- Ch. 1: (Not) Chapter One of The Key to Markree Castle: It’s not a secret if you know what it is.
- Ch. 2: Blind as Bats
- Ch. 3: Wait, what?
- Ch. 4: Are we going to tell our parents what we’re doing?
- Ch. 5: I don’t know why I know, but I know that you know.
- Ch. 6: You can’t try this at home.
- Ch. 7: Going Incognitus
- Ch. 8: What can you see when you’re not looking for it?
- Ch. 9: Everything I know I learned from Donald Duck
- Ch. 10: Keys, puzzles, moonlight and, finally, yogurt.
- Ch. 11: The early bird gets the laugh
- Ch. 12: Sausages, bacon, eggs and no WiFi
- Ch. 13: Who knows who and who cares?
- Ch. 14: St. Nicholas, Booger Burgers and the Down of a Thistle
- Ch. 15: Gravestone Garden
The boys are about to learn The Secret of Markree Castle … whether they’re ready for it or not.
HINT: they’re not.
DISCLAIMER: this chapter is based on the philosophy of “Not Chapter One.” It allows writers to Just Get Started to put the words down without fear of retribution, humiliation or desertion. Of course, I suppose I could also just choose to not publish this, to not make it public, to hide it on a hard drive. But what fun would that be? Li & Lu are sprouting under a thin layer of soil like a budding green beanstalk (think “Jack”) and they’re ready to come back out into the daylight.*
* Sorry about that, sounds like they’re buried alive … let’s just keep it morbid and scary for now. Hey, they’re in a spooky castle, right?
So, where were we? If you need to catch up, here’s the last chapter of The Secret of Markree Castle.
(Not) Chapter One of The Key to Markree Castle: It’s not a secret if you know what it is.
Editor’s Note: Dear reader, I sincerely apologize for taking you away from the castle for a moment, but do you remember the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer holiday TV programs where it was all built in some sort of clay animation technique? Now and then, a fatherly voice narrated the scene and usually had something concerning to say about what was about to happen to the innocent young (claymation) boy. But still, he returned us to the (clay) snow scene to let us in on what was going to happen next and somehow it felt like a helicopter was lowering down back into the snowy wonderland and we’d soon catch up with the little boy and his misadventures. You weren’t sure if the voice knew what was going to happen or not. You also weren’t sure if he wanted things all to have a happy ending. You just didn’t know what the voice knew. That’s how I feel now. Except for the snow, the reindeer and the clay. I’m the voice and I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Having seen way too many movies and not really sure when adventure movies and reality merged, the boys were a little confused when they were still standing there after their big decision to accept Alastar’s challenge to go further into the castle. If they were in an adventure movie or even better, actors in an adventure movie, the last big scene would have ended, the director would have said, “Cut! That’s a wrap!” and they would have relaxed and gone for lemonades in their trailers.
But none of that happened.
In fact, nothing happened at all. Dan had quietly spoken for the entire group when he whispered to Alastar that they were in and after that, they were still standing there. No fade to black, no director, not even any lemonade.