The hall they had stepped into was plain in an almost deathly boring sense. It had a cheaply tiled floor, an even more cheaply tiled ceiling, and plain walls that were a creamy beige-white color. Not quite white, but not an audible beige. It was somewhere in between the two.
Along the hall were a series of doors, in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. It looked a little like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
Lyra felt like she had been ripped off. Jumping off a bridge, she reasoned, was much cooler than falling down a rabbit hole, and her more dramatic entrance should have scored extra points.
Fire breathing dragons, flying horses anything more interesting than this drab little hallway.
Wow, said Lyra again.
Stormi snorted. You dont sound too enthused.
What did you expect
No, that wasnt true. There were trees. But only their outer limbs reached her. The branches scratched her as she tumbled downward. But none were strong enough to support a thirteen-year-old girl.
Lyra figured the normal reaction at this point would be to be scared. But she was too shocked to be scared. So as she tumbled downward, her only thought concerning the fall was Well, this sucks.
Then she shut her eyes, and the fall stopped.
Stopped? No, that wasnt possible. Probably, she just couldnt feel the fall, since she couldnt see it.
Probably, but she had to know for sure. She opened her eyes.
Then she reached up and tugged on her eyelid, just to make sure they were open. Around her
But there was one more shape. A girl. She sat cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed, concentrating. She spoke aloud to herself, voice echoing softly through the thick, black silence.
Its possible. Im sure its possible. The only problem is whether I can do it. But Im sure its possible. You read about stuff like this all the time. Although, its mostly fiction
Her voice trailed off. This wasnt working. She shut her eyes tighter, and searched her mind for the feeling of certainty that she needed. Merely thinking it would work wasnt enough. She needed to know, and without any proof. It was a concept she was still getting the hang of. It didnt get any easier.
The midnight visits never worked. Lyra was just too twi
Were too late, Stormi had moaned when they saw him. Were doomed. Hes already there who knows what hes said to Seth? We are dead. Jaina had shaken her head.
No, were not, she told her daughter. Weve got a secret weapon that he doesnt know. Weve got Lyra. And Im sure that since she got a mix of your and my powers, she could change a lot of things for us. She could shape-shift, Im sure. They had told Lyra how, and a few moments later, she was shifting. She could turn into the crow, an exact replica of both Stormi and Jaina. In fact, she could turn into the replica of any living thing she had seen. She could turn into her parents, her younger brother, her best friend, Seth little boys sh