“DANIEL!” I shrieked, giving him a hug. Finally, someone I knew!
“Amber, what is going on?” said Daniel once I let go.
“I have no idea,” I said. “What happened to you back in the parking lot?”
Daniel squinted his eyes shut with concentration. “Some kind of wind distortion sucked me up,” he said slowly. “Then I landed here, and I don’t know where we are.”
“I landed in the forest,” I said. “You landed here?”
“Yeah, apparently I was unconscious and someone had to wake me up over by that fountain. I don’t like this at all,” he said. “We were just at school, then boom, we’re here.” He looked around. “I don’t even know what this is.”
“Me either,” I said. “All I know is that there’s an Andrew, a Philip, and a Briar…”
“What?” Daniel said, catching me off guard. “A Briar?”
“I met Philip when I landed here,” Daniel said. “He was the one who woke me up. He told me he was the prince and asked me if I was the stable boy so I just went with that, then he rode off with the other dude.” He stopped and looked at me. “You said there’s a Briar?”
“Yeah, she’s getting married to Philip,” I said.
“WHAT?” Daniel said, and I swear birds flew away. “Amber, do you realize what this means?”
“We’re in some kind of Sleeping Beauty!”
“Briar Rose is Aurora, and Prince Philip is—Prince Philip!”
I gasped. “Is it a coincidence?”
“Absolutely not! We’re in a fairy tale! We have to go find Malefi-whatever-her-name-is!”
“Maleficent?” I asked.
“Daniel, slow down,” I said. “This could all be some kind of…I don’t know, fever dream. You don’t know that this is real.”
“Two people don’t just have the same dream, Amber,” said Daniel, rolling his eyes. “This is real!”
“Okay, even if it is real, how are we supposed to go home?” I asked. “Just say some magic words and appear back at Pineview High School?”
“I’m not sure, but I don’t think we should worry about getting home right now,” said Daniel. “I mean, look around! We’re in Sleeping Beauty!”
“No, we’re not!” I said, louder than I meant to. A shocked look crossed Daniel’s face. I had never yelled at him before.
“Amber, what’s wrong?” he said.
“I don’t know, maybe that we just ended up in some random town and don’t even know how to get home?” I snapped. “How about you try putting yourself in my shoes?”
“I am in your shoes,” he said. “We’re in the exact same situation.”
“Then try to put on more sensible shoes.” My words were clipped.
For the first time in history, Daniel and I were mad at each other. I glared at him and he looked hurt and mad.
“I just want to go home,” I said.
“Then do that.”
There was a moment when we stood there, realizing what had just been said, then I finally muttered, “Fine” and walked away.
“You don’t know where you’re going!” he called.
“Neither do you!” I shouted back.
“You don’t even know how to get home!”
“I’ll figure it out!”
Before the words had even left my mouth, I felt someone grab me from behind. “Seize her!” I heard a man shout. Two more pairs of hands grabbed me and started dragging me away. I struggled within the guards’ hands, trying to free myself, when I was hit with something from behind, and darkness swallowed my vision.
Author Notes: Stay tuned for part 4!