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Legend of The Firestaff – Book 1 – Chapter 21
 
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Chapter 21 – Karna’s Tenacity!

 

Sana hands out all the food to Rheill, Isai and Karna; that she prepared earlier. Next, she leaves some of the fruity-meal, at her spot; for her to eat, later.
She then slowly opens up her mouth to speak as Sana, looks at all three of them, while she begins to tell the story of her past.
“As I explained to, Isai! I had learnt not to only channel the power of the four elements, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Also, I got taught there were two additional and advanced magic properties called light and darkness, which, also counter-act each other out. No one knows how to wield them fully, as you have seen in the dungeon. I have mastered only the magical torch spell that has its unique magical rune, which is the light element. These runes are most different inside of this dungeon. It somehow binds all the spells that used the four elements that I had learnt from Magika getting cast within the dungeon walls!”
She then takes a bite into her food, as Rheill puts his arm around Karna’s shoulder and plays with her silky jet-black hair softly; since they had removed their helmets from their heads to eat earlier.
Sana then explains some more of her story, “My order of sorceress and sorcerers also taught me how to use basic wisdom to solve puzzles. Hence why I am usually the one to solve them without tooting my own horn!” She giggles a little after that sentence; which causes a little bit of emotional fun between the other three members of the party.
“Now for the part that Isai hasn’t heard yet and the reason for me joining this quest. Much like Karna and Rheill the leader of Magika, Syra got a visit from Theron. He explained what was going to happen to the world if Chaos can complete his task, which we all know is to empower the Firestaff. Theron told us that he needed more adventurers from the top level of each profession. I was the most advanced Magic-user in the order, but only second to, Syra.

Sana eats the remainder of her fruity-meal and then finishes telling her story, “So I volunteered, as Syra could not leave the village of Magika yet and being the leader and all. So this is how we got to the day of us all meeting in the Adventurers Welcome!”
“That is an inspiring story, Sana!” Replied Karna, as she smiles at Sana.
“Isai, your turn now!” Declared, Rheill.
“Wait, Sana… Do I have a quick question? Were you able to be present, when Theron came to see you?” Asked Karna.
“No, Karna… Syra met with him alone, and she wouldn’t allow any of us inside the main hall. The meeting took place in the same year as when he visited Rune and Thornwood. I also want to know how Isai found out about the quest. He told me something pretty interesting when you and Rheill were training together!”

“Let me start from the beginning!” Said Isai, as he gulps and swallows water from his water bottle. So he could finish off digesting his food; before he starts to speak again to tell the full story.
“So almost like Karna. I lost my parents, well one of them, which was my mother… in fact, I never even knew her at all!”
It makes Karna begin to shed a tear, as she can feel deep down inside of her what Isai is feeling and most likely going through right now. Since, also she had lost both of her parents, at a young age and never knew her father that well.
Rheill wipes the tears away from Karna’s beautiful eyes. Next, he plants a kiss on Karna’s forehead and then caresses her black hair lightly in a kind gesture, and then whispers, softly in her left earlobe.
“Karna, everything will be okay!” and smiles lovingly at her.
Isai continues speaking, “I was raised by only my father, which was in Curan Abbey, which all of you know from my short stories earlier in the dungeon. Hawk Severuian was my father’s name! He was the leader of the hybrid-healing profession. You know this profession as being a Monk!”
He pauses for a second before continuing “My father raised me by himself, and with the help of the other monks in the cathedral. As truly the place was nothing more than a large building of worship with a little village on the outside. It is where people would sleep at night-time, who were not master-monks or leaders of the Monk Order!”
“My lifestyle is very different from you three as well, as I also explained to Sana earlier. We are unallowed to have any contact with women. It would be in a sexual way or to get physical with them, and it went as far as being able to fall in love. It completely was prohibited in every single aspect. So I chose this way of life was not for me and decided I wanted to create my destiny. I didn’t walk out on my father, though. He supported me on this one hundred per cent and told me I will always be his son. We kept in contact, via pigeon carrier mail. So for the part with me knowing about Theron coming to visit the Monk order was because my father informed me, via a letter. I then decided I would like to make my life meaningful and gave me the opportunity to see more of the continent on the way to the adventurers Inn. It also gave me hope to meet some beautiful looking woman too!”
