Sometimes when everything is terrible, a little humor goes a long way in helping us get through. 🙂
“Rudric jammed the lock into place and pressed against the door, panting, while the Fangs pounded and scratched. “Help me!” he ordered, and several other men, women, and even a few children pressed against the door.
“Kal! Where’s Leeli!” Nia spun him around and looked at him frantically.
“She’s all right. She’s fine.” Kal took Nia by the arm and pulled her down the corridor to where Leeli waited among the others.
Nia squeezed them both tight. “Janner’s out there,” she said. Kal had never seen her so upset. She was usually calm in the face of great danger, but she wasn’t merely afraid, she was angry—at herself. “I can’t believe I let them blindplop him. I should never have let him out of my sight. This is my fault.”
“Mama,” Leeli said, “this is Gnag’s fault. Not yours. Like Kal said, Janner might be safer than we are.” Nia put her face in her hands and shook her head. “We’re the ones who are stuck in a dungeon, surrounded by monsters.”
“Maybe you should have blindplopped us too,” Kal said.
“Next time, please just blindplop us all,” Leeli said with a smile, and Nia laughed a little through her tears.”
Discussion: What helps you when everything is terrible?
Why do you think Andrew picked Carnack Ban Soran to be the one who first saw Kal on the hilltop?