Please note there won't be this much dialogue throughout the story. It's just to push the story along, and should be over after this chapter. Also, if it seems like I just rushed through all the events and descriptions, I meant to. Finally, the story may at first be like any other treasure hunt story (The Goonies, maybe?) and will DEFINITELY be cheesy at points, but it evolves later on into a much different, more complex one. Now, please enjoy the slow start to a hopefully exciting story.Chapter I: Not True
"Come on, Toon. We've heard you say that story at least five times in this month alone. Let it go."
I looked up at the guy in front of me. Toon was a hyperactive guy, with straight brown hair, a blue shirt, green pants, a big belt, and a black sash across his chest. He also had stripes up his arms made from an extremely small piece of orange dye he'd found when hunting a few months ago. He was very fun and easily excitable, but also a great friend. He did, however, get on my nerves a lot.
"Wilco, I'm just so into the story lately. I mean can you just imagine
an entire city made from blocks no one
has seen before? It's just crazy!" Toon closed the book with the tale he'd read so many times over and placed it on the table.
Toon, me, and a few of our friends had settled in Toon's house for the day, as the rain made it almost impossible to do chores, which we didn't mind. We'd been basically just talking all day, but Toon had been hung up on the story of The Utopia, which was "where dreams come true."
I don't want to go into too much detail about myself, but I really like to be in disguises most of the time, (they're very fun, in my opinion) and today I had settled on my favorite of them all: the plain white sheep one. For some reason, sheep just felt the most fun of all the animals in our fields to me. I also have an accent... not sure how I can explain what it sounds like, so let's move on.
Toon sat down in a huge thump
on the wooden floor of his humble abode next to Jess. Her real name is AnimeJessica, but shortening names makes things easier. She's always quite mellow about things, but will go deep into projects when she needs to, and will be a motivational speaker of sorts when our feelings are down. Jess loved a very foreign creature she saw in a dream once, so she almost always was dressed like it. She said it was called a Growlithe and was sort of like a red dog. I just said she looked strange, but it's grown on me over time.
Next to Jess was the extremely
hyper and happy Silverthorns. Thorns was always making jokes, moving around, and generally giving off good vibes. He had darkish-blue hair, with the front bangs swiping over his left eye, his right, bright red eye showing. Thorns generally wore black clothes, with white shoes, a white undershirt, and red on the shoulders. He never seemed to stop moving, and even now, he was pacing around the room.
"But what if it's true, Wilco? What if there is such a place? Wouldn't you like to live there? Be rich and do anything you wanted?"
"Rivercrest is fine. We've got everything we need here, right?" I said while turning to Thorns in my chair.
"Don't tell me you wouldn't give this life up for a place where you wouldn't have to do all this work, and everything was perfect," said a higher-pitched voice from the hut's entrance door.
LucariMew stood there, looking as normal as ever. To me, she fit in perfectly everywhere. (Metaphorically, of course) She had blonde hair that went down to her shoulders and a green bandana sticking out on top. She wore her usual green vest and white long-sleeved shirt, brown pants, and dark brown boots. She stood there motionless, her last comment still in the air.
"Lucari, we're fine here. We've got food, shelter, and something to do all the time," I told her. "What more could we ask for?"
"Maybe some variety. We do the same stuff every day. We also could maybe stop living off barely-cooked zombie flesh, melons, and bread. So basically, a lot of things to ask for"
I shook my head in displeasure. How could she be so ungrateful? We'd grown up in Rivercrest. It was our home. Sure, we weren't bountiful in our materials, but we used what we had wisely. We were a lot luckier than most villages out there.
"We have a lot as is. We have all the things we need to survive. Don't get greedy." I reached into the bookshelf behind me and pulled out a book to keep me occupied.
"I just want to get out of here. I want adventure." She quickly got a slight shine in her eye. "I want to find the Utopia."
I looked around at the group, laughing inside. The Utopia is a myth, and always will be. Everyone knew that.
"Lucari, stop believing in such nonsense. The Utopia was thought up by greedy people who just wanted to have fun."
But as I looked around to see how the others had reacted, they just had their faces down, twidelling their thumbs and looking at their shoes. I was unfazed, though.
Lucari moved inside and closed the door behind her. "Everyone else doesn't seem to think so."
I shifted in my seat. "Jess, you believe in the Utopia?"
