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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 protection170PENANAs10FJyKv5M

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection170PENANAMedGcCeQyV

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection170PENANAlFp3JtUfIY

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 protection170PENANA8b08QJHBeM

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 protection170PENANAo11BHdeV4M

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection170PENANAQqrgubJpqs

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection170PENANAnyDoHu7p6m

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 protection170PENANAbund55rj1w

“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 protection170PENANA5SWx8qIRP9

“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 protection170PENANAkdIXBqsJPy

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection170PENANA502te8yFsA

“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 protection170PENANAbxs85AzNso

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection170PENANAWMCFKe5cXU

“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 protection170PENANAK3VNwaV5Pn

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 protection170PENANAF1V8a0IJOb

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 protection170PENANA7LXKqIYwUW

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 protection170PENANAqF0mtwwoCm

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 protection170PENANAMioHqyI9hw

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection170PENANAkpih9J08fU

“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 protection170PENANA4GA423Bzse

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection170PENANAVexjVXSE69

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 protection170PENANAbrytJIdJQs

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection170PENANADV9e0ciCLK

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 protection170PENANARHYo1UmTzt

“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 protection170PENANA2KUBeDjrma

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection170PENANAU063f6fxJ0

“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 protection170PENANAhAIgZJblCL

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection170PENANAOFvJhJmBbJ

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection170PENANAM5JS8YZovI

“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 protection170PENANAoNj64jQgEt

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 protection170PENANA1t8xcqhz1s

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection170PENANAiNy1FG0F4w

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 protection170PENANAotkHAo1qFG

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 protection170PENANATG92emtvVu

“So are you going to tell me your name?” he asked casually.copyright protection170PENANAXeivgYcgDh

She turned her eyes from the small band of jewels and glanced at him. “Hazel.”copyright protection170PENANAM1L6JlvKMb

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 protection170PENANAqGSAJ6XcBT

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 protection170PENANAHz7Z5nXiDB

“A friend of a friend. We worked together a while ago when I traded her the Ariana paintings.”copyright protection170PENANAzqClxmG37t

Hazel thought for a moment. “I remember those,” she said. “You did that?”copyright protection170PENANAeya78Td65P

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 protection170PENANAZNo6MutJM7

“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 protection170PENANAlmyXH5ko9r

“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 protection170PENANARo01v9VJf1

“How do you know he’s keeping it a secret?”copyright protection170PENANAyeOXkArOke

“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 protection170PENANAVFAuDiAXGJ

“So, it was an accident.”copyright protection170PENANApy7pADzvmO

“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 protection170PENANAwU2kSnVkbg

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 protection170PENANAy7V9Bzrbw8

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 protection170PENANAVWG3mhGVM2

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 protection170PENANAKjXNEPaA9m

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 protection170PENANAQItLR5kjhR

Christel returned her glare. “I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”copyright protection170PENANArdO8gapW6c

“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 protection170PENANAZRvWEaMOKW

“What the hell are you doing?” Hazel shouted – her heart likely shattering along with the emerald.copyright protection170PENANAaAEEmvKGP2

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 protection170PENANAygfmowxOsE

“That necklace was priceless!”copyright protection170PENANA0svwp9GbXq

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 protection170PENANA881MNniy47

“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 protection170PENANAACoQZMmwBP

“What is it?” Hazel asked, more or less to herself. She had forgotten her anger.copyright protection170PENANAbBiG7HPOTN

“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 protection170PENANAf1WgOKE7iI

“I… I know this place!” Hazel finally exclaimed, jumping with mild excitement.copyright protection170PENANAeSkDJjq6Q1

“What, from where?” he was still raking his memory.copyright protection170PENANAV1CdIKVyzO

“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 protection170PENANAmOQi5E2JLl

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 protection170PENANAr0eMDX633W

“You know what this means then?” His voice was steady as he accepted what he was about to do.copyright protection170PENANA4ZYHdGs8f1

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 protection170PENANAXBQNTVsWEe

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