That evening, after the rest of the family returned from the lake, Aylene spent as much time with them as possible. Derek had kept his promise and got his little sister a puna shell necklace; this one had a green coloring and was in the shape of a starfish.
Aylene was just relieved that her parents didn't ask too much about what happened earlier. Right now, she just wanted to enjoy a nice, quiet evening with them and have some fun. Even just a simple game of cards was very meaningful after all the time she was separated from them.
And a nice game of scrabble to end the night was great for laughs, especially when they play it that whoever spells a certain word first automatically wins. And her grandmother's hot chocolate was always good for any gathering.
"It is good to be home." she smiled to herself as she sipped the delicious hot beverage.
The time eventually came for sleep.
Aylene tiredly made her way upstairs and back to her room. As she changed into her pajamas, she wondered how her friends were enjoying their first night in their new home.
The moment Aylene hit the bed she instantly fell asleep.
Aylene looked around and saw that she was standing in the Great Valley in the middle of the night. The stars shown brightly in sky and the moon gave off its hopeful radiance.
In front of her, a large shape began to take form. It arched its long neck down until its face was directly in front of Aylene. As it took on full form, the girl stared in wonder as she realized that it was Littlefoot's mother!
The translucent Apatosaurus looked at Aylene with eyes filled with gratitude. She smiled and nuzzled the girl.
Aylene returned the gesture by petting her snout.
The female longneck slowly pulled away and looked at Aylene. "Thank you," she said, "For saving my son."
Aylene smiled and nodded.
Then almost as quickly as she came, the Apatosaurus gently faded away with the wind.
In the Great Valley, Littlefoot gazed up at the night sky.
He smiled softly as the stars' radiant glow reminded him that he was safe in his new home. He looked over at his sleeping grandparents and felt happiness grow in his heart.
Although Aylene left, he couldn't seem to shake the feeling that it wasn't the end. It was as if a small whisper was telling him that he would see her again. As for when, he wasn't sure. All he could do was hope that someday she would return.
"I hope it's soon." he whispered as he laid down his head and drifted off to sleep.
When the week was over, Aylene's family left for home. After saying their goodbyes and thanks to Elaine and Richard, they piled into the car and drove back to their town.
As Aylene watched the landscape fly before her, she replayed the memories of her adventure over and over in her head.
As the thought of them, a faint glow down in the corner of the window caught her attention. She glanced down and realized it was part of her reflection. She looked and saw that the Time Stone around her neck was starting to glow again. She smiled to herself and clasped the Stone.
She knew what she was doing when she got home.
Five hours later, the family pulled up into the driveway.
Aylene quickly helped carry the luggage in before grabbing her suitcase and archery equipment. She hastily got to her room and closed the door. She immediately unzipped the suitcase and rummaged through it for her green two-piece swimsuit, black gym shorts, and navy blue sandals.
After she laid those things out, she grabbed her gym bag and made her way to the kitchen. She filled up a large water bottles, grabbed a small handful of granola bars with a few packets of peanuts, and a few selected spices out of the cupboard.
With those assembled, she threw them into the gym bag.
She then went to the laundry room and found a large beach towel in a cupboard above dryer. She rolled it up and stuck it in the gym bag. She then went back to her room, closed the door, pulled out a drawer of her desk, and grabbed her Swiss-Army Knife, which she stuck into the gym bag.
She then opened her archery case and pulled out her bow and quiver, which was completely restocked with homemade arrows.
She quickly changed into swimsuit, shorts, and sandals, and then strapped on her quiver. She threw her bag over her shoulders, put two black hair elastics on her left wrist, and put her bow over her shoulder.
She was now ready.
"Portal Open!" she said very clearly.
A stream of light emerged from the stone and the rift opened up.
Without hesitation, Aylene leapt through and the portal closed behind her with a great "snap".
As the girl looked around at her surroundings, she clearly saw that she was back in the Great Valley.
The warm sun sparked through the trees and the sweet smell of flowers and grass swept all around her, making the human smile.
"Now where are they?" Aylene thought, looking around for any sign of her friends. She looked to her right and a huge smile streaked across her face.
On a small hill with his back turned toward her was Littlefoot.
The longneck looked back in surprise as he heard his name called out by a familiar voice. He turned around and surprised happiness filled his soul.
The two friends rushed to meet each other.
When they reached each other, Aylene wrapped her arms around Littlefoot's neck and he rubbed his face against her soft hair.
"Aylene!" the longneck laughed. "But how'd you get here? I thought you went home?!"
"I did," the human explained, "but as it turns out, my grandmother came here before me. She told me how to use the Time Stone. Now I can come here whenever I want!"
The two friends embraced each other again before they heard the sound of the others.
"Littlefoot!" Cera's voice came from over the hill.
Littlefoot and Aylene sprinted up the hill and were soon joined by the others. Joyful laughter overflowed from the group as they happily greeted Aylene and welcomed her back with friendly hugs.
"I knew you'd come back!" Ducky cheerfully said. "Yep, yep, yep!"
"Me glad you back, me miss you!" Petrie responded happily.
"I missed you guys, too!" Aylene laughed as Spike licked her check.
"Welcome back, Aylene!" Cera nuzzled Aylene's face.
They all huddled together into a group hug.
"Now we'll always be together." Littlefoot smiled.
Their herd was complete once again. Their journey was at an end. However, they knew that this was just the start, there were still more adventures out there that were waiting for them.
As long as they faced them together, they knew they would be just fine.
Well, that's it! Land Before Time Retold is now complete!
However, this story is not over yet. Great Valley Adventure is coming up. Don't miss the next adventure of the next "Land Before Time Retold" series!
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