The Cave of Wonders

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The Cave of Wonders

Bella Sharp, Contributor

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I turned my flashlight on, and the cave was immediately lit up, the jagged rocks along the walls bathed in white light. I slowly crept toward the cave, unsure of what I would find within it. As I got closer to the opening, with Sydney right behind me, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. “Oh, how did I get to this point?” I thought to myself. It had all started only a few hours before, when our flight touched down in Orlando. “Disney World! I can’t wait, Kiara, it’s going to be so much fun!” Sydney said to me. Even though I had been a million times, I was really excited for Sydney, since it was her first time. As soon as our flight landed, we jumped out of our seats and practically sprinted off of the plane. We quickly hailed a taxi, then zoomed over to our hotel and checked in. By the time we finally headed over to the park, it was only 9:16 in the morning. “Tickets, please,” an employee said as we walked up to the front gates of the park. We handed him our tickets, and as he handed them back, he said, “Have a magical day!” I smiled and walked through the gate, unaware of how truly magical of a day we were about to have. The moment we stepped foot in the park, Sydney bolted toward Adventureland. “Hey, wait up!” I called after her, laughing. Several hours later, when we had visited every land in the park, we made our way back to Adventureland. “I’m going to go to the bathroom, wait here for me,” Sydney said, then walked away. I found a bench nearby and waited. After a few minutes, my phone rang, and I saw Sydney was calling me. I answered and she started talking, her voice sounding very frantic. “Calm down, calm down! Start over, and talk slower, I can’t understand a word you’re saying,” I said into the phone. Sydney began again, slower that time, and said, “Kiara, you have to get down here. I found something major, and I mean really major.” “What? What are you talking about? Where are you?” I said, very confused. “Just go to the nearest bathroom, then take a right at the door, take another left, and you’ll see a tunnel. Go through it and walk for about 30 feet, then take another right. That’s where I am. Now hurry!” Sydney replied, then hung up. I put my phone back in my pocket, still slightly confused. Yet, I followed her directions, and 10 minutes later, I found Sydney with a flashlight in her hand, in a dark tunnel. She saw me, then motioned for me to follow her. We walked forward for about 20 feet, then stopped, and Sydney handed me a flashlight. She pointed to our right, and I shined my flashlight where she was pointing. I saw a giant, wide-mouthed cave, with large rocks along the sides. The cave looked terrifying, but it also looked beautiful, in a mysterious sort of way. Almost like there were secret treasures inside of it that were waiting to be found. Then, it hit me, I knew exactly what the cave was! “Oh my gosh, Sydney! Don’t you realize what this cave is? It’s the Cave of Wonders!” I exclaimed. “The what of what now?” Sydney replied. “A couple of years ago,” I explained, “Disney started building an Aladdin ride, modeled after the Cave of Wonders from the movie! It was almost complete, but then bad things started happening. Construction workers started mysteriously vanishing, and parts of the ride were being stolen. Disney had no choice but to stop construction, and they covered up the location and details of the ride. No one knows what the Aladdin ride is or where it is. Until now, that is…we have to go in there and find out!” Sydney nodded slowly, taking in everything I had just said. Finally, she said, “Okay, okay…let’s explore the cave.” We both shined our flashlights on the mouth of the cave, then we started to walk forward. Right before we entered the cave, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. “Ready?” Sydney asked. I nodded, and we walked into the mouth of the cave. Several minutes later, as we were walking in silence and mostly darkness, something caught my eye. “Sydney, look, do you see that? The shiny thing?” I asked. “Yeah, yeah, I do. What is it?” she replied. I bent down and swooped up the foreign object, before realizing what it was. “Oh! Wow, it’s the lamp! The lamp the genie lives in!” I said. Sydney’s eyes widened and she said, “Oh, yeah! Wait, Kiara, whatever you do, don’t rub the la-” Before she could finish, I began to rub the lamp, and a cloud of blue fog streamed out of it. I dropped the lamp as the fog kept coming out of it, and my eyes widened. “Woah! The genie!” I exclaimed, mesmerized by the bright blue fog. As the last of the fog came out of the lamp, Sydney said, “No, there’s no genie in there, it’s just a prop for the ride.” Disappointed, I replied, “Man, I really thought we would find something more magical in here, something more mysterious. I guess not.” “Well, do you want to head back out to the park? We should go back before someone sees us,” Sydney suggested. “Yeah, let’s go back,” I said. We walked out of the cave and started to head back through the tunnel, when I realized that I had dropped my flashlight and left it in the cave while picking up the lamp. “Wait, I left my flashlight! I’m going to go back and get it, wait here for me,” I explained to Sydney. I headed back into the cave, then found the flashlight lying next to the lamp. I bent down and picked it up, then started to stand up again. Yet, as I raised my head and looked in front of me, I saw the genie himself staring back at me.

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