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Agartha's Castaway - Book 4


For:
Faith and Matthew. I love you.
To:
My Father God in heaven.
To:
Jayde Scott. Thank you for reading this entire manuscript from start to finish. You're the best
critting partner ever! Your advice, ideas, and suggestions were nothing short of amazing. I
couldn't have done it without you!
To:
My brilliant editor, Autumn J. Conley.
Episode 4
I scrambled to my feet and my body stiffened as I gazed up; the creature stood as tall as a
house. I thought about making a mad dash for the water, but then I realized any sudden
movement might be like ringing a dinner bell for the hungry- looking monster. The T-rex's
nostrils flared like that of a racehorse, and anger boiled in the hunter's red eyes.
The creature opened its mouth, and long tendrils of slime dripped from its sharp teeth, right
onto my head. I'd been slimed, but that didn't matter. I had other pressing issues at hand, like
living to see tomorrow and even more important—oh, gosh—saving Mike! I turned, peeking
inside the hole that was filling up faster than I could say “Boo!”
From the corner of my eye, I noticed something blue; it was Jack's shirt swaying in the soft
breeze. I heard him inhale a deep breath and let it out quietly. I had to hurry and come up with a
plan because time was running out. Jack opened his mouth to speak but I cut him off. “Take a
few slow steps back,” I whispered. “Hide in the bushes behind the hole!”
Holding my breath, I moved like a snail into the vegetation and dropped to my stomach.
Cold water soaked through my clothes as it continued to slowly pour over the bank of the river.
Jack followed and flattened himself on the soaking wet ground.
I could barely get the words out of my mouth. “What're we going to do?”
“Hey, guys!” yelled Mike.
“You're not going to believe it. We've got a T-rex up here! But hold on, I'm coming,” I
said, adding under my breath, “as soon as I figure out a way to get rid of this thing.” I looked
around. Throwing a bone or a branch or anything wouldn't work, because I wasn't exactly
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