“Well, you met both me and Karna!” Replied, Sana.
“Yes, and the reason I said rogue earlier, as I wasn’t ready to tell the whole story. The other Master Monks did think that I turned my back on them!” Explained, Isai.
“A wonderful story, Isai, now we should, rest… so we can explore the final room and then descend to the next floor, and get closer to the Firestaff!” Explained Karna.
After Karna spoke those words, she had some thoughts; run through her mind, ‘I now need to keep my eye on Isai even more closely. He already abused Sana when she was unconscious, and the last words that came out of this mouth were I left to meet some beautiful woman. I hope he doesn’t try anything to cause Rheill to attack him if he tries hitting on me sexually. I know I can defend myself, but if Rheill kills our only healer, we will be in serious trouble. I personally don’t like Isai, after his outburst to me yesterday and what he did to Sana, that eats me alive because I want to tell her so badly, but she seems happy and does want to try a relationship. Should I interfere or let it be?’ Those were the thoughts running through Karan’s mind before she got ready for sleep, along with the others.

Sana lights her torch with her magical rune to illuminate the large chamber, in the hub. They have returned to this room for several days; using it as a safe-haven for their comfort.
“Good Morning, everyone!” Said a half awake, Karna.
“Good Morning, Karna!” The others replied to her.
The party equips themselves with their weapons and armour, after washing their bodies with the clean flowing water of the lion-headed fountain. It was not far from where they just rested. The champions then embrace themselves to open the final reinforced wooden door, which was on the north side of the chamber.
Karna reaches for the button and presses it in. The door rattles as it opens and they then see an enormous wide-spread area, “This room is huge… but it looks utterly empty!” Said, Karna.
Rheill moves in, and Karna quickly pulls him back, “Wait, Rheill every section here has been a puzzle. Let, Sana go in first she, is the puzzle-solver, after all!” Spoke Karna, in an aggressive tone.
“Karna, stop being rough with me, now is not the time for this!” Replied Rheill, as Karna looks at him with a piercing look in her eyes, as she was not impressed.
“My gosh, is that all you think about doing to Karna!?” Chuckled Sana, as Isai is his usual self as he shrugs his shoulders not getting amused as well at the situation.
Karna desperately tried not to laugh and keep a straight face; as she gazes at all of them with a severe look, now engraved into her eyes. Next, she motions to Sana to see what the deal is with the room; as she pushes her gently with her right hand.
Sana treads ever so silently with pure caution; as she enters the first tile of the large room. Suddenly, thunderous sound booms throughout the chamber; as suddenly hidden trapdoor fling open, inside of the large area.
“Sana!” Yelled Isai, as he sees her right on the edge of the closest pit, that was situated right in front of them, as they stood in the entrance.
She hears Isai yell her name; so she hastily jumps backwards, into the archway of the opened door.
“Thanks, for warning me, Isai!” Replied Sana, in a thankful tone.
“It was the right thing to do. I don’t want anything bad… to happen to you!” Replied Isai.
“Aw, how sweet!” Chuckled, Karna.
It makes Sana curl her lips into a beautiful smile, as she looks at Karna, and then begins to speak, “I think this room, may be triggered by hidden mechanisms… much like the one with that door that forced it to close down on us violently!”
“Yes, I remember… the one that nearly crushed Karna and I, on the Magenta Worm level!” Replied Rheill.
“So what should we do. Sana?” Asked Karna.
“I am not sure… Karna, we should merely tread carefully and move as a group. So we only trigger one of the mechanisms at once and not multiple ones!” Explained Sana to the rest of the party.
