Long is the list of stories of children leading boring life's and wanting adventure. Adventure lands in their laps, a journey they begin to follow. Glory at the end for our young knights of the universe. Lilah, Lilly, and Lewis Colley were only looking for their pet raven. Alfred Colley, who like all the other ravens was colored black except for a single feather the Lilly had dyed to be a brilliant orange.
The Colley children were good raven parents. They kept him in his own room where he could spread his wings. He had his own bed and three times day they fed Alfred a proper diet. On days where he couldn't stand to be inside they let him out with stern instructions to be back for dinner. Alfred always came back for dinner with the children.
The day he didn't wasn't any strange day. The children had gotten up eaten breakfast greeted their Father who was leaving for the day and gone to have their lessons with the tutor. But the tutor had left they'd had lunch Father had returned and Alfred Colley had not.
Their Father assured them that ravens were to be free, it was foolish of them to even keep him as a pet and that he'd most likely gone off to be with his own forever. The children didn't believe this. Their Alfred would never abandon them without some type of warning. Still the children didn't argue with Father and told him he must be right. Which he conceded he was, asked the cook for no brussels sprouts and then returned to his study to eat.
Their Father went missing the next day. Well by all accounts the man they saw stand in their doorway o their room was their father. He still had his long spindly legs and arms. He still had his chiseled jaw. His beard was still trimmed to exactly 4.25 inches off his face with a bushy mustache that turned up in the corners. His eyes still hazel. His hair still neatly trimmed to 4.25 inches off his head. But the children knew this man that stood in the doorway was not their father. Their father never came to their room. He would send a servant. He would call from the banister. He would send a carrier raven because he hated pigeons. But he would not come to their door.
Now I don't know what exactly happened after their father who was not their father came to the door of their room. Neither do the servants. Neither do any of the ravens that sat outside their residence, but the children did tell that the man slinked into their room. They said he looked like a snake slithering across their floor boards. That he touched the orange dresser, obviously Lilly's because anything she owned had to be orange and it turned a black inky color.
The children say he tried to croak their names and tell them that he had missed them and that he had taken a day off from work to relax with his children. They say he stopped in front of Lewis's Pink bed and peered at him oddly and asked why a boy had a pink bed. Another sign that this was not their father because his fathers favorite color was also pink, and they had bought the bed together and decorated Lewis's corner themselves. The children also say he tried to smile at Lilah and instead a crooked green grimace faced her instead making her hid under her yellow blanket. That he then turned and slinked right out the way he came stopped at the door his back to them and told them breakfast would be ready in five m minutes to come down and eat with him.
As he shut the door Lewis swears he saw a murky blue eye look back at them but only for a moment. However, no one else except the Colley children saw any of this and when they asked the servants about their father's odd behavior only one of them had noticed anything.
"Well…" Started Angela. "I did notice something odd about your father today. If figured he'd finally grown up about his ridiculous fussy eating." The children glanced at each other and then back at Angela.
"What do you mean?" Asked Lilah. Angela scratched her head and looked at the her with bright eyes.
"He'd finally asked for brussels sprouts. A full plate."