She also got a bit tense, but kept her cool. "Well... I'm not too sure
if it's totally real, but it does seem a lot better than what we have now. And it's something to think about. What if[/] there was such a place? Wouldn't you want to go?"
"Well yeah, of course I would. But there's first of all no proof that it even exists, and if there was, we'd probably just get lost looking for the place."
Everyone sat there for a moment, the only sound being the rain pouring down on the hut from the outside. Then Lucari came closer to me. "I'll make you a bet."
"And what would that be?" I was confused, but also intrigued.
"How about we go around Rivercrest and look for clues as to where the Utopia is. If we find anything about it, and I mean [i]anything
, we follow the clue and go out to find the town."
I silently laughed to myself. This would just be too easy.
"And what if we don't find anything?"
"Then I'll do your work for the rest of the week." She sounded so confident, but I knew better.
At first I was skeptical. What was she trying to prove with this? But then when I realised there was nothing besides what I could see, I smiled slyly, as this would be a piece of cake. I might learn a few things, but I knew in the end I'd be off work for the rest of the week. "I'm in."
We started out at town hall. As all the records of everyone who has ever lived in the village were there, it seemed logical that looking for the mistakes of others might lead us to where the Utopia might be.
We walked in to see the mayor of Rivercrest, Narvik, standing there fixing his helmet. He wore all green, and kind of looked like a frog. He was actually, however, dressed in green and white, armor-like garb. Gold accents garnered his shoudlers, wrists, belt, chestplate, and shoes. Black goggles finished it off on his bright green helmet. Narvik was elected mayor about two years back, as he was a kind guy who was a good leader. He's gotten lots of work done on town, so I'd think he'd be up for reelection later this year. Apparently he has an accent as well, but I never noticed.
"Oh hey there, guys. What're you doing on a rainy day like this in town hall?" he questioned us, still trying to reposition his helmet.
"We're here to look at some old records," I told him, still smiling at how crazy this bet was.
"We want to find any clues to the location of the Utopia," Thorns chimed in.
Narvik blinked at us. I couldn't figure out if it was out of confusion or suspicion. "You guys do
know that the Utopia is just a myth, right?"
"We don't think so. We just want a clue to where it might be," Toon said.
"Well, just go back into the records room. I'll let you guys go in, but don't make a mess in there, understand?"
We all nodded. The mayor then walked around us and out the door.
We moved into the records room to find four very long rows of bookshelves full of records of past citizens' lives. I'd never been in the room, and just seeing the vastness was astounding. The room was huge, and I'd never have guessed that so many people had lived in Rivercrest before.
"Any way we can sort through these fast to find the people who actually hunted for the Utopia?" Jess asked.
"No way. There's way too many records to look through them all. It'd take weeks, and we have no idea of any people who actually might have," I answered.
"What do we do then?"
I thought for a second. I didn't want to just slack off and not help them find anything, even if it meant I might
lose the bet. But that couldn't happen, so I didn't bother worrying about it.
"I guess we move on to find more about the town itself and not the people who looked for it."
So that's when we agreed to check out the library, as there was bound to be a book on myths there. It wasn't a far walk there from town hall, but it felt very long as we didn't talk on the way. Everyone's mind was on the mission.
I might as well describe the village. Rivercrest was actually a bigger village compared to most. The houses were build from cobble and wood, with white wool rugs, and some torches lighting up the insides. The houses were connected by gravel roads lit by torches on posts two blocks high. The bigger buildings weren't too tall, having only two or three floors, and those were only the town hall, library, and hotel. The town was in the middle of a plains biome, with a forest to the south, and a desert to the west. It was a quaint town, and we all loved it.
We walked into the two-story library and saw the rows of bookcases everywhere. The same would be on the next floor, as well. Up front, behind a desk, was the librarian, Liz. Liz was one of the friendliest people in village. She was kind to all, and when she could help out, she would. She had red-brown hair that came down to her shoulder on one side. She wore a gold dress that her mother had given her as a birthday present last year that took much work to get. To top it off, she wore the rarest item in all of town: a necklace with a single diamond pendant on the end.
"Hey guys. What's going on?" she asked.
"We're looking up some clues to find the Utopia, Liz. We want to prove to Wilco that the town exists," Toon said. I shook my head in arrogance.
"Well I don't know about it being real or not, but myths and legends are upstairs, row three," she answered.
