The following is a journal kept by the adventurer Zap MacGuffin following his encounter with, and transport via, quicksand.
Day 1: Dear Diary, I donâ€™t know how to break this to you, but I am apparently standing in quicksand. What rotten luck! The Professor mumbled something about vibrations affecting the saturated sand particles and how that meant I shouldnâ€™t move, but before he could help me out of this mess he was distracted by something shiny. Oh well, I guess Iâ€™ll have to figure out a solution using the old noggin. Oh MacGuffin, you really got yourself in a pickle this time!
Day 2: Dear Diary, I fell asleep while thinking of a way to escape and plain fell down into a tunnel! Or fell up, as it were, since this crazy place is technically upside down. Well, Iâ€™ll leave such thoughts to men of science because Iâ€™ve got bigger problems! Iâ€™m going to look for a way out of this place. Wish me luck!
Day 3: Dear Diary, Iâ€™ve been rescued! Friendly mantis people have taken me to their home and given me shelter and food. Wow, and I thought only the good old U S of A was known for its hospitality. Well, I think Iâ€™ll rest up here and be on my way in the morning.
Day 4: Dear Diary, today I tried to leave but the nice mantis people wouldnâ€™t let me! At first I thought I was in a heap of trouble, but then they made me their king! They put me in a private room thatâ€™s barred off from the rest of the village with two standing guards for my protection, and they bring food to my room so that I donâ€™t have to go out of my way. There was a big to-do when I was put in here, what with the crowd of happy mantis people all looking at me, so I guess theyâ€™re pretty excited about it!
Day 5: Dear Diary, Iâ€™ve been given a royal name: Ka-cha, which I can only guess means â€œrevered leaderâ€ or something along those lines. Iâ€™ve always been keen to nicknames, so all hail Ka-cha!
Day 6: Dear Diary, today my loyal subjects adorned me in bright fancy feathers and leaves, all to better see me from a distance. Theyâ€™ve also manacled my hands to keep me from burdening myself with reaching for anything. I gotta say, thatâ€™s pretty swell of them! Now weâ€™re going somewhere!
Day 7: Dear Diary, today is my first day as an emissary for the mantis people (which I will rename the Kingdom of Ka-cha upon my royal return.) We seem to be headed to a town! Itâ€™s going to be my first time publicly representing my new mantis friends. Neat!
To hear more of Zap’s adventures, be sure to tune in to Hollow Earth Expedition: THE SHIPWRECK SHUFFLE
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