More About Olivia

For Olivia, life was a grand and exciting adventure. She believed that if you couldn’t find a mystery to solve, a new place to explore or some kind of danger to laugh in the face of, then you simply weren’t looking hard enough.

Olivia’s adventurous spirit had seen her sneak out of the orphanage on multiple occasions. Sometimes she just wanted to get away from the boring routines or the dull interior of the old mansion. Sometimes, she was simply looking for adventures, because… well, adventures never seem to go looking for you. However mostly she would sneak away because she knew something that no one else knew – her father was still out there, somewhere.

Olivia’s father disappeared one day, leaving her and Jack (her older brother) alone in their small and isolated town. Jack had said that he wasn’t coming back, but Olivia, she wasn’t so sure.

On the night she had been told that her father and his crew of woodsmen had vanished, she had dreamed a dream so vivid that she had smelled the tree sap in the air and felt the chill in the gentle breeze. In her dream she had seen her father talking to a short mysterious figure. The figure had introduced himself as a treasure-hunter, and had asked her father if he might lend to him his services.

The figure had told her father that nearby was a cave filled with all kinds of treasure. The only problem was that it was guarded by all manner of strange creatures. He suggested that if the woodsmen agreed to protect him as they explored the cave, then they would all receive a part of the treasure.

Olivia never heard her father’s answer, but when she awoke, she was sure that he was still somewhere out there. Perhaps he was lost. Perhaps he was on another adventure. Or perhaps selling all his precious treasures for gold was just taking a little longer than expected. Whatever it was, she was going to find out.

Olivia had never told Jack about her dream though. How could she? Jack was always so sensible and he would have told her that she was being silly. If only she could find the cave, or the mysterious figure, or even evidence of strange creatures, then he would have to believe that their father was still out there too.

Unfortunately, they had never come across anything remotely strange in all their adventures. Well, until recently. Last night, Olivia had heard a rumour that a strange castle was spotted a few days from the town. It was probably just some old ruin, but she was keen to check it out. She would invite Jack along of course – he seemed to enjoy going on her adventures even if he didn’t believe that their father was still out there.

She just wished he wouldn’t be so nervous every time they got too far from town. He didn’t need to worry – she’d protect him.

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