By Starshimmer10 and GreenLightning
“I just can’t wait!!” The cry echoed through the forest, stirring animals here and there. A user walked through the woods, his glowing white username reading “GreenLightning” and shining bright through the darkening woods. He walked towards a blocky tree, pulling a stone axe from his inventory as he did so.
We might need a little more wood for our adventure, he thought to himself as he cut through the block of wood. It broke in a flurry of wooden pixels, and a small, bobbing tree trunk rotated in the log’s place. The blocks above it stayed in their place, one of the many strange physics of Minecraft. He tucked the oak wood deep into his inventory, continuing to repeat the process until the entire tree was cut down. GreenLightning quickly planted an oak sapling and turned towards the setting sun.
Star should have been here by now, he thought to himself worriedly. Oh well, she probably decided to wait at home because it was getting dark. I should probably get back home too.
As he made his way home, he watched the sun color the forest golden-yellow, vibrant orange, and finally deep red.
His thoughts were suddenly jerked back to the present by a loud bang, bang, bang, noise. As he sprinted in worry and panic, the sound just got louder. Bang, bang, bang. He neared his house and stopped dead in his tracks. His heart instantly sank.
About a dozen zombies surrounded GreenLightning and StarShine10 (Star)’s house. GreenLightning saw a bright white nametag against the oak wood and planks, reading “StarShine10”. She stood inside the house, staring out a window, terrified.
“Lightning! Help!” Star screamed.
Greenlightning unsheathed an iron sword and wriggled an iron chestplate over his bright green shirt and placed a helmet on his light brown hair. He sprinted towards the zombies, hoping he would be able to rescue StarShine10.
He jumped up and attacked two zombies from behind, slashing quickly three times on the first, repeated the process with the second,and brought down the killing blow on both of them, a double kill. He jumped up and came down on another pixely monster.
Panting, he reached Star, who had somehow made her way out of the house.
“Star, get your sword out!!” he yelled.
She rubbed her arm and looked sheepishly at the ground. Her light brown hair fell over her sky blue eyes, and covered most of her raspberry shirt.
“I don’t have a sword. I left it inside,” she said, pointing to the oak house.
GreenLightning was already sprinting the instant the words were out of her mouth.
“Be right back!” he called. He sprinted towards the house, opening the door but quickly closing it for fear of zombies getting in. He turned and glanced around the room.
Let’s see. . . he thought, bunk beds, chests, furnaces, oh, there it is, next to the enchantment table!
He quickly grabbed the enchanted golden sword, although he was unsure why Star would use such a flimsy weapon, even with enchantments.
He dashed outside, dodging the remaining zombies. GreenLightning handed the sword to Star, and gave her an extra iron chestplate from his inventory.
“Thanks,” Star said gratefully.
The duo sprinted into the hoard of zombies, battling side by side.
By dawn they had finished them off.
“Wow,” Star panted. “Those zombies were tough.”
“Yeah,” GreenLightning said absent-mindedly.
“So what do we do now?” Star asked.
“I don’t know. Just do whatever,” GreenLightning said, staring off into space.
“What are you thinking about?” Star questioned.
“N-nothing,” GreenLightning stuttered.
“Alright. What’s wrong?” Star sighed.
“It’s just my health,” GreenLightning said. “It’s really low. It will regenerate. . . eventually.”
“But this is a hardcore server!” Star almost shouted, “If you die, I will be left all alone!”
GreenLightning winced and covered his ears.
“This is why I didn’t want to tell you,” he laughed.
“Sorry,” Star said. She glanced off into the distance and suddenly let out an excited squeal.”Look!”she shouted, “It’s our garden! I almost forgot about it because of all of the chaos with the zombies lately. And it has wheat! We can get more food!”
She sprinted off towards the little farm, skipping excitedly every so often. GreenLightning watched her, hoping they would have enough food for both of them to regenerate. On Star’s fifth skip she seemed to disappear from the landscape as soon as she hit the ground, letting out a little scream as she did.
“GreenLightning?” she shouted. “What is this?”
GreenLightning hurriedly sprinted over to Star’s glowing username, which was now seemingly underground. He almost fell into the hole she had already fallen in. He stared down into the torchlit hole for a moment, then leaned excitedly down towards Star.
“Star!” He said in a whisper-excited voice, “Look what you found!”
