The Diamond Compass

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The Diamond Compass

By Lewis
J
effrie

The

blistering

wind

screamed

outside

on

the

icy,

snowy

mountains
.

Tom

awoke

immediately
.

He

could

here

heavy

footsteps

in

the

room

next

door
.

The

noise

of

his

family

eating

breakfast

had

silenced
.

Tom

sat

up

petrified
.

He

saw

shadows

underneath

his

door
.

The

old

run

down,

decaying

house

became

deadly

silent
.

Tom

approached

the

door

of

his

dark

bedroom

cautiously
.

He

wiped

his

weary

eyes

and

slowly

opened

the

door
.

Smack!!!!!!

A

glistening

diamond

blade

passed

half

a

centimetre

in

front

of

his

face

and

plunged

itself

deep

into

a

wooden

chest!

Tom

fell

back

stunned
.



A

cold

shiver

woke

Tom
.

He

was

lying

on

he

wooden

floorboards

of

his

bedroom
.

Tom

new

exactly

what

had

happened

that

morning,

and

he

had

been

dreading

it

for

years
.

A

sudden

excruciating

pain

had

begun

in

the

back

of

his

head
.

Heaving

himself

to

his

feet

Tom

hobbled

over

o

a

glass

cabinet

kept

at

the

back

of

the

house
.

His

head

still

throbbing

from

his

fall

tom

opened

the

cabinet
.

It

was

gone
.

The

case

was

empty
.



Tom

ran

to

the

front

door,

it

had

been

left

open

by

the

intruder
.

The

wind

had

decreased

a

little

but

it

was

still

awfully

cold
.

Tom

new

hat

he

must

tell

Gale

that

the

precious

diamond

compass

had

been

stolen
.

The

legend

says

that

if

used

correctly

the

diamond

compass

will

lead

you

to

ancient

treasure

worth

millions
.

Gale

was

an

old

man

that

lives

in

dark

woods

near

a

mountain

called

Hellvelyn
.


Tom

ran

straight

there,

the

cool

breeze

in

his

face,

he

could

hear

some

of

the

villagers

talking

and

birds

tweeting

on

the

mountainside
.

He

could

smell

delicious

food

being

sold

as

he

passed

the

village

bakery
.

Hot

pastries

were

very

appealing

but

he

reluctantly

ignored

his

appetite

and

kept

on

going
.

As

Tom

came

in

sight

of

the

woods

he

new

that

something

was

wrong
.

He

could

just

feel

it

in

his

bones
.

Carefully

approaching

Gales

cave

he

heard

an

eagle

cry

as

it

stormed

down

onto

its

prey
.

Gale

had

always

told

him

that

hearing

an

eagle

cry

was

bad

luck
.

Peering

inside

the

craggy

cave

Tom

spotted

a

burning

fire

inside,

lighting

up

he

whole

cave
.


Gale

had

trained

Tom
.

Trained

him

to

protect

himself

by

wielding

a

sword,

spear,

mace

and

dagger
.

Tom

had

practised

hard

for

ten

years
.

The

reason

for

this

is

because

when

Tom

was

born

his

parents

were

not

married

and

in

those

days

it

was

frowned

upon

to

be

born

and

your

parents

not

be

married

so

Tom

was

outlawed
.

His

parents

pleaded

all

nigh

and

eventually,

the

mayor

of

the

village

agreed

to

let

Tom

stay

be

under

only

one

condition
.

That

he

would

protect

the

diamond

compass

with

his

life
.

It

was

hen

that

Gale

provided

the

training

that

Tom

desperately

needed
.


Gale

was

not

inside

the

cave
.

It

was

empty!

The

only

item

left

was

a

small

envelope

near

he

entrance
.

Tom

read

it

out

loud

..




Tom,

I

already

know

that

the

diamond

compass

has

been

stolen
.

I

am

already

intending

on

retrieving

it
.

I

have

a

sneaky

feeling

that

a

large

bandit

clan

have

stolen

it

and

are

going

to

sacrifice

your

family

to

get

find

the

treasure
.

Meet

me

on

top

of

Hellvelyn

at

sundown

and

we’ll

discuss

our

ideas

of

how

o

get

it

back
.

See

you

there,


Gale”


Tom had five whole hours until he needed to meet Gale at the top of
Hellvelyn
-

the tallest
mountain in the area. Moving out of the cave Tom decided to collect his weapons. His
weapons were kept on a small ledge high on a bare smooth, rocky cliff face.
During training
Gale had forced Tom to climb the ledge just so that he could have his weapons. Tom picked
two daggers and a sword.



Tom walked back to the town in a sort of trance. He could not believe that this was all
happening. That he had let the diamond compass be stolen. Determined as always, Tom
ran his hands through his silky black hair. After that he bought four hot pastries, two for
now and the others for the journey. Tom decided to start the enormous hike.


Hellvelyn

was a tall grassy mountain with hardly any rock faces. It was mainly lushes green
meadows and golden plains. These sites were only ever seen in summer. It was winter. Tom
would have to face dark, dismal weather and ferocious winds. It was forecasted that there
would be lots of rain.