Slowly the adventurers tread with pure caution into the first adjacent tile inside of the humongous and dangerous chamber. Next, the trapdoors on either side of the entrance fling open and they have no way to move forward, “Last time these were closed… they must toggle each time we step on a place in this room!” Suggested Sana.
After Sana said that the party quickly exited the room again through the door, as Karna spoke again to the group, “I see two exits also on each end of the chamber… we will follow your lead, for this puzzle, Sana. Just tell us, which way you want to go first?” Queried, Karna to Sana.
“I do remember our journey through the right-handed door and this lead towards a large room, which took us in a northerly, direction! We should go right first. I say this because most likely this will be a small room. If I am correct the room could contain valuables or solely have a switch on one of the dungeon walls, which we might need to press!” Explained Sana.
She speaks again, after pausing briefly, “I will guide us there as safely as possible… please Karna, be ready to defend us. If any of those toxic slimes come in here, we will have a lot of problems! ” Stressed Sana, especially when she mentioned the slimy-creatures.
“I will help her…. as there could be further pit-traps in the middle of the chamber. Karna, can’t cover all the flanks at once!” Added Rheill to the conversation.
“Yes, this is a particularly nasty chamber, to say the least!” Said Karna, trembling with fear of the deep trap doors; that showed from her Hazel eyes as well.
She still remembers that high bridge over a month ago, when the bridge snapped, and she held on for dear life.
“Karna, we need you to be brave here… I know you are dead scared… I can see it in your eyes, but we need you!” Said Sana, in a respectful, but firm tone of voice.
Karna utterly smiles at her putting on a brave front, as she prepares to get ready to defend, as she readies her sword silently. She still gets behind Sana, as they plan to move throughout the trapped-chamber.

Sana slowly treads forward; she then steps on the first large squared-tile, in the room; but nothing happens, “That’s odd!” Said Sana.
“Sana, it is like the normal pressure plate we can see… it must require all of us to most likely to trigger it!” Explained Isai.
“Yes, but it activated the first time… Maybe there is a hidden trigger that activates everything. This trigger could have been in the corridor, which we entered into this chamber. Now going back to what you just stated. If one person could activate the tile, it would be chaotic. Let’s move as a group then, at least this way, and I can’t drop you three, down to hell!” She said chuckling to herself.
“Sana, that is not nice!” Said Rheill.
“Relax sweetheart! She was playing, and I should be the one most fearful of that. Although I must get over my terror of heights, and I have a job to do. It is to protect all of you!” Replied Karna to Rheill.
“Lovebirds and Isai, get your asses over here!” Declared, Sana in an impatient tone of voice.
All of them quickly hurry to the tile and this time; the side trap doors fling open that are close to the dungeon walls inside the large chamber. Karna places her hand on Sana’s right shoulder, “I am right here with you… we trust you, and try to get us into that passageway to the north-east!” Said, Karna.
It Inspires her with new found confidence; as she then moves to the right, hugging the grey-scaled wall. The group follows her again silently from behind, and the trap doors change in their formation.
“Sana, I don’t want to alarm you… but we are trapped in here. Although, least we can move forwards, trust your instincts!” Said Rheill, while he was protecting the rear!”
“Rheill… we can only go east, the other pit is open, you numskull!” Replied Sana.
Karna smiles, as she knows how he lacks some intelligence sometimes. She then immediately controls herself; as this is a grave situation causing limited space and one wrong move could be their last.
Sana moves into the corner along with the other three; although this forces the trap-door to the north to open. Although luckily for the party; the one behind them remained closed.
“That was lucky we could have easily gotten trapped in this corner… let’s move back!” Explained Sana.
“Since we have to move as a group anyway… we will go first since we know that tile is safe!” Replied Karna.
“Yes, Karna, we don’t need to stumble around, changing our positions… space is too tight, as it is!” Responded Sana to Karna.
Karna and Rheill, go back to the tile to the left, followed by Isai and Sana. This time to their amazement; the trap-door to the north, now closes and they can go north.
