Slightly earlier in the month than in June, we return to The Dream Kingdom today.
And chaos ensues...
Work was good today. Hot but good. Big wind blowing tonight should mean cooler temperatures tomorrow.
"Dylan!" Olivia shrieked.
"Hold on!" Josh yelled.
"Help me!" Dylan screamed.
"Everyone calm down!" Nystor shouted.
"Grab my hand!" Josh said as he reached for Dylan from the opposite side of the carpet. But just as their fingertips brushed another transformation took hold, sending Dylan wailing out of reach. "Damn it, Olivia! Hold this thing together!"
"I'm doing my b-"
"No." Nystor's voice brought with it a momentary calm, as if through the force of his will alone - or perhaps it was the strength of his imagination. "Olivia, focus on flying. The carpet will hold on its own - in some form or another. Just get us down safely."
"Which island should I aim for?"
"The nearest, child. Don't overthink this. The power of the meteor shards is greater than I expected at this distance. Put everything you have into landing this thing and then we shall go from there."
"You okay dude?" Josh asked, his hands having returned to his sides where they were gripping the carpet. Hard.
"I'm all right," Dylan replied. "Just trying to imagine having really strong ar-aaaahhhh!"
The carpet had morphed once more, but this time the edges had gone from a soft fringe to razor sharp spikes. Dylan let go, a trail of blood tracing his descent.
"Nooo!" Olivia screamed.
"Dylan - parachute!" Josh shouted.
"Focus, child!" Nystor said sternly. "Focus on f-"
"Hold on!" Olivia yelled. "I've lost control... we're going down!"
The carpet dipped, soared, dipped again. It briefly leveled off before entering a steep nosedive. Nystor began muttering a spell but only moments later they crash landed in a grove of towering trees.