It’ll be fun, Quinn had insisted when she pulled Sevyrn by the arm towards the door and slung Sev’s own bag of mining tools over her shoulder like it was her own. A quick stop by the woman’s house later and they stood before the tunnels with Sevyrn’s gem wyrm Hemi.
Sevyrn didn’t even like being in the mines - it had been probably a year now since the last time she had been down there and nowadays that was something she was okay with. The workshop was closed so there was nothing for her to make of her spoils, the tunnels were dark and cramped, and she had been through one too many cave-ins to truly enjoy being anywhere near in the first place. Quinn, however seemed to be in adventure mode today which meant that Sevyrn was being pulled in to something. She just really, really wished that she could have been pulled down to the mansion instead - now that would be a fun place to visit again, especially with a friend by her side.
“Can we please do something else, Quinn?” Sevyrn asked as she trudged towards one of the many entrances that Quinn was ambling towards with a much more excited step to her gait.
“I wanna find a gargoyle, Sev! I heard that they can be found in here. Wouldn’t that be so cool? Come on, you know it would be.” Quinn’s mining familiar, a gem dragon made of stark black onyx, followed along behind her. The creature was smarter than Sev’s wyrm and a bit more well behaved, though clearly it felt the call of the caves it had once called home as well. Everyone was excited about this trip except Sevyrn, who was more of a reluctant oncomer than anything else.
“Yeah I suppose, but think about it - the mansion always has something cool going on, yeah? And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen even half of what it has to offer.”
Quinn tilted her head just slightly as she paused her motion, as if she was debating Sevyrn’s idea for the moment. Then, spinning around on one foot, Quinn turned to face the other woman from a stand-still. “How about this - next time we can go there? Didn’t you say that there was super cool and creepy stuff going on last Vai Min Mur? The season’s approaching quickly - that could be really fun to do together, yeah?” There was a brief pause for a moment, and then Quinn spoke again. “I do like the idea - I do. I just really wanna see if we can find a gargoyle in here!”
Quinn was nothing if not slightly impulsive and a bit stubborn. It was also nearly impossible to get her mind off of something once she had decided it was what she wanted. There was no question, Quinn was going in to the mines - whether or not Sevyrn would follow her was up to the girl herself.
Quinn sighed, and her demeanour softened. She was realizing that once again she had not thought about whether or not someone would want to come with her before just assuming that they would be happy to. She’d done that to Sevyrn, at that - her best friend, but an antisocial hermit who had quite the limited social energy at that. “Look - I’d really like to have your company. I’m sorry I just whisked you away from what you were doing like that, you can go back home. But I would really like to have you with me, Sev. I like your company.”
The fact that Quinn had stopped to think had Sevyrn feeling a little bit better about the situation, and in the distance she saw Hemi continuing to slither towards where ever it was he felt called to… “I’ll stay - for a little while. I was planning on getting some work done at home today, but I’ve got a bit of spare time.”
Quinn’s somber expression made another drastic turn in to a wide grin and she dashed back towards Sevyrn to squeeze the taller woman tightly. A gasp escaped Sevyrn as the air was squeezed right out of her lungs, and once she was released both of the girls laughed. It was rare for them to ever end up on the other’s bad side, and after all that Quinn had done to keep her sane since Ryden had passed away Sevyrn always tried to do what she could to be there for Quinn in return - it was only fair. She could afford to spare a couple hours, especially now that Quinn had stopped to consider what her feelings on the idea might have been.
“Thank you, Sev,” Quinn said and quickly moved to kiss the brunette’s cheek (in a platonic manner) before linking arms with her and pulling her towards the tunnel system that Hemi had shown so much interest in. They were following the wyrm today!
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2021 12:23:00 GMT -6 by Sevyrn
Neither Quinn nor Sevyrn cared for rocks - all they did was get in the way. There were hundreds, maybe even thousands, that they were going to have to make their way through as they trekked in to the tunnels, though. Hemi was leading the way through the entrance to the tunnel, a dimly lit corridor still close enough for the mid-day sun to illuminate. That natural light was quickly going to be forgotten, though, as the trio of beings made they way deeper and deeper.
Hemi knew these tunnels like home, though, even though it had been many a day since the last time this had been ‘home’ to him. During that time, he had become quite useful to Sevyrn. Was it strange for her to be attached to a pile of sapient rocks? Probably, but nonetheless… Sevyrn was quite attached to having Hemi around any time she ventured into the caves.
Hemi got less clumsy in the dark, Sevyrn noticed - it was likely that bright, natural sunlight was too much on his cave-dwelling ‘eyes’. He also became much more confident in his movements, slithering along the ground that had been beaten in to a smooth path by the many venturers who had walked these halls before them like they were the only thing he knew. His presence had been good for her - he’d lead her to many a pretty stone that had become part of her collection, and as much as she didn’t like being in the mines, they did come with many a good memory. She’d done a lot of her bonding with Bez in here, after all - and he was one of her favourite companions.
Given that she was arm in arm with Quinn, it was hard for Sevyrn to reach for her flashlight - nonetheless she used her free arm to reach behind herself and dig through her bag.
"Aha!" Sevyrn exclaimed as her fingers wrapped around the familiar object and she was able to pull her flashlight out of her bag with minimal fuss. Quinn hