#AtoZChallenge - Talk to the Turtle

Well, yesterday's voting yielded a 50/50 split, so I called in the official tie breaker, who said, "Not that it matters..."

I don't think our turtle is *quite* that old..

For those who are here for the first time, this is an interactive fiction adventure. I will write a scene every day, and my visitors will vote for where they want the story to go next, by leaving a comment on the post. You can start from the beginning here.

Erring on the side of wisdom and safety, Sir Andrew turned left into the beautiful room whose sole occupant was an ancient Turtle. The Turtle languidly turned his head to look at Andy when he walked in the room and said, "A human boy? I haven't seen a human boy in many years..."
"I am Sir Andrew, of the furry creatures. I'm trying to find our Queen so we can end this battle!"
"Ah, this is about a Queen, is it? I've been in so many battles I've lost track," the Turtle said. "Why are you talking to me, then? I am not your Queen." The Turtle laughed in a dry way that reminded Sir Andrew of the sound of grasses brushing against one another.
"No, you aren't my Queen. But you look wise, and you're not dressed for fighting, so I thought I would ask if you knew anything."
"I know many things, child. But I do not know where to find your Queen."
"I guess it was worth a try. You really don't know anything?"
"I have heard a small Dog in these halls, who I would assume to be your Queen, but I don't get out much so cannot tell you where she is being held."
"She's close, then! That's wonderful!" Sir Andrew clapped his hands excitedly. Then he paused, and asked, "How did you get that big scar on your back?" He gestured to a deep slash across the Turtle's shell.
"The Great Battle of the Sandbox. That was all the way back last Summer. I still find grains of sand in the cracks in my skin."
"That sounds terrible!" Sir Andrew said. He had heard of the battle, though his senses of time and history were not very keen, and he couldn't be certain how long ago Last Summer was.

Sir Andrew knows the Queen is nearby, but is enjoying talking to the Turtle. What should be his next move?
Stay with the Turtle to Understand more about history.
Make his way Up somewhere - the Queen must be on a higher floor.
Perhaps they are keeping the Queen down somewhere? Find a way to get to the Underfloors.

Alrighty! Y'all have til early Monday morning to vote on the next chapter! Let me know in the comments below where you think the story should go :)
Have a great weekend!
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  1. Make his way up somewhere to find the queen.

  2. I bet the wise Turtle knows more than letting on. If I was the boy I'd spend time with the turtle and learn his secrets. The queen us probably guarded by the turtle. Interesting storyline

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  4. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Out blog hopping from North Carolina during the #Challenge. Just visiting you deciding to start with bloggers WAY dow the list figuring they wouldn't get as many visit. I have obviously missed a good story being told. Inviting you to TEA today-part of my theme of hotels and inns this year. Hope you have time and interest.

  5. The boy could use some wisdom so chatting a bit more seems a good choice.
    Im blogging from Fill the cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog. Happy A to Zing!

  6. Well, this is fun, I may have to go back and read this story :) I think he should go down to the underfloors.

  7. Stay with the turtle a little longer. Try to find out more about this place from him. Perhaps even convince him to join his crusade?

  8. Thank you for visiting my site today, AJ. Haven't been back here since the early letters so I'll have to start from the beginning of your story again!

    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge

  9. Happy to be here again and to vote on your interactive story. I think that he should stay with the Turtle and understand more about the history.

  10. Interesting, writing this during the challenge - takes interactive to a new level. Down, if you haven't already written. Maui Jungalow


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