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Chapter 12 - An Exciting Discovery
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The steel train carriage rocked and juddered back and forth as Christel sat against a crate and stared into space over the spreading sea of sand – the Morroak Desert was always nice this time of day. Soon they would cross the Sandra River, and they would be in Taellian territory. He turned his head and observed from afar the necklace that his partner held in her hands.copyright protection78PENANARjGZ2HgziI

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection78PENANAfJz9KbJ2Uv

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection78PENANABdWSPBIa64

As she said it, Christel caught a shimmer of hazel light around her blue eyes. “Hazel,” he said the name out loud, as if he were pondering it, “that’s a nice name. I’m Christel, it’s a pleasure to meet you, you know, without you aiming a sword at my neck, or handcuffing me to a double-bed.”copyright protection78PENANAdYoTXqBd0T

Hazel smiled, but Christel could see it in her eye – she still didn’t trust him. She held her diamonds close, and he understood. He was a thief, and she was a thief, and they’d be stupid if they did trust each other. Hell, an hour ago she handcuffed him to a bed and left him to perish. She enclosed the necklace in her hands. “So how did you come onto this treasure anyway?” she asked.copyright protection78PENANAWgDvpnG8qB

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection78PENANAE2PAUEcDPj

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection78PENANAI2h6Wfxysy

Christel nodded and smiled – it wasn’t often that he was recognised for his work. “In return my accomplice handed me the fake copies, which I generously left for the Taellians to find.”copyright protection78PENANArpO5UdtBmT

“It’s an impressive story,” Hazel interrupted, “if that’s what you’re going for, but what does it have to do with the treasure?”copyright protection78PENANAd1W2CQHPuw

“Well, my friend of a friend told me that the person who originally owned the paintings, a rich guy named Garn Pallerii, had oddly and secretly come into a great deal of money after returning from an excavation in the Northern Peaks.”copyright protection78PENANA8czqjwFQ48

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection78PENANAowxcBsq43N

“Because,” he explained vividly, “I did some digging of my own, and the people who found the treasure were killed right after, when a mining shaft collapsed.”copyright protection78PENANAYhPUkrL1gf

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection78PENANAyos8PMEuCI

“That’s not all,” he continued. “My, uh, friend of a friend, was murdered right after she sent me this…” Christel pulled out a drawing from his back pocket and handed it to Hazel.copyright protection78PENANAC1e9eQBFVF

It was incredibly detailed down to the lead shading. In her left hand, on the crumpled tanned paper, was a drawing of the very necklace she held in her other – the massive red jewel in the centre fluttered in the light as she compared the two. When she turned the drawing over she found a note – find the treasure! It was all detailed, and she knew that he had to be telling the truth. Suddenly Hazel pitied him – becoming a thief was a lonely decision to make and for people like her losing a friend was a hard burden to bear. With that in mind, she placed the necklace and paper in the same hand and gave them to Christel. “I’m sorry about your friend. Here.”copyright protection78PENANAtTWiOgKzi0

He didn’t say anything – just looked her in the eyes and accepted them. This was the first time he was able to properly examine the necklace, and he examined it thoroughly, but he didn’t actually know what he was looking for. He only knew that somehow it was connected to Garn Pallerii.copyright protection78PENANAPQpiYe4DJH

The train rattled on, and in the sea of desert, the Sandra River rapidly appeared. Sparkling crystals shimmered blue as the water meandered away, engulfed by the red horizon. Hazel watched Christel curiously as he played with each diamond on the necklace. He was sure that the puzzle had something to do with the centre gem, but as he stared at the red emerald, his mind went blank. What was he supposed to do? They were silent for a while, a long time, actually. Christel thought, and thought, and then it hit him! There were markings, but they were etched inside the emerald. How?copyright protection78PENANAllJAuYq6Dl

Christel held the necklace up towards the sun and Hazel saw red light projected onto his body. There was definitely something inside this emerald, and the light gave Christel an idea. Hazel didn’t have a clue what he was getting at. “Do you actually know what you are doing with that thing?” She shot him a smug expression.copyright protection78PENANAL7fHq4YaEg

