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By Carolyn Hennesy

The craziest box journey ever keeps as Pandora and her BFFs, Alcie and Iole, are at the hunt for the following evil, vainness, that is hiding in Egypt. yet, as ordinary, the goddess Hera is so now not aiding and throws as many hindrances as she will of their approach. it's very distracting (not to say life-threatening!), and so they continue getting pulled off beam. thankfully the opposite gods and goddesses aren't approximately as nasty as Hera, they usually secretly support out the crowd at any time when they could. Pandy and her buddies (including a brand new, absolutely lovely boy-slash-bodyguard) see all of it, from a wild thunderstorm at sea and a gaggle of speaking dolphins to an . . . um . . . eye-thingy monster that is simply fairly, relatively frightening. It sounds loopy, yet don't be concerned: Pandy can deal with it . . . right?

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Then, whoo-hoo! ” yelled Alcie. The tent used to be plunged into blackness once again. The air shifted virtually imperceptibly and the small hairs on Pandy’s hands stood instantly up as she strained to determine at the hours of darkness. one after the other, the lamps illuminating the heart flickered again on. at the flooring used to be the empty cage of carved ivory that Pandy had obvious the day earlier than. Seven servants entered wearing 5 very huge oblong panels of a troublesome, transparent substance and small stands on which the panels have been put to face upright, forming a semicircle round the cage. Pandy remembered a collection of crystals she’d noticeable as soon as in a marketplace stall in Athens. those panels appeared precisely like these not easy stones, an analogous nice cracks working via them, slightly perceptible, in basic terms those panels have been minimize from crystals that have been huge, immense. The servants departed and there has been silence. Slowly, the transparent crystal started to cloud; a superb, white smoke passing via every one panel. Then muted colours began appearing, then normal shapes: a hillside, the nook of a construction, a tall column. images have been drawing themselves contained in the crystal and the shapes grew to become extra unique. The hillside now had fruit bushes and timber with a highway passing via. The nook of the construction had a flowing fountain carved into its facet. And the tall column was once a part of a temple the place humans walked up and down a sequence of within reach steps and a guy offered incense and oranges from a rickety cart. A scene of a box had cows grazing and an image of snow-covered flatlands had small, crude houses with lighting fixtures of their home windows. by surprise, Pandy, Alcie, and Iole observed Wang Chun Lo descend the stairs of the temple within the crystal. He stopped just for a second to take a stick of incense from the seller. Then, having a look at once forward, he walked correct as much as the panel and gone through into the heart of the tent. “Huh? ” acknowledged Alcie. Wang Chun Lo bowed deeply backward and forward as though he have been in entrance of a big viewers. He held the stick of incense excessive and with a snap of his arms, lit it on fireplace. He put it within the ivory cage, the place it smoked evenly, filling the tent with the aroma of sandalwood. Then Wang Chun Lo stepped into the panel with the construction and its fountain. Taking a bit of fabric from the folds of his gown, he soaked the material within the water, then crossed out of view and instantly reappeared within the snow scene. He put the fabric at the frozen flooring, walked round the crude condominium, then he picked up the piece of material, which had now frozen stable. back, he walked again during the crystal and into the tent. He tapped the frozen fabric opposed to the ivory cage the place it made a tinny, clinking sound. With one other snap, he lit one other fireplace at his fingertips and held it to the fabric. because the ice melted, the water dripped off the material and it turned pliable once again. This too Wang Chun Lo positioned into the ivory cage. once again he stepped via a panel, this time onto the hillside with its fruit bushes. He rapidly plucked apples from a tree, took a chew out of 1, and left the image.

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