From: Pipian \(with his bashed in finger\) ( Subject: [PW!] Walking on Thin Ice (Was: Re: [PW!] Azalea Bound) Newsgroups: Date: 2001-05-01 17:59:22 PST > Yolei once again queried Mamoru "What did you see that caused you to stop? A > dead end?" > > "It was a dead end, but I also found a puzzle." "You didn't find an exit?" asked Drake. "No. Just a puzzle. But why would a puzzle be right there in the middle of a dark cave. It looked like pieces of rock with kinda Pokémonish features on it... Kinda like the puzzles that were solved up at the Ruins of Alph... Wait... I'm gonna have Yuki solve it! She's good at that stuff!" "No! Wait!" called Yolei. But Mamoru's footsteps were already fading into the distance. "Now what do we do? Mamoru's run off without us..." "There's only one thing TO do," said Lynkeru. "We need to go down there and solve it before he... she... Err... They do!" "What? Do you have any idea what solving it could do?" asked Yolei. "Nope, but I love an adventure. We gotta at least see... Drake, can you take us down there?" Drake looked at the hole. It was a bit small... He made a fist and broke the hole wider. "OK, sure. Now I can. Just hop down. All Mamoru said is that it was water below..." "Oh, yeah..." "I'm uh... Kinda the biggest, so I'll go down first." Drake hopped and fell down the hole, making a loud splash in the water below. Yolei followed and Lynkeru went down last. As they climbed out of the water, Yolei remarked, "The water is warm... I wonder why that is..." "Come on!" said Lynkeru as she started running down the dark path. "We gotta hurry!" "OK! OK!" said the others, running after her. After running about a half-mile, the group saw a flicker of light in front of them. They ran a hundred more feet and they could clearly see the outline of a person, presumable Mamoru, picking up a rock and placing it in the last remaining hole in the picture. "Ah hah! You were right, Yuki! It was a Marril!" said Mamoru to seemingly no one. "That doesn't look like a Marril... More like Marril's devolution if it had one... But then, it looks pretty old..." Suddenly, the earth began to shake, and without warning the floor beneath Mamoru and Mera opened wide. Mamoru fell into the gaping hole, but Mera jumped safely onto a nearby rock, then rushing into Yolei's outstetched hands. A splash could be heard echoing down the hole. "Dang! Not another pool!" cried a more feminine voice. "Is that you, Yuki?" called Yolei. "Yeah... Who'd possibly have such an idea to put a warm water pool and then a cold water pool... in... here... Whoa!" "What is it?" "Cool! An ethereal icy blue light coming down the tunnel! You gotta come down here and check it out! Hurry!" Drake shrugged his shoulders and jumped down the hole. Yolei put Mera in his pokéball and followed. Lynkeru tumbled down last. When they surfaced, they couldn't believe their eyes. The tunnel had apparently lit up like a christmas tree as they came down, as it was much brighter than it had been from up at the puzzle. The air was cool and somewhat damp. The walls seemed to emit a blue light and were either crystal or ice. No one could tell for sure, as they were cool and damp, like ice, but flat and crystal-shaped columns. "Come on everyone! Let's see what's down the hallway!" said Yuki. Everyone crawled out of the pool and the group began to walk slowly down the hallway as it began to get cooler... TBC? P.S. Tech, I'm preferring to leave this part up to you. And I haven't revealed Mamoru's face. Maybe I'll reveal it later... Or you might use that fact to your advantage somehow... (I don't know how) Pipian