[Taocow PBEM] [Lady Frost, Alex] Book 3 - Chapter VI - Down Another Rabbit Hole

J L tolrick_stonecleaver at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 9 21:09:41 UTC 2011

--- On Fri, 7/29/11, Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com>
Subject: [Taocow PBEM]  [Lady Frost, Alex] Book 3 - Chapter VI - Down Another Rabbit Hole
To: "Tao of Cow Rifts PBEM" <taocowpbem at zork.net>
Date: Friday, July 29, 2011, 6:49 PM

OOC: Just reposting this section in its own thread to keep things straight.

Lady Frost and Alex make their way back up to the entrance of the
tunnel.  It's a tougher haul up the passage as it slopes upwards, and it
takes the better part of twenty minutes to reach the stone steps that
lead up to the hatch.

There is no sound of gunfire or explosions now.  In fact, there's a dead
silence above.  The battle seems to have been won, though by whom is
impossible to say.

The hatch is still locked, and even Lady Frost's strength seems
insufficient to lift it.  After a few minutes of vain struggling, Alex
and Lady Frost here a click, and then the hatch opens, and fresh
forest-scented air rushes in.

When they poke their head out, they see an astonishing sight.  There's
no sign of the grassy plain, but rather trees stretching off into the
distance where just a short few hours ago there was battle.  The trees
don't look new, but are full grown oaks and elms, some that even appear
to be quite ancient, centuries old even.

It's getting dark out, suggesting twilight, but enough light leaks
through the canopy above to reveal here and there between the trunks are
mounds, all fresh wet earth.  Off in the distance they see one large
mound, topped by what looks like a white cross.

Then they hear the beating of hooves nearby.  At least two, maybe more,
horses are approaching.

(( sorry, I lost track of this for a few days-ish due to moving and unpacking.  Still not done unpacking. ))
[Lady Frost]
Frost gave Alex a look.  She had no idea what was different about her friend, but something clearly was.Shrugging, she climbed out of the hole, looking for something to brace it open with.  Getting trapped outside because one of the Seven Dwarves was feeling annoyed wasn't in her game plan.  She didn't give the approaching riders too much concern.  Since they were going to be spotted regardless, they'd just have to deal with that hurdle when it rode up.
"I bet the faeries won.  Funny.  I knew a few heroes back in my past life who claimed to have fey magic.   Wonder if there's any connection."
[/Lady Frost]
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