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This is my first fanfic for Chronicles of Ancient Darkness so go easy on me ^_^

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Disclaimer: I do NOT own Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. I only own the plot and a few characters.

Chapter 1

Nikita's POV

"You built a time machine," I said incredulously. I stared at Jake, wondering if he lost his mind.

"Did you get hurt? I mean did you hit your head on something hard?" Ella asked, clearly amused.

Jake sighed. For a seventeen year old he sure was handsome. His short brown hair neatly combed all the way back. His clothes all neat and tidy. He's a total neat freak. Too bad he's lost his mind.

"Well his mama said that she dropped him when he was little," Allie put in. Her short layered, brown hair was whooshing everywhere in the wind. Ella chuckled.

Jake glared at her.

"Come on guys. Building a time machine is pretty neat," said Adam, Jake's older brother. I turned towards him.

"You've seen it?"

"Yeah and boy does it look awesome," he punched Jake on the shoulder. Jake grinned, relieved.

I looked between them. Today, I thought, was going to be an ordinary day. I got a science test on and was shinning with confidence, as I knew I'd get at least a pass on it. I studied hard last night. A bit too hard. Ella was freaking out, considering she didn't even bother to study. Allie did a little but was shaking from nervousness. And I thought today would be just a normal day. But to have Jake tell me he built a time machine? There goes the ordinariness.

"Where is it?" Ella asked. Jake shoved his hands in his pockets.

"In my shed. No one goes in there so I built it in there. Its weight is too heavy to move."

Ella looked over at me and grinned. "You thinking what I'm thinking?"

I rolled my eyes but grinned back at her. "Yep."

"How about after school I show you it?" Jake offered.

I hesitated. There was another test that we had to do tomorrow. The second part of the exam. And I needed to study.

"I don't think-"

"We'll meet you there," Ella interrupted. I looked over at her. I opened my mouth in protest but she beat me to it.

"Only an hour, Niki. Please?" She gave me that irritable puppy-dogface that always got me. I sighed then stuck my tongue out at her. She laughed at my immatureness.

"We'll be there," Ella said excitedly.

"Count me out. I got to study hard, and I mean hard," Allie said putting her hands up in surrender. I walked over and gave her a hug.

"Good luck. I had the worst time trying to remember everything," I said encouragingly. I bit my lip when I realized what came out of my mouth. "On second thought, I think you'll do just fine," I added quickly.

She smiled. "Thanks, Niki."

"So what do we need to bring?" Ella asked Jake. I turned my attention back to them again.

"Well, definitely bring a first aid. Clothes, shoes. Pack two of everything really," Jake shrugged.

"See you then," I said.

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"Ugh, where's my beanie?!" Ella yelled.

"I'm right here," I protested. Sheesh, she knew how to yell.

I think I packed a bit too much. I only had my two black duffle bags with me, but still. I brought my purple IPod that was fully charged, five tops, five pants: three denim shorts and two of my favorite jeans, four pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, three wool coats, my favorite black gown, rope (Jake's idea), my mobile, a couple of pieces of jewelry, and some food. Who knows when we're going to get food next.

"You ready yet?" I asked Ella, my best friend.

We were practically sisters her and I. I met her when I was in grade three. An older girl was bullying me and pushed me over. I fell down and had a massive graze on my left knee. It hurt a lot and I started to cry. Someone put their hand on my shoulder and next thing I knew, I looked up and saw Ella. We were best friends ever since. Allie calls us twins. We usually finished off each other's sentences, which everyone thought was amusing. Ell's more of the rebel type. I'm more of the goody goody. But I'm not perfect. If I have to, I throw a punch every once in awhile. Ella does it frequently though. There are a lot of bitches at our school.

I'm a smidgen taller than her but not by much. Both of us are the average height for our age. My dark brown hair fell a little bit passed my shoulders and was layered. I had dark brown eyes and a slim body. In a way, Ella is pretty much the same. Slim bodied like me, brown eyes but her brown hair was a lot shorter than mine. Hers doesn't even reach her shoulders. (A/N: If you want to see what the characters look like, check out my profile and you'll find them.)

A couple of years later, we met Allie and Jake. We started to hang out with them and now we were all close friends. But still, Ella and I were as close as sisters.

"Let's go," Ella said as she heaved up her full duffle bag.

