27
Feb
10

The Urdon Journey(The sequel to the Chlowlow Journey)


Chapter 1:The Attack of The Indians

It was a hot day when Taarken woke up. “Why am I here?” he thought. “Oh yes, I just found a diamond!” The day before, Taarken and his friends, Hans, Jamie and Robertson had found a diamond in the very village they were staying in at the moment, Chlowlow! They had had a horrid journey encountering a lot of treachery on the part of many ‘friends’! An earthquake had destroyed a lot of the people who were coming on the expedition to Chlowlow and yesterday a man called Daansk Sooksk had tried to kill Taarken. Luckily Taarken did vice versa and killed Daansk in a duel. Daansk had been trying to kill Taarken because Houdini had asked him to. Now, Houdini was the son of Raion Oooudini whom the diamond really belonged to. Houdini had asked his ‘friends’ to help him on the quest to find his dead father’s diamond. But he wanted the diamond to himself! So he told some Indians to kill Taarken and the group of people on the expedition. But Taarken got the better of Houdini eventually. He killed him when the latter was spying on Taarken and his camp. After an earthquake they had reached Chlowlow and found the diamond and also killing the traitor Daansk Sooksk.

Taarken roused the others,

“Ahh, today we start the long journey back to my town, Urdon!”he thought.

The others woke noisily, glad that they had found the diamond. Then Jamie noticed that the street was very noisy.

“Hey, Taarken, can you hear that noise? questioned Jamie. “It sounds like people yelling and screaming!”

“Hmm, I wonder what the noise is! I think I’ll go and take a look!”replied Taarken. Leaving the others he cautiously walked out of the wooden door and creaked slowly down the rickety stairs in to the hall of the hotel. Usually behind a desk sat a plump old lady. But not today! Taarken opened the door to the street and gasped! Men and women were running around looking frightened. Some brandished guns and some just ran around screaming,

“Indians, they are about to attack!” Taarken sprinted back to tell the others.

“There are Indians about to attack I think!” spluttered Taarken hurriedly!

“What. . ?” Bang Bang! Guns! The fighting was already starting. They all had the same instinct, grab a gun and run!

They were soon out into the streets. The streets were now clear apart from heavy sandbags to deter the Indians! Taarken lead the way towards the sound of gunshots. They were now behind a huge pile of sandbags with other men! You could hear a thudding sound but see no Indians! Oh no! They were hacking at the gates. The men let off a startled cry as a sharp hatchet smashed through the gate. They all cocked their rifles and took cover! Then suddenly the gates gave way and hundreds of Indians poured through the gateway! Shots were let off and the air was quickly filled with smoke. Soon the oncoming Indians were upon them! It was now hand to hand fighting. There was soon a scrum of Indians and villagers near the sandbags. And then he saw him! Houdini’s brother, Roudini. Taarken had only ever seen him once on a picture and that was drawn by hand! But he was certain it was him! For a moment they caught each other’s eye. Taarken saw a cold look in Roudini’s eye. Then suddenly Roudini ran out of the village! Taarken tried to follow him but he was too pre- occupied with an Indian trying to slice his head off! He quickly dealt with him but by the time that was done Roudini was out of sight. Then Taarken thought,

“What is Roudini doing here?” His thoughts were interrupted by am sound growing louder. Neigh, NEIGH, NEIGH! Then Jamie looked up from the scrum and saw a horse, no two horses mounted by men holding guns. Three horses! Lots of horses! The Indians ran away quickly. But they were cut off and soon rounded up quickly. It was the American army from Fort West! Cheers went up from the villagers! Taarken and his friends went back to the hotel. Then Taarken told them about Roudini,

“When we were fighting I noticed a man who looked like Roudini, you know, Houdini’s brother!”

“What, are you sure it was Roudini?” asked Hans. I mean. . . lots of Indians look the same!”

“Yes, I’m sure!” replied Taarken.

“Then we must be on our guard?”suggested Jamie.

“Yes, we need to keep an eye open for Roudini! Does everyone know what he looks like?”asked Taarken. They all did!

Then they heard a knock on the door! Rat-a-tat-tat!

“Who is it?”called out Robertson.

“Aye, just old Mrs Plum!” came the reply.

The door opened and the land lady entered the room with some hot buttered toast on a tray.

“Thank you!”said Taarken, taking the tray gratefully!

After they had munched their toast, they loaded their carts with all they had.

“And remember, Roudini is obviously up to no good, so keep an eye out for him!”reminded Hans as they set off.

