Today, Starkiss and I were finally able to talk to Starshine. We met him on his daily walk through Greendale Forest.
He told me that he could sense my Soul Rider powers. I told him my name.
I told him I knew Alex and Linda, and he was happy to hear that. He figured I hadn’t met Lisa yet, and told me that he was indeed her horse. He’s been looking for her for a while now and fears the worst.
He then started telling me what happened before Lisa disappeared. She’d been traveling around with her band…
…and finally came back to Jorvik after the tour. They went for a long, delightful ride together.
Lisa promised never to leave him again. Starshine shared the sentiment but didn’t vocalize it.
The afternoon of the ride, things happened. Starshine’s memory was a bit hazy.
All he remembered was a sharp, sudden ray of light, a strange sound, and darkness. Sounds like something knocked him out.
When he woke up he was woozy. It was night and a storm was rolling in. He’s not sure what woke him up, but he couldn’t feel Lisa’s presence any more.
He managed to wander aimlessly back to Jorvik Stables, hoping Lisa would be there. But she wasn’t. He hasn’t seen her since.
He’s spent weeks looking everywhere for her and was now searching Greendale. He was very anxious and sad.
I told him of the information I’d received from Justin about Lisa being defenseless somewhere in the Grey Mountains. He told me he remembered a little bit about a ride they took in that area, but he hadn’t turned up any clues in his searches there. Maybe he missed something. I am pretty sure Justin gave me credible information.
Starshine asked if I would help him look there. I, of course, agreed!
Starshine was grateful and desperate to get started. He told me that his inability to sense her presence meant 1 of 2 things…she’s not here on Jorvik, or she’s dead.
I truly hope that my new information will lead us to her!
Starshine suggested that we search in the northern regions of the mountains and he marked some interesting areas for me to check out while he searched in others. We agreed to meet up close by if we found anything.
Finding him wouldn’t be a problem.
He wished us luck and we set off.
After searching along a strange trail, I came across a horse-shaped silhouette burned into the side of the mountain.
It was certainly unnatural, and there were lots of old foot and hoof prints in the dirt.
I decided to find Starshine and show him what I’d found.
He thought it was all very interesting!
He asked me to take him there at once.
He said it must’ve been on that spot that they’d been hit by the bright light.
He thought all the foot prints indicated that they’d been ambushed by someone hiding in the bushes.
He confirmed my suspicions that it had been the Dark Riders who had attacked them.
He thought we should look for more clues in the area.
Up the hill a little ways, I found a strange clump of logs and sticks. I pulled them off and uncovered something startling…
…a Pandoric Crack!
I thought I’d seen the last of those awful things. It seems I was wrong! Who hid the crack and why, I wondered?
I decided Starshine needed to know about it.
He was alarmed to hear about the crack and told me that he’d found burning hoof prints in the ground not far away. Sounded like Dark Riders for sure!
He asked me to take him to it. He felt uneasy and even noticed drag marks on the ground in the direction we were going.
When we got to the crack, Starshine feared that Lisa had been trapped in the crack by the Dark Riders.
He started calling out to her in hopes that she could hear and possibly answer him from inside the crack.
I really couldn’t be sure if he’d be able to reach anyone but I truly hoped he would.
After a minute of calling, Starshine told me he thought he could feel the presence of someone he thought might be Lisa.
He felt it…near yet far at the same time. Then he heard a whisper, a voice from beyond…
Then, from within the pink crack, a voice could be heard…indistinguishable at first…
But definitely a voice, and female…
Starshine replied back, hoping to draw the voice out.
Then we heard her say her name…LISA!
Poor Starshine! He didn’t know what to do. He asked if she was alive. (I’m pretty sure the fact that she’s talking to us means she’s alive. Then again…I have talked to dead people before…)
She told us she was alive and trapped in pink Pandoria.
Captured beyond time and space. Lovely.
Starshine was desperate to set her free.
Lisa oooed a little…
Then said something about waking a “Sleeping Widow.”
Starshine didn’t know what to make of that…had Pandoria gone to Lisa’s head?
Lisa urged us to wake the Sleeping Widow and said she was the only one who could free Lisa from the crack.
Starshine asked her who the Sleeping Widow was and how to do it. I was just as clueless and hoped Lisa would answer.
She gave no indication of who the Sleeping Widow was, though, and told Starshine to stay and keep the crack open.
Starshine promised to stay and that we’d wake the Sleeping Widow. It was up to me to get help.
Lisa was blinded by pink and told us to hurry.
Stalwart Starshine stayed.
Lisa’s voice started to fade…
Starshine kept encouraging her, even if she couldn’t respond.
Starshine feared that Lisa was growing beyond our rescue. Oh to be so close and yet so far! He urged me to find the Sleeping Widow at any cost so that we could at least try to rescue her.
I wish I knew who the Sleeping Widow was but I’d never heard of anyone called by that name. I thought maybe Linda could help us.
Starshine thought that was a great idea and told me to ask Linda. He said he would stay and keep in contact with Lisa while making sure the crack stayed open.
I hoped we could find this Sleeping Widow in time! It was time to race to the vineyard!
When I arrived, Linda was about to head out on a ride and asked if I wanted to join her. I blurted the whole thing out and she was overjoyed and curious at the same time.
She didn’t know who the Sleeping Widow might be but immediately said she’d check the library. She also suggested that I ask the Baroness and meet her in the library after.
The Baroness greeted me warmly.
Despite all the widows she said she knew none of them struck her as the “sleeping” type. Oh well, it was worth a try.
I decided that I’d have to see if Linda had found anything yet.
I told her that the Baroness didn’t know and she said we’d have to trust that she’d be able to find the answer in a book. A thought occurred to me…what about the Spy Master? Linda wasn’t too sure, but I wanted to see, just to be sure.
She found him a bit too pompous.
While Linda was gathering books she suggested I go ask him since I had nothing else to do. It couldn’t hurt, after all!
She suggested taking the horse transport. Perfect! There was no time to lose!
We got there lickety-split and he said he’d been expecting us. (His spies travel fast!)
I blurted out my question and he rambled on about the obvious meanings of the words “sleeping” and “widow”…um, yeah, I could’ve told him that.
Unfortunately, I was beginning to see that Linda was right. He knew nothing that could help us identify this Sleeping Widow.
He was sure Linda would find the answer in one of her books. If she hadn’t already. He was right about one thing…it’s always in the last place you look!
Linda basically had an “I told ya so” ready for me when I got back to the library. At least we know that he’s not going to prove helpful in this area. No harm done.
Linda hadn’t found anything yet but said she would work through the night if she had to…I just have to be patient. I would’ve helped her look through the books if she’d let me…but I also had other things to do…