The three of them ran down the corridor as the medieval-looking walls closed in on them further and further.
Ahead of him,
watched Trace as she reached
the opening and disappeared around its edge moments before he made it himself
and leaped around the corner of the opening. Chad
Once around, he found Trace stopped dead in her tracks in front of another opening and barely had time to stop before ramming into her.
From behind he heard Melody's guttural shout as she leapt out of the opening just as the walls slammed unforgivingly together.
Not slowing, she kept right on running passed him and Trace, but snapping out of her gaze, Trace snatched Melody's arm just before she careened straight off the edge of a deep chasm that led into darkness below.
"Whoa, there!" Trace shouted as she held onto the still yelling Melody and pushed her back against the pockmarked stone of the wall that connected to the ledge they stood on; no wider than a few paces.
"Oh, shit!" Melody exclaimed as she realized what was in front of her and her eyes bulged at the seemingly bottomless void they now were faced with. "What's with this place!? I just want to get the hell outta here!"
Trace gripped the panicking Melody by the shoulder and tried to calm her.
"It's okay. We're okay." Trace tried to placate her. "We'll just figure this one out like the rest and we'll be on our way out. Just calm down and take a breather."
"I don't know." He stated in his unperturbed voice. "I can't see any way to get to that other side, and..." Squinting to focus further on the far side, he continued, "...I think, Trace, do you see what I see over there?"
Trace looked from Melody to follow
outstretched arm to where his finger pointed across the wide gorge. To the
other side where she could just make out three figures standing on the ledge
opposite them. One of them pointing back to where they stood. Chad
"Oh no." Trace said in a downtrodden voice.
"What?" Melody asked frantically as she looked across at what the other two were staring at.
"Great." She exclaimed once she finally saw the others staring back, "a giant mirror wall! So there's probably nothing over there at all to even get to; a trick to make us try and jump or something and just fall forever into this bottomless pit!"
Her voice echoed across the expanse as she slid down the wall to a crouch, holding her head in her hands as she began to rock back and forth.
"It's okay, Melody." Trace soothed, "we'll figure something out, maybe we'll just go along the ledge here until we find another opening. What do you think,
Before he could respond, Melody laughed derisively.
is probably loving all of this!" She huffed accusingly. "An endless,
mysterious, and ancient maze, full of deadly traps, all hidden below a legitimately
haunted house that he goaded us into exploring! He's probably having the time
of his life!" Chad
Starting to laugh hysterically, Melody pushed Trace's arms away and continued to rock on her heels.
's booming shout jolted both
women's attention to their usually mild-mannered and good humoured friend. Chad
"Stan is dead!" He cried out. "We evoked the wrath of the spirit of the evil necromancer that built that house up there, when YOU red aloud the inscription on that ebony orb I might add, and have been wondering this ghost-riddled maze for who knows how long. If we don't get killed by the maze's puzzles, or a ghost of one of that guy's victims, we'll probably starve to death because I haven't found anything to eat down here, have you?!"
Calming a little,
shivered and continued in his
regular voice as the other two stared in shock. Chad
"So, no, Melody," he said with a sigh. "I am not loving it down here."
The three stood in silence for sometime before
a loose stone with his foot. Chad
"Sorry." He said mildly. "I'm hungry and tired and scared. I shouldn't have yelled at you like that. I just want to get out of here too..."
He stopped as he kicked the loose stone over the edge of the ledge, and instead of falling down into the void of the pit, it seemed to just roll over the ledge and continue on.
"What a second." He said as he peered over the edge.
Trace and Melody looked at each other with mutual puzzlement and then to
just as he was stepping over the edge. Chad
no!" Trace shouted as she moved to grab him, but it was too late, he had
disappeared over the ledge. Chad
She scrambled over to where he had stood and reared back with surprise as his head popped back into view from beyond the darkness.
"It's corner, not a ledge!"
with glee. "Just step around and the ground is beneath you! Come on,
there's an opening just down there!" Chad
He pointed off to a direction hidden by the ledge.
Looking back at the flabbergasted Melody, Trace was flummoxed herself.
"I think we'll be out of here in no time!"
in a chipper voice as he stood at an impossible angle. Chad
Later, after escaping the soul survivor of the necromancer's accursed maze, though he would never admit it to anyone aloud,
having a really good time! Chad