114. NaNoWriMo Day 19

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‘A miracle, that’s what it looks like,’ Rayna said as she landed safely next to the Swordsman. ‘Kinda like one of those wonders of the ancient world, y’know? Except they never found this, coz it has been underwater this whole time. The whole fleet – can you imagine that? We’ve been searching for months, and here it is!’

The Swordsman thought hard about this. He had led them out here in search of fuel, hoping to find perhaps a downed airship that they could siphon fuel out of, or maybe even help in whatever form that it may appear in. Instead, here they were, at the entrance of an undiscovered ancient ruins.

‘Hundreds – hell, probably even thousands of ships out there!’ Rayna rambled on. ‘Imagine what the collectors would pay to even get a piece of this; I wouldn’t have to work a single day for the rest of my sorry life!’

In hindsight, they should have packed supplies from the airship before coming out all the way here on the chance that they might find exactly what he hoped they would find. The Swordsman slapped a hand to his forehead, more frustrated at himself than anything else.

‘Well?’ she shot him an eager look. ‘Are we going, or what?’

‘Going?’ he repeated. ‘Going where?’

Rayna gave him a strange look. ‘Going into this treasure trove,’ she said, ‘Where else?’

‘No, no,’ he shook his head, ‘I don’t think you understand. We’re not here to explore this place.’

She tossed her head back. ‘Strange,’ she said, ‘Because I thought I heard you say that we were coming out to do some exploration.’

The Swordsman put a hand up, ready to defend his words – then just sighed heavily and kept it to himself. ‘We must find fuel for our airship,’ he said. ‘Everything else must come after.’

Rayna just shrugged at this. ‘Well, we sure aren’t going to find any fuel to use here,’ she said, ‘So we might as well make the best out of our time here.’

He wiped away the sweat on his forehead. There was no point arguing with the girl right now, and time was of the essence as the sun beat down on them. It would soon be high noon, and it would be too hot to do anything. The Swordsman sighed a second time and put his hands up.

There was nothing else to do.

‘Fine,’ he said resignedly. ‘Let’s explore.’

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