“So it looks like the tiles we stand on can never open up beneath us… but, we can get trapped. For example: if we were to step on a wrong combination of tiles!” Explained Isai.
“Yes, and what I think is happening, is the following… some tiles are opening the pits, where others are toggling them on and off!” She pauses and then says.
“Also, I think some are specifically closed and opened as well, which we need to find out what each hidden pressure plate does. It will allow us to make it across safely!”
“Sana you are phenomenal!” Praised Isai, trying to get into her good books.
“I am just me, silly… I am working this out using past knowledge and the information we have at hand!” Answered Sana.
Isai thinks to himself, ‘Gosh… why won’t she take a compliment… it’s like she thinks, I only want her in bed!’
They move north now that the trap-door is closed, and they hear more open and close, “Karna, do not look behind you!” Whispered Rheill to her.
Karna trusts him and thinks to herself, ‘the trap-door, must have re-opened, close to where we are standing. He is protecting me, from my fears. Aww, he is so sweet to me, and so not like other men I have had relationships within the past!’
Another pit-trap opened up towards the north-east of them.
Sana leads them north, but this time nothing happens at all, “Hmm, strange this tile? Could it, be a safe-spot perhaps, or has no hidden pressure pad at all?” Asked Sana.
“I have an idea guys… I think I know how to close that pit to the east… but, we still have two tiles to the exit. However, it will bring us one step closer to exiting this large room to the east!” Explained Sana further to the group.
“Sana, you have managed to lead us this far through the chamber, keep it up, girl!” Said Rheill.
Next, he places his hand on her shoulder as a kind gesture; Karna smiles and shows no signs of jealously etched onto her beautiful face.
‘What is Rheill doing! Sana is going be mine and has Karna!” Thought Isai to herself while his blood boils with anger.
However, he controlled his temper and said nothing.
Rheill thinks to himself.
‘Wow, I expected Karna, to tell me off or do something!’ Rheill then interlocks his fingers with Karna, and he holds her hand gently. The party then moves through the rest of the chamber, and she clutches his hand a little tighter. Her heart then starts beating a little faster, as she starts to feel a warm and fuzzy feeling, ‘What is this, that I am feeling… is this true love. I have never felt this with any man before?’ She asked herself silently.
Sana leads them backwards, to reset the trap-door, “Yes, I was right, come to me!” She said out loud to the others.
The champions then move back and head east, which triggers the trapdoor on the floor-tile to open. Although the space behind them remains closed, Isai then speaks, “We, just need to move behind it and it will open the way for us!” Suggested Isai.
“No, that is too simple… especially with that other area not doing anything and we know what these triggers do now. Let’s tread back towards the west and to this spot, so we can see if it closes the trap-door behind!” Replied Sana.
“Sana, I trust your judgement… you have solved every puzzle so far, without fail!” Said Isai.
The party follows Sana’s instructions, and it closes the trap-door, which was stopping them traversing to the north-eastern exit of the large chamber. Although, now they are faced with a floor-tile in front of it, which seems to be troubling Sana, even now as much as it did, a few moments ago.
Karna notices it being a female and asks her what is wrong, “Sana, is everything okay, sweetheart!” In a kind tone of voice.
“It is this tile… I think it could be a trap… it seems too easy to walk forwards and out again. I also sense the area in front of that tile that does nothing to be an even bigger problem… not sure which route we should take. Please let me think for a moment!” Explained Sana to Karna and the others.
Karna adds what she has learnt in the dungeon so far to the others too. “Sana, why would this trigger open the final pit, but not touch anything else. The trigger to the north of us must open the trap-door behind us, so when the northernmost trap-door opens. It traps the unwary and forces them back deeper into the chamber and away from the eastern-most, wall!”
“That does make sense, logically, but we need to trust Sana!” Added Isai to the conversation.
“Isai… stop it! There are three others in this group, and you must respect all of their input!” Replied Sana, slightly annoyed with Isai, siding with her all the time.