“What is it?” She asked in the same tone. GreenLightning jumped down into the hole with Star, landing with a slight thump.
“It’s a tunnel I made when I first joined the server,” He said. “It leads to a desert temple!”
“We need to pack,” GreenLightning said as he punched the dirt behind him.
“I’m so excited!” Star squealed. They jumped out of the hole, and started walking towards their house.
“Wait,” Star suddenly said, “I need to go harvest the wheat from the garden. We can’t go on an adventure without food!”
She walked slowly back to the garden, probably trying to avoid the hole she had fallen into last time. GreenLightning kept on moving, not wanting to waste any time. As he reached the door, he heard Star’s light, hurried footsteps along the gravel path.
“So,” she panted. “How long is this tunnel?”
“Nine hundred and fifty, maybe one thousand blocks,” GreenLightning responded casually.
“One thousand blocks!?” Star yelled, “We’re gonna need more food!” She started digging through a chest, rapidly shoving items into her inventory.
“I was just joking!” GreenLightning laughed, “We’ll probably get there by noon.”
Star stopped mid-step and stared at him.
“Don’t play jokes like that! You know I don’t like walking!” she tried to sound stern, but still started giggling.
GreenLightning smiled and glanced around their house. Windows lined the long oak plank walls, a divider of spruce logs standing between them. Stairs climbed up one wall, while crafting tables, furnaces, chests, and beds sat along the rest. It wasn’t very fancy, but it would protect them.
“Let’s get going. Oh, and don’t forget boats,” GreenLightning said.
Star held up two boats, one being oak, and the other being acacia.
“Already done,” Star smiled.
“Alright, let’s go!” GreenLightning shouted.
The desert sun shone down on GreenLightning, blinding him momentarily. He glanced over at Star, who continued confidently through the cactus-spattered biome. It had been about an hour since they had left the cool plains biome, but it seemed like they had been traveling in the desert for days. GreenLightning glanced at his store of cooked fish and salmon, which was now slowly growing smaller.
“Lightning!” Star suddenly shouted, “I think I see it up ahead!”
GreenLightning’s heart raced. The desert temple!
I might never be able to look at a sand block again, he thought to himself.
“It’s just over the next hill!” Star called back excitedly.
GreenLighting could see the hill Star had told him of.
“What are we waiting for?” He yelled, “Let’s go!”
They started sprinting together, but Star soon took the lead; her jump timing and landing was perfect.
GreenLightning reached desert temple shortly after Star. He glanced up at his agile companion, and then at the tall towers above him. Star was staring the direction at the ocean in the distance, confusion clear on her face.
“What is it?” GreenLightning questioned.
“By the edge of the water, don’t you see it?” She asked.
GreenLightning scanned the shore line, searching for anything susipious. Finally, his eyes rested on a oak plank-like structure, a small wooden pole extending out the bottom and down into the ground.
“A sign,” GreenLightning said, “What’s a sign doing way out here?”
“I’m not sure, but I plan to find out,” Star said as she sprinted off towards the water.
GreenLightning walked slowly after Star, hoping his food supply wouldn’t run out. His feet made a soothing soft scraping sound against the sand, although some users found this sound annoying after traveling for long periods of time.
He reached Star, quietly munching on a cooked salmon as he stood next to her.
He almost dropped the fish as he read the words inscribed in the wood.
Beware of the Secret Temple
“What could that mean?” Star cluelessly asked.
GreenLightning stared at her, confused.
“GravelGuy?” GreenLightning said. “You don’t remember him?”
“GravelGuy? Lightning, I seriously don’t know what you’re talking about,” Star said.
How can she not remember GravelGuy? GreenLightning wondered. It was probably the first biggest event on the server! Oh, wait, she wasn’t on the server then. That would explain it.
He looked back down at Star who was staring at the sign, still trying to figure out what it meant.
“Star, did I ever tell you about GravelGuy, my old friend?” he finally asked.
“Oh. No, not that I remember, but I think I might have an idea of who he is, now that I know he was your friend,” she answered.
“Really? What do you think?” GreenLightning asked curoiusly.
“When FireShadow confronted us, he said something about your friend,” Star said. “I thought that might have had some signifigance.”
GreenLightning was surprised that Star had noticed that detail while Fiershadow, a former cyber-bully, had been bulling them.