We all thanked her, and made our way upstairs. It took a minute to find the "Myths and Legends" section.
After several minutes of looking, I asked "Anyone find anything?"
"Nope," answered Jess.
"Nothing," said Toon.
"I may have found it," said Thorns. We all looked over at him to see an old book in his hands. I saw the front of the book, titled Tales of Historical Lands
"Let me see that for a second..." Thorns handed me the hefty book, and I opened it. I went straight for the index. "Let's see... underwater cities... underground cities... floating cities... ah here we are! Hidden cities!"
I flipped to the page and looked past a few non-important places, then found it.
"The Utopia. A city made of many blocks unknown to any other location on The Chunk. The city is so amazing and well-hidden that no one who's gone on a hunt for it and found it has ever come back, because they wouldn't want to come back. The location of the town is unknown other than a few rumors that aren't found to be true due to none of the rumored waypoints being found.
" I kept reading silently for a minute, then looked up. "All of it is stuff we already know. And since there's no where else in town that would have any clues, I guess Lucari is doing my work for me for the rest of the week.
I slammed the book shut, and out flew a cracked piece of parchment. It floated to the ground, and Jess picked it up.
"What's this?" She unfolded the paper, looked at it, and her jaw dropped. "Guys, I think we just found a clue. A big
clue." She handed the paper to Toon, who followed Jess in dropping his mouth wide open. Toon shoved it out, face up, into the middle of our circle and on the page was a map of the area around Rivercrest, with a giant X in the top-right corner. At the top of the page was a label reading Map to the Utopia
I smirked. "Come on guys. You can't seriously believe that this
is the map, can you? I mean come on; it's just a map with an X and a title written on. Someone obviously shoved it into the book as a joke."
Thorns grabbed it and looked at it closely, almost shoving it into his face. "I don't think so... while the X is definitely written on by some ink, the title is printed on the paper. Someone just wrote the X in, but the title is legit. It was printed on with the rest of the map."
"And if no one drew the title on, then the map must have been made specifically for making a map to the Utopia! We have
to follow it!" said Toon, excitedly.
"No way. I'm still not convinced it's real," I said.
"But the bet was that if we found any
clue at all, you'd follow it with us. Which means you have to come with us!"
I sighed. I did agree to the bet. And I don't go back on my promises. "Ok, yes I agreed to that bet. But I want at least Narvik to say what he thinks about it before I bite into this. He's good with stuff like this."
"Fine. But you swear, if Narvik thinks it could be real, that you'll come with us to find the Utopia?" asked Thorns.
I didn't want to. But I couldn't go back on them now. "Fine."
"Let's go then."
We walked downstairs and out the door, saying bye and thanks again to Liz as we left. Then we basically full-out sprinted to town hall. Even I was kind of getting the feeling that this could actually be something. But I wasn't fully on board yet.
Once at town hall, we ran inside to find Narvik sitting at a chair rearranging things on the desk. He looked up and said, "What's the hurry? What's going on?"
"We found a map in a book of mythical towns at the library, and we wanted to know if you could help us figure out its authenticity," said Jess. She walked over to the mayor and handed the map to him.
Narvik lit a torch from the desk drawer and held it over the map for more light. He squinted at it, turned it, and even smelled it at one point until he put the torch out and stood up.
"Well guys, besides the X, this entire map was printed at only one time. I feel it could be a real map to the Utopia."
While Jess, Thorns, and Toon's faces all lit up, mine stayed straight. I was happy to see that we might actually have a lead to some riches, but I didn't want to leave town. I loved it here, and had never really been outside of it. Monsters, lava, pits, and other things were out there, and I wasn't exactly eager to go head-on into a Creeper.
"That's great! Wilco, you promised we could follow this. You aren't backing down, are you?" asked Toon. Oh, the guilt trick. I couldn't just pull out on my promise. Sure I wasn't extatic to leave, but I was curious as to what we could find. And every minute with the map made me feel more and more confident that it was real.
"Nope. Let's get some supplies, and head out. We'll leave tomorrow."
Hope you guys didn't find all the dialogue and running back-and forth and chessiness TOO bad, but I promise it get more exciting from here. Every story has to to start somewhere, right? As for some characters listed as being in the story, everyone I've written there has a part in the story, and will appear later on. It may take a while, but everyone has a role to play. But I hope you keep coming back for more of the story. Please comment below on your thoughts so far