“No need to argue and Sana is right! We must respect each other’s opinions, or we will fight among ourselves, and that would mean Chaos, has already won!” Declared, Rheill.
“CAN WE PLEASE GET OUT OF THIS DAMN CHAMBER AND STOP THIS USELESS DISCUSSION!” Yelled Karna, clutching Rheill’s hand tightly, as she suddenly succumbs to fear of the pit’s height behind her.
Rheill, quickly pulls her into an embrace, to calm her down; while Sana chooses the path, which they should take. She boldly steps forwards and onto the tile to the north and says, “This way!”
The rest of them follow, and the following events occurred; the trapdoor behind them that was closed swings open violently. But, Karna’s theory was only half right as there was an escape route to the left and the way out remained open to them.
“Sana, go quickly through the entrance and leave a gap for Rheill and me to take our positions, as protectors again!” Ordered Karna.

Sana nods and leads them into the small room, which had small pointed tunnels with dead ends and nowhere to go. Although Sana was not alone, as she was greeted by another one of Chaos’ familiar minions, “A slime, get in quickly!” Screamed Sana in fear.
Karna hastily rushes in to protect Sana; however, as she rushes into the small room, the creature launches a ball of toxic acid towards her and Sana.
Karna quickly shoves Sana out of the way and dives onto the floor away from the northern wall; as the bolt explodes and drips down the wall. As the regular grey-scaled wall of the dungeon is unaffected.
“Karna!” Yelled Rheill, as he witnesses the bolt explode from around the entranceway into the smaller room. Suddenly, the creature shows signs of brilliance, as the Slimy blue-tentacled entity; turns its focus towards, Isai and Rheill. It senses that, they are both stuck in the chamber of pits and that they were both more vulnerable to ranged attacks.
Luckily, the triggers only worked with four people, so they were able to fall back, a little bit into the larger area.
“Sorry, Sana, didn’t mean push you over, was trying to get you out of the way… but, I must help them now!” Explained Karna, as she nips up onto her feet and stabs the creature’s blue tentacles with a lunging thrust.
The minion had dropped its guard; by leaving Sana and Karna on the stony ground.
The toxic creature shrieks out in agony and suffering, but it then turns around slowly towards Karna as it got hurt severely; which allows Rheill to quickly finish the creation off from behind, as he slashes the tentacled area clean off. Now all that remains is a toxic puddle on the floor, that is sizzling and then slowly evaporates into thin air. It appeared situated within the entrance-way to the small room where Sana and Karna were.
“It is Okay… Karna, you probably saved my life as my normal shield spells do not work in this cursed place!” Said Sana to Karna, as Isai and Rheill re-join them within the small area.
“Another huge drumstick lies on the ground here!” mentioned Isai, as he picks it up from the eastern-most, dead-end and places it inside his backpack.
“This beast must be inside the dungeon somewhere, as this meat didn’t come from nowhere, we must be careful… At least it will be another meal for us!” Replied Rheill.
The party then explores the rest of the area and find, another torch resting in a sconce. Although they decide to leave it, as Sana’s light source is much better now and less restrictive, than carrying a burning torch. Also, situated in the northern dead-end they find a large metal shield; this one is much longer than the small metal-buckler, which she found on floor two. The protective guard came across to be much sturdier, than the large wooden shield that she is still wielding.
“I will exchange this shield with this one; I can block harder hits with this and avoid creature bites a lot easier!” Explained Karna.
Next, she puts down her large, wooden shield and then places her arm inside the reinforced leather strap and holds it. The bulwark is bulky and protects her whole body; but it is still, extremely light compared to a tower shield.
“Karna, you can hold my hand again… if, it helps!” asked Rheill, smiling at her.
“Please, it helped me a lot last time to beat my fears!” Replied Karna, as they get ready to brave the chamber full of trap-doors and hopefully for the last time.

“This time, Sana… tell me, which way to go, so we don’t have the chaos of what happened with that last toxic slime creature. Although it worked out in our favour, sort of!” Said Karna, to the party.
