from Chapter 12 : Ross discovers that it’s never a good idea to
cheer fighting monsters.
to Main Street safely. It too was empty. Warily they stole along Church
Street then took the hilly road up School Lane towards the Common. Still
nothing to be seen. Their confidence rose. Perhaps getting to the castle
wouldn’t be as difficult as they had feared. They ran past the school to
where the lane opened out onto the Common. All three gasped as if air
was suddenly in short supply. They froze on the spot. They stared with
unblinking eyes. The Common was alive with mythical creatures; some
resting, some eating, many fighting.
Simon broke the trance. “Let’s get away from here,” he whispered.
Like actors in a movie being played in slow motion, they crept
to the safety of a garden wall. Trembling they peered over.
There, in front of them, was the weirdest collection of
creatures imaginable. There were ogres and unicorns, dragons and
griffins; creatures with animal bodies and huge wings. Many were
a mix of two, three or more different animals. Some had more
than one head. It was as if they’d stumbled across some Martian
Circus Freak Show. Most frightening of all were the creatures
the size of giant dinosaurs