Chapter 38 Continued
“Nice.” I commented as I surveyed the dead over-grown lizard on the floor of the cavern. “Impressive.”
My leg was still sending spikes of pain through my body but at least it was dressed. Presently I was being held up by Artemis’ arm which was hooked around my waist to keep too much of my body weight off my injured limb. His other hand was supporting me by my right shoulder.
“Yes, I’m quite surprised myself. Pity about the sword however.”
We both looked down at the sword’s remains which was now a lumpy, gooey melted mess and was pooling from the dragon’s mouth.
“Yeah, bit of a bummer.”
We stared a few seconds longer.
“Well, we won’t make any progress whilst simply standing here.” said Artemis “Come on.”
He shifted his grip, readying to help me limp.
“But what are we meant to fight with now the sword’s melted?”
That answer was good enough for me so I carefully put my good foot in front of me and started to limp, with plenty of help from Artemis, to the exit which had suddenly appeared a few minutes earlier.
“Is it just me or is this maze deliberately leading us to our doom?” I thought out loud as we slipped through the recently opened doorway.
I felt my leg catch a rogue stone and I winced as the contact made another shot of pain ricket up my leg. Artemis tightened his grip on me to prevent me from falling.
“Easy.” he murmured. I nodded slightly as I righted myself. Once I had done so we headed into a new corridor and, thankfully, this was also lined with torches so I had a fairly good idea on where to put my feet without tripping. “So,” said Artemis after a while, “how did you find out about your family and your- you know- house coming back?”
I smiled, remembering the surprising phone call.
“Well, not long after I found you had gone missing,” I shot a glare at him “, Dad phoned me.”
“Oh. How did you react?”
“Dropped the phone. When I rang him again he seemed pretty miffed at me running away and that.”
“Well I should expect so.”
“Hmm. He tried getting me to come home with a mixture of bribes and threats.”
“Well, the bribe was a cheesecake.” I sighed. “It’s a small aspect of life but you really do miss it.”
I could practically hear his eyes rolling.
“And the threat?”
“They would tell my grandmother what had happened.”
“And that’s bad is it?”
I shuddered involenterally.
“You have no idea.” It suddenly dawned on me that Opal Koboi was not the worst of my problems. The worst was still to come. “I’m beginning to wish we would just die already.”
Short one this time sorry but i hope you still liked it