Chapter 19 — The Archivist

Chapter 19

I hope I’m able to translate these runes. The beam of light revealed line upon line of runes carved into the marble walls. Here’s that seal again. So many questions and so few answers. The camera flashed when she took a photo. When she traced the seal with her finger, her arm tingled. With a shake of her head, she moved on. Her progress halted at a brick wall; the odor of sewage reached her nose.

She clicked her microphone. “Shannon, I’ve reached the end of the tunnel. Have Nickie mark it on the plans. There’s a brick wall in front of me that doesn’t match the rest of the walls. I can smell sewage too.”

Shannon’s voice crackled in the earpiece. “All right. If we are matching things correctly, the sewer tunnel on the other side leads back to the river if you turn right. Do you think we should break through that section of the wall?”

“No. I don’t want to risk sewer workers entering these tunnels.” Lennie made her way back up the tunnel. “I’m heading back to the entrance. We’ve done enough for today.”

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Lennie approached the stone door, light playing across the runes that covered it. A seal etched in the center of the appeared to match the one they found in another sewer tunnel. With no handle, Lennie had no way to open the door. The wall to either side held images of people who held weapons, bags, and packs. She ran her fingers over the door and like the metal fragments, she could not feel any edges. The stone felt smooth as glass. With a shake of her head, she moved along the wall, and stopped when the stone in the wall changed over to the sewer tunnel. The wall and sewer met seamlessly, yet another riddle that needed an answer. Did this appear at the same time the other ruins did? Why did the walls differ, yet leave no seam? Most important of all, what lay beyond the door and how did it open? Lennie moved to the center of the room where Nickie set up the tripod and cameras. She patted her friend’s shoulder and smiled.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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