"Ah, well, then, Ellie Junior. What do you think?" Ellie asked her ant happily. "I know, I think so too. Right? Definitely." She was walking around and staring at her ant container by the palace and a place she had never seen before. It was like a cove or something, with a beach. No reporters! Yay!
Suddenly-splat! Ellie fell down on the ground. She thought she must have tripped over something, but what? She looked down, and saw that she tripped over what looked like a staff. But where had it come from? "What's this?" she asked, and picked it up. It was golden and had strange things written all over it. The words said:
Follow the staff to the second-to-last unicorn. It gets hot when close. Cold when far.
Ellie stared at the words. Unicorn? Wait- UNICORN?! Re-entering fantasyland, people! There are unicorns here! Wait-Ellie looked down once again. second-to-last unicorn.
A second to last unicorn? No wonder nobody saw them anymore! So strange, thought Ellie. She fingered the mysterious staff. Hmm... very cold. She carefully stood up, (trying not to disturb the ants) and spun around in all directions. Finally, when she pointed it towards the mountains- warmth! She started running forward and finally, out of breath, gazed up at all the rock in front of her, the staff getting even warmer.
She honestly didn't even want to climb up the mountain, but unicorns are unicorns, so... she looked around for a handhold. She put the staff in between her teeth, and then started climbing. At first it was fun, but soon the staff kept on getting hotter and hotter, and she had to climb faster and faster.
Soon, Ellie wished she knew when she would be done, and- at last! She pushed herself up. she was at the top of the mountain! Finally!
She was so happy to finally be at the top, she cheered. "I did it!" she cried, and then looked down. The staff had become scalding hot. Ellie cringed in pain, and she stared down at what was beneath her-she was not in her magical world anymore. She was in only one place she had seen before in the "Unicorn Quest" books. She had traveled through reality? But how?
The staff got hotter and hotter, dragging Ellie down the mountain to find the second-to-last unicorn.