The New Ice Age
Chapter 3: Arrival
At last! Third chapter! Sorry, the mid-semester exam is slowing me down and I don't think this chapter is good because I do this in a hurry :p
Special thanks to: -WolfGemTail for the idea
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-And anyone who's reading this ;)
Shira had just finished her breakfast of fish. She saw Diego walking away.
"Where are you going?" Shira asked.
He didn't answer. He just keeps going straight ahead.
"I said where are you going?" Shira repeated her question.
Diego turned to her, but he keeps walking. Shira lost her patience. She tackled and pinned him on the ground.
"What are you doing? Get off me!" Diego tried to wriggle away but Shira kept pinning him.
"I am asking you for the last time…where…are…you…going?" Shira repeated her question with a suppressive tone.
"I'm not going anywhere!" Diego said, still trying to escape.
"Oh really?" she asked sarcastically.
"Okay, okay! I'm going to the Cove" he gave up.
"The Cove? Why?"
"I just want to go there! What's wrong?"
"May I come?" Shira asked.
"Umm, sure", Diego finally said. "Let's get going now."
They started their trip to the Cove. It wasn't far, but they took their time to enjoy the view. The sun was shining brightly and air felt refreshing.
"Shira, Diego!" a voice called out.
Shira turned around. It was Peaches. Louis was right behind her.
"Peaches? Are you going to the Cove too?" Shira asked.
"Uh-huh", she nodded. "I promised my friends that I will meet them there. I'm kinda late right now."
"We are also going to the Cove", Shira said.
"Okay! Meet you guys at the Cove", Peaches waved a good-bye.
"Hey, Diego, wanna race there?" Shira challenged him
"If I don't?" Diego asked.
"I'll call you 'Softie' for your whole life", she sneered
Diego rolled his eyes. "Childish", he said to himself but he finally accepted.
Diego reached first to the Cove. He smiled victoriously at Shira.
"Better luck next time, 'Kitty'", he teased.
Shira growled and pinned him to the ground for the second time.
"Don't ever call me 'Kitty'", she growled.
"If you stop calling me 'Softie'", Diego growled back.
"I don't care", Shira sat on him.
"You're suffocating me to death!" Diego tried to stand up, but Shira kept sitting on him.
"I said, I don't care", Shira growled.
"Alright", Diego gave up.
Shira let Diego go. They realized that Peaches and Louis were already there, whispering and giggling behind them.
"What's so funny?" Shira asked them.
"Oh, nothing", Peaches tried not to laugh.
"It's just that, you guys make a cute couple", Louis confessed.
"And you guys make a weird couple", Shira said to them.
Peaches and Louis stared at each other awkwardly.
"Louis! Peaches! What are you doing over there?" Steffie ran towards them.
"We've been looking all over for you", Ethan told them.
"Oops! Sorry guys", Peaches apologized.
"No sweat! But you're missing all the fun we had last time", Katie said.
"Are you guys coming?" Peaches asked Diego and Shira.
"No, I've got to go now", Diego said, walking away.
"I'm gonna follow him", Shira told Peaches.
"Okay, see ya!" Peaches said a good-bye.
Shira ran beside Diego. They hiked a hill, which was called the Coral Hill, the highest point in the Cove. The view was breathtaking up there. They could see the whole view of the Cove.
"What's wrong?" she asked.
Diego didn't want to look in her eyes.
"It's nothing, really, just a stupid dream", Diego told her, but she wasn't convinced.
"What it's about?" Shira asked again, softening her voice.
"Just a numerous number of animals, coming to our island from the other side of the mountain", Diego stared at the horizon.
"Just that?" Shira said, puzzled.
"Not only that, I saw a saber, coming towards you with a threatening voice, but I forgot what he said."
"So, you're actually worried about me", she snickered.
"Nothing new about that, the whole herd knows it", Diego lied on the ground.
"Yeah, I guess so", Shira climbed a tree beside her. She aimed for a bird perching on a branch in front of her.
"What are you going to do with that after you catch it?" Diego shouted to her.
Startled, the bird flew away.
"Diego!" she shouted to him, annoyed. She jumped to the ground and landed on him in a pinning position.
"Cut it out! You've been pinning me for three times this day!" Diego said, but he managed to laugh.
Shira also laughed. They went down the hill together and bumped into Sid.
"Have you seen Granny?" Sid asked anxiously.
They both shook their heads.
"Oh no! She's gone for good!" Sid cried.