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"What does it look like?" I asked Adam. We got here about one minute ago, and already Ella was running like a mad woman towards the shed, with Jake on her tail.

"To be honest, it's a closet."

I looked at him, on the edge of having a laughing fit.

"A closet?"

"Yep," he ruffled my hair and ran ahead of me. I grinded my teeth together as I smoothed out my hair. When I caught up to him, I kicked him on the butt, making him stagger forward. I burst into giggles. Once he gained his balance back, he chased me all around the yard until I dropped, exhausted from laughter. I begged him to stop as he started to do something I hated. Tickle me. Gosh, he was the best tickler on the planet. He knew that I was really ticklish on the sides of my waist, so that's what he goes for first.

"Come on, Niki! It's wicked!" Ella was standing; no I mean literally jumping up and down outside the shed.

This better be good.

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"How many years can it go back?" Ella asked.

I was shaking my head. This thing in front of me was a time machine. It was a closet too. And Jake installed seats in it. But it was only a two seater. It wasn't much to look at. There were a few wires here and there but other than that, it was completely plain.

"You've got to be kidding me," I breathed. Jake smiled.

"Who's up first?"

"Let the girls go on first. I've already been on," Adam said. I twirled around and faced him.

"You've been in it?"

"I went five years into the future," he grinned.

"Wow."

"Come on, Niki!" Ella grabbed my wrist, pulling me towards the machine. I sat in a seat and put the seatbelt on. I heaved up my duffle bags and placed one on the floor next to me and one on my lap. Ella did the same.

Then I looked up at Jake.

"Now what?"

"Do you want to go in the past or the future?" he asked.

"Past," I said, looking at Ella. She nodded, enthusiastically.

"Past it is. How many years back?"

"Six thousand years," Ella said.

Hmmm, not bad.

"You sure?" Jake was shocked.

We nodded.

"Okay. Now hold on. And no matter what you do, keep in your seats. It's going to be a bumpy ride. I'll bring you back in ten minutes. Any questions?"

"Wait!" I yelled.

Ella jumped. "What's wrong?"

"It doesn't feel right going back six thousand year empty handed," I said.

Ella caught on fast.

"Your mum's necklace."

I nodded.

My mum passed away from a sickness a few years ago. I was fourteen. When I came back from a sleepover the next morning, I found her lying still on her bed. I thought she was sleeping. By noon, I was getting worried. She hadn't got up yet. So I walked in her room and put my hand lightly over her mouth. She wasn't breathing. I screamed and cried all night. An ambulance took her away, with me in it. I stayed at the hospital for sixteen hours with my aunty by my side. She was also weeping. When the doctor came into the waiting room and told us the horrible news, I ran. I ran from the hospital. And back to my home. I didn't catch a cab or a bus, I just ran. Aunty Jess said she was worried sick about me. We didn't live too far away so I managed. I yanked open the front door, ran upstairs into mum's room and went to her dresser. She wore this necklace constantly. She always went on about how she was going to give it to me when I was old enough. It was silver and had a piece of paua shell on it. It was gorgeous.

"Where is it?" Ella asked.

I unzipped my duffel bad and rummaged through my stuff. I finally found a small box, which I kept my jewelry in. I was relived when I saw the paua necklace. I quickly clicked it around my neck and then nodded for Jake to proceed in what he was doing before. I zipped up my bag and waited.

"I'm going to have to shut the door okay?" Jake said.

He closed the closet door. It was a bit dark in here but I managed. Then I heard these abnormal sounds. It sounded like my washing machine when it was washing, but also it sounded like thunder. A low booming sound.

There was a crack between the closet doors so that I could just see Jake. He was sweating.

I frowned.

"What's going on?" I asked Ella.

"I don't know," she sounded unsure too.

Then the lighting strikes came. Heaps were flashing out side, making a terrifying affect in here.

"Wha-"

Then it was over.

I couldn't see Jake any more, or any of the lightning strikes. Only whiteness through the crack, which I thought was a bit odd.

I looked over at Ella and was relieved that she was alright. She looked over at me.

"Is that it?" she asked.

I shrugged, and looked around. There had been no damaged on the closet. I still had my belongings on my lap, and so did Ella.

I took a deep breath and turned towards her. "You ready?" I asked.

She nodded.

I turned slowly towards the wooden door and gently push it opened.

The first thing I saw was snow. And a lot of it. Everything was white, or covered in white. The trees stood out, even though not completely covered in snow. The nearby boulders looked like huge white lumps on the ground.

But what got my attention was the coldness.

"I'm f-f-freezing," Ella complained, opening her duffel bag out and pulled on a black coat. I decided to put my white coat on with black buttons, as it was my favorite. Then stepped out carefully onto the snow.

I sunk about three centimeters in the snow, to my relief. The last thing I needed was to get my jeans and boots covered in snow.

"Alright. Where do you suppose we are?" Ella said, coming up beside me.

I looked back at the lonely time machine and grimaced. "You don't suppose we're stuck here?" I asked nervously.

"No," she said, "that's ridiculous. Jake said he'd-"

On queue, the time machine exploded. The impact threw me on my back screaming, as with Ella. The machine not only exploded into pieces but also destroyed the only way for us to get home. That's what terrified me. Not being able to go back to Aunty Jess. Not being able to see Jake, Adam or Allie again.

"NO!" I screamed. I ran to a nearby piece of the machine and picked it up. Then grabbed another. And another.

"Nikita, it's no use!" Ella protested. I turned back to her.

"How the hell are we going to get back?! We have to fix it! Come on!" I yelled at her.

"You don't know how to fix it! Neither do I! Let's just go find some help, alright!" she exclaimed.

"Where the hell are we going to find help?! There's no buildings or even any humanity here!" I screamed. Ella threw her hands up in the air and let them fall heavy on her sides.

"Well, what do you want me to do about it?! It's not my fault!"

"You're the one who suggested it to be six thousand years into the past!" I spat.

She glared at me. "And you agreed," she shot back. She took hold of her duffel bag and swung it over her shoulder.

"When you've calmed down, come find me," she spat. Then she left.

Ella started walking through the forest and didn't look back. Soon enough she was out of sight.

I cried out in outrage and kicked a nearby stone.

Argh! I know I overreacted but she annoys the hell out of me sometimes!

Ell thinks everything's all good and fine but I swear if we get stuck here I'll eventually turn crazy.

I sighed.

But on the other hand, I just let my best friend go wondering into an unknown forest where anything could happen. She could have fallen into a trap or….

Just the thought of seeing her hurt scared the bejeezers out of me.

I got to go after her before she does something stupid, I thought.

I heaved a sigh as I swung a duffel bag on each of my shoulders. I looked back towards the machine and grimaced.

It's not like it's going to go anywhere, I told myself.

I decided to go along with my original plan: find Ella.

It wasn't easy. I felt as if I was walking in circles, as all the trees looked the same. I entered the forest around half an hour ago and it still felt as if I was in circles.

I just stayed in the direction of where her footprints went. Well tried to. I'm no tracker.

I then heard odd howling.

It didn't sound right. It sounded…. painful. As if something was injured.

And it wasn't far away. I could hear it as clearly as if it was right next to me.

What got me worried was that I was heading straight for it. And that's also where Ella footprints took me.

"Ella?!" I called.

The only reply I got was an echo of 'Ella'.

Oh no. Something's happened. I just hoped Ella wasn't a part of it.

Then I did the most insane thing I've done in three years. I ran towards it.

Ofcourse I had difficulty. I mean carrying two heavy duffel bags and running through snow was difficult but I managed.

I then made a complete fool of myself by tripping over a stick and falling headfirst. I landed with a big 'poof'.

"Ow," I groaned, trying to see if I broke anything. My shin was going to transform into a massive bruise. I hurt it real bad but other than that, I was fine.

I tried sitting up with all my might, but ended up crying out in pain.

Something red on the snow caught my eye. When I looked down to investigate it, I gasped.

It was blood.

My blood.

Or so I thought.

I checked my forehead. Then my body and had the same result.

I wasn't bleeding therefore it was not my blood.

But then who's-

I looked up and my eyes widened.

Around three feet away from me was the answer.

The poor thing had its leg caught in one of those traps…. uh…oh, the steel jawed leg hold trap.

Its blood was pooling around it.

That must have been the creature that was howling.

But it wasn't Ella.

It was a wolf cub.

Hi everybuddi :)

Just wanted to let everyone know that Fin Kedinn and Saeunn and most of the other characters from the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series are going to be in it. I just wanted everyone to know how Ella and Nikita got there.

Hope everyone likes it so far :)

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