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Note – this is part two of the story, Towards the Light. Click here for previous. Go to the Table of Contents. Or start at the beginning: (click here for part 1 – The Tunnel)
When I awoke, I was in a small rock chamber. Wondering where the light was coming from, I realized that the walls were glowing.
“Come with us, human,” a dwarf said. I was surrounded by dwarves.
I followed two of them out into a hall. It was much bigger than the tunnel I had entered and I could actually walk normally. I had a guard of a dozen of the tiny people. The four in front of my all were carrying battle axes while the eight behind had long spears. Well, they were long for them, being perhaps four and a half foot long.
We hadn’t been walking long when we entered a huge chamber. It glowed a soft gold, which reminded me of a warm evening on a beautiful summer day. At the front of the chamber sat a king. His throne was elevated so that when I reached it, he was at eye level.
“Dad, Dad!” I turned towards the familiar voices. Cate and Leo were being escorted up to me as I stood in front of the king.
“Silence,” the king said. He studied us for a moment. “Humans. The lookouts weren’t wrong.”
A dwarf standing behind the king whispered in his ear.
The king said, “You were caught trespassing in our domain. What say you?”
“Trespassing?” I asked. “We were on my property.”
“Trespassing,” the king said. “You had no right to enter the tunnel. In fact, it is forbidden by the treaty of 3427 that any human should enter Dwarf sacred territory. In return, no dwarf will enter a human structure.” Continue reading