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection78PENANAbu7BM6QRJz

“What are –” Hazel stopped herself as Christel took the necklace in his hand and smashed it forcefully against one of the crates behind him. The centre emerald shattered into tiny pieces and flew about the carriage.copyright protection78PENANAz5UjFph6vV

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection78PENANAsh2IZtMXDq

Christel gestured for her to stay back as he witnessed her sweet face turn red with anger. “Ok, calm down. Before you try to kill me again, I know exactly what I’m doing.”copyright protection78PENANAeOUlqHrgza

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection78PENANAP8gKsVaJ2G

He quickly collected the smaller gem that was inside – its markings were now very distinct, and he collected a lantern from above the pile of crates. “See,” he said steadily, rigging the little stone up before starting a light. The flame’s glow passed easily through the small gem, and projected something onto the far wall, but there was too much light to see it.copyright protection78PENANAFvXIdXb0UO

“If you would, please,” and he gestured towards the opened carriage door. Hazel moved and slid it shut, and then everything went dark, save for the pattern painted by light onto the wall.copyright protection78PENANAq9Dlu33WkC

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection78PENANA7aLnVdj5Xl

“It looks like a map,” he guessed, squinting as he tried to place what he was looking at. Lines ran in boxes and zigzags, there might have been a word at the top of the projection but it was undistinguishable, and the entire projection flickered with the flame, making it harder to read. They stared in silence.copyright protection78PENANALCQJk4Gv4B

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection78PENANAkuLYQf1Tcm

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection78PENANAwkwhHru0xs

“See how these lines are double in the middle, and dotted here,” she pointed to the places on the wall. “They’re schematics, blueprints. This is the treasury of Taelliwey. The Piae Tovuus.”copyright protection78PENANAmi4d2phJVl

Christel finally saw it. She was right – they were schematics, but the Piae Tovuus? Just from general knowledge Christel knew how serious that place was. He looked Hazel directly in the eye, standing close to her.copyright protection78PENANAkfQ5dHlfAy

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection78PENANAB6S8ozASA7

Hazel had a fire in her eyes now, as if she had picked up the scent of gold. “We’re about to rob the richest place in all of Noveria.”Chapter 12 – An Exciting Discoverycopyright protection78PENANAkXqpasOrbJ

The steel train carriage rocked and juddered back and forth as Christel sat against a crate and stared into space over the spreading sea of sand – the Morroak Desert was always nice this time of day. Soon they would cross the Sandra River, and they would be in Taellian territory. He turned his head and observed from afar the necklace that his partner held in her hands.copyright protection78PENANANwZDCdkXsV

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection78PENANAv42odqYNjy

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection78PENANAUDvk3FNS7Z

As she said it, Christel caught a shimmer of hazel light around her blue eyes. “Hazel,” he said the name out loud, as if he were pondering it, “that’s a nice name. I’m Christel, it’s a pleasure to meet you, you know, without you aiming a sword at my neck, or handcuffing me to a double-bed.”copyright protection78PENANABUvBy7OT5h

Hazel smiled, but Christel could see it in her eye – she still didn’t trust him. She held her diamonds close, and he understood. He was a thief, and she was a thief, and they’d be stupid if they did trust each other. Hell, an hour ago she handcuffed him to a bed and left him to perish. She enclosed the necklace in her hands. “So how did you come onto this treasure anyway?” she asked.copyright protection78PENANAOBmQZzhXnA

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection78PENANAwhd2ChIq9P

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection78PENANApLKVmi3bb9

Christel nodded and smiled – it wasn’t often that he was recognised for his work. “In return my accomplice handed me the fake copies, which I generously left for the Taellians to find.”copyright protection78PENANAs0LPRLo8JM

“It’s an impressive story,” Hazel interrupted, “if that’s what you’re going for, but what does it have to do with the treasure?”copyright protection78PENANAIf3WiGd07n

“Well, my friend of a friend told me that the person who originally owned the paintings, a rich guy named Garn Pallerii, had oddly and secretly come into a great deal of money after returning from an excavation in the Northern Peaks.”copyright protection78PENANAPx8AsuSwG4

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection78PENANAG85rYWcn4V

“Because,” he explained vividly, “I did some digging of my own, and the people who found the treasure were killed right after, when a mining shaft collapsed.”copyright protection78PENANA9NbdJtTXt0

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection78PENANAkjxsT0XMxD

“That’s not all,” he continued. “My, uh, friend of a friend, was murdered right after she sent me this…” Christel pulled out a drawing from his back pocket and handed it to Hazel.copyright protection78PENANAQdMVEKSR7W

It was incredibly detailed down to the lead shading. In her left hand, on the crumpled tanned paper, was a drawing of the very necklace she held in her other – the massive red jewel in the centre fluttered in the light as she compared the two. When she turned the drawing over she found a note – find the treasure! It was all detailed, and she knew that he had to be telling the truth. Suddenly Hazel pitied him – becoming a thief was a lonely decision to make and for people like her losing a friend was a hard burden to bear. With that in mind, she placed the necklace and paper in the same hand and gave them to Christel. “I’m sorry about your friend. Here.”copyright protection78PENANAMgKYttsnqV

He didn’t say anything – just looked her in the eyes and accepted them. This was the first time he was able to properly examine the necklace, and he examined it thoroughly, but he didn’t actually know what he was looking for. He only knew that somehow it was connected to Garn Pallerii.copyright protection78PENANAoLfWd9WbVt

The train rattled on, and in the sea of desert, the Sandra River rapidly appeared. Sparkling crystals shimmered blue as the water meandered away, engulfed by the red horizon. Hazel watched Christel curiously as he played with each diamond on the necklace. He was sure that the puzzle had something to do with the centre gem, but as he stared at the red emerald, his mind went blank. What was he supposed to do? They were silent for a while, a long time, actually. Christel thought, and thought, and then it hit him! There were markings, but they were etched inside the emerald. How?copyright protection78PENANAPMHBIllAct

Christel held the necklace up towards the sun and Hazel saw red light projected onto his body. There was definitely something inside this emerald, and the light gave Christel an idea. Hazel didn’t have a clue what he was getting at. “Do you actually know what you are doing with that thing?” She shot him a smug expression.copyright protection78PENANAxZJhYdLqAb

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection78PENANAlZXBVbKRmG

“What are –” Hazel stopped herself as Christel took the necklace in his hand and smashed it forcefully against one of the crates behind him. The centre emerald shattered into tiny pieces and flew about the carriage.copyright protection78PENANAlbs3Nao9LB

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection78PENANACjBmAzzlZa

Christel gestured for her to stay back as he witnessed her sweet face turn red with anger. “Ok, calm down. Before you try to kill me again, I know exactly what I’m doing.”copyright protection78PENANAxl9uW4FHW2

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection78PENANAnieQl11KaM

He quickly collected the smaller gem that was inside – its markings were now very distinct, and he collected a lantern from above the pile of crates. “See,” he said steadily, rigging the little stone up before starting a light. The flame’s glow passed easily through the small gem, and projected something onto the far wall, but there was too much light to see it.copyright protection78PENANAmM5X9GwI1v

“If you would, please,” and he gestured towards the opened carriage door. Hazel moved and slid it shut, and then everything went dark, save for the pattern painted by light onto the wall.copyright protection78PENANATzQ34N8Kv5

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection78PENANAMSo0IJ2Juc

“It looks like a map,” he guessed, squinting as he tried to place what he was looking at. Lines ran in boxes and zigzags, there might have been a word at the top of the projection but it was undistinguishable, and the entire projection flickered with the flame, making it harder to read. They stared in silence.copyright protection78PENANAwQZBN8ikRk

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection78PENANAPKTGOYuWIZ

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection78PENANA2vSqwAaykE

“See how these lines are double in the middle, and dotted here,” she pointed to the places on the wall. “They’re schematics, blueprints. This is the treasury of Taelliwey. The Piae Tovuus.”copyright protection78PENANAKQvJsiRLDI

Christel finally saw it. She was right – they were schematics, but the Piae Tovuus? Just from general knowledge Christel knew how serious that place was. He looked Hazel directly in the eye, standing close to her.copyright protection78PENANA5stZ9hXEeF

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection78PENANAEgbwHH7Rfr

Hazel had a fire in her eyes now, as if she had picked up the scent of gold. “We’re about to rob the richest place in all of Noveria.”copyright protection78PENANAvZi0JLjAwW

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