“Give me that!” Flynn yelled as Maximus finally sank his teeth into the satchel. Man and horse engaged in (忙于) a tug-of-war (拔河一样的争夺) until Flynn used all his might (力气) to pull the satchel free, flinging (扔) it well out of reach (够不着). It landed at the far end (远端) of a fallen tree that was rooted in (扎根于) the side of the cliff and stretched across the top of the deep ravine.
Panting (喘气), Flynn and Maximus immediately sized up (估量，判断) the situation. Not used to having such a competent (有能力的) rival (对手), Flynn leaped from the horse’s back and scrambled (爬) to get to the tree first. Maximus followed. Flynn grinned as he slipped along the underside (下侧) of the tree and inched (缓慢移动) toward the satchel. No horse would dare step out on a tree overhanging (伸出) a cliff.
No horse except Maximus.
The horse walked out onto the tree, trying to stomp (踩) on Flynn’s hands with his hooves (马蹄). Flynn could not believe it. The massive horse was practically (实际上) tiptoeing along the top of the horizontal (卧式的) tree.
“Ha-ha!” Flynn yelled at last. Triumphantly (得意洋洋地), he clung to the end of the tree, hanging on to (紧紧握住) a branch that simply could not hold the horse’s weight. Flynn held up the satchel to show Maximus that he had won.
Maximus glared at Flynn.
Crack (断裂声)! Now they both froze as they heard the deep sound of the tree roots pulling away from the ledge. Flynn and Maximus fell, screaming and neighing (马嘶声), as the tree broke from the cliff.
Maximus landed hard. Quickly, he got to his feet and shook off (抖掉) the dust. He was all right! But Flynn was nowhere to be found. The horse sniffed around, trying to pick up Flynn’s trail (踪迹).
Carefully and quietly, Flynn moved along a steep rocky wall. He had the satchel. He had the crown. Now he just had to get rid of (摆脱) that crazy horse! Seeing some bushes, he plunged (插入) his hand into them and parted their branches. He peered into (往里看) the darkness and saw a cave. Perfect! He slipped into the entrance just as Maximus trotted by (跑过), sniffing like a bloodhound (猎犬).
That horse is relentless (不屈不挠的)! Flynn thought as he held his breath. Turning, he saw that the cave had an opening (洞口) on the opposite side. He was so desperate to (急切想) get away from the horse that he plunged farther inside without a second’s thought (不假思索地), and found himself in a tunnel. When he emerged from the tunnel, he stopped short (突然).
Before him lay (坐落) a beautiful valley. The ground was covered in lush green foliage (茂密的绿叶). A waterfall glimmered (闪光) in the sunlight as it tumbled down the rusty-red (锈红的), rocky walls surrounding the valley and splashed (哗啦哗啦地落) into a clean, fresh pond. A sparkling bright blue stream burbled (汩汩流动) along a winding path amid fields of flowers.
And in the middle of the valley, a tall tower reached toward the sky. Stunned by the valley’s beauty and awed (惊叹) by this hidden world, Flynn simply stared for a moment. He had discovered something truly marvelous (不可思议的).
Flynn could faintly (隐约地) hear Maximus at the far end of the tunnel. Groaning (叹息), Flynn realized that he had to do something fast to get away— something that Maximus would never be able to do. Flynn raced to the tower. He pulled out some arrows and used them to hoist (使抬高) himself up. It was a grueling (使极度疲劳的) effort, but he had to find refuge (避难所). Grimacing (因痛苦而脸部扭曲) all the way, Flynn plunged arrow after arrow into the cracks in the tower’s exterior (外面), pulling himself ever higher.
Moments later, Flynn climbed through the window at the top of the tower.
“Alone at last,” he said, heaving a sigh of relief (松了一口气). He had finally found a safe harbor (避风港) where no royal guard or royal horse or Stabbington brother would ever find him.
BANG! Something hit Flynn in the back of the head. Then his world went black.