Chapter 2: Some Things Go Missing

Taarken whipped the horses into action. The horses had brown tails but cream bodies. They were uncommon horses and very strong! They left the village of Chlowlow where they had found the diamond. Now they were going to Urdon, where Taarken lived! He was half feeling pleased to be going home but he had an uneasy feeling that Roudini would want his revenge. Houdini was Roudini’s brother and Taarken had killed Houdini. Houdini was a treacherous man, who was very selfish and arrogant!

Jamie suddenly broke Taarken’s train of thoughts,

“Taarken, look, there’s the stream where you managed to locate Chlowlow from!”

“Humph, yeah!” was all Taarken could be bothered to reply. It was more of a stream than a river. It flowed smoothly but the quantity of ‘the flowing stuff’ was 100 to 1. The 100 is the dirt and the 1 is the water! Not very impressive for a river! The Sun was blistering hot and the air was humid, making it an unpleasant experience. The day went by slowly and last night came. Hans yawned and finally said,

“How about stopping here for the night!”He was pointing at a wide patch of grass surrounded by trees.

“OK,”answered Taarken. “But since Roudini is about I think one of us should stay up for the night, taking turns at looking out for any hostiles!” The others murmured their agreement and then walked back to their tent to sleep.

Hans was on first watch. So far there had been nothing to be seen or heard, just the odd badger or fox!

“Ahh, nothing out here, no chance of Roudini finding us, I think I’ll have a nap!”thought Hans. He lay back on the mossy ground and looked at the stars. Soon he was deeply asleep!

About ten metres away from Hans, four Indians lay, stealthily hidden by thick leaves.

“Haha, the fool of a ‘guard‘ has nodded off! Now we can go and grab some of their stuff!”whispered the leader. So, four Indians stole into the little clearing and paced cautiously towards the tent where Taarken was sleeping. The chief Indian thought,

“Tonight, we’ll just take some essential items and tomorrow I’ll have my revenge on Taarken. My knife will at last have some use. Houdini gave me that knife and his killer will be destroyed by it!”

The Indian and his band crept into the tent made of canvass! The chief looked around and saw a bag of bread.

“Hmm, we’ll start with that!”he thought. Soon the Indians and the chief had taken a lot of food and drink and one of Taarken’s guns. They moved out of the tent into the night and through the forest.

“What a success this has been!”thought the chief Indian. And what surprise Hans would get in the morning!

Chapter 3 A:A Moody Man

Hans woke up with a start! He had fallen asleep! He walked into the tent and then he stopped dead in his tracks! What on Earth was this? Belongings were strewn all over the tent floor and goodness knows how one of the others hadn’t heard all this happening.

“Taarken, hey Taarken!”shouted Hans.

“Oops!”thought Hans. “Someone’s been and gone while I was asleep! Now who could that be !? Oh, of course, Roudini!” Taarken woke suddenly,

“What on earth are you shouting. . .” He stopped in amazement and looked in horror at the tent!

“Hans!”he said slowly. “You aren’t going to tell me that someone has robbed this tent are you?”

“Erm, well, er, I think I nodded of!”finished Hans quickly.

“What on Earth were you thinking of!”yelled Taarken. Jamie and Robertson were staring in

amazement at the mess around them!

“We need to see what’s missing!”uttered Jamie realising what had happened. Hans looked gratefully at Jamie because Taarken was obviously about to spew out some more death threats at Hans! Then Robertson said quietly,

“I think Roudini has paid a visit and a nasty one at that!”

Chapter 3B:Revenge is Sweet?

Soon, Taarken’s temper had calmed down and they had checked what had been stolen! Food, lots of food had been stolen! Hans felt angry with himself after what he had done! What could he do to make amends? But he couldn’t think of a way to do this so he contented himself with helping Jamie drive the horses along on one of the carts.

They were just beginning to travel on a path surrounded by a dense forest when Taarken heard a noise and alerted the others,

“Hey, did anyone hear that?!” Taarken had heard a peculiar noise coming from the trees to his right.

“What on Earth was that?” Jamie finally replied,

“I don’t know what it is but I’ve heard it before! But where did I hear it? Oh yes, at the zoo!” Then Jamie fearfully understood what he had just said!