“Oh, well, it’s time you hear the whole story,” GreenLightning smiled, recalling the memories of his first few days after meeting Star.
Star made one of her squealy noises and stepped over so that she stood in front of him.
GreenLightning took a deep breath, and began the story of GravelGuy.
“GravelGuy and I were once friends. We each made little huts to stay in, and shared a storage house. Once when we were mining, GravelGuy fell in lava and nearly died. He blamed me for not being quick enough to save him.” GreenLightning paused a moment, remembering that night. “Well, I guess can’t do anything about it now. Let’s go loot that desert temple!”
Star stared at him sympathetically for a moment, but then turned and started towards the temple.
GreenLightning followed, staring at the footsteps Star had made in the pixely sand. As he entered in desert temple, he scanned the building. Several two-block pillars surrounded the room, connecting to the pyramid-shaped structure. Blue and orange clay was arranged in the center of the temple, creating some kind of pattern. Star stood right next to an orange clay block and pulled a stone pickaxe from her inventory. She began mining directly down, usually a hazard, but if this was a normal desert temple, it would be safe.
GreenLightning began mining down the block next to Star, using an iron pick instead of stone. Star just seemed to like using more conservative tools.
GreenLightning reached the bottom to find Star already disarming the TNT trap. If they had stepped onto that pressure plate, they almost undoubtedly would have died.
Star neared a chest and turned to GreenLightning.
“I’ll get these ones, you get those,” she said, referring to the chests.
She knelt before her first chest and opened it, rummaging through its contents.
GreenLightning did the same with his own, the inventory screen filling his vision.
Let’s see…bones, rotten flesh, oooh, gold!
His searching was interrupted by another excited squeal by Star.
“Lightning! Look! I found a diamond in my first chest!” She cried.
“Great! Let’s keep searching,” GreenLightning smiled.
Star walked over to her second chest, diamond held in hand.
She opened it and pulled another shimmering object from the box.
“Another one!!” She shouted.
GreenLightning glanced up in awe. Star held the shining jewels before him, the shimmering objects glinting in the brilliant shaft of sunlight entering through the hole they had made.
Star did a little dance around the treasure room and started singing a little song.
“We came to the temple to not, not, not be bored! And now we can make, a di, di, diamond sword!”
“Star!” GreenLightning yelled.
Star stared at him, a quirky little smile on her face.
“You didn’t like my song? No matter, I loved it!” She said happily.
“No,” GreenLightning sighed, “Your song was great. But listen! We’re surrounded by monsters!”
Star closed her eyes a moment, probably listening.
“You’re right,” she said, suddenly becoming serious, “What do we do now?”
“Do you still have that crafting table on you?” GreenLightning asked.
“Yeah, sure. I always keep a crafting table on me, but why do you ne-” her face suddenly brightened with realization. “Here’s the stick and two diamonds,” she smiled.
GreenLightning moved towards the hovering objects, allowing them to plop themselves into his inventory. He placed the crafting table down in front of him, opened the crafting screen, and began to craft one of the best weapons in all of Minecraft, a diamond sword.
Monsters were scattered across the desert, probably at least two dozen. The zombies, creepers and spiders stood out from the pale sand, while the skeletons were a little less visible. Star stood at GreenLightning’s side, her enchanted golden sword held at the ready.
“Let’s go!” she shouted.
They ran from their perch from atop the desert temple and charged into the monster-filled desert. GreenLightning sprinted up to a spider and slashed it before it realized he was there. It screeched, but as it turned to face its attacker, GreenLightning swiftly ran behind it, bringing his sword down on its abdomen. It flashed red with damage, but this time the spider jumped and twisted in mid-air, landing on top of GreenLightning before he could start running again. He fell backwards, stunned by the by the blow. The spider advanced, its eight red eyes glowing brightly in the darkened landscape.
GreenLightning spotted Star darting away from a pile of skeleton bones and zombie flesh, carrying a shimmering sword in her right hand, and a darker stone sword in the other. She jumped up onto the spider and slashed quickly several times, although the spider died on the first hit. She collected the hovering spider silk and tucked her swords into her inventory. Pulling out a fish, she walked to GreenLightning.
“Here you go,” she said, smiling as she tossed him the food.
GreenLightning stepped towards the fish as Star stood guard. The food flowed into his inventory, allowing him to eat the replenishing meat. Star watched him eat the fish, then turned around and stared at something near a large sand dune. She squinted at the mountain of sand and glanced back at GreenLightning.
