- Markshire PCs:
Sun-Ok, Voran, Bel and me inched our way hand over hand, down into the murky gloom, hanginâ€™ tight onto the rope. Or mayhap hand under hand . . . â€˜cause we was goinâ€™ down, ya know?
I was next to last on the rope, with Walis behind me and he kept stompinâ€™ onâ€™me head with his boot â€˜cause he thought I was climbinâ€™ downâ€™ too slow. Shortly, we found ourselves standinâ€™ at the top oâ€™ a stone ramp what led into what looked to be a large, well lit room.
Chisled into the stone floor below us we read the words, â€œThe Forgotten Chamberâ€. Well, oh geez! Now we was really gettinâ€™ somewhere!
Its really hard fer me ta writ about what happened next â€˜cause, whenever I think about it, I gets afraid and me knees start knockinâ€™ together, and my writinâ€™ hand wonâ€™t stop tremblinâ€™ but Iâ€™ll do me best.
We gathered at the foot oâ€™ the ramp, all oâ€™ us wonderinâ€™ what the hel we ought ta do next, when I felt an icy tinglinâ€™ what started on me neck, and run all the way down the middle oâ€™ me back, stoppinâ€™ just short oâ€™ . . . lets say I could feel it quite a ways down me back.
I turned â€˜round quick to see what might be behind me causinâ€™ it. Well standinâ€™ there, green eyes sparklin and her hair the color oâ€™ wheat ready fer harvest and hanginâ€™ down in front oâ€™ her eyes, was another me! Sheâ€™d even tied it up behind her head in a ponytail exactly the way I fixes mine!
Oh geez! She was the same size and build as me and was even wearinâ€™ the same clothes! The only thing I could see different â€˜bout her was that her teeth ainâ€™t had no tobacco stains, and was a pearly white! Was I lookinâ€™ at a . . . uh, doppelganger? Thatâ€™s a word what I found inside oâ€™ the â€œHeadband of Intellectâ€ Port give me and it kinda stuck with me, ya know?
Anyways, I was speechless, and it was a good thing, cause awhile later when I finally did get my voice back, Iâ€™d utter a few words and theyâ€™d wind up cominâ€™ outta her mouth instead oâ€™ mine! I kept tryinâ€™ to run away from her but she kept pullinâ€™ me back!
Then she musta got tired oâ€™ me runninâ€™ and she put a spell on me what stuck me onto the wall right next to her! I couldnâ€™t move a finger and she took me voice away too!
Geez! The boys was confused, not knowinâ€™ which one oâ€™ us was me, and Walis fell down in a dead faint, probably thinkinâ€™ heâ€™d now have ta be dealinâ€™ with two oâ€™ us when one was bad enough!
Leavinâ€™ me stuck against the wall, she went off and wrapped her arms around Bel, which is somethinâ€™ Iâ€™d never do cause Belâ€™s married to Aels-witch. I wouldnâ€™t do it even if he wasnâ€™t married to nobody, ya know? I think it was then, the boys realized which one oâ€™ us the imposter was!
Then she started in on them! Beratin and abasinâ€™ â€˜em, tellinâ€™ them they was a bunch oâ€™ worthless fools and on and on like that! To demonstrate how powerful she was, she then knocked â€˜em all down! All at the same time! Oh geez! The boys got up and Voran who was really angry, went after her, his knives flashinâ€™ away!
She give him a scornful laugh, then disappeared in a burst oâ€™ flame and smoke! The spell she put on me was broken now, and I slid down the wall Iâ€™d been stuck to and collapsed in a heap on the floor, shakinâ€™ like a leaf.
We talked fer awhile â€˜bout who or what could oâ€™ managed to pull off a stunt like that. Bel thought it mighta been one oâ€™ the thirteen pokinâ€™ â€˜round in our business but I donâ€™t think so.
Iâ€™m thinkinâ€™ somethinâ€™ with that kind oâ€™ power had to be a God. Probably Loki. They sometimes calls him the trickster God. Anyways, it wasnâ€™t no comfort to me knowinâ€™ powerful entities, was watchinâ€™ and mayhap had some interest in the things we was tryinâ€™ to accomplish.