Furnace (Book Excerpt)
by William Alan Rieser
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"You know, your mentioning someone being on the cove wall brings back an old
memory that I haven't thought of in years. One of my teachers, back when I was
ten years old, said this place had a lot of history for us to find. I
specifically recall him saying that the whole shore was riddled with secret
caves, some of which went inland. They are supposed to be interconnected, the
work of a people who vanished long ago and are now covered up. We never found
anything, of course, and I don't believe the tale has ever been taken
seriously. To my knowledge, no thorough investigation has been made, certainly
not in my lifetime. I'll have to look into it. Ah, here we are."
"It's in the third cave on the right," said Marla, guiding him.
Shelby lit the torchlights for all of them and illuminated the cave.
"Yes, it is exactly as I remember it," said Maglykos. "Show me this
Shelby walked up to the strange knob and twisted it. As before, the wall
parted, only this time it opened fully and exposed the concealed chamber. The
breastplate was missing. The throne, however, lay strewn about the stone floor.
It had been pulverized into thousands of useless chips and there was nothing
left to suggest its former shape. Worse, there was something sinister lying in
the corner amidst a pile of the debris. It was the dead and bloodied body of
Rufi, sprawled on the pile.
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