“I thought I saw something glowing over there,” she said, “I’m going to check it out.”
GreenLightning pulled out his newly-crafted diamond sword and watched Star run across the pale, silty landscape. He turned to the moon, staring at its soft, silver glow, and watching it as it made its decent towards the horizon. A few monsters still roamed the desert, but were now returning back to their caves, or whatever place they came from. GreenLightning turned from the moon and looked back at the dune Star had gone behind moments before. She had been taking a lot longer than it would normally take to “check it out”. She was probably just stopped by a bunny, or something silly like that.
“Star! Come on! We have to get moving!” GreenLightning called.
“Star!! Are you playing with baby zombies again?” He asked jokingly.
GreenLightning started towards the sand dune quickly, making sure to avoid stray zombies and creepers. Footsteps softly crunched against the sand behind him; maybe Star had circled around? Suddenly, a painful thunk reverberated through his head, which was followed by a weak, high-pitched cry. He began to turn, but his vision slowly wavered and faded, making it hard to identify his attacker. As the world slowly dissolved around him, he glimpsed a grey figure with darker speckles here and there, similar to the pattern of gravel. . .
GreenLightning’s surroundings seemed to flicker and swim, most likely from the headache racking his boxy forehead. Finally, his vision became clear, although he still felt sleepy. Pacing footsteps sounded around him, hastily jumping from one side of the room to the other. GreenLightning slowly sat up, ignoring the pain in the back of his head. He scanned the room, admiring the aqua-marine color and searching for the cause of the pacing footsteps. A bluish light danced around the floor, but it only illuminated the small room dimly.
“Oh GreenLightning you’re finally awake!” An excited voice shouted. StarShine10 sprinted out of a corner and stopped, panting in front of GreenLighning. She brushed her light-brown, now aqua hued, hair out of her face, revealing her bright blue eyes, shimmering with excitement. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. What about you? What happened?” GreenLightning said.
“Well…” Star began, “When I walked over to the other side of the sand dune, I heard the shatter and splash of a potion, and suddenly I couldn’t see anything. Right before I was blinded, I glimpsed a user with a grey, speckled skin, most likely the same one that carried us away.”
GreenLightning stared at the wall, recalling the events that had taken place before their capture.
“How did you know he took both of us?” GreenLightning asked.
“We circled around and I heard him hit something from behind. I didn’t see any other users around, so I knew it must have been you. I tried to call to you, but the user wields a diamond sword, and he wields one well,” She answered, and quickly added with a smile,” Hopefully you can use yours as well as he does.”
GreenLightning slowly stood, searching the small room for any way of escape. He glanced at Star expectantly, waiting for her to tell him where they were.
“Don’t look at me,” She said, noticing his blue eyes set on her, “My blindness wore off only a few minutes before you woke up. The only thing I know is that this is a cell. A cell in an Ocean Monument.”
“Okay, Star, we have to get out of here. My food supply is running low, and I doubt you can grow wheat underwater,” GreenLightning said.
Star gave him a small smile and glanced down, likely searching her inventory for anything that could help them.
“We could mine out,” Star suggested, pulling a stone pickaxe from her inventory. “Or we could ask,” she added with a grin.
“Mining! Of course! Oh. . . wait. . . once we get to the surface, how will we get away from the gaurdians?” GreenLightning said. “Oh. . . I have an idea. . . Do you still have your boat?”
“Yep. You want yours?” Star asked, holding out an oak boat.
“Yeah, and get the other one ready, you’re gonna need it,” GreenLightning said.
Star rummaged her inventory some more, finally pulling out an acacia boat after about a half-minute of searching. She walked to the wall and again pulled out her pickaxe, but then gave GreenLightning an embarresed, questioning look.
“What exactly am I supposed to do?” she sheepishly asked, “I kinda just figured it involved me mining a block.”
GreenLightning smiled at her, almost laughing at his friend’s eagerness. He explained the plan to her, taking her ideas and changes along the way.
“You forgot one thing,” she said after he told her the plan,” How will we find the shore after we get above water? Neither of us saw where we were taken.”
GreenLightning gave her a questioning smile.
“We just went exploring. Usually when you go exploring, you take a compass!”
Star’s face lit up, excitement shining through her eyes.
