|The Mesmograph at the Hypnotic Shoppe- all employees have access, and other gadgets|
|The Forest, at Terra Isabella; Wild and dangerous (And Fun!)|
an hour later, I was dressed and little worse for wear, though I had regained a new impression on this forest- I certainly would need to transplant these bushes if I was to have a treehouse here.
"Wendy! Over here! Hurry,,, please,,,"
Candi sounded tired, or drugged? What in the world was happening! I jumped up, swinging my bright pink machete in front of me. I felt very much in control of my destiny, running thru brilliant wild flowers and around the ancient trees, hacking at the enormous spider webs,,
|Most RLV traps, including the spider webs, have short timers, or puzzles to release. I found no long timers.|
Ever since that huge cave spider held me in its poisoned lair and forced me to think and do its bidding, I have had a powerful apprehension of them! There was no way I was going to be the wind up toy of a 20 foot arachnid! I kicked and swung with all my might, finally freed of the gooey stuff.
I could hear noises nearby, and without worrying you too much, they did remind me of digestive juices,,, but the woods were so lush, and thick, and, well,, dangerous! On the ground, I found her footsteps in the soft mud, and knew she was close. I leaned against a tree, getting my bearings, looking for Candi in the safety of the Tree's shadow.
I was mistaken.
Still, All hope was not lost! I had a machete! Wait, that was stuck in the spider web. Well the heel of my Bax boots was sharpened, a simple dance maneuver and I would be able to use the heel as a knife, or a weapon even.
A warm, sticky sap began pouring from the tree, near my head. I leaned my head forward, but the rest of my body was quickly coated in the sweet smelling, tingling fluid.
The thick goo hardened nearly instantly, building in thickness as more of the viscuous, sickly sweet smelling sap ran over my body and down to the grass. my toes were tingling from the strange amber seeping between them, which meant of course, that once again this stupid forest had destroyed my clothes! It simply could not get worse!
With a loud crack, the amber broke free from the bark and laid me on my face in the grass.
My hips had vibrated and slammed into the amber so hard and so fast, it had cracked! Ticking heralded the return of my body functions, and I quickly gathered up the amber pieces and removed what was left clinging to me. I was left without my clothing, staring at a voodoo idol, like a teddy bear, rough material stuck full of needles, coarse thread barely holding it together. (top right of picture)
|Many of the voodoo items and statuaries are RLV or scripted in some way|
And there she was. I stood in shock, nearly tranced by what I saw.
Candi was barely visible, seemingly floating within the trumpet of a large tubular plant!
|Trapped, so high, there is no way to free her,, or is there?|
In moments like this, young dolls retrace their steps! But smart ones do not step on the same traps going back. Very soon after, I had the lasso from the gyrocraft!
I was filled with an internal power I had not felt before- it was more than anger, more than loss of Gisaci clothing, more than nearly dying encased in amber, eaten by spiders (of which I am terrified), it was that my friend was there, going thru all this as well, and she needed to live! She deserved to live.
I was going to invest all my skills, tissue and ticking to save her, not from the horrid end, but for the wondrous future she could, and should, have!
I lassoed her easily but that silly plant just would not budge! As the tube wavered, Candi's hair blew in the wind, her eyes glazed over with a strangely serene expression. sighing and moaning, I knew she was at least, not in any discomfort. She would not notice if I ran off for a minute,,,,
|This trap is a puzzle, press arrow buttons, in sequence, and you crawl free|
|The World's End cafe, in Steam Sky City, Caledon's airborne city|
We went to The World's End Cafe for a drink, watching the sky catch evening fire, talking out the ordeal we both went through. The World's End is a good place for that. Much nicer than a sweaty jungle where the roses steal your clothes! I have no intention of building a treehouse there.
She thanked me, saying nobody else would have tried to help her, and if someone would, they would have given up. I avoided that line of thought. I told her about the amber, and the spider. I showed her the bruises on my hips.
"Yah, the spider is awful! Did you see the anaconda?"
Um,,, no, nor do I want to!" I laughed and poured her another tea, and hugged her for almost an hour as we watched the sun set off the floating city's edge. This was just one of the future moments she would have now, it was indeed worth it.
|outfits-'Uma' by !Right, Candi's by Allesandra|