Entering a new world is not something that most people get to experience in their lifetime, but Joe, Max and Scarlet, led by the magical Sir Edgar, were the first people to step into the Underworld since Medieval times after which the entrances were closed by King Arthur to protect England from the evil Faerie Queen.
Joe gripped the Silver Bough, an ancient musical pipe, tightly in his hand, not completely understanding what had just happened. He remembered blowing gently into the mouthpiece but instead of a breathless note coming from the end he seemed to be playing a beautiful enchanting melody. It was like the angels in heaven were singing for him and all other sounds vanished from his ears. There was a strange feeling that came over him, like he was a visitor in his own body, with no control over his own mind. The pipe played itself and all he had to do was hold it and blow. Around him he recalled the panic of the Moon Stealers attacking them from the sky, but he didn’t seem to feel scared or worried; he just felt an overwhelming feeling of happiness, like he was floating weightlessly in the air. In front of him, the night sky seemed to twist and distort, swirling like a whirlpool made of white smoke. A brilliant white light flashed in the corner of Joe’s eye, then his arms were gripped and he was being pulled into the whirlpool of smoke. Sir Edgar and the children had taken a leap of faith into the unknown, they believed that they were going to go through into another world, but they could quite easily have just jumped into the air and landed exactly where they had left: in the centre of the Faerie Ring under attack from the Moon Stealers.
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