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Chapter 10: The Gem Room

Chapter 10: The Gem Room

In Which the Pair Find A Beautiful But Dangerous Cavern.

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Arrin says: They continue down the tunnel and soon come into a chamber.  Light shines in from the top and the walls are coated with jewels and gemstones.

Catamount says: The ferret gasps. “ It’s amazing!”

Arrin says: He perks up his ears. “What do you see?”

Catamount says: “Dozens and dozens of gems!”

Arrin says: He grins. “We took the wrong tunnel then, but oh well. I remember this chamber…”

Catamount says: The ferret gazes about in wonder. “What is this room?”

Arrin says: His brow furrows while he thinks. “This was just dubbed “The Gem Room.”  There’s a deep pond in the middle of it…” The ground beneath Jozra crackles dangerously beneath her.

Catamount says: The ferret looks sharply at the ground she’s standing on and eases herself back towards Soquan.

Arrin says: The ground crackles underneath them both and he curses just grabbing hold of her as they are both immersed in the cold water.

Catamount says: Jozra yelps at the unexpected cold before being submerged.  She kicks and claws her way to the surface, close behind the otter.

Arrin says: He grasps her paw and pulls her up, holding her by the wrist.  Once they surface, he tries to grasp the edge of the pool, only to have it break under his weight.  He shivers. “This isn’t good…”

Catamount says: The ferret shakes her head furiously, more to get the water out of her eyes and ears than to agree with Soquan.  “No, it isn’t.”

Arrin says: They reach the edge of the pool and he helps her out of the water first before climbing out himself.  He shivers some more and crouches beside her. “Are you okay? “ If he was cold, she must be way worse.

Catamount says: The ferret gasps and strips off her soaked clothes, before shaking as much water out of her fur as possible. “I’ll be in a bit…” She shivers.

Arrin says: He does the same and rummages through the packs they left at the entrance at the cavern for their blankets. He opens his arms towards her. “C’mere, come get warm…”

Catamount says: Jozra rubs her fur as dry as possible before ducking under one of the blankets and wrapping it about herself. “Why… Is the ground likely to crack again?”

Arrin says: He blows water from his whiskers. “Dirt must of blown on top of the ice, you can’t see it as well probably. I know it’s safe here.”

Catamount says: The ferret shivers a little. “Well, that’s something else to watch out for then.”

Arrin says: He nods and moves beside her. “It is.” He shivers a little under his blanket but begins to warm up a bit.

Catamount says: Jozra chuckles a little as the shivering begins to ease. “Well, now I’m very glad I took that shopkeeper up on TWO sets of clothes.”

Arrin says: He nods. “Aye.” He looks towards her. “Are you warm enough?”

Catamount says: The ferret nods. “I’m warming up pretty good.  It would probably be best to walk around a bit, actually.”

Arrin says: He nods and stands, his blanket still wrapped around himself. “You’re right.”

Catamount says: Jozra soon stands and pulls her dry, extra set of clothes from the pack and puts them on. “Much better.”

Arrin says: He dresses in an extra set of clothes also and nudges his wet ones with a paw. “What do we do with these?”

Catamount says: She looks at the pile of soaking clothes for a moment. “Well, there’s nothing wrong with them really. They’re just wet. We could need them but carrying around wet clothes would be heavy and they’re not likely to dry in our packs.”

Arrin says: He frowns. “How bout we just carry them in our paws?”

Catamount says: The ferret grins. “Yeah, that would solve it.  Might be a good idea to wring them out first, though.”

Arrin says: He nods and begins to wring the water out of his clothes.

Catamount says: Soon the clothes are merely damp, as opposed to soaked.  With numb paws, the ferret gathers up her set and folds them into a loose bundle that will be easy to carry.

Arrin says: He bundles his clothes and waits at the entrance of the cave for her.

Catamount says: Jozra walks to the cave entrance and pauses. “Ready.”

Arrin says: He nods. “Alright let’s go…”

Catamount says: The two leave the beautiful but treacherous cavern and soon the illumination is faint enough that Jozra is once again following Soquan.

 

1 comment

  1. Orion Fulcry

    Oh no! Was that a trap left by some conniving villain? Do more dangers lay ahead for our heroes? Tune in next time for the next exciting chapter of…Crossed Paths!

    *ahem* But yeah. That was fun. Still enjoying the story.

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