The rising storm attracted the attention of everyone in the Great Valley. As soon as the wind began to blow, herds immediately began to make their way to whatever shelter they could find. Most of them had already taken refuge inside a large fortress-like stone formation in a corner of the Valley. The larger dinosaurs like the long-necks, spike-tails, and three-horns were able to withstand the harsh winds. Many of them were sent out to find anyone who were stranded/.
Among the search party was Grandpa Longneck. Worried about his grandson, he ran across the Valley as fast as he could.
"LITTLEFOOT! WHERE ARE YOU?!"
Unfortunately, Grandpa Longneck couldn't hear anything above the roar of the storm, nor see through the torrents of rain. Even as the young Apatosaurus was walking by, just a few meters away from him. The wind and rain were causing too much noise and visual distortion for either one of them to hear each other, let alone see each other.
"GUYS, WHERE ARE YOU!" Littlefoot yelled.
Littlefoot was so focused on trying to see through the storm that he didn't notice the wet grass underneath his feet. Before the long-neck knew what was happening, he slipped and fell on his side. He screamed as he slid down a small hill and came crashing down against a large boulder.
Littlefoot groaned. The collision shot pain through his side, and caused his sense to become disoriented for a moment. He struggled to get to his feet, but the wind continued to give him difficulty.
And it was only going to get worse.
Littlefoot had just managed to get up, when he got a terrible shock.
A giant funnel of swirling wind shot down from the clouds and began to move across the Valley towards him, tearing up trees and bushes.
Littlefoot let out a small shriek of terror. There was no way he could outrun a natural disaster like that. In just a matter of seconds, it would sweep him up and carry him away.
However, just as it was about to reach him, something large appeared and put itself between him and the tornado.
"HANG ON, KID!"
Littlefoot gasped. He knew that voice.
Doc and Elaine had appeared just in time. While Doc laid himself flat down on the ground and curled his neck protectively around Littlefoot, Elaine moved towards him and forced him down to the ground as well.
"KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!" she ordered. "IT'LL BE OVER SOON!"
Littlefoot shut his eyes and waited for the tornado to pass on. All the while, the small group became buried under a heap of broken trees, branches, and small stones.
"THIS WAY, GUYS!" Derek shouted above the raging storm.
As soon as the storm began to rise, Derek, Cera, and the twins turned around to look for the others. They managed to find Ducky, Petrie, and Spike just before the rain began to fall. The small group was now making their way towards the shelter, fighting against the raging winds and blinding splashes of rain with all they had. Petrie and Ducky were nearly blown away on a large gust. Fearing for the flyer and swimmer's safety, Derek carried both of them in one of his arms. With his other arm, he used a large, thick stick to help him trudge through the wind.
"WHAT'S GOING ON, DEREK?!" Cera screamed. It was the only she and the others could communicate with each other.
"WE'RE IN FOR A TORNADO STORM!" Derek replied. "WE'VE GOT TO FIND SHELTER AND FAST!"
"ARE WE GOING TO BE OKAY?!" Ducky cried, scared.
"DON'T WORRY, WE'LL BE FINE!"
"BUT LITTLEFOOT AND AYLENE STILL OUT THERE!" Petrie fretted.
"AYLENE KNOWS WHAT TO DO!" Derek assured. "WE LIVE IN TORNADO ALLEY! THEY'LL BE FINE!"
The group continued on. The storm fought them back relentlessly, but they still pressed on. They were tired, soaked, and afraid, but they kept going. Their survival instincts forced them to seek out shelter.
That is until Cera suddenly shouted out,
"OH, NO! WHERE ARE THE TWINS!"
The Gang stopped and turned back around. To their horror, Dinah and Dana were nowhere to be seen.
When did they get separated from the group? How long were they gone?
"I'LL GO BACK AND LOOK FOR THEM!" Derek said. "YOU GUYS GET TO THE SHELTER!"
"NO, DEREK!" Cera replied. "I'LL GO BACK AND LOOK FOR THEM! YOU GET EVERYONE TO THE SHELTER!"
"I CAN'T LEAVE YOU BY YOURSELF, CERA!" Derek argued.
"I'LL BE FINE!" Cera yelled back. "DADDY'S RIGHT! THE TWINS ARE MY RESPONSIBILITY! YOU JUST GET EVERYONE TO SAFETY!"
Derek hesitated for a second. He looked over at Ducky, Petrie, and Spike. All three of them were just as concerned about the situation as he was. They were also terrified of the storm that was growing stronger by the minute.
Finally, the human boy let out a big huff.
"YOU JUST BE CAREFUL, CERA!" he ordered. "KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR TORNADOS! IF YOU SEE ONE, HEAD FOR THE NEAREST DITCH! STAY DOWN UNTIL IT'S OVER!"