“We have everything we need to escape! Let’s go!”She shouted.
“Quiet,” GreenLightning whispered.
A soft swishing noise filtered through the room, causing the duo to shrink back to a corner. The noise slowly faded away, but the fear residing inside the small cell did not. The two users glanced at each other.
“Let’s wait,” Star whispered.
GreenLightning stood by a glass window, watching the gaurdians swim by and around the Ocean Monument. Star began walking in circles around the room, but she began to slow down, most likely due to dizziness. She finally halted her pacing and sat down on the ledge GreenLightning was standing on. She let out a deep sigh and stood up, watching the strange, fish-like creatures along with GreenLightning.
Star pressed her face up against the glass, scanning the surroundings with a keen eye.
“I think their gone,” she suddenly said.
“Are you sure? I think I see one hovering over, just waiting to strike,” GreenLightning whispered.
“Oh don’t be silly. That’s just the corner of the Ocean Monument,” Star giggled quietly.
They jumped down from their viewing point and quickly moved to one of the four-by-four block walls. GreenLightning unsheathed his pickaxe and raised it high in the air, striking a prismarine block as he brought it down. Cracks slowly spread across its aqua-marine colored face, and it finally shattered after several blows. A small amount of water flowed into the room, although it only splashed their feet, another one of the gravity-defying physics of Minecraft.
“Get your boat ready!” GreenLightning yelled.
Star reached into her inventory and brought out her acacia boat, then brought out her pickaxe once again.
“What about you?” she asked worriedly.
“Oh I’ll be fine,” GreenLightning rolled his eyes and smiled. Sometimes Star was just a bit too worried.
“Let’s go!” GreenLightning shouted excitedly. He broke the second block, almost filling the room with water. Star hopped into the pool of water, taking a deep breath while she fought the current. She swam out the two-block hole GreenLightning mined, and began to slowly float to the surface. GreenLightning jumped in behind her, the cool, blue-tinted water splashing his face and swirling around his feet. He took a deep breath and dove into the deep, murky water surrounding the Ocean Monument.
A flash of cyan darted past him, followed by a streak of orange. A deep, dark eye appeared from the depths of the ocean, hovering in front of him, and watching his every move.
“Gaurd-!” His cry of warning was cut short by a colorful ray striking him in the chest. He began to panic as the gaurdian’s ray glowed brighter, brighter. . .
WHAM!! The white flash of a username was visible through the murky water, “StarShine10” reading in the glowing white text. Star slammed into the gaurdian, shocking it out of its attack on GreenLightning and shoving it a few blocks. She slashed at the underwater beast, striking it once. . . then twice. . . but suddenly the gaurdian darted away, trying to hide from its lethal attacker.
Star made an obvious gesture to the surface, and swam upwards, reaching the surface moments later. GreenLightning pushed off the bottom, shooting up like a bullet and breaking the surface to precious air.
He treaded water while he caught his breath and pulled the oak boat from his inventory. He climbed into the boat, watching as Star rowed over to him in her own.
“I thought you said you were fine,” she said in mock gruffness as she tossed him three cooked salmon.
GreenLightning just smiled as he ate the fish.
He found the compass deep inside of his inventory and pointed it directly in front of him. It took a few seconds for the compass to adjust, but finally the bright red needle pointed towards the shore, and their home.
“It’s pointing that way!” GreenLightning shouted back to Star, who was now rowing in lopsided circles.
“It’s land! I see it!” Star yelled.
GreenLightning rowed closer to the shore, planning to land and wait for Star to catch up.
“Hey, I see something else,” Star called, “Oh no! GreenLightning! Get out of there! It’s TNT!!”
GreenLightning spotted a pile of red and white cubes and a grey-skinned user holding flint and steel. The user placed another block of TNT, uncovered his flint and steel once again, struck the explosive block, and sprinted away.
“I’ll be back!” He yelled. “I’ll be back!”
“GreenLightning!” Star shouted, “Get out of there!”
GreenLightning struggled with the oars, paddling one way, and then the other, desperately trying to escape the soon-to-come explosion. The blinking of the cube became faster. . . faster. . . until. . .
The explosion destroyed his boat, and then blasted him far back from the shore.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
The rest of the TNT exploded on the beach, creating a huge crater which water began to fill up. GreenLightning struggled to stay above the surface, the blast of the explosion taking a toll on his health. Star paddled up to him, pulling more salmon from her inventory.
