The Ruby Moon: Chapter 1
"Hello?" Avery called, carefully stepping into the darkeness.
Suddenly the air grew colder and the scent of wet earth grew stronger as the ground beneath her formed steps--cold, jagged stairs carved into stone--though she had no idea how many there were or where they led. She steadied herself and descended carefully, sliding each slippered foot over the edge and holding her breath.
Everything told her to turn around and go back to her room, to safety. She new she shouldn't make this trip alone and without a candle.
But Avery had never preferred safe, and time was not on her side. She trusted her eyes would adjust to the darkness any minute so she could see what lay on this of the mysterious door in the library before it was too late.
She stopped and listened.
A rat, she decided. No doubt the castle underbelly is full of them.
She took another step. Why had it been so important to her mother to hide the key to this door in the back of a book with the words "This book must not be destroyed"?
With each step into the castle's frigid interior, the air became more pungent, like she was sinking into a sewer.
Avery stopped sure someone was moving toward her.
She heard breathing....