Erin had gone on a frenzy looking for information over the course of the next week. Anything about portals and ancient prophecies. She wanted answers and refused to believe that nobody has any information about this type of situation. Jess, AJ, and Justin had all met her at her newfound hiding spot on a windowsill in an empty stairwell. 

"I just can't figure out why a portal hasn't opened by itself... these books have two different versions of the prophecy but neither of them make sense. It's either one of us opens a portal or it opens by itself... But if it has opened by itself this book doesn't say where it is..." She flipped through a few more pages before slamming the book shut and raking her hands through her hair in frustration. How on earth was she going to decipher a prophecy, fulfill her duties in it, and on top of that she must maintain a normal life as a teenage girl...

            "Don't let it get to you too much..." Jess spoke up "Some things will reveal themselves over time."

            To this day I still wonder how Jess had become so smart all of a sudden...

            "She's right... this isn't exactly like doing a research paper, not all of the answers will be in a book or an online database." Justin said shutting Erin's laptop and slipping it back in its case. Erin grabbed her backpack but Justin got to it at the same time and they both sat there hands folded together, Erin looked up at him and they stared at each other for a few moments before Erin grabbed her bag and slipped her laptop into it. Justin looked down at his hands, and then they both came to the realization that the lights didn't flicker nor did anything shatter nor explode when they touched.

            But it still sent shivers through Justin's veins... but to this day he probably won't admit it.

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 "Is anybody there?" Elena held out her lantern as she looked around for the source of the noise. Riding through the woods in the middle of the night probably wasn't the best idea, but it was the only time that she could get away from her life in the castle. 

"Is anybody there?" She asked again. "I'm not going to hurt you." 

Even though James had made himself invisible he was still afraid to breathe. He had flattened himself up against the back of a tree trunk and quickly peered out from behind it. She was the same girl from the illustration in Rolland's book... The same girl from his dreams... 

She heavily sighed before getting back on her white horse and riding off. James took in a deep breath and made himself visible again. He turned back and walked to where he had tied his horse to a tree. 

"C'mon, Midnight... It's time to find a place to sleep..." He pulled himself back up onto his horse and started riding in the opposite direction from where the girl was headed, but he stopped almost immediately when a high pitched scream echoed through the quiet wood. James turned and looked in the direction that she had ridden off into and rolled his eyes. 

Of course she would end up riding right into the troll's camp...

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            Justin's eyes shot open and he immediately sat up in bed. He picked up his phone to check the time and found that it was almost four in the morning. Out of all the dreams he had ever had in his lifetime... this one had to be the strangest.

            Because James and Elena weren't just random figments of his imagination... they were the image of himself and Erin, only from another time... another place...

...Another world...

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Justin didn't tell anybody about the dream. He thought that it was too weird, and probably just an effect of staying up most of the night doing last minute homework. Erin had been trying to figure things out, she knew that what everybody told her was the truth, and she knew there had to be a way to find out more without waiting. She stayed up all night staring at the foreign words in the book, wishing that they would magically turn to English. Of course that didn't happen.

The next morning she woke up feeling different, she felt almost... excited? For what? It was just school... But Justin's going to be there. She found herself thinking. She quickly snapped out of her thoughts and began to get ready. When she got to school she sat down at her desk in the back corner and watched the classroom door waiting for Justin to walk in. He walked in a few seconds before the bell rang, he seemed so dazed... like he had been thinking about something for a long time but still couldn't fit the pieces together. He remained silent the entire class. Erin tried to get through to him by throwing wadded up sticky notes at him when the teacher wasn't looking. She gave up about halfway through the class. At the end of class everybody got up and talked for the few minutes before the transition bell rang. Erin walked over to Justin.

"Are you alright? You seem a little out of it..." She cocked her head to the side in curiosity.

"I just didn't sleep very well..." Justin adjusted his snap-back and nervously rubbed the back of his neck.

At lunch they all met in the window again. There was something different in the air, everybody was acting strange that day. Jess was unusually quiet and laid back, which she never is. AJ was even more bitter and irritated than usual. Erin was jumpy and nervous. Justin was distant and would often lose focus. Something was wrong and they all felt it.

After school they all met at Jess' house and sat out on the roof outside her window. It was an unusually warm day for the middle of November, most of the leaves had fallen off the trees and the very few left were just barely hanging on.

"Does anybody else feel impending doom?" Erin asked after a few moments of silence.

"Yep..." AJ tossed a twig down into the backyard, Jess and Justin wordlessly nodded in agreement.

"Ever since you found that trunk I can't help but feel that something horrible is on the horizon..." Jess sighed.

"Do you think that Lumia place is real? Or just some old Celtic myth?" AJ had been looking things up ever since she got hold of the name, and couldn't seem to find any real place.

"It's probably a myth, and whoever put all that stuff in the trunk was probably a crazy collector of stuff related to the legend..." Justin chimed in.

"You guys don't believe that there are other things out there?" Erin asked. Everybody shook their heads.

"I know it's real, but just not on this plane of existence... Like how historians found all of this ancient alien stuff, but have no idea how they got here or how they had managed to leave... in all ancient cultures they speak of magical medicine men and oracles... historians say it's a religion but it could have been real magic... Same things with gods, were they really just made up religious figures, or did the people actually communicate with these magical people? Did they really walk the earth like in the stories?" Erin was starting to make everybody think.

"We have people that can communicate with the dead and see the future... society passes them off as fake but... what if they're real and actually have that power? Scientists have discovered remains of mermaids, fairies have been spotted in pictures... honestly hell knows what the government keeps from us about aliens... I know this place exists, we just have to figure out how to get here..." They all sat in silence, letting everything Erin had brought up sink in. She had a point.

"So you're saying you think this place exists in another dimension?" AJ questioned.

"Yes." 

"We would have to make a portal..." Jess looked confused for a moment. "How do we do that?"

"That's the only problem..." AJ remarked. "We can't."

"Stop saying we can't! Obviously this was presented to us for a reason! We have to be able to get there!!" Erin argued. AJ rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest.

"Whatever you say..." She sighed.

Erin sat there silently for a moment. She knew she was talking crazy, but somewhere inside her, deep down she knew that it was all true. She looked over at Justin he was staring at his hands that were folded in his lap. After a while it got too cold and they were all forced to head back inside. Once they realized how late it had gotten everybody headed home. Erin couldn't sleep that night. She kept thinking about how she could get to this place. Everything about it seemed so familiar, not it's similarity to the world in her books, but the fact that she can see herself having a life there. It scares her a little bit, feeling so close to a place she's never been to. 


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