“Com’on, get into my boat! It’ll be cramped, but it’s better than swimming.” Star said, then added, “Are you okay?”
GreenLightning smiled at her weakly, pulled a fish from his inventory, and began munching on it.
“I will be,” he said through mouthfuls.
Star glanced at him worriedly and tossed him two more salmon. She looked back at the crater in the shore and then the direction the user had run.
“I saw the user’s username,” She said. “It read ‘GravelGuy’ . After he lighted the TNT, he called to you, ‘I’ll be back!’ . If we don’t stop him, he might destroy our buildings, destroy our home. . . And even destroy us.”
“I know,” GreenLightning said quietly.
“You know I’m not really the type that would kill any threat to me, and that’s not what I’m about to do. What I’m saying is that we have to stop GravelGuy,” She gave GreenLightning a small smile, and began to row the direction GravelGuy had sprinted. “And that’s what we will do.”
GreenLightning glanced up, searching for a patch of sky, a flicker of light, anything but TREES! The user duo had been walking through these woods for hours, or at least it seemed like it. Although they remained firm in their determination to catch GravelGuy, Star was beginning to complain.
“My feet hurt and I’m tired of seeing trees. We’ve been traveling forever!”
GreenLightning glared back at her and kept up his steady pace.
“Why don’t you try counting the trees? That will give you something to think about besides. . . trees,” He smiled at the silliness of his statement.
Star stretched and glanced up at GreenLightning.
“I tried that already. I lost count after one hundred and fifty-two,” she yawned.
GreenLightning stared back at her.
“You counted one hundred and fifty-two trees?” He asked, suprised.
“Yes, and my brain hurts!” She yelled.
“Well, complaining won’t make it any better,” GreenLightning called back to her.
Star scowled at him for a moment, but the look of stubborness slowly faded to one of guilt. She glanced down and rubbed her arm, then looked back up at him.
“I’m sorry. I just get tired and don’t really think about what I’m saying. Will you forgive me?” she asked hopefully.
GreenLightning glanced back at her, confused. Was his friend really apologizing for complaining?
Well, I guess It’s something that can be forgiven.
“Sure,” GreenLightning said.
A look of relief crossed Star’s face, her gratefulness shining through her eyes.
“Thanks,” She sighed.
The user duo traveled for several minutes in silence, listening to the occasional cow, sheep, or even wolf. Star uncovered two sticks from her inventory, placing one in each hand. She began slicing the air with her small wooden weapons, striking imaginary enemies.
GreenLightning glanced over his shoulder and smiled at his excited friend. He turned back to the forest, searching for any sign of GravelGuy.
Slowly, a soft, amber light spread across the ground in front of him. It danced across the forest floor, jumping into the darkening corners of the woods.
“Hey, Star, I think I see a glow!” GreenLightning called to his friend.
Star’s face lit up with happiness, and she began to skip and hop excitedly towards GreenLightning. She suddenly stopped mid-skip, hitting the ground with a thump.
“If you can see the torch, it means it’s darker, right?” she asked.
“Yes,” GreenLightning tilted his head at her, questioning what she was saying.
“And if it’s darker it means, one, the trees are denser here, or two,” she glanced at him, “It’s night!”
GreenLightning glanced at the light source for a moment, formulating a plan.
“Let’s try to find where GravelGuy went,” GreenLightning finally said cooly, “And hide there. GravelGuy needs protection from the monsters too.”
Star smiled at him, then turned to the glow, the flickering light refelecting off her blue eyes and giving them an orange tint.
“We should probably go to the torch, or whatever this light is coming from,” she said.
They started towards the light, making their way through the dense trees. GreenLightning glanced up, finally finding a gap in the forest roof. The moon’s face was just becoming visible through the hole, and it began casting a pale glow on both users. The grey light outlined the friends with thin silver threads, creating a mystical effect.
They passed another tree, finding the light source. GreenLightning slowly stepped near to the orange flickering torch on the large oak wall, searching for a door, or any way of entrance.
“This looks like a home, or at least a shelter,” GreenLightning called back to Star.
“Do you see a door?” she asked.
“Not yet, but I’ve almost finished searching this side,” GreenLightning responded.
