Gabrielle shouted, from underneath the most bizarre contraption Ryker had seen her create yet. “Its called the Summoner! Guess what it does!!”
“Um. . .summons?” Ryker laughed at his mud streaked sister, as she climbed through the contraption, until she reached the top. She looked down, grinned at him, grabbed a rope and jumped-- swinging down towards him and landing, neatly on her feet a mere foot in front of him.
Ryker never flinched. Disappointed, Gabrielle wiped her muddy hands on her pants, “So. What’d you bring me for lunch?” Flashing her best “feed me” grin, she laughed, and gave her brother a hug—while reaching around to pull an apple from his pack.”
“Hey! That was dessert!” Ryker laughed at his sister, and followed her down a path to the front of her home, a tower of gadgets and contraptions that reached up above the canopy.
“The Summoner. It summons. I can use it to send messages to Simon. You know how he wanders . . . He gets this--
She handed him something tiny, on a leather cord, it was shaped like a beetle, shining metallic green, Ryker placed it around his neck. Ryker thought of his four year old nephew, Simon had an affinity for discovering the tiniest critters. He would rescue them from the strangest places—although Ryker suspected the forest was placing them for Simon to find—and would carry them with him for a few days, before finding a suitable home.
“All I have to do is open mine”, she held a metallic blue beetle in her hand, which was otherwise identical to the green one, and opened its wings, “and rub its belly, and. . ..”
The green beetle opened its wings, turned around a few times in his hand, flew directly into his chest three times, and then turned and flew towards Gabrielle, pulling him forwards a bit.
Ryker was astonished. “This is BRILLIANT!” He walked around her in a circle, watching the gadget adjust its path as he moved. “How’s it work?”
“If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” Gabrielle laughed, then continued: “The tower sends a signal that links the two bugs, he can summon me, I can summon him, and we will always be able to find each other.”
Ryker’s face darkened now, he had serious business to discuss.
“Elisesofia is awake.”