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The Golden Apple Tree

by Peepies

The Golden Apple Tree
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03 February 2017 03:00
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411728
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5852,1712,1624,461,351

I was running, I didn’t know why. A cliff was ahead, I kept running. I couldn’t stop even if I tried, next thing I knew I was falling, voices, disappointed voices. I woke, my heart pounding, the children’s playful screams outside was a little creepy. I got up, dressed, and went outside. Appy, my only “friend”, was sitting outside my hut, waiting I guess?
“Waiting for someone?” I asked jokingly.
“There you are, I've been waiting here all morning for you. I mean, I was just gonna walk in but I noticed you were sleeping, so I didn’t walk in because I know how mad you get when people wake yo-” I interrupted.
“ I Akiko know, just please stop talking. What is that you need anyway? And make it short.” I said as I grabbed my gear.
“OK, so I need a favor.” she said.
“Noted,” I said sarcastically. I poured some water over my torch to put it out.
“Golden apples,” she said quickly.
“Jeez, I said two sentences, not two words.” I said, “I’ll do it…”
“Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! Here are sixty gems!” She handed me the gems as hyper as could be. ”But…” she said calmly ”You have to let me tag along!”
“No!” I shouted fiercely.
“Aww, come on, just this once?” she cried.
“I said no! I don’t want the person who pays me to do dumb errands to get hurt, or worse!”
“Fine. But you have to give me thirty gems back.”
“Thirty!?” I yelled in shock.
“Yes, thirty. Unless someone would let me come with them? Perhaps someone with the name, Dink?” she said in a sweet but aggravating tone.
“Fine, you can come with.” I’m only going to describe how loud and long her squeal was instead of taking up three pages writing the letter E over and over.
“So where is this golden apple tree?” I asked.
I honestly had know idea what she was thinking. We went, got on our horses, and embarked on our journey to the mountain’s hill. About an hour passed since anyone said anything, so I decided, again, to break the silence.
“So, how has your week been, and I was running, I didn’t know why. A cliff was ahead, I kept running. I couldn’t stop even if I tried, next thing I knew I was falling, voices, disappointed voices. I woke, my heart pounding, the children’s playful screams outside was a little creepy. I got up, dressed, and went outside. Akiko, my only “friend”, was sitting outside my hut, waiting I guess?
“Waiting for someone?” I asked jokingly.
“There you are, I've been waiting here all morning for you. I mean, I was just gonna walk in but I noticed you were sleeping, so I didn’t walk in because I know how mad you get when people wake yo-” I interrupted.
“Aki I know, just please stop talking. What is that you need anyway? And make it short.” I said as I grabbed my gear.
“OK, so I need a favor.” she said.
“Noted,” I said sarcastically. I poured some water over my torch to put it out.
“Golden apples,” she said quickly.
“Jeez, I said two sentences, not two words.” I said, “I’ll do it…”
“Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! Here are sixty gems!” She handed me the gems as hyper as could be. ”But…” she said calmly ”You have to let me tag along!”
“No!” I shouted fiercely.
“Aww, come on, just this once?” she cried.
“I said no! I don’t want the person who pays me to do dumb errands to get hurt, or worse!”
“Fine. But you have to give me thirty gems back.”
“Thirty!?” I yelled in shock.
please, don’t talk my ears off. I like to hear things.”
“It was ok, I just got mugged by you so that was fun.” She said jokingly
“Hey! I said I would let you come over and eat!”
“I know, I was just messing with you!” She said as she playfully punched me in the arm. I didn’t really know how to respond, so I rode quietly.
A few hours had past and we were close to the top of the mountain, sadly, we still had the whole hillside to climb. Again, there was a long silence, I wanted to say something but she seemed so peaceful sitting there staring out into the stars.
“Have you ever glanced up at the stars and thought about how our planet is so small?” she broke the silence, again.
“...No...” I said awkwardly.
“Well, you should.” she rolled her eyes.
“Why?” I asked. She didn’t answer, she just stared.
“Ugh, I don’t know, it’s something everyone does, it’s normal!”
“Well, what if I’m not normal, what if I’m not like everyone expects me to be!”
I had teared up, Akiko was awfully contrite.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that, really.” She said politely.
“It’s ok, the important thing is, we’re here.”
As I said, we were there, the tree was beautiful and when I say beautiful, I mean fascinating.
"So this is it huh?" I asked, "This is the tree?"
"Oh, I don't know, this giant tree with golden leaves, golden apples, and a golden trunk might not be what we're looking for," she said sarcastically.
"Har har, now how do we get the apples down...?" I scratched the back of my head.
"Like this!" She tried to kick the tree to make the apples fall but, "Ow, my foot!" that didn't go very well, so I lifted her up so she could the apples. She came back down with way more apples than I had expected.
"How many did you need?" I asked.
"Twenty."
"What are you doing with all those apples?"
"Does it matter?"
"No, not really but..."
"Pie, I'm making pie" she responded
We started home, we seemed to be going a bit faster than before, we had to take a break because our horses had gotten hungry. As expected they ate pretty fast, Appy and I had also gotten hungry so we decided to take a break as well. I had only packed one sandwich so we had to share. We ate and head back on the road again, it took us about three hours to get home, it was dark, Akiko came over, I made turkey and bread, and akiko made her golden apple pie, and it was delicious!



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