save her. She knew that going to the wizard's castle was dangerous and that very few people have ever escaped from his domain, but she did not let that stop her because she was determined to rescue her friend and was willing to risk her life to save her.

She took off her shoes and tied them with a string around her neck. She lifted up her skirts and began to walk across the river to the other side. The water went up to her knees while she walked carefully across the river. The fast flowing water almost knocked her down, but she kept her balance. When she got to the other side, she dried her legs and feet, before she put her shoes and stockings back on and continued her journey towards the wizard's castle.

Holly passed by some wild flowers including blue bells, daisies, and some yellow flowers that reminded Holly of marigolds. Marigolds were Cindy's favorite flowers. Just two days ago she was sitting in the garden in the back of Cindy's house having cake and tea. The patio table that they sat on was surrounded by a variety of flowers including tulips, daffodils, roses, and especially marigolds. Holly was admiring the flowers in Cindy's garden.

"I see that your garden is doing well. All of your flowers are blooming, and you have planted more marigolds, said Holly while she took a sip of tea.

"I've always loved marigolds. It doesn't have a sweet scent like some of my other flowers, but the marigolds are my favorite flowers because they are golden yellow and majestic," Cindy answered

"Do you have a favorite flower, Holly?"

"I don't have a favorite flower; I like them all."

"I like them all too. Did you know that my mother's favorite flowers were also marigolds?"

"I didn't know that."

Holly put her fork in the cake and brought a small piece to her mouth. The cake tasted sweet and fluffy.

"Yum, this cake is so delicious. I've never tasted any cake like this. How did you bake it so well, Cindy?"

"My aunt gave me the recipe. She used to make it for us when we visited her cottage when we were children. She was my mother's oldest sister."

"My mother was an only child like herself," Holly said before she took another sip of tea.

"Must have been lonely for her," said Cindy before she took a few sips of tea.

"It was because she didn't have a friend like you, but she did play with her cousins so she wasn't too lonely."

"I'm glad that she had her cousins," said Cindy.

Holly plunged her fork in the cake and ate a bit of it including the sweet vanilla frosting.

"Tomorrow, I am going to visit my mother and father's graves and place some marigolds there," said Cindy.

"I'll come with you, If you like," said Holly who took another sip of tea.

"No thank you, I'd like to be alone with them."

"So are you still sad about their deaths?"

"Not anymore. I still miss them, but I've gotten used to living without them, and I know they are in heaven."

Cindy took a few more sips of tea and ate another piece of her cake.

"My mother wants to grow tomatoes and she wants me to help her."

"My cousin Helen hates tomatoes."

"So does my father, but my mother like to use them in recipes."

"Have you heard that the king and queen's son is missing?"

"No, I haven't."

Holly ate two more pieces of cake and took another sip of tea.

"The king and queen are very upset, and they have promised a reward for anyone who finds and rescue him. Many people went out looking for him including knights, and members of the court, but nobody found him yet."

"How long have they been looking for him?"

"A few months."

"Have you ever seen the prince?"

"No, have you?"

"I have once. I saw him riding in a golden carriage with his servants and attendants. He is the handsomest man I have ever seen. He has light brown wavy hair, hazel eyes, and lips the color of cherry. He was wearing beige pants with a light brown top, and his small crown was shining in the sun. He is also very tall."

"How do you know?"

"He got out of the carriage with the help of his attendants and he towered over them by half a head."

"Lots of men in court are also handsome," said Cindy before she took another sip of her tea.

"Wouldn't it be nice to marry one of them?"

"Just make sure that the one you marry is good as well as he is handsome."

"Of course I will."

Cindy ate few more pieces of her cake and took a few more sips of her tea. The tea was warming her insides.

"My cousin is having a birthday party and she said that I could invite somebody so I was wondering…"

All of a sudden they heard a sound that gave them a sense of dread. It was the cawing sound of a very large bird. They looked up and saw what they feared seeing. In the clear blue skies an evil wizard, riding on a strange giant bird like creature, was flying towards them.

The two women froze for a second before Cindy shouted "run!"

Cindy's hair which was braided and pinned to her head was coming undone while she and her friend were running from the wizard. The evil wizard's bird passed Holly and flew towards Cindy who was ahead. Fear increased in Holly's heart and also a determination to stop him when she realized that it was Cindy that the wizard wanted. A shadow passed over Cindy, and when she looked up she saw that the bird was directly over her. Before she was able to do anything the bird swooped down on her and grabbed her in his claws and soon disappeared from sight.

"Help! Help!" Holly yelled frantically, but there was no one there to help her. She realized that she would have to rescue her friend herself.

You won't stay in that awful castle for long, Cindy, she thought to herself. I'll make sure of that.

Her mind was now back to the present and she looked at the wild flowers for a few more minutes before she continued on her way to the evil wizard's castle.

She walked for hours passed many trees and bushes including some spruce and oak trees. Squirrels were scampering up and down the trees carrying nuts while some rabbits were nibbling on the grass and hopping about. She saw a badger or two sniffing around for prey, and a few chipmunks were scavenging for food. The sparrows, robins, and larks were filling the air with their beautiful music. She also passed by a doe and her fawn nibbling on the leaves of a sapling.

To be continued