As Blaze launched another fireball at Bangor, and missed. Zedia had starting pulling at the thorn, at each yank Bangor let out a thunderous roar.
“It’s for your own damn-good!” Cried Zedia.
And with one last mighty tug, the thorn came loose.
Bangor let out a massive sigh of relief, and knelt down.
Zedia jumped off and ran straight over to Flora and knelt down beside her.
“Are you okay?” He asked her quietly, “Flora… come on,”
Zedia could see the massive lump on her head where Bangor had obviously bashed her.
“Come on…” He ran his hand through her hair; he felt his eyes welling up. She groaned, and Flora’s eyes fluttered open.
“Zed… Zedia? Wha-what happened?” she mumbled.
“It doesn’t matter, come on- get up,” Zedia’s tone had changed dramatically.
Flora picked herself up, as Zedia went over to the relieved Bangor.
Blaze walked to Flora.
“What’s wrong with him?” she asked him.
To be frank, Blaze didn’t know.
“I don’t know…” he said, “But he was stroking your hair a minute ago…”
Flora swung her head around.
Blaze bit his lip, and said, “Nothing!”
“Are you okay?” Zedia asked the ogre.
The massive Bangor sighed, and lifted himself off the ground, leaving his club.
“Yes… thank you. Listen, I’m sorry for attacking you- that thorn was so damn annoying!” He replied gruffly.
“That’s okay… hey, do you know where we are?” Asked Zedia.
The big monster scratched his head and eventually replied:
“Yes, you’re in the Ogre-wood moor,”
Flora and Blaze walked up to Zedia.
“The Ogre-wood forest… that’s in the west of Kandrakah- we’re practically on the other side of the world!”
Zedia sighed, he already knew they were far away from where they came from, but he didn't realise they were that far.
“Where’s the nearest town?” he asked.
Bangor walked over to the nearest tree, and started rubbing his back against it.
“Yes,” he replied, “The nearest town is Hakroth, it’s about four miles that way,”
He pointed into the thick of the forest.
“Thanks,” said Zedia.
Bangor put his finger to his chin.
“Ooh!” he exclaimed, “There is one thing,”
“What’s that?” Asked Flora.
Bangor stopped scratching against the massive tree.
“To get to Hakroth, you must pass the Murgor’s Gorge,” He said gruffly.
“We could do that,” said Blaze.
“With your puny feet, it would take you days!” He chuckled, “Plus you’d probably slip,”
“Well what do you suppose we do?” Asked Flora.
Bangor picked up his club.
“Well,” he replied, “if you come back to my cave, I’ll get my brothers; Bash and Smash, you can ride on our backs down the gorge,”
Zedia looked at Blaze and Flora. He shrugged his shoulders.
“Come on then,” Bangor said, “My cave’s only through here,”
Bangor set off through the trees, and with one last look at each other, Zedia, Blaze and Flora followed.