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Jesse Arons leaned back against the tree and closed his eyes. In his minds eye he could see Leslie kneeling in the pine circle trying to sound like a mighty queen. He could see her swinging across the creek and into the threshold below. He could see her saying, "Let's call it…Terabithia."
Leslie. Hardly a day went by when Jess didn't think of her. Of course, the pain had mostly gone away by now…..but that didn't bring her back.
Jess opened his eyes to see May Belle looking up at him.
"What do you want?" he snapped.
"That's no way to talk to the princess of Terabithia. I was wondering if you knew that the Scoagers were attacking," May Belle said ruefully. Jesse smiled and hopped out of the tree.
"Let's get 'em," he said grabbing his sword from the ground. He and May Belle fought all the foes that had come to try to steal Terabithia away from them. It was almost like having Leslie back. Almost. But not quite.
Jess was now thirteen. He felt slightly childish for still playing in Terabithia, but he couldn't abandon it. It was his and May Belle's place to be free of everything. It was the place where he felt Leslie most.
"Come on, May Belle, we've gotta get back home before Dad has a fit," Jess said.
"Aw, Jess! We just got here!" May Belle protested. Jess knew how she felt. He had had the same feeling since Leslie and him first discovered Terabithia.