Half
-
way up the mountain Tom stopped for a break. The weather hadn’t been that bad but
the wind was nippy. A short time later Tom set off again. Suddenly it started to rain very
heavily. The drops were like bullets being fired down from a coal black sky. There was a
sting in every one. Tom kept on pushing forward, he new that he could not stop otherwise
he would die. He pushed on through the bad weather, but there came a point where he just
could not go on any further through fatigue and he collapsed.


Tom

was

shaken
.

He

yawned
.

Where

was

he?

Still

half

asleep

he

leaned

forwards

and

scanned

the

room
.

It

was

like

a

small

cave

but

had

large

steel

bars

blocking

the

exit
.

He

then

spotted

a

small

wiry

figured

man

with

a

short

trimmed

beard

and

long

moustache
.

It

was

Gale
.


“Gale!

Where

are

we”?

“We

are

in

the

Hellvel

bandits

fort,

at

the

very

top

of

Hellvelyn
.

The

fort

is

made

of

black

oak,

we

are

being

imprisoned

inside

the

mountain
.

It

seems

that

this

clan

have

created

a

whole

community

inside

Hellvelyn
.

There’s

a

whole

village!”




Hold

on,

lets

get

this

straight”

exclaimed

Tom
.



This

Hellvel

bandit

clan

have

completely

carved

out

the

inside

of

the

mountain

and

have

settled

inside”?

“Precisely,

and

they

are

training

an

army

to

take

over

all

of

the

mountains
.

.



How

do

you

know

all

this”?



I

listen,

that’s

one

thing

you

still

need

training

on”
.



Oy

you

two

stop

chatting

in

there”

shouted

a

tall

butch,

armoured

man

standing

outside

the

cave
.


A

while

later

when

the

cave

started

to

darken

and

the

guard

outside

wearied,

Gale

leapt

forward

onto

the

guard

performing

a

perfect

spider

pinch
.

Guard

paralysed

Tom

picked

the

lock

on

the

rusty

iron

door

and

pushed

it

open
.

Over

the

past

ten

minutes

Gale

and

Tom

had

whispered

to

each

other

and

finally

created

a

plan
.

As silent as the night sky, together they began to climb the creaky oak stairs. The staircase
was spiral and flooded in guards
-

that proved no challenge. With walls only a metre apart
Tom found himself unusually claustrophobic. Reaching the last step, they walked up to an
incredible view of an enormous underground world.


Earlier Gale had said that when he was taken prisoner he saw the diamond compass being
taken down a large hole in the village. The village was very much similar to Tom’s home town
with a bakery, shops, houses and a groceries. This is all inside an enormous underground
canyon. Billions of oil lamps gleamed brightly lighting up the canyon. They spotted a huge
solid
-

iron made building with a sign saying
-

War Camp.


The building was black with dark red stripes around the sides. They then saw the hole. It was
basically a gigantic hole with metal steps leading downwards. Creeping along the edge of the
town they eventually came to the steps. Sprinting down and destroying any guards on the
way. Back sweating, arms cut and hair soaked in blood they found the foot of the hole.


Opening the first door that they could see, they stepped through. Suddenly ten men jumped
out and surrounded them with spears. They wore black leather armour with a red crest of a
dagger dripping with blood. They wore horned helmets and golden lacquered
gaulets
.
Trapped, Tom and Gale dropped their weapons and put their hands in the air. “ So you
thought that you could break into
MY FORT
to retrieve the diamond compass”, spat a sharp
voice indulged
in darkness.

Bang!!! The ground suddenly started to shudder like an erupting volcano. Large rocks started
to crack in the roof of the canyon and the ground split like lightning splits the sea on a
stormy day. “ Earthquake” screamed somebody in the village. The armoured men that were
surrounding Tom and Gale fled for their lives. “ Get back here the screamed the man in the
darkness”. Tom and Gale sprinted up the stairs. When they reached the top they examined
the chaotic village. Hundreds of houses had been flattened or split in half and now there
was a monstrous crack, separating the canyon in two sections. They also realised that the
War Camp had been destroyed.


Running to the exit they soon realised that they were being followed by an army of men
armed with swords and spears. Another squad blocked Tom and Gale’s escape. With only
one option left they optimistically leaped over the crack in the canyon and onto a crane that
had been used earlier. Tom only just made it but smashed his head on the framework,
however Gale lightly jumped across like a grasshopper.


Head bleed like mad, Tom new he must go on. Some of the had followed. The race was on.
Tom and Gale ran along the metal framework, regardless of how high they were. Leaping to
another crane they finally found the exit. ”What about my family and the diamond compass
“ said Tom.

“I have the compass in my pocket. I managed to exchange the compass with a fake before
they captured me. Your family are imprisoned at the bottom of
Hellvelyn
”. I flicked a switch
in the cave so that we can take them out.



Gobsmacked, Tom carried on at the bottom of the mountain they spied a small cave with iron
bars, just like the ones he and Gale were trapped inside. There were no guards so Tom just
picked the lock and released his family. Tom little sister ran up to him and gave him a big hug.
Tom spent the rest of the day explaining his adventure and rejoicing. The diamond compass
was put back in its case and Tom resumed his training with Gale.


Some years later ……………..Tom awoke. The sound of the diamond compass’s cabinet being
opened could be heard.