I was asleep in my dark brown house. Out of nowhere a loud crash was heard. BAAM!!! I woke up, startled. I looked up, but saw nobody.
“Mom! Is that you?”I asked. No answer was heard. Had mom been asleep? Playing the drum? Cooking? I looked in the kitchen, bathrooms, the entrance and her bedroom. She wasn’t in the house and she hadn’t left a note. I was home alone! Where could she be?
I started to cry. Then stood up and realized I hadn’t looked outside. When I went outside in the cold snow there were no footsteps or any evidence that anyone went outside. Then I spotted an irregular circular shape.
“MOTHER WHERE ARE YOU? IT’S ME FATIMA! ”I yelled. Then I went back inside frustrated and stared in the mirror for a long time. I had long wavy brown hair, green eyes and a birthmark on my cheek. Suddenly, my reflection changed into.... a girl with sparkling blue eyes, short blond hair and the same birth mark on her cheek. I was startled to death. “AAAHHH”I screamed. The other girl did as well. I blinked twice to see if I was dreaming or if it was just my imagination. Apparently it wasn’t. Then, I accidently touched the mirror and fell into it.
I fell to the other side of the mirror. To be in ...... the same room? Then I realized that mirror on the other side of the room. I looked into the mirror and saw.... and saw nothing. I touched the mirror and didn’t go through. Wasn’t that other girl on the other side of the mirror? “I know what you’re thinking, and by the way I’m not on the other side but, my gloves are’’ a voice said from behind. I turned around to see the girl.
“How rude of me, I forgot to introduce myself, my name is Rebecca," she said.
“My name is Fatima,’’ I said. Then suddenly I remembered my Mother’s disappearance and asked “Have you seen a woman that looks like me because, that would probably be my mother.’’ “I don’t think so “Rebecca said. “ Is your mother gone too? My father disappeared and I looked everywhere. I went outside, nothing useful was there. Then I looked in the mirror and saw you,” Rebecca said.
“Yes, my mother did disappear, and that exact thing happened to me too!”I said “Maybe you’re my reflection," said Rebecca.
“What’s that suppose to mean”? I asked.
“Here in Noitcelfer, we have a legend that one family has a connection to Wodah, a very evil villain, and had a sacred fight with her. It’s a really depressing story...”
I then started to think about mother. What had happened to her? Was she here? Did she fall into the mirror as well? What if I she wasn’t here and I were stuck here forever? All these questions went unanswered, and I decided to get some sleep before I would figure out what to do.
I woke up after the long night. Then, I looked for Rebecca. Her bedroom was empty. The washroom was empty as well. Then, I saw her eating her breakfast.
“I have to go to school today, so... can you stay here?” asked Rebecca.
“Sure, I guess,” I said. Although what I really wanted to do was to find out if my mother was here.
“Bye,” she said.
It was getting hot so, I decided to go outside. When I went outside, I saw that same irregular shape in the snow that I had seen earlier. Except that it was purple and words were written in it that said 'Step In'. Maybe it could lead to my mother? There was no harm trying! So I stepped in.
“Whoa!’’ I said. Everything had disappeared. Now, all around me was a purple tube.
“LET ME OUT!” I screamed, banging on the sides of the tube. After a while of yelling and banging on the walls, I fell got tired and fell asleep.
I woke up drowsy. Now, I was in a rusty, steel, gray cell. “Who did this?”I said out loud.
A black figure moved very fast in the darkness and whispered in a cold voice. “I did!” it said.
“LET ME OUT!” I demanded.
“Never,” the figure said.
The figure swiftly ran away. I crouched to the ground. My strength had weakened. I couldn’t stay in this cell any longer.
“Fatima! Is that you,” said a familiar voice. I knew that voice, it sounded oddly like my very own. It had to be..... Rebecca!
“Yes, it is me,’’ I said back.
“Zemo, please bring prisoners to Wodah as soon as possible!” the intercom said in a cold whisper.
I saw another pitch-black figure, who came and grabbed me and threw me over his shoulder. He took me through a door, and the place was all gold with green, red, bronze and silver designs. We entered a lobby to see the place was made with ice. Somehow, even the ground was made of ice too, and Zemo, the black figure who was carrying me, was so strong that he didn’t fall or break the ice as he walked across it with me.
Soon, we came to a door with two figures holding swords on each side. They let us inside the door and I was thrown inside. After one minute, Rebecca was thrown in too.
Then a figure came out, it looked at me, at least, I think it did. This figure, who I assumed was Wodah, said “Well, well, well, if it weren’t Fatima and Rebecca. Well, I know what I will do with you two. Exactly what I did with the others before you! Hand over the necklace or else.”
I had a bad feeling about this, so I didn’t listen to Wodah, but apparently Rebecca disagreed and handed hers over. All of a sudden, she disappeared!
“Hmm...well, looks like the opposite of last time. What is your last name?” demanded Wodah.
