Chapter 1: Meet the Copperfields
On a sunny spring Friday, Riley Copperfield was walking home with her twin sister, Lily, her older brother, Jack, her younger sister, Alice, and her older brothers, Peter, John, and Don. She had an older sister in college and an older brother in high school. Riley and Lily were ten, Jack was eleven, Alice was five, and Peter, John, and Don were twelve. Riley was tall and had frizzy, long, light brown hair and had chocolate brown eyes. Lily looked just like Riley except for her piercing green eyes. Lily was the only one in the family with green eyes. Jack had sandy hair and blue eyes. Alice was a girl copy of him. Peter was a tall blonde with hazel eyes. John and Don were on the short side with brown hair and blue eyes.
As they walked home from school, they saw Mrs. Ledvina’s cat, Nightshade, making their the next-door neighbor’s dog, Piper, mad. They saw construction workers working on the new neighborhood, and their grandpa and grandma working on the garden in the park. They saw flowers of all colors planted in rows. The fresh smell of nectar in the air. They went past the bakery, filled with bread and cakes. They passed the woods. On every tree there was a billion buds spread across like a blanket of green and pink.
When they finally got home, they were exhausted. Riley and Lily plopped down on the couch in the living room and switched on the TV. Their favorite show, True Myths, was on.
“ Today is a show on recognizing signs of a portal to another world.” the host announced. “If you see a weird object buried in the ground, like a chest or an old pot, it might be a portal. Or it could just be some careless person’s trash.”
The show went on and on about what could be a portal or what is just trash. The strange thing was, Riley believed the whole thing. Lily just watched it for fun. When the show was over, Peter, John, Don, Jack, and Alice came tumbling down the stairs.
“I will be outside playing football.” Peter announced
“So will I” Don shouted.
“Unbelievable!” Lily said.”You guys are practicing day and night!” “Well what are you doing day and night?” Peter asked mockingly.
“ Chess. And don’t you say that it’s boring. Going to your games are boring.”
Peter said nothing.
“BURN” Don called.
”I want to play princess with you!” Alice said to Jack.
“ Fine, but just for an hour.” Jack said.
“ Well you weirdos are weirding me away, so I will go to my archery tournament as soon as I get my bow and quiver from the shed.” Riley said.
“ You all are crazy!” John said.” Why don’t you ever just read!” “Because we aren't nerds like you” Peter said. John didn’t reply.
“Yup,” Riley said to herself,”Just a normal day at home”.
She ran to the shack just outside the pale house. She opened the door, then the door fell off.
” Oops” she said. She grabbed her bow and slung her quiver over her shoulder.”I’ll see you weirdos soon” she shouted.
”Okay crazy!” Peter retorted.
Riley ran through town, heading for the shooting range. She raced passed the bakery, and by the cafe`. In about twenty minutes she arrived at the archery range. When she got there, she started the tournament with her friends. She had to shoot at least 200 points to go to the big leagues. This was going to be the best day of her life, or not.
When the tournament was over, the coach rounded up the scores. “Jamie: 80
I’m sorry, but none of you made it this month” the coach said. “See y’all on Sunday.”
“Next month” Riley said to herself” I’ll be there”
Chapter 2: The Chest
When she got home, she was greeted by Milly, her oldest sister, and Joshua, her oldest brother. Milly was tall with dark brown hair and the same blue eyes as Riley. Joshua looked like Peter but short.
“ How’s my little squirt?” Joshua said.
“ Great. How ‘bout you Josh?” Riley asked.
“Fine. Too much homework though.” he replied.
Riley headed upstairs.
Upstairs was huge. Many old houses aren't that big, but this one was big. Bigger than big. Huge. Riley and Lily shared an enormous room. It had two walk in closets and a high ceiling. Now, you may be thinking, wow they must be rich! Nope. They inherited this house from their great-grandma. You will learn the technical stuff later.
When Riley walked into her room, Lily was reading a handbook.
Riley assumed it was another “How to Survive Math Class” book, by Lily’s favorite author, A.A. Acomb.
“ Gosh, I live with too many nerds and football fanatics!” Riley said to Lily.
“Oh be quiet, maniac.” Lily said, looking up from her book.
The book was small enough to fit in a pocket, so Riley grabbed it and stuffed it in her back pocket.
“I’ll see how good this is, then I might give it back”
Riley went down stairs to play football with Peter and Don. Though, it wasn’t really football when she started to play, It was more like keep away from sis ball.
To be continued.........