“Yes, it will work fine… this way as well, Karna!” Replied Sana, as they step boldly back into the trap-door chamber.
When the party steps on the north-easternmost tile; no hidden trigger activates. They then see only one opened trapdoor; which is sealing their exit to the left of the large room.
“Karna, head west until a trapdoor opens in front of us, blocking us!” Explained, Sana.
Karna makes eye-contact with Sana and urges the party to move with her, as they all tread on the tile the left; which forces the trapdoor to open behind them.
“Good thing… I didn’t choose to go this way originally… I would have blocked our exit off to the east. Also, this would have caused a bit of a disaster, as it would have allowed the slime to take us out from a distance!” Explained Sana, clutching her heart.
It was the deciding factor, which helped her decide the correct route to take through the chamber.
Karna leads them to the next tile, by still heading west. It then causes two events to happen simultaneously; as it closes the end trap-door. Although it opens a new squared-hole directly in front of them; that scares the life out of Karna; as she almost steps off of the edge, and Rheill saves her once again. Karna, then quickly embraces him tightly as he had just saved her life, “Aw, how sweet. Karna, please let me lead again, since we have no choice, but to go through the middle of the room!” Suggested, Sana.
Sana decides to lead them through the middle of the room towards the south, which causes even more pits to activate and open wide, behind them and towards their left side.
“We can only go south or east, but we don’t need to go east!” Said Rheill to Sana.
“Rheill, I think it works the same as the other side with that one trigger in the top-middle of the room to either close or toggle, the north-westernmost trap-door to close. All we need to do is go west, as soon as we able to!” Explained Sana again, as she moves them south again.
This time three trap-doors open, creating a thunderous sound that echoes through the chamber and this alerts a nearby Couatl; which begins to home in on their location, from the North-western passageway.
“Sana, move us through quickly to a better space to fight!” Yelled Karna in desperation, as she knows first-hand, how dangerous these Couatls are with a lot of space to manoeuvre in.
The adventurers move southwards to the neighbouring squared-tile, and this closes the pit at the north of the main entrance, “Do not go out of the room… remember that north-western pit was already open before we entered here. It would cause us to start all over again. We have to learn to fight in places like this anyway!” Stated Sana.
“Yes, I want out of this room as quickly as possible, I will work with what I have!” Said Karna, in a firm voice, but the sounds of despair sounded from the delivery of her voice.

As the party moves left, they open a pit right on top of the Couatl, but to the entourages shock. It flies right over the trap-door, towards Karna; as she carefully changed her position, to be in the front-line again.
“Whatever you do, don’t move east… a pit is now blocking us. We need to defeat this creature and move north and back again, too close this annoying pit that is blocking us!” yelled Sana; as Karna blocks the bite attempt, which stunned the dragon-fly, snake-type entity.
Karna swipes her sword, but the Couatl evades and leaves her vulnerable for a split second. Although she quickly dodges the next attack, she loses her footing and falls down the eastern pit. Somehow, though with great tenacity; she hangs on with her shield arm, holding on for dear life.
“KARNA, NO!” Yelled Rheill, in fear, as he tries to help the others, he shouts again, “DON’T YOU DARE LET GO!”
Meanwhile, Karna fights with everything she has to hold on while hearing those five words to encourage her not to lose her grip. Unfortunately, the Couatl; had other ideas as it lunges for Karna above the pit, “HELP ME!!!” screamed Karna at the top of her lungs, as she sees the reptile going for her; if the phobia of heights wasn’t bad enough already for her.
“I cannot use my cloud! It will kill Karna. I’ll try a venomous bolt instead to try and slow down the beast!”
Sana Yells the runes, “Des and Ven,” and conjures up a venomous bolt.