GreenLightning walked along the oak log outlined wall, peering through windows, although it was almost completly dark inside.
Maybe this isn’t GravelGuy’s house, GreenLightning thought. It’s pretty dark in there.
Suddenly, Star shouted from behind him.
“I saw a username!” She shouted, “It read GravelGuy!”
Her cry of alert was instantly followed by a number of loud moans, clicks, and rattles. A large amount of mobs began appearing from behind dark trees, slowly closing in on the two users. Star began backing up towards GreenLightning, trying to hide her fear.
“What do we do?” She shouted over the noise from the mob.
GreenLightning slowly drew his new diamond sword, holding the lethal weapon in front of him. The pale blue surface shimmered with torchlight, giving it a enchanting glow.
“We fight,” GreenLightning said with a determined smile.
Star, seeing her friend’s confidence, began to unsheathe her own golden sword, but stopped, and placed an iron axe in her hand instead. She smiled at GreenLightning, sprinted towards a group of three spiders who were reaching the edge of the torchlight, and began slashing at the black creatures.
GreenLightning turned to attack a zombie, charging at the decaying creature. He slashed at its chest, dodging a blow aimed for his iron leggings. He turned back to the zombie, but a flaming arrow whizzed past his head and struck the zombie, instantly killing it. GreenLightning turned to face this new attacker, but another arrow flew by and embedded itself into his iron leggings. Several more arrows flew his way, some of them damaging his armor. A group of pale skeletons stood near the edge of the forest, firing more and more barbed projectiles at GreenLightning every second.
Suddenly the skeletons stopped firing at GreenLightning. A deep howl filled the forest, starting out low but soon growing into a prideful call. The howl slowly faded away, but almost a dozen wolves ran from behind the trees, growling and snarling at the skeletons.
GreenLightning watched as the furry creatures jumped and bit at skeletons, slowly whittling down their numbers until the last skeleton was destroyed. Star sprinted to GreenLightning, collecting every skeleton bone she spotted. GreenLightning sighed and tucked his sword back into his inventory.
He started moving towards Star to help her collect bones, and maybe tame a wolf of his own.
A deep voice sounded from above, startling both the users and the wolves.
“Well done,” it smirked, “But now you have to fight me,”
GreenLightning turned to the source of the voice, spotting it instantly. A gravel-patterned user stood on the hill behind him, holding an enchanted iron sword. Two dark eyes stared at him, blazing with anger.
“Okay GravelGuy,” GreenLightning said sadly, “We fight.”
GreenLightning charged towards GravelGuy’s hill, while GravelGuy sprinted down it. Their swords met with a loud CLANG at the bottom of the hill, sending sparks everywhere. GreenLightning jumped back, watching as GravelGuy did the same. GreenLightning blocked a suddden swipe from his enemy and quickly slashed back, striking GravelGuy and causing him to flash red with damage. GravelGuy stumbled for a moment but suddenly lunged at GreenLightning, scoring a direct hit on his armor.
“You won’t win,” GravelGuy growled.
“No, I will win,” GreenLightning said, “because I fight for something more powerful than revenge,” he paused for a moment, “I fight for friendship.”
GreenLightning shoved GravelGuy up against a tree, watching the look of blazing anger in his eyes quickly fade to one of defeat.
“Okay,” GravelGuy said softly, “Just kill me now.”
GreenLightning stared at his enemy.
“No,” GreenLightning said to him, “I have something to say to you.”
GreenLightning closed his eyes a moment, relieving the memory of the night he had lost his friend.
“Look! GreenLightning! It’s more iron!” GreenLightning followed the sound of his friend’s voice, trying to find his way through the labirynth-like cave system. He turned another corner, finding GravelGuy standing in a small, circular, room.
“Even if we don’t get very much iron, we could still make our cave-base here,” GravelGuy said.
“Great!” GreenLightning smiled, “You start mining the iron, I’ll start setting our items down.”
GreenLightning turned to the right wall of the room, placing down crafting tables, chests, their newly-made enchantment table…
Suddenly, short, staccatto cracks began echoing through the room, accompanied by GravelGuy’s cries of help. GreenLightning turned, shocked at finding GravelGuy attempting to escape a steady flow of lava.
“GravelGuy! Get out!” GreenLightning yelled.
“I can’t!” GravelGuy shouted, “Get the water bucket!”
