Steps Up

How not to explore ancient temples, advanced lesson.

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“Follow that light,” Anqearo told Thono. The big man grunted as he carried her broken form, proof of his own injuries from the cave-in.

They hadn’t found Daerona in the rubble. Anqearo prayed for him.

There—stairs leading out of the ancient temple, to daylight. Anqearo sobbed in relief, squealing as pain racked her chest.

If they could reach the donkeys, get her pack, they might yet survive.

But no. Both donkeys were gone, and most of their bags. All her herbs. Only her spellbooks remained.

Daerona. He’d abandoned them.

Anqearo grimaced. She would live to make him regret this.


Especially for those of you who wanted to hear more about the adventurers in my earlier story, How Not To Explore Ancient Temples.  Read the next story: A Grave Warning.

Word count: 100.  Submitted for this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.  Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting!  Click here to read the other stories, or submit your own.  See the original photo prompt below:


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26 thoughts on “Steps Up

  1. A fascinating continuation, Joy. I doubt Daerona has gone far, though. He still has a treasure to find, after all. Maybe he’ll be able to blag it that he was just looking for help to dig them out – Anqearo doesn’t seem like the type of woman he wants to get on the wrong side of. A very enjoyable read. 🙂

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    • Thanks Lou! Daerona definitely has a head start — it probably took them a while to crawl out from the rubble and get their breath back enough to escape, and he does have donkeys. But yes, he was planning on returning, and Anqearo does seem pretty motivated, so the “old gang” might indeed meet again!

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    • Thanks Suzanne! I was hoping it would stand alone well, too. And yes, you caught it exactly, that her anger is what’s motivating her to survive. I’m curious about what might happen next… 🙂


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