“Then. . .!”started Jamie. “What you just heard was an animal!” The others were just taking in what Jamie had said when a fierce growl came from the trees. Then came a rustling sound and a cat emerged from the trees. But not any old cat! A tiger! Everyone but Hans were petrified and stood motionless, looking fearfully at the tiger! Then Hans ran quickly to his cart and climbed in. The tiger roared and leapt after him bellowing all the way! The others, still watching terrified, wondered what Hans was going to do. But by now the tiger was on top of the cart shredding the canvassed roof! Then suddenly a shot rang out and the tiger reared in pain and jumped off the cart onto the firm ground. It was limping but still looked strong enough to kill a man. Taarken quickly realised what to do and grabbed his knife from his belt. The tiger slashed at Taarken, sending him flying but the tiger now had a knife embedded in his paw. He was losing health quickly but he looked as if he still had enough strength to finish off an injured Taarken who was lying helplessly on the ground. Bang, Bang! Hans wasn’t taking any chances this time! He had shot the tiger fatally in the chest twice! The tiger slumped dying to the ground! Around them, silence engulfed all the men’s fear and they realised that the fight was finally over! Robertson and Jamie ran over to Taarken and gave him some water. He had only got a cut on his arm and he was soon back in the cart, quite able to walk.

“Well!”said Taarken later that day after they had stopped for the night. “ You really saved the day!” But before Hans could answer Taarken was sleeping in his bed! Jamie quickly took charge,

“I know Hans has just saved the day, but I don’t think he is quite ready to stay on guard tonight and besides, he must be tired after his tiger killing session.” Hans nodded his agreement, feeling pleased that he had made up for his previous mishap! Then Jamie continued,

“I will go on guard with Robertson and we will both be holding a gun. But we will have to make sure it is well hidden, so any hostiles will think we are unarmed!” They all agreed to this and settled down for the night!  But they forgot about the hiding!

It was cold outside and Jamie and Robertson felt chilled. They were looking at the stars and gazing in wonder at the way they were designed. Then some clouds blew over and covered the stars and it felt as if something nasty was going to happen!

Roudini stealthily crept through the bushes and looked at the tent.

“Oh dear!”he thought. “There seem to be some guards!” He moved over to the back of the tent.

“Now to take them by surprise!”he thought. He moved cautiously to the back of Hans and thwacked a bulky stick on the man’s back. Jamie cried out and fell unconscious! Robertson jumped away but a shot split the air and Robertson heaved in pain as he was struck by a bullet in his arm!

Taarken had heard the noise and suspecting that Roudini was there he quickly grabbed his gun and made his way quietly to the door of the tent. He swiped the cover open and swung randomly in the air.

“Ow!”

“Good!”thought Taarken. “I think I hit the jackpot!” Next to him he saw Jamie lying on the ground with Roudini crumpled helplessly on top of him! Robertson was on his knees nursing his wound. Around them, all hints of wildlife had gone and there was an eerie silence! Firstly Taarken had to move the injured into the tent. It was hard work as he had no help and it was nearly pitch black apart from some faint stars millions of light years away! Jamie and Robertson were now inside and in their beds! Jamie was still unconscious and Robertson was fast asleep! Taarken lay down and almost immediately fell asleep. But alas, he had forgotten about Roudini!

Jamie woke up first the next morning. He had a splitting head ache and he was feeling grumpy!

“Ohhh, what had happened last night!” Then he thought, “I’ll ask Taarken when he wakes up. No sooner than he said that Taarken woke up! He groaned when he saw Jamie. Why was he doing a journey with a first-class set of bunglers! He himself would have to go on guard tonight and that meant another night of no sleep! Robertson woke up and he felt a stab in his arm! Then he remembered his midnight scuffle! After that Taarken explained to a drowsy Hans what had happened and Hans agreed with him that he and Taarken should go on guard that night.

“I think we need to get a doctor for Robertson!” said Taarken.

“Yes, I need one soon because my arm is hurting like mad!”replied Robertson.

They got back into their carts and took a dirt track through the forest towards a village called Reedini. Reedini is inhabited by lots of Americans but some Indians still lived there.

Soon the carts reached the village Reedini. An Indian man walked out of the village.

“. . . . Enretieth cant cassa!”he muttered. Then seeing Taarken’s bewildered face he said,

“You come from. . .” he paused, maybe wondering what to say, “where?”he continued.

“We come to seek a doctor!” Taarken replied in plain American. “I Taarken. . .”he was stopped by the Indian.

“Ahhhhhhhh! Roudini, Taarken is here!” He seemed to understand American now and shrieking loudly he ran back into the village.

“Oh dear!”thought Jamie! “I think we might have an encounter!”

“OK, come on everyone AND BE CAUTIOUS!” cried Taarken as he approached the village on foot.

