Chapter III

Slowly, the trigonometry twig turned into a trigonometry point, made out of concrete, reaching up to Martin’s elbow. He was nearly there! Natalie waved at him encouragingly, let go of the concrete tower and - ‘Oof!’ - went down again, disappearing over a lip of grass.
    Martin laughed. ‘You OK, Natalie?’
Over the roaring of the wind and yapping of Rufus, he thought he heard a brief giggle. No doubt she was playing up her ‘injuries’ so she could jump out at him and yell ‘tricked you!’. Well, he wasn’t going to fall for it. With a huff, he leant on the trigonometry point and chuckled as Rufus ran in little circles, yapping.
    Martin turned round to admire the view. It certainly was something to look at. Then he had an idea - he was high up here, surely there’d be a signal? Laughing to himself, he pulled his ancient mobile from his pocket and texted his mum: at top of mntain. v tired. c u l8tr M
    MESSAGE SENT
Behind him, Rosé began to bark. That’s funny, thought Martin. She never barks. Not now she’s so old. He turned around to reassure the dogs.......
    ‘Rufus? Rufus! OK, this isn’t funny any more, Natalie. I mean, ha ha ha, you really had me scared there. Really!’ he tried to control his voice, but it quivered slightly. He gulped. This was like something out of a book.
    Rosé whined and rubbed against Martin’s legs. She was shivering. Martin patted her comfortingly, but it made no difference. Whining, she put her nose to the ground and sniffed. Then she stepped forward.
    Martin gasped. It had only been a small step, but both her front legs had... disappeared. Completely. They just weren’t there. Martin began to tremble. ‘Rosé, come back here’ He managed to stammer. ‘Rosé I don’t know what that is’
Rosé walked through the invisible wall and disappeared  completely.

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