Kay, the most lost of the Lost Women, who had gone out across the Earth to search for the Box of Tomorrow, and had never returned, travelled seven days and seven nights, over vast glaciers, and down lonely hills, and upon the backs of mighty mountains, until she came to the place where the Monkey Who Has Forgotten lives.
There she put down her pack, and rested, for she was very weary, and the night was fast coming on.
Now the Monkey Who Has Forgotten lives in a dense wood, at the bottom of a deep gorge, where few dare to venture. And there, in one of the deepest places of the known world, lie three witches who guard the place, and their names are Sinkmere, Split-tooth, and Sly.
And they gazed upon Kay with rheumy eyes, and grinned at her with gummy mouths, and said:
“Welcome, Kay, daughter of the Lost Women, that went out across the Earth to search for the Box of Tomorrow, and never returned! We have been waiting for you. And we know why you have come.”
Kay nodded, and held her palm outward in greeting, and said:
“There is a war between the Clouds and the Earth, and if they do not make peace we will all perish. Therefore I have come to see the Monkey Who Has Forgotten, to tell him what he must remember, because they will only listen to him. I know that before I can pass you must each ask me one question – and if I do not answer all three correctly you will kill me, and eat me.”
“That is so,” said the witches, and they laughed horribly. “Sinkmere will be the first to go…”