I was beginning to get extremely frustrated by this quest. I had a tight time table to complete my mission, and seeing as I'd already waisted hours in these woods and with those thieves and now with these two... twins, I doubted I would make it on time.
And then I would die, along with the King and my father. So the curse would pass to some distant relation who didn't know a thing about how to fix it or what was going on and the family line would die along with hundreds of other people.
My fatalistic rant wasn't helping either, of course, so I moved on to more important things.
"The Grundel is dead." I said simply, turning away from the two girls, Cora and Athena.
"Dead? You killed a Grundel?" Cora asked, slightly incredulous.
"More or less."
I rummaged around the ruins of the small buliding, looking for anything that could help me escape from this mess.
"More or less? What kind of answer is that? You can't have something be dead 'more or less.' It just doesn't work that way."
I decided to block this girl out, seeing as she was highly annoying and distracting.
I pulled aside a large piece of fallen stone and found what I was looking for. A dark opening sat half covered by rubble. As I began to remove the rubble, I felt the presence of one of the girls beside me. I made no move to acknowledge her.
"What in the world..." she muttered at my elbow.
I brushed aside the last bit of debri, and looked into the small chasm.
WIthout a word, I collected my few belongings that were left, and jumped into the dark pit.
"Are you crazy?" one of the girls was calling down. Probably Athena, seeing as she wasn't familiar with this ruin, unlike the other girl. "You have no idea what's down there! You could get yourself killed!"
My only reply was the sound of my soft footfalls echoing against the tunnel walls.