A Traveler's Journal - Chapter 0
The tall hills were the deep green color of the sea, each peak folding atop of each other amongst the clouds. They extended continuously towards the horizon until they faded into an abyss of cloudy mist.
A young girl’s voice echoed throughout the mountains as she cheerfully took in the scenery around her.
“Ok, enough playing. Come give me a hand.”
The young boy beside the girl unloaded the folding tables and chairs from the trunk of the MINI car they had drove. He unfolded them and eased them onto a flat patch on the hill.
“Sorry, I got too excited. This place is indeed above the clouds. It’s like we’re in the sky.”
“Is that so…”
Compared to the girl’s exhilaration, the boy was rather nonchalant. He replied indifferently, then proceeded to prepare their camp for the night.
“What’s with the lame reaction? It was you, Sherlock, who decided to leave the masters back home and go on a journey. Since we’re on a trip, we should admire the scenery along the way.”
The boy named Sherlock replied, “I just wanted to escape. No matter what I do, my parents will only compare me to my sister and criticize me. I’m almost 20 years old, but they still treat me like a child! So, I ran away. This isn’t a vacation for me; I just want to get as far away from them as I can.”
“Don’t say that, you’re already so amazing, Sherlock. The masters just have such high expectations of you because you’re the one and only man of the family.”
“That’s why I wanted to ask you before. Why are you coming with me? Do they not trust me, so they have to send along an apprentice to take care of me, Ullala?”
Ullala only smiled at him, saying nothing. She clasped her hands behind her and turned around to face the mountain peaks that glistened like the ocean.
The girl closed her eyes as the mountain breeze brushed softly against her face. She held her arms out wide, taking it all in.
She replied, “I don’t know whether this world is truly beautiful beyond compare, but it is so vast, thus I want to see it with my own eyes. Isn’t that your dream as well?”
The wind was gradually picking up, and a strong gust engulfed the two in a patch of cloud that was as white as snow. In an instant, the world faded to a pure white.
“Ah! I can’t see a thing!” the girl exclaimed at last.