When the party entered the village, it suddenly went silent! Men stopped walking around, just to look at Taarken and the others. They were looking out for any sign of the seemingly ‘mad’ Indian who had ‘greeted them. Taarken thought,

“Is this the wrong village, there are no white men here.” But his worst fears were ceased by a man in his fifties, stepping out of a strange oblong hut. He wiped some sweat off his brow and stepped forward.

“Ahhhh, welcome to Reedini!” he said. You’d better come in here, erm. . ., I’ll explain later!” he gestured Taarken in to the hut and nodded at the others,

“Come on, you to, they are slightly hostile in this village. Listen, I’ll explain why. A few weeks ago the Indian Chief Ranchuo, decided to throw all the white men out of the village. Now, this was because of a man. A single, solitary man, caused that to happen. He only let me stay because I’m a doctor!” he paused and looked around at the group of tired travellers. They were now inside a hut. It was dimly lit and mattresses lay on hard oak beds with little more than a linen blanket draped over it. In every other bed, a man or woman lay fast asleep.

“So which one of you needs the surgery?”the doctor asked. Robertson pulled up his sleeve and showed the gouge in his arm.

“OK, come in here you lot, I’ll have to do some surgery to it. You can watch if you want.”explained the doctor. They all followed the doctor into a room at the side. A bed lay at the edge of it and a tray of implements was lying on the ground.

Then suddenly, Taarken was the only one to notice a small figure next to a glass of water. It was Roudini, about to drip something from a small bottle into the drink! Quick as a flash, Taarken had whipped out his gun and fired at Roudini. Roudini let out a cry and dropped the bottle. It smashed on the ground and green looking liquid spilled onto the floorboards!

“Roudini!” yelled Taarken angrily! “I will surely kill you this time!” he pointed his gun directly at Roudini’s face. “ So you’re the one who got the white men kicked out of this village! Now you try to poison someone!” he turned to the doctor. “Who was that glass of water meant for?”

“That man, with the injured arm! I say, what is this all about?”the doctor queried.

“This lunatic had been trying to kill us for a long time now!”raged Taarken. “I will kill him right now!”

“No, er, I can give you some useful information!”whimpered Roudini.

“Let’s hear your ‘information’!”mocked Taarken. “Spit it out!”

“OK, well. . .”he said nervously. “I sent men to burn down your house and kill your wife and children! I had to poison Robertson. . .” At this, Taarken leapt up in anger and fell upon Roudini! Jamie jumped in to restrain Taarken, but then wished he hadn’t! Roudini, as soon as he was free form Taarken’s grip, punched him on the nose. It started to bleed rapidly! Jamie now had Taarken on top of him and was struggling to breathe. Roudini thought,

“Har har, two down, two to go!” Then he threw himself on Robertson and pushed him to one side. He was out of the way too and because of his arm, he couldn’t even get up! Hans, however was not easily beaten. In his youth he had been a wrestler and still kept his skills up to scratch, when he had any spare time! He landed a punch on Roudini’s shoulder, but now, Roudini had a knife in his hand and proceeded to hold it menacingly, point first at Hans’ belly. Then he thrust it wildly at Hans, who ducked and kicked Roudini to the floor. The sharp knife flew through the air at hit the doctor who had been watching the fight with almost amusement! But now he was down on the ground dying! The knife had pierced his heart and a pool of blood was filling up! Then, suddenly Roudini tried a trick, only once done before properly. He tried a spin kick but fell helplessly to the ground! But then came the trick. Hans tried to jump onto Roudini’s back, but was repelled by a backwards kick by Roudini. He lay unconscious on the floor, with Roudini looking triumphant standing next to him.

“Wah wah wha! Wah woo wha!” Indian war cries! It reminded Roudini of that day when they had fought Taarken before. The smells came back to him and he was plunged into a flashback. He had a vivid memory of the Indians swarming forward. And then he realised that something was different. The Indians were attacking him! Suddenly he blacked out. . .

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6 Responses to “The Urdon Journey(The sequel to the Chlowlow Journey)”


  1. 1 Susan Legg
    February 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Great start to a sequel. I want to know what happens next. Hurry up and write more of it!

  2. 2 Sam Rees
    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    When you said these are long I didn’t realise you meant this long!!!!

    • March 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      Yeah, they r quite long. Thanks for commenting

  3. March 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Are u writing any more???

    • March 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      I am writing more soon!:D

      • March 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

        Good. Hurry up!


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