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There were several well trekked paths and one newly forged one, leading away from most of the huts. There was one bunch of flowers, fourteen individual red and yellow flowers picked and left on a rock. There was a boar, grizzly and grumpy, snuffling and grunting and generally minding its own business some distance away. And there was one teenage girl exploring. In other words on Tabula Rasa, it was just another day ending in y for Coraline Jones.

Coraline was an experienced explorer and adventurer. She knew the rules of dealing with aliens or mysterious new people, she knew how to escape from simple knots and how not to get captured, she was very good at sneaking (as Percy Jackson could attest to) and she knew not to touch mysterious objects. Mysterious objects were a dangerous thing in books and on television, they did stuff when discovered but it appeared that this object didn't know that.

It hadn't done anything!

"Ugh, do something. Come on," Coraline said, from her place in front of it. Coraline peaked around the smooth edges, looking at the metal and wondering what on Island it was. It didn't seem to be doing anything and from what she could see no one had been up this way for a while except her. Maybe it was an island thing but she didn't recognise it from home. Leaning forward Coraline touched the smooth metal, holding her breath for a second as she realised that was probably Not A Very Good Idea. It was a mysterious object! They did-

Nothing.

Nothing happened.

"Oh, well that was anti-climatic." Coraline said letting out a long breath as her fingertips slid along the outside and something clicked. Looking at it curiously, Coraline moved away watching pieces of it move and click into place. Taking out her notebook Coraline scribbled a note. "Huh, cool. One mysterious object, item, artefact? Artefact sounds cool. One mysterious artefact doing stuff."

Coraline grinned, grabbing her bag when something made her freeze in place. A low level humming noise that began to build and grow.

"Uh... that doesn't sound good." Coraline said hesitantly as the thing began to hum quite audibly. Things that hummed like that were never usually a good sign. Well, at least it wasn't glowing or anything. If it was humming and glowing then she'd probably be in trouble. The artefact began to glow, pulsating light driving up from the base to the tip of it. "Oh bothe-"

The light hit the top bursting out in a radiating pulse and washing over a wide eyed, startled Coraline who simply disappeared.

They'd always warned her; curiosity killed the cat.

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Coraline Jones

April 2015

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