“It’s Siddiqi,” I said.
“Looks like the Siddiqi side is brave this time,” she said.
“What are you talking about?” I asked.
All of a sudden, Wodah, the dark black figured started to transform into a person.. and looked exactly like me!
“Your reflection gave me the power to look like you now. Your so-called friend is long gone. The necklace is very powerful,” said Wodah.
“Are you my reflection too?” I asked.
“Not exactly, before I was your shadow, now I am a SELECTION!” she said with great excitement.
“How come my reflection was different in the mirror? It never usually is, and with Rebecca she looked so different from me. How did I come here? I don’t understand,” I said.
“You came here because of your necklace. It is a very precious amulet,” she said. “Your father once came here, and he had a necklace with a ruby stone, just like you. Your uncle had an emerald stone necklace, just like Rebecca. This was about ten years ago, right when you were born. I asked your father for his necklace and he gave it to me. That is why you’ve never seen him or met him before. He went away. I made the two sides of the mirrors and your uncle’s daughter was born.”
“Now, you’re probably wondering where your mother and uncle have gone. Well I, Wodah, will never tell you!!” she yelled.
“No!” I said, “Please, tell me what I need to know!”
“NO CAN DO! NEVER!” Wodah exclaimed.
“So you invented the mirror?” I asked. “No, I put a special seal on all mirrors ever made to make a reflection. The reflection looks similar to you, but only when you look deep enough, you see your real reflection – like Rebecca.”
“So, you basically killed my father and cousin?” I asked.
“No, they are not dead, but they are never coming back here,” Wodah said.
“Where are they?” I asked.
“Well, why would I tell you that!” she said. “Zemo, take our prisoner back to the dungeons!” Wodah said into the intercom.
Zemo came and grabbed me. I tried to get out of his grip, but then Zemo pulled me by my neck. I choked until I was back into my cell. I was stuck and now I was in a rage. “LET ME OUT NOW!!!!!” I demanded.
Then, I cried for a long time. Then I fell asleep for what felt like a very long time. I woke up in the middle of the night to see.. keys! I was saved. The keys were lying on the floor, so I grabbed them. Zemo probably left them there, by an accident.
I opened the door, now everyone was asleep so I just slipped out. Then I saw my Mom and some other man with blonde hair, which I assumed must be my uncle. I opened the door for them too. I was so happy to see my mother safe. She was fast asleep, so I had to tug her to wake up.
“Mom, wake up,” I whispered.
She opened her eyes. “Finally, it is you, Fatima!” she said. “Dave,” she said “wake up.”
“What?” he said, opening his eyes.
“Fatima is here to save us,” Mom said.
“Hi,” he said. “Thanks for finding us.”
We quietly stepped out and we came to the main exit. Thankfully, there were no guards on either side, so we opened the door and ran out. We entered a room with tubes.
There was a sign that said:
EMERGENCY To go to Noitcelfer go to the tubes and press reverse. SHADOWS ONLY!
We went into the tubes and pressed reverse and we were back to Uncle Dave’s house. Then Uncle Dave said, “Where’s Rebecca?”
“Emmm.... well she’s gone – she gave her necklace to Wodah and disappeared,” I said.
“No, well let me tell both of you a little secret. I found out how to get her back!” he said and pulled off his necklace and he also disappeared.
“Okay,” I said, closed my eyes, and pulled off my necklace. All of a sudden, I was back in Wodah’s castle. I saw Uncle Dave and Rebecca in a room, and they were with another woman. This must be Rebecca’s mother.
In the corner there was a man I had never seen before, who looked a lot like me. I got excited because I thought this must be my Dad. I was just about to run up to him when all of a sudden Wodah appeared. I had to do something.
I looked down and saw that there were three necklaces around my neck. How had they gotten there? Then I looked at Uncle Dave and he winked at me. He must have put them there. I touched the silver stone on one of them and it was soo cold. The purple stone on the second necklace was so hot. The third necklace with a gold stone was also hot.
The purple and silver stones touched each other, and turned into one stone – a blue one. Then the blue stone touched the gold stone and all three stones came together and turned turquoise. Now, I felt powerful. It was as if the turquoise stone was controlling me.
Then I did something I never had done before. The necklace had given me a mirror! I pointed the mirror towards Wodah’s necklaces and they burned. A fire was happening on Wodah. Now she looked like a person made out of fire and as the fire went out she turned into ashes.
I blew on her ash body and the ashes all drifted away. The mirror had evaporated Wodah. I pulled off the necklace I was wearing. It was no longer controlling me. I looked up and realized that for the first time I could remember, my family was together. Aunt Mary, Rebecca and Dad were reunited with the family once again!
The mirror seal was permanent, so when we returned back to Noitcelfer, we all lived together. Everyone in our town knew our story. We all moved in together in our little hut.
That was my adventure. It would be a long time until my next one.