Agartha's Castaway - Book 5 HTML version

My Father God in heaven.
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!
My brilliant editor, Autumn J. Conley.
Chapter 1
The glass floor allowed a view of the chiseled rocks a few hundred feet beneath her. Grabbing hold
of the rail, Casey wavered. Any minute now, they'd be taking a ride on the glass sidewalk into the city
of Agartha. Staring ahead at the cavern walls, she couldn't help but be suspicious of Orthon, but she
and Mike had to take a chance with the weird guy they'd met only hours earlier. It was worth the risk
though. They had no idea where they were, and they'd learned the hard way that wandering around in
such a strange place could get them killed. Finally, I'll be able to get my hands on a telephone, and tell
my parents I didn't die in that storm at sea, she thought, knowing they'd be so proud of her survival
She wondered, though, if they would believe the tale she had to tell—that she was shipwrecked on
an island in a prehistoric wildlife preserve and was rescued by a towering man with blond hair whom
they presumed to be some kind of alien. She wondered what they would think of her if she told them
Jack had been abducted by a UFO. She let out a sigh. It all sounded so crazy.
“How much longer until we take off?” Mike muttered in her ear.
She pressed her mouth tight as bats shrieked in the distance. Of course she wanted out of the cave,
but joining Mike's complaint campaign wasn't going to help them one bit.
He stared down at the glass sidewalk and shook his head. “This alien technology is pretty
cool…but are you sure it's safe?”
While plummeting to their death was a possibility, Jack's torture was a certainty according to
Orthon. She glanced up at the unnaturally tall figure swaying forward in fluent motions, as if he didn't