GreenLightning fumbled with his inventory for a moment, desperately trying to find the water-filled bucket.
Suddenly the sound of GravelGuy taking damage stopped, and GreenLightning turned, fearing the worst. Did he just let his friend die? No. GravelGuy stood near the edge of the lava pool, anger blazing in his eyes.
“I could have died!” he shouted, “and where were you? Fumbling with a bucket!”
GreenLighhtning tried to reply but GravelGuy interrupted him.
“I can’t play with someone who can’t save me when I’m in trouble,” GravelGuy growled, “Goodbye GreenLightning.”
GreenLightning stood in shock for a moment watching the words GravelGuy left the game flash across the screen.
He sighed sadly, and slowly left the room, along with the enchantment table, the crafting bench, and the furnaces.
GreenLightning opened his eyes staring GravelGuy in the face.
“I’m sorry,” he said softly.
GravelGuy looked confused.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t save you that night in the cave,” GreenLightning said slightly louder.
GravelGuy slowly lowered his head.
“No,” GravelGuy said quietly, “I’m the one who should be sorry.”
GravelGuy lifted his head up, staring into GreenLightning eyes.
“GreenLightning, will you forgive me for what I did?” He asked hopefully.
GreenLightning felt something gently brush against him and glanced down to see what he had felt. One of Star’s fluffy, red-collared, wolves was staring up at him, its large, dark eyes filled with hope. GreenLightning sheathed his sword and smiled.
“Of course I forgive you! You’re my friend, you know,” he laughed.
GravelGuy stepped away from the tree, smiling while Star began sprinting over along with a torrent of questions.
“What happened? Are you okay? What is GravelGuy doing? Where are-”
GreenLightning held up a hand, silencing her.
“It’s okay Star,” He smiled, “We’re just bring home a new friend.”
GreenLightning sprinted ahead of the group, excitement of returning home fueling his energy. The original duo of him and Star had now grown to a trio, plus about a dozen dogs. Star had named each wolf individually, but GreenLightning could only remember Wink, a wolf named after a famous youtuber’s (Stacyplays,maybe?) wolf.
GreenLightning glanced up at the trees, watching the morning sunlight bath their leaves a soft yellow-green color. He glanced backwards for a moment, watching Star dance and twirl in the hazy hue the light had created. She soon slowed down, then turned to GravelGuy and asked him something.
GravelGuy sighed and made an obvious gesture to GreenLightning, motioning him to come.
GreenLightning quickly sprinted back, not wanting to miss any conversation between his friends.
“What did Star say?” He panted as he pulled a cooked salmon from his inventory.
“She asked me why I put the sign near the ocean,” he said.
GreenLightning tilted his head and at GravelGuy.
“Why did you put the sign near the ocean?” he asked.
GravelGuy stared at the ground for a few moments but soon lifted his head.
“It was to throw other users off the trail so I could live in the Ocean Monument,” He stated.
“I used the word ‘temple’ so they would go to that desert temple, or maybe go search for a jungle temple.”
Star gave him a sideways glance.
“Why did you take GreenLightning and I to the Ocean Monument?” She asked.
GravelGuy sheepishly tilted his head downward.
“I’m not really sure. I thought you may have noticed it when you stood by the shore, the way you stood there for a while, and I didn’t want you bringing any other users to my home,” he explained.
GreenLightning thought a moment. If GravelGuy lived in the Ocean Monument, what was that house they had found on their search for GravelGuy?
“What was that dark house that we found in the clearing that we fought in?” he questioned.
GravelGuy smiled and explained.
“That was one of the huts we made a while ago,” he said.
GreenLightnig smiled, remembering everything he and GravelGuy had done together. The mining trips, the explorations, the battles. . . everything.
His thoughts were suddenly jerked back to the present by a muffled yelp.
“Oh Arrowtip! What happened?” Star stood by a hole holding a stone shovel.
GreenLightning walked over to the hole and peered in. A wolf puppy, Arrowtip, jumped out of it and moved to a larger wolf, most likely its mother. GreenLightning jumped into the hole, discovering a tunnel leading east.
“Star!” he almost shouted, “This is another tunnel I made. This one leads to a Jungle Temple!”
Star moaned and moved over to Arrowtip.
“No more adventure for a while,” she said as she stroked the puppy’s silvery coat.
“Okay,” GreenLightning smiled, “But soon.”