"Have you searched the other side of the mountains yet?" Diego asked.
"It's destroyed after the earthquake", Sid wiped his tears away.
"There's nothing at all?" Shira asked, hoping to find a chance to cheer him up.
"Nope, the land cracked up and you could only see geysers there", he informed.
"I'm sure she wouldn't go there if she's smart enough, and unfortunately she's not", Diego said.
Sid started crying again.
"Way to go, Diego", Shira rolled her eyes. "We will help you find her, what do you say Sid?"
"Well, three heads is better than one", Sid tried to smile.
"Let's get going then", Diego said. "We'll go back at sun down."
After walking for about thirty minutes, they reached the destroyed land. It was like Sid had said; the land cracked up and geysers burst out of them.
"Careful when you're walking, these geysers can pop out of these cracks at any..."
Before Sid could finish his sentence, a geyser sent him flying in the air.
"Typical Sid", Diego said sarcastically.
Shira somehow was impressed that Diego was not worrying Sid at all. Sid landed on spiky rocks with his bottom on it. He let a howl of pain and jumped around the geysers. Diego and Shira laughed at poor Sid, trying to pull the razor-sharp rocks on him.
"I don't think we should look any longer", Diego decided after exploring the land for hours.
"But I need to keep looking for her", he said, worried.
"You still want to find her with your rear looking like that?" Shira asked.
Sid gave a long sigh. "Okay, I guess you're right."
"We're going to find her in the morning", Diego said to him.
They started their journey home using a shorter way back. Shira looked around her. There were dead trees everywhere, probably a forest before. She saw a cave which was similar to her old one where she used to live with her parents.
"I'm sure there's very many caves that looks alike", Shira told herself. She went inside in curiosity and found a marking she made on the entrance with her father to keep other sabers or intruders from getting into the cave. She found balls of snow on the cave's floor, toys that she used to play.
Realizing that she was left behind, she came out of the cave and try to look for Diego and Sid. She found them arguing. She ran towards them, passing a rock with dry blood on it. She remembered that her father was beaten against a rock until his head bled.
Trying not to notice, she ran again to Diego and Sid.
"Shira? I almost forgot all about you", Diego said to her.
"I'm sure this is the right way", Sid suddenly said.
"Yeah, the right way to doom", Diego snickered.
"Oh yeah? I have better instinct than you do", Sid said confidently.
"You don't even know which way is north!"
"Of course I do!"
"No you don't"
"Yes I do!"
"No you don't"
"Yes I do!"
"Then prove it!" Shira said to them.
"This way!" Diego and Sid said at the same time, pointing to different direction.
"The sun is setting now, sun always sets at west, so this is north", Shira explained.
Diego and Sid stared at her sheepishly. After a half an hour walking, they finally reached the cave.
"At last!" Sid said, plopping himself on the rock. In the next minute, he snored away.
Footsteps were heard outside the cave. It was getting even louder. It was like thousands of animals walking. Shira and Diego peered out of the cave to see what's happening. There was a herd of several hundred animals passing the cave. They watched them in awe; before Granny came.
"Granny?" Diego asked in disbelief. She was leading the herd!
"Sid, you might wanna see this", Shira called him.
"Not now please", he mumbled while half-sleeping.
Granny went inside the cave and poked Sid.
"Wake up you lazy sloth!" she shouted in his ears.
Startled, Sid jumped. "Granny? Granny, you're alive!"
Granny hit him with her cane twice. "Of course I'm alive! What do you think I am?"
"A sloth", Diego joked.
"Where are you from?" Shira asked, stopping Granny from hitting Diego's head.
"Helping", Granny croaked. "These animals said that they need a new place to live, so I brought them here."
"But there's not much space left and…" Diego started to protest, but Granny poked him on the eye.
"Not enough space left? Seriously, you need some glasses. This part of the island is as big as a hippopotamus!" Granny pointed the horizon.
"What's going on? Why are there so many animals coming here?" Manny asked with Ellie right behind him. Everyone in the cave started explaining at once.
"Woah, one by one! I can't even hear myself think!" Ellie calmed them down.
"Granny found those animals from the other side of the island", Sid started to explain.
"She said that they needed a new place to live, since the other side of the island is ruined", Shira continued.
"So, Granny 'helped' them", Diego make a quotation mark with his paw at the 'helped' part.
Manny shot Granny an irritated look, but Granny glared back.
