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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5201

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02

"You don't intend to use your robe anytime soon, do you?" Leo asked.

"Unless this cave gets much colder soon, then I don't imagine I would. Why?" she asked.

"Give it to me. I'll need it soon. If you don't mind, I am going to need both hands. Would you take the spare torches?" he asked.

"Of course, " she said, exchanging the now-heavily soiled robe for the torches.

"All right. Now, this is going to be a bit confusing. There will be a lot of noise, but don't worry. You should be safe, " Leo said as he wiped his fingers on his shirt.

"Wait, what is--" Myranda desperately tried to interject before the chaos began, failing miserably.

Leo placed two fingers in his mouth and unleashed a piercing whistle. The echoes of the ear splitting sound were joined with a myriad of animal screeches. A blur of flapping wings filled the air. As Myranda struggled against the urge to drop to the ground and cover her head, her robe-wielding companion cast it into the air and pulled it tight like a net.

"All right, move! That way!" he said, motioning.

He and Myranda rushed in the direction he'd indicated. They quickly came upon a small tunnel that they had to crawl to enter. Myn lingered just outside, snapping at the frenzied bats. When the bulk of the animals had funneled out of an unseen hole in the roof of the cave, she entered the tunnel and joined her friends, making sure to retrieve her chewing helmet before doing so. Leo snapped one of the wooden handles of the spent torches into kindling and lit it. He then uncovered the quarry

orches to bind the remaining ones. Once again, he was awake before her, and she'd fallen asleep before him. Though she'd not known him long, she had never seen him sleeping naturally. There was no room to stand, but he assured her that the roof would be tall enough to stand shortly. The trio moved on.

"How is it that you remember this place so well?" Myranda said.

"Well, I spent a bit more time here than was required, " he explained.

"How long?" she asked.

"Seven months, " he said nonchalantly.

"Seven! Seven months! How did you survive so long?" she wondered.

"I ate quite a few bats, drank quite a bit of stagnant water, and learned to love the dark, " he said.

"Why didn't you leave the cave?" she asked.

"Hadn't found what I was looking for, " he said. "Well, here we are, the halfway point. After a rough bit, things get much easier from here on."

The dancing light of the torch fell upon a cleft in the stony wall with a fair amount of water trickling from it. The path continued into the darkness.

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