I am pleased to share with you the first chapter of the second edition of The Legend of the Pink Diamond. I am currently working it, and with any luck it will be out next year, along with the second and third books.
The next four posts will give you a sneak peek into the book. Harry, the gang, and I hope that you enjoy it.
I looked around and saw nothing but the ocean waves. As far as the eye could see…white caps pounding the rocks. A light mist was in the morning air, and I could smell the sweet smell of cherry blossoms and see the wildflowers that popped out their colorful heads to greet the day.
It had been a very cold winter this year and I was grateful for my three layers of fur. Maine Coon cats were made for the cold, perfect for the freezing Maine weather, but I still preferred the spring.
This time, it was more insistent. “Over here.”
I turned to see my grandfather, who was twice as big as my fifteen pounds. My mother had told me that I came from a long line of huge cats and not to worry. Someday I will be big enough to be worthy of the name “Gentle Giant”.
I heard the story about my grandfather, Sir Aslan, and how he received his honorary title. He had proven himself worthy by saving the princess from drowning. Of course, everyone knows that Maine Coons are exceptionally good swimmers. Anyway, the Cat King showed his gratitude by granting Sir Aslan his knighthood.
“Grand…I mean, Sir Aslan.” I bowed in front of my grandfather, showing the respect that he deserved.
“Get up, Harry. I come to you today, not as Sir Aslan, but as your grandfather.” Sir Aslan was beaming. “You have been nominated for a knighthood and the Cat King is granting it.”
I was taken aback, shocked at the news.
“B-b-but, Grandfather, I never saved anyone like you did or…”
Sir Aslan held up his paw.
“Harry,” Grandfather Aslan stopped him. “The Cat King sees real promise in you, as do I.”
I humbly lowered my eyes.
“Now, hold on to me and I’ll take you to the Cat Kingdom.”
When I opened my eyes, I was in another world. As I gazed around me, I saw that the sky overhead appeared to be painted in pastel pinks, purples and blues. I marveled at the beauty of this magical world. I saw a rainbow shoot out from the ground and arc over the huge castle before me. The sky was full of glitter, and music could be heard—its origins seemed like everywhere and nowhere at once. This was the magical land that I had only heard about: the land of the Cat Kingdom.
“All of this is for you, Harry.”
Sir Aslan smiled, patted my head and advanced toward the gate house, which protected the castle within. He looked over his shoulder at me and harshly whispered, “Harry, come!”
I was shaken from my wonderment and ran to catch up with my grandfather. We slowly went through the gate house and I couldn’t believe the enormity of it. The cats who stood guard uncrossed their swords to let us in.
Once through the courtyard, we approached two more cats who were as still as statues. When we grew nearer, the cats simultaneously bowed in reverence.
I was proud of the respect the other cats had shown for grandfather.
Maybeoneday,they will bowto me!
I followed my grandfather into the Grand Hall that seemed to go on for miles. On the stone walls were tapestries depicting the history of the most magnificent animals of all: cats. At each archway we went through, two cat guards stood straight and tall, saluting Sir Aslan.
Finally we reached a red carpet. Grandfather stopped suddenly and I followed suit, looking up to see a magnificent crowned cat on a bejeweled throne. I waited for, what seemed like a century, and then the Cat King motioned me forward. Grandfather gave me a reassuring pat on the back and nodded.
I took a deep breath, willed my legs to move, held my head high, and proceeded down the red carpet toward the King, as Grandfather looked on with pride. The King was wearing a royal blue robe, and had a scepter encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. I bowed down in front of the Cat King who took his regal sword, tapped me on each shoulder, and said, “I hereby dub you Sir Harry.”
I turned to see a tear fall from Grandfather’s eyes, as he quickly wiped it away.
“Sir Harry, along with your knighthood, magical powers are bestowed upon you. You may notice that you’re more aware of your surroundings, which will help you to provide extraordinary care and comfort to generations of humans. I am assigning the Johnson family to you. Only the first-born Johnson of each generation shall know of your powers, and only when you deem fit.”
A tall mirror was wheeled into the vast room, and looking into it I could see a family.
“The Johnsons will be under your care forever. You need to follow your instincts, now more than ever. Whatever you do, do not let your powers be known to humans other than the first-born Johnson. You may not, under any circumstances, interfere with the deaths of the members of the family. In either case, you will be called out by me and stripped of your powers forever.”
The King glowered at me when I said, “What—.”
After a time, he continued, “You have eternal life. You now have several powers, including the ability to communicate with the dead. You may also need to read from time to time, so you’ll be able to do that. You will now be able to go invisible when necessary. One of the most important new abilities is teleportation.”
The King noticed my confused looked. “What’s tel…tel…e… port…”
“Teleportation—the ability to vanish from one place and appear at another,” the King explained.
“How am I going to do all of these things?”
The Cat King pointed behind me.
I turned around and couldn’t believe my eyes. In front of me was a pink diamond. It sparkled and shone unlike any other stone that I had ever seen.
“Just pick it up.”
I did as I was told. Suddenly, a warmth came over my whole body. I closed my eyes to savor the delicious feeling that was unlike any that I had felt in my whole life. When I opened my eyes and looked down at my paw, the diamond wasn’t there.
“What happened to it?”
The Cat King laughed. “It’s all right, Harry. It’s inside of you. You are The Pink Diamond. Use the magic that the diamond gives you, not only care for the Johnson family, but teach them what is important in life. Now go on, Sir Aslan will deliver you to your first assignment.”