Excerpts from The Hidden Door

The Hidden Door

 

 

Sophia Anderson (From Luxembourg 2012)

John Barnes (Sophia’s deceased husband)

Susan and Kimo (Good Friends)

Leila (Sophia’s niece)

Jennie (Sophia’s sister that disappeared in Egypt, Leila’s mother)

Robert (Jennie’s husband that disappeared with her)

Yglais (Mother of Lamorack and Perceval)

Lamorack (Knight of the Round Table, Knight that found Sophia he was more famous than Gawain.

Perceval (Knight of the Round Table and brother of Lamorack)

Cundrie (Witch, Accolon’s wife, cousin to Lamorack and Perceval)

Accalon (Knight of the Round Table and husband to Cundrie)

Bryn (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Afawen (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Iago (Paige in 1180 AD)

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1

 

“Sophie!” I heard Susan scream as I disappeared into the opening of the cave.

“Kanani, no come back don’t follow her!” I heard Leila scream, then everything went dark.

I woke up after I hit the ground very confused, then umph, Kanani landed on me.

“Kanani, I’m glad to see you and that you love me, can you get off?” I asked my German Shepherd as I shoved her to the side. She licked my face and started jumping back and forth over me and then she stopped and started barking. I heard a horse approaching.

“Stop barking,” I told her getting up and dusting myself off. I looked up into the face of a handsome Knight.

“Are you alright, Madam?” The Knight asked me.

“Yes, I think so, thank you for stopping to ask.” I looked around wondering where I was. He dismounted his horse and walked over to me.

“Who are you, where did you come from?” He asked looking as confused as I felt.

“I don’t know. I was exploring caves with my friends and ended up here. Where are we and what year is it?” I asked.

“It’s the year 1180 of our Lord and I am Sir Lamorack de Gales of the Round Table in King Arthur’s Court. We are standing in a county of Devon, England. He looked at Kanani and bend over to pet her.

“Do you mind if I pet her?” He asked without waiting for an answer from me.

“What kind of dog is she? I’ve never seen a dog like this and never seen anyone dressed like you.”

My heart was beating so fast I was sure he could hear it. Was I really dressed in black leggings, a t-shirt, tennis shoes and talking to a handsome knight in armor that belonged to King Arthur’s Court?

“Yes, you can pet her, my name is Sophia and I am not from this century. My dog is an Alsatian,” I said choosing my words carefully. Knowing that telling him she was a German Shepherd would concern him.

“What year are you from?” He asked looking me in the eyes.

“2012,” I stuttered.

“Did you come here on purpose?” He wanted to know looking amazed.

“No, I’m lost and want to go home now.” I told him a little unsure of myself. Then I looked back and saw the rock I apparently came through.

He looked behind me too. “Well, I don’t think we can get you back right now. You must come back to my Castle with me, I am not going to let a beautiful young lady and dog stand here all night for thieves to rob and kill.”

“Your castle? I don’t have anything proper to put on for a castle visit,” I said looking down at my clothes.

“Oh I’m sure my mother can find something your size, even though you are so thin.” He said jestingly then gently took my hand and bent over kissing it.

“Wow, I’ll follow you anywhere.” I said with my heart in my throat. Thinking about if I would ever go home. I felt a bit of dread in the pit of my stomach as I looked behind me leaving my security though.

“Will you remember where you found us?” I asked him.

“Yes, I will,” he turned to look at me, “it’s almost dark, lets get going.

I took Kanani’s leash out of my backpack and snapped it on her collar. He walked his horse beside me leading us to his castle. Would Susan and Leila get Kimo and come find us? Oh, I should not have listened to Leila and I should have stayed home working on grandpa’s notes in my library in Luxembourg. I had to stop myself from crying, that’s all I had been doing since John’s death six months ago.

“What is that you have on your dog?” He asked me interrupting my daydreaming.

“It’s called a leash,” I told him. “I don’t think it’s invented yet.”

“No, it isn’t, I have a lot of questions for you. Don’t worry,” he told me looking at my face and seeing my expression. “Everything will be ok.”

“I hope so,” I said grimly.

Then I looked around, it was lovely country and I was on an adventure. I didn’t have anything to worry about. Susan and Kimo would take care of Leila and the house in Luxembourg. It was so beautiful and looked very different from how I remembered it coming here three years ago. No farms or roads, it was untouched. Being summer, the weather was nice and Kanani didn’t seem upset by our recent experience. So I might as well enjoy my adventure. It would be something else to write about when I got home.

“There’s my castle,” Lamorack said pointing to it with pride in his voice.

“Wow, it’s gorgeous!” I said with enthusiasm, forgetting my predicament. I was getting anxious to meet the people of this time and explore the countryside.

“She has been in my family many years. When my father was slain in battle it became mine, which was 5 years ago. I now take care of my mother, Lady Yglais.” He looked thoughtful.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone to know where you came from right now, but my mother will wonder because of the way you are dressed. I will put you into a spare bedchamber right away then go find her and tell her about you, leaving out the time travel.” He was still talking but I wasn’t paying much attention because we had just walked into the most magnificent castle I had ever seen!

I followed him to the stables where he handed his horse over to a Paige. The Paige looked at me with suspicion, but didn’t say anything. Then I followed Lamorack into the main hall of the castle; I tried looking around at everything without tripping, but we were walking rapidly towards a room. We arrived; he opened up the doors and gently pushed me inside. I looked around at the beautiful room, the bed, washstand and a window looking out over the moors.

“This is where you and Kanani can stay, make yourself comfortable and I will have some dresses and underclothing brought in for you, my lady. Don’t be frightened, are you?” He asked.

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