Oct 18, 2019 3:11 AM
Emma and Ivan in Chronicle
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"Why did he want to bring you into the caves anyway?"

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"He didn't at first. Then one of the younger dragons tried to poach me. It's not done, she got into a lot of trouble, but after that Morath decided it was easier to just bring me along if he was going to be gone more than a day or two. The caves aren't meant to keep dragons out, just knights."

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"I'd think they'd be a little cramped in places for a bigger dragon."

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"Cramped?" Emmalina looks back at him, confused, and then it clicks. "Oh! Not here! Morath's cave, I meant, if he'd left me. That cave is just supposed to keep out wizards and knights." She has a brief, vivid image of what Morath's face looks like whenever wizards are mentioned. "Mostly wizards."

She sighs as the darkness returns and sweeps back over them. She stops and leans against the wall, trying to make herself comfortable. "And these caves," she says grumpily, "just hate everyone equally."
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"Well, at least they're fair-minded." Jann clanks to a halt. "I had definitely heard that dragons and wizards did not mix well."

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Emmalina grins, not that Jann can see. "They're allergic, can you believe? Of all the things."

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"That I didn't know! To wizards, huh. I suppose they have a well-established ability to sniff out all kinds of people. Not that they're infallible."

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"To their staffs, mostly. Morath said the staffs steal their magic and it makes them sneeze." She shudders. "I'm glad no wizards ever stopped by. Dragons sneeze fire, and I am flammable."

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"Oh, yikes, that would be really scary. I know how to tell where a dragon's going to breathe fire on purpose, but if they're sneezing? Yikes."

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"I'm not sure they do sneeze without a wizard around," Emmalina says uncertainly. "So- don't fight one with the Wizard Staff of Hayfever and Pepper?"

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"Okay! I'll keep that in mind."

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Emmalina can't help laughing. "You have one in your cellars I talked you out of using?"

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"No, but you never know what you'll run across, knighting around."

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Well, she certainly can't argue with that. "What sorts of things have you run across, 'knighting around'?" she asks curiously.

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"Haven't done that much knighting around yet. But speaking of what's in the cellars there's a magic carpet that turns people into rabbits if they touch it."

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"You didn't!"

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"It wasn't my fault! I was a little kid and my cousin wanted me to grab it because he was too short, and we figured it had to be a flying carpet, you know, harmless, so I grabbed it, and next thing you know - rabbit."

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When she's stopped laughing helplessly, Emmalina gasps, "That sounds adorable. How did they unrabbit you? Unless they didn't and you've got a really convincing knight disguise."

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"It's so convincing. You wouldn't believe how long it takes to get all the prosthetics on. Nah, you de-rabbit by going out under the new moon, I was fine."

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"That... sounds pretty harmless, as magical misadventures go. The other princesses were always full of horror stories- "the ring turned her into a tree!" "the slippers made her dance every night!" "the makeup jar had a genie in it!", you probably know the type."

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"Yeah, I was lucky. As penance m'cousin turned himself into a rabbit later. He was very fluffy."

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This time the light comes back before Emmalina is finished laughing. "Your cousin sounds like an adventure," she tells him. "Ready?"

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"Yep! To both."

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They make it one more cave.

Then, suddenly, there is a very large cave spider waiting for them.

Emmalina manages to swallow most of her shriek, then gets out of the way as fast as she can.
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Jann, of course, draws his sword and advances on the spider, which advances in return.

It's a pretty fast spider. Its fangs glance off his vambrace; he shaves a few hairs off its front left leg. It chitters. It has a lot of eyes.

And then everything goes dark.

"Drop to the floor so I don't cut you if it moves in your direction!" Jann barks.
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