Previous Chapter: The Girl In the Photograph
When the girl in the photograph – she called herself the Gate Keeper – slowly opened the gate to her world, I instantly knew that the cabinet would be the gate. I half expected it to be like Narnia but I had used the cabinet since we moved to the house and there was nothing behind the cabinet.
She said that the photograph was the key and I could understand why she said so as the gate slowly appeared in front of me. She, the Gate Keeper, pointed the lantern in her hand at the cabinet. The light from her lantern was so bright and so white; it reminded me of burned magnesium, something I did in science class. As the bright light shone upon the cabinet, I could see the cabinet slowly changed into a new shape. The cabinet was now a gate. The light became dimmer once the gate had fully formed.
The gate was not like those common gates we see so often; it was more like a Japanese Shrine gate. There were two huge wooden pillars on each side. Each pillar was full of carving I had never seen before, but somehow I knew they were letters. I couldn’t read it but I was so sure it was to keep unwanted visitors away. There were three cylinder lintels; the middle one was much shorter than the other two. Each lintel also full of carving, but it wasn’t the same letters as carved on the pillars, there were images of beasts. Some had horns, some had fangs, and all of them were images that could make little kids hide behind their mother.
I took few steps backward, I didn’t want to go to a world where scary beast was carved on its gate. But I had nowhere else to go. My room had disappeared, there was nothing but white light around me. The light didn’t stay long. Few second after the gate was fully formed, the white light around me was sucked into the gate and left me in full darkness. Then something glowed in front of me. The gate was glowing in a beautiful green light. The images of the beasts on the lintels had disappeared. Nothing was carved on it anymore. The letters were still on the pillars. I was wondering whether they were still the same letters as before. And then on the other side of the gate, a small white light emerged.
Half my brain told me I should ran the other way while the other half told me to follow the light. There was nothing but darkness behind me and in front of me was a world, undeniably, full of beasts. I stood still in confusion.
“You can’t stay there for long! They’ll eat you! Come here, QUICK!!” It was the Gate Keeper’s voice.
“Eat me?” I whispered. It didn’t take a genius to figure it out. The beasts on the lintels will eat me if I stayed in the dark was the first image that came into my mind. Should I believe her?
I heard heavy breath on my left and that triggered my legs to start running toward the gate.
As I got closer, I saw the girl on the photograph with her hand holding the lantern in front of her. The lantern was on her right hand. Her left hand was in front of her face like a Buddhist monk. She was chanting something. Her eyes were shut. When I ran passed her, she immediately moved her left hand to the side of the lantern and took the light away. I saw how the light moved from the lantern into her palm and slowly sipped in her palm. The green light from the gate was the only light now. She was still chanting. The green light slowly moved into her body and made her glow like a green fairy. And then the green light moved into the lantern. Once all the light was inside the lantern, she turned around and raised the lantern above her head. I could still hear her chant.
She stopped chanting and then the green light left the lantern and took the darkness away. It was like a detonation of green light. I could finally see things around me. They were all a bit greenish, even the sky was light green.
The girl suddenly collapsed and before I could get to her, someone had caught her.
Since I am not a native, feel free to correct my grammar I need all the correction I can get. And I am also open to all the critic you can give me. This is my learning process.