"Sophia, wake up for goodness's sake!" Elise cried.
I blinked a few times. "What's going on? How did you get me out of the cage?"
"My trusty horn," Elise smiled. "Now you need to get on the boat, seas are coming." She grabbed me and flew as fast as she could.
Once we reached the boat, I looked at the cloud-waves in wonder. Rain flew upwards into the sky.
"My arrow-wound," I said suddenly. "It's gone!"
Jiffy grinned at me, showing me some leaves.
I smiled back. "Thanks," I said. "I have so many questions," I added.
"I know," Elise said, "That's why I'm taking you to Nzuri. She's the queen of Sora. She'll answer all your questions, and tell you some urgent information. We need your help."
I furrowed my eyebrows in confusion.
"You'll understand better when she explains it to you," Elise said. I frowned.
Nzuri and Mabaya could have been identical twins. The only visible difference was that Nzuri wore blue contact lenses and lipstick to set herself apart. Her voice was cool and gentle, like the sound of a stream flowing. She did not demand them to bow. Instead, she greeted them like long-lost friends. Looking into her eyes, I instantly felt at ease.
Nzuri had a lot to say. She told me everything about Sora. It was nothing more than Earth's own sky. Humans couldn't see Sorans because they were small, blue and far away. Everything that happened on Sora affected earth, and vice versa. Sora's population came from Earth, from a special land called Palestine. At this, I gasped.
"Ah, you see, that is why we need you," Nzuri said. "You're the only one who can save the Palestinian children so they can grow up and become Sorans. Without them, only we, the animals, will remain. And we too will die, because their presence keeps us alive."
I sat down on the floor, shocked. "Me? I don't think I can do that," I said.
"Why not?" she asked.
"For starters, my dad's lieutenant general of the army. How can I stop my own dad?"
"you're close to him - that's great! It'll make it much easirer to convince him," Nzuri said.
"I don't think so. Besides, I'm not exactly hero material. I'm not good at convincing people and such,"
"Well, then you will just have to learn while you're at it." Nzuri smiled at her. "You're our only hope."