I crept into the cave. It was dark and musty and smelled
like dead animal corpses. My paws nimbly notched an arrow in my
bow, and I scrambled onto a ledge. Big mistake. I saw the tiger
Lernius right next to me, snoring. “Help,” I whispered, “Help.”
A few seconds later, Breezebeak flew in, he grabbed me onto his
back. However, Breezy’s wings brushed against the tiger’s nose,
and he woke up. “Roar!” Lernius roared, “Who dares enter my
I let the arrow fly. It would have hit Lernius if he hadn’t
pounced at us. His claws raked my quiver, but I wasn’t hurt.
Leafula flew in, joining us. She slashed at Lernius. Suddenly, a
furball holding a piece of wood hurtled at Lernius’ head. BOOM!
Lernius was knocked out. The animal got up, grinned and said,
“Hi! I’m Kallos, a male quokka.”
What is a quokka? I thought. However, Kallos answered
first. I thought that a quokka was a type of disease that
gazelles get, but Kallos said, “ Quokkas are marsupials, we are
related to wallabies.” He paused, then smiled and said, “We live
waaay over at the shrub clumps. I want to help get rid of this
guy!” Leafula said, “Fine, suit yourself.” And started gathering
I grabbed a stone cauldron and, with all my might, pulled
it toward Leafula. I knew what she was up to, so, while Breezy
and Kallos were chatting, I helped her prepare the herb potion.
We mixed daisy petals, yarrow bark, and burdock root into a
paste, then force-fed it to Lernius. Breezy and Kallos were
finding and destroying the water pumps, letting all the water
back into rivers, watering holes, and lakes.
After that, we delt with Lernius, turns out that our herb
potion totally crippled him for life. His spine was kind of
crooked and he couldn’t move.