The Kingdom

There was only one way out. The same way he came in, and the earthquake took that away. Luckily, there were a few gaps in the ceiling of the cave to let some light through.

Rod pulled out his pocket flashlight and headed deeper into the cave. He took a few steps and it was pitch black except where the light shone the sandy floor.

He’d take a couple steps, stopped and shined the light straight ahead. Nothing but darkness. Rod scanned both sides. The path seemed to be narrowing. An overhead scan revealed sleeping bats. Rod swallowed hard and pressed forward.

The path took a downward turn, quickly turn so steep to the point that Rod had to slide on his ass in order not to tumble head first.

A hint of daylight, Rod saw as he slid to what he hoped was the bottom. It got brighter and he saw the bottom. The path widened, he stood up and followed the light.

When he reached the source of the light, Rod thought it must be the back of the cave that he was in. The opening wasn’t much bigger than he was.

He stepped out into the bright sunshine. Rod couldn’t put his finger on it, but something didn’t feel right. He walked through the empty field and the few trees he did see, he saw over them.

Houses in the distance. Thank God, some sign of life. He towered over the houses seeing the other side of the little village. He bent over and rested his hands on his knees. Tiny people were walking around.

“Honey, you’re home,” Rod heard behind him.

He turned to see a woman his size come out of the door from a huge castle. Where’d that come from?

She walked up and kissed him.

“Yes, my queen,” Rod said. “I am. The kingdom is safe again.”

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