"YEAH, I GOT IT!" Cera yelled. "NOW MOVE IT!"
Without a second thought, Cera set out in her quest to save the two Triceratops. She could barely hear Ducky and Petrie calling to her, but she kept going.
"Cera." Derek whispered to himself. "We better see you again."
With that, Derek urged the group on once again. He just had to keep telling himself that Cera was going to be fine. Even when that little voice in his head kept haunting him about her safety being slim, he forced himself to shove it out of his mind.
The last thing he should do was lose hope. For Cera, for Aylene, for anyone. For everyone's sake, he had to keep hope.
Terrified and struggling, Dinah and Dana trudged up the hill. They had completely lost sight of Cera shortly after Ducky, Petrie, and Spike were found. When the storm began to gain force, the two of them became horribly lost.
Thanks to their small size, they were able to fight against the wind a little better. But the rain kept splattering in their eyes, making it hard for them to see. What's more, the stronger the wind got, the more debris began to fly at them. They were almost flattened by several large rocks and bushes within the span of five minutes.
And it was only getting worse. More rocks, bushes, and trees were starting to be blown around.
Dinah and Dana started to cry when they realized just how lost they were. None of their friends were around. They were all alone in this storm.
Just as they thought this, a shape appeared before them. They looked up, almost expecting see a large boulder. However, what they saw made them give gasps of surprise and hope.
"HANG ON! AUNTIE CERA'S HERE!"
Dinah and Dana's faces lit up. Like a ray of hope in the darkness, Cera was standing right in front of them. Just seeing her was enough to lift their spirits. They found the strength to get up and keep going.
Cera walked beside the twins as they fought against the storm together, shielding them from the harsh winds as best she could. She was scared of the storm herself, but did the best she could to master her fear. She was the older one here. She had to be strong. She had to be brave, for the sake of the twins.
Right now, all she had to focus on was getting the twins and herself to the shelter in one piece.
Suddenly, up in the sky, the clouds began to morph and change again. They spiraled together, making a kind of funnel. Then down from that funnel, just several meters away from them, a large tornado began to form. Already it began to tear up the grass and trees, and it was moving closer.
The twins began to cry in terror as that horrible funnel of wind approached them. Cera let out a small scream. For a split second, her mind went blank, and she couldn't think of what to do. Luckily, she recovered in time to remember what Derek had told her moments ago.
Hastily, she snapped her head in all directions. About three feet away to her right was a deep ditch.
"DINAH, DANA, IN THERE! HURRY!"
Cera pushed the twins down into the ditch. As soon as she jumped in and pressed them flat down into the ground, the tornado that was pursuing them passed over them. They could feel the force of the wind weighing down on them, like it was trying to pull them out. Thankfully, the walls of the ditch were tall enough to shield them from the twister.
It also protected them from the debris that was slowly gathering over them.
"It's gonna be fine!" Cera said to herself. "It's gonna be fine! It's gonna be fine!"
Aylene fought her way through the storm. Her attempts to find her brother and friends turned up empty, and she soon found herself wander around aimlessly. The Time Stone in her hand was now pulsating violently. It was like it was responding to the intensity of the storm itself.
"I hope the others are okay," she said. "I gotta find shelter now before it's too late."
The Time Stone pulsated again, and Aylene got a nasty shock.
Before she could even guess what was happening, a tornado suddenly shot down from the sky several feet away from her!
Aylene screamed loudly as the violent winds threatened to pull her in. Thinking quickly, she fell flat on the grass and covered her head with her hands. She trembled as she felt the tornado move past her. The pressure of the wind was almost crushing, and the sound made her hears hurt.
Aylene had experienced tornado warnings before, but she had never actually encountered one. It was one of the most terrifying things she had ever felt in her life. This was a force that she couldn't fight against. It was so huge and invincible that it made her feel tiny.
It had been a long time since she had felt fear like this. The only thing she could do was just lay flat down and not move a muscle, and hope that she would make it through this storm.
The tornado moved on, but it left all the rocks and trees it had torn up behind. Before Aylene had the chance to recover, a bunch of debris flew straight at her. She didn't have time to move away from it all. All she could do was scream.
Just before it all crushed her, a bright green bubble of light surrounded her. Then, it was buried underneath a huge mound of torn-up rocks and trees.
The storm raged on for what seemed like an eternity. Tornados tore through the Valley with ruthless force, and the rain continued to fall from the sky with no mercy.
Then, as quickly as it came, it all dissipated. All of the tornados went back up into the clouds, and those clouds ceased their rainfall.
Slowly, the sun began to peek out from behind the clouds.
For a while, everything was silent and still. Not even a tiny breath of air could be heard.