The magical projectile had gotten a lot larger from her magical training and repetitive, usage of the spell and it splashes over back of the Couatl. The reptile shrieks out a bit, but it shows no signs of slowing down as it now lunges at Karna; but the minion of Quetzalcoatl, made a tremendous mistake and underestimated Karna’s will to survive. Karna, somehow had the strength, still hanging on with one arm, as she thrusts her sword straight into the throat of the reptile, “Isai and Sana finish it off. I need to save Karna!” Shouted Rheill.
Next Isai cracks the skull of the Couatl wide open with his mace, and it then lies motionless beside the pit; meanwhile, Rheill pulls Karna’s sword from her hand, which allowed her to grip the edge with both hands now, “Karna, do not try to pull yourself up and swallow your pride… use your remaining strength to hold on for a tiny bit longer. I know you are frightened to death… but, please let me and the others help you, honey!”
Karna sheds some tears and then closes her eyes as she feels them pulling her up and out of the deep square-shaped hole. Next, Karna breathes heavily and collapses on her back from the exhaustion of holding on with, one hand and arm for so long.
“By the gods, how strong is that woman!” Said Isai.
She is nothing, but phenomenal, but even she has her limits. Let’s rest for a little bit. Poor Karna must have been so tired and frightened!” Said Sana in relief that Karna did not die to that trap-door.
“I am so glad she gave me the Mail Aketon pieces of armour, the weight of the armour could have caused her to die! I am so thankful she was able to trust me in a dangerous situation like this. Also, I am very relieved by the fact that Karna listened to me. I could see it in her eyes, that she was already so exhausted already!” Said Rheill, explaining his feelings for her.
He then holds her head on each side of her casque ‘n’ coif protective gear; he then removes her helmet to allow her to breathe the underground air easier and stroke her face, gracefully.
Sana’s heart melts when she sees the love between Rheill and Karna blossom like a red rose in a garden; she then thinks to herself, ‘Why can’t Isai treat me like he does to Karna… I know Isai only wants to have sex with me. Since I know, he has never been with a woman before. I can tell by the way he praises me and says all the normal sweet things and defends me all the time. Other men say what you want to hear to get one thing but, it does not work with me and that’s why I told him that other night to remain as friends!’
Suddenly Karna wakes up and sees Rheill caressing her face, and she smiles at him, “Rheill… that is two more times you have saved my life since we have met, I owe you my life. Thank you, Rheill, so much for pulling me up and not telling me to do too much. You were so right as a little longer. I would have possibly hit the bottom of the hole and broke every bone in my body!” Explained Karna softly, as she kisses his hand softly.
‘She didn’t thank us at all, what a selfish bitch… we pulled her up as well, for god’s sake!’ Thought, Sana to herself.
Isai whispers into Sana’s ear, “No need to be jealous of someone who cannot thank other people for saving her life… she loves Rheill and no one else here!” Replied Isai.
He then thought to himself, ‘I am going to do something that splits them up, I am sick of this romance, rubbish! It is hindering our quest and if I cannot have Sana… then Karna cannot have, Rheill either!’
Karna places her helmet over her jet-black and silky hair. Next, she picks up her sword that Rheill placed on the ground earlier, and sheathes it back into her weapon-holder, and then gets ready to lead them again.
“Karna, we need to move south, and then back, as long as the south trigger doesn’t open anything north, we can leave this place!” Explained Sana, hiding what she called Karna to herself moments ago.
“Okay, Sana… I think I can continue for a bit longer. But we cannot rest in this room. We are too vulnerable!” Explained Karna.
The party steps north and nothing happens, “Nice, we can just step south then and close the pit, as the intelligent Sana explained to us!” Said, Karna.
‘Is she mocking me, or being sincere here? Maybe, I should give her the benefit of the doubt for now. She may have forgotten what happened and may thank us later and apologise for not thanking Isai and me for saving her too. But, that can wait until we are back in our safe-haven spot of the floor!’ Thought Sana, again to herself.
Karna leads them out of the chamber as the trigger did, in fact, close the trap-door; allowing them into the north-western corridor. They then tread into the passageway, and Karna sighs in relief to be free of this pit-room.

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