"So, anyway", Ellie changed the topic, "Have any of you seen Crash and Eddie?"
"They left last night; they said they're going to have a 'midnight snack'", Shira said. "But I don't know where they are."
"So, what are we suppose to do with the animals?" Sid asked.
"Why bother? Just let them pick a place to sleep. Problem solved", Granny said, ignoring what the newcomers were doing. Young sloths were playing 'toss-the-hyrax'; some were even juggling them in the air. Other creatures were sight-seeing, but most of them were wrecking the island.
"We need to do something, we are technically the owner of the island", Ellie said.
"Let's talk to them", Manny walked toward the herd that was still outside the cave.
"Um, hello", Manny tried to attract attention. They all turned to Manny.
"Um, we know that you need a place to live but we are technically the owner of this part of the island so please do not do anything that, uh, wrecks the island, 'kay?" Manny said, but they kept staring at him.
"Do you have a leader of some kind, you know, the one that usually organize you?" Manny asked. The crowd broke up, revealing a saber-tooth tiger with a fearsome look. His fur color was similar to Diego's but darker and his eyes were black as night.
"I might be the one who you are looking for", he sneered at Manny.
"It's nice to meet you. Now could you please don't bother us and find another place to do your…uh…activities?" Manny tried to ask nicely, but he just roared with laughter.
"Or what? You're going to hook me with your tusk?"
"Now don't give me the idea to do it", Manny warned.
"Not only fat, huh? Temperament, too", he snickered.
"I AM NOT FAT!"
Manny couldn't take it anymore. He slammed the saber onto a rock nearby with his tusk. He pounced on Manny, biting him with his teeth. Manny shouted in pain. Suddenly, a pack of sabers started to attack Manny as well. The herd of animals fled away, afraid of what was going to happen next. Diego reacted fast. He fought the attackers with Shira, Granny and Ellie while Sid distracted the other sabers and steered them to the forest.
A saber attacked Shira, knocking her to the ground. She hissed at him, until she saw his face.
"Dad?" Shira asked in disbelief.
"Who are you calling 'Dad'?" the saber growled at her.
"Yes, it's you! Dad, didn't you remember? I'm Shira, your daughter!" she said. She was so happy that she didn't notice that everyone was staring at her.
"Shira?" the saber said, confused. "Never heard of it."
"She's trying to distract you! Don't listen to her, you don't have any child!" the leader of the pack said.
"You…you are Avox!" she noticed him. The saber was surprised.
"How do you know me?" the saber asked, but he quickly sneered.
"So, it was true…you have a daughter."
"But I don't have a daughter!" the saber who was called 'dad' said.
A moment silence fell upon the herd.
"Did I miss something?" Sid asked, gasping for air after losing the sabers in the forest. Everyone shot him with an annoyed look.
"We shall start a duel tomorrow morning at my cave", Avox declared. "Whoever's team loses will leave this part of the island forever, deal?"
"I don't trust you. You might…" Manny said, but Avox interrupted him.
"I promise", he said.
Avox's pack returned to their caves. It was almost sundown so Manny's herd returned to their cave too.
"What happened?" Diego elbowed Shira.
She hesitated, unsure if she is going to tell him.
"It's alright if you don't want to tell me…"
"He's my father", she said, ignoring Diego's words.
"You have a father?" Diego asked, "I mean, is he still alive?"
"I guess so, the last time I saw him he is injured very badly", she told him, "It could be him."
"Then why didn't he know you?"
"I…I don't know", she said, holding back her tears.
"We'll figure out something, okay?" Diego comforted her.
She nodded weakly.
"We have a duel tomorrow morning. We have to win this", Avox's voice filled the cave.
"We need a strategy to beat them", an elder saber said.
"No we don't! They only have 6 of them and we have around 20 of us", a younger saber snorted.
"We could beat them easily!" another saber said.
Other sabers agreed.
"What do you think, Virtus?" Avox asked.
"A strategy is not necessary, but they have two mammoths. It's not easy to take them down", Virtus said.
"How about we take the easy ones first, then attack the mammoths?" a saber gave his opinion.
"It could work", Virtus nodded.
"It's settled then", Avox said. "Back to your caves everyone!"
Virtus didn't straightly go back. He kept recalling what happened that day.
"Go to sleep, we have a big day tomorrow", Avox told him.
"That saberess, I think I know her", Virtus said.
Avox pretended that he didn't hear him and went to sleep. Virtus joined him with the other sabers.
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