The True Adventures of Jay B R Wokky, Web Serials

Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 32.3 — What Eli Found

Ch. 32.3 — Eli left his horse tied at the side of the path and followed the cat into the thick bushes. He used his sword to hack at branches, vines and nettles. After a few minutes he was sweating and breathing heavily.
“Can you make a little less noise?” said the cat. “You’ll have every carnivore within miles zoning in on us.”
“Sorry.” Eli silently grumbled as he tried to be quieter. The woods were eerily silent. At last they came to what seemed to be a wide, straight grassy pathway that stretched as far as he could see into the forest in either direction.
In the center of the pathway was a man with long white hair. He was tied to a stake. His eyes were closed, and his face was pale. Blood stained his ragged shirt and pants. His face was bruised.
Eli rushed forward, but he hit something invisible and bounced off it, then fell to the ground. He tried again, but he bounced off again. Eli put his hand out cautiously and felt something smooth and cold, with a strange humming energy. He tried to poke his sword through, and then to slash it, but the sword slid right off.
“I tried to get to him too, but nothing I did worked,” said the cat. “To make things worse, the enchantment is sending out a call for all flesh eaters to come and dine. I think that as soon as a predator touches the barrier, it will vanish, and he’ll be torn apart.”
“Sir?” called Eli. “Sir, can you hear me? What happened? Who did this to you?”
The man moaned and opened listless eyes. “Caught. Trapped by my own vanity. Felix, you shouldn’t have come back. Take the prince and flee from here before they get here.”
Eli looked around him in alarm. “There must be something we can do.”
“I sure hope so,” said the cat. “Because something is coming.”

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