In the end is the beginning (StoryADay Post)

English: The Family tree of the three siblings...

English: The Family tree of the three siblings in E. E. Knight’s Age of Fire books. Italicized names married into the family Bold names are male †Known to be dead ‡Status unknown ?Name unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Juniper stood there, staring at a grave. Her grave. The people of Zogamont, California had buried her at Zion Memorial Cemetery when it was proven that she was dead. Juniper had no idea that when she disappeared, people searched for her, fearing that she was already dead. Now that she was at the grave, Juniper realized that her time as Juniper Chadwell was over.

“Juniper!” She turned around and saw Reege, Damon, and Rónand running towards her. How did they get through the portal when they couldn’t go through it at all, she wondered. Instead, she said, “How did you guys find me?”

“it wasn’t hard,” said Damon. “Not when we went through that strange village at the edge of your town.”

“You mean Wonderfair? The abandoned amusement park?” Juniper cried out.

“Yeah,” said Reege. “I know we shouldn’t have come here, but we just couldn’t bear to see you alone without anyone to take care of you.”

“He’s right,” said Rónand. “We never leave a friend behind.”

Juniper was about to respond when a police officer said, “Who are you and what are you all doing here?”

“We’re tourists,” Rónand said without hesitation.

“Tourists?” said the officer with a strange look on his face.

“Precisely,” said Rónand.

“And may I have your names, please?” said the officer.

“Certainly,” said Rónand. “I’m Reginald Wellington-Smith, this is my daughter Juniper Wellington-Smith, and my nephews Ramsey and Dorian Griffin. “We’re from the old country.”

“Let me guess: you’re all from England?” said the officer.

“Yes, we are,” said Juniper before Rónand could speak. “May we go now, sir?”

“I’ll take you back to your hotel room,” said the officer.

“No, that’s all right, sir,” said Juniper. “We were just leaving.”

As they all left the cemetery, Juniper said to Rónand, “How did you really get here? I thought you guys couldn’t come with me when I jumped through the portal. What happened?”

“We worried about you and what would happen to you if you were by yourself in this world,” said Rónand. “Besides, I am a wizard, am I not? So of course there was a way I had to find you.”

“Now that we’re here, what shall we do now?” said Reege. “There’s no way we’re going back to Eswoth, isn’t there?”

“Not for many years,” said Rónand. “But one year here is 100 years in Eswoth. Henfrey will be dead by then and the true king will rise. And we have all the time in the world to ourselves.”

“Why don’t we leave this place and see the rest of this world?” said Damon. “I bet it’s better than what we have here.”

“Of course,” said Juniper. “We do have 100 years to see it all. What happens next is up to us.”

As they continued walking, Juniper realized that she had had a family all along. Reege, Damon, and Rónand became her family through thick and thin to the bitter end. When she defeated Henfrey, she only succeeded because she had her family by her side.

She had no need to be afraid or to hide from the world, not as long as her family was with her.

As all tales must come to an end, so ends this story. Yet, there were more adventures for the four of them to have; those adventures won’t be written here.

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