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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 protection63PENANAzRmzbjbJE2

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection63PENANAHhZmrq33sU

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection63PENANAkIbnLtRQpe

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 protection63PENANA3Z6qzhJL0n

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 protection63PENANANIEN56d89G

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection63PENANA3uofR9JI08

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection63PENANAX484uHlesm

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 protection63PENANABf4g3angjw

“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 protection63PENANAXm0lBSvkBw

“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 protection63PENANAtzABD5jZjL

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection63PENANAlV1qb4AzlT

“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 protection63PENANA6jf6ERZacA

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection63PENANAGG9hiNmBMG

“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 protection63PENANAn7BpyNu8mQ

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 protection63PENANA1s9hzO9zYm

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 protection63PENANAaF2kWk7jWT

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 protection63PENANAZk1BJzoeIL

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 protection63PENANA4Kee1O2bn1

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection63PENANAxxGzRCUZWR

“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 protection63PENANASWbUxVtWac

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection63PENANAIfWWtXLw98

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 protection63PENANAxGGdgyQbxM

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection63PENANA2qIdkg9Ocj

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 protection63PENANA0UyWR1UCy3

“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 protection63PENANAL5Kri008bx

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection63PENANAVeXEshUB67

“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 protection63PENANAV62t3TvXw3

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection63PENANA1i8LKrMKAY

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection63PENANAhvceaEw4gC

“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 protection63PENANAbbJdEM7aKE

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 protection63PENANAeMWmxGOkqo

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection63PENANAiHUuW49t8q

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 protection63PENANA6kBPxgCFqn

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 protection63PENANAjE9f1GVP0m

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection63PENANAdj47O0bYuk

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection63PENANAoAEZpcg2RH

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 protection63PENANApblyqnfmdg

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 protection63PENANAIrzMznNLlh

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection63PENANA5JSJJiWZkN

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection63PENANAGJY2ipqxMD

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 protection63PENANAOv4niDL5o7

“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 protection63PENANAnuRfeAxaAS

“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 protection63PENANAYhCXjUmJs9

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection63PENANAngEsEW5p2u

“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 protection63PENANAxpZoFdZdoz

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection63PENANA5mQHkaCGU4

“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 protection63PENANAPhluJZqPps

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 protection63PENANAkWSjkxxjKV

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 protection63PENANATPiJxCT9jN

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 protection63PENANAe95ADPz3EZ

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 protection63PENANAvZVnigVQAG

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection63PENANALtv4d3G7d0

“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 protection63PENANAVr911MQBPu

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection63PENANAAltwJMNFCo

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 protection63PENANAloRRt5Uad7

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection63PENANAa8zj9A6ZcW

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 protection63PENANAuMhYj1K7Gn

“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 protection63PENANAv1MnSgsNqG

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection63PENANAUAOtTY40Yg

“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 protection63PENANAWs3drnfcuV

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection63PENANAAZXmnQCQD3

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection63PENANAwyDl2xj6xi

“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 protection63PENANAntLqHcNWoi

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 protection63PENANASYiQlFGYwk

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection63PENANA12SEnUcH1J

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 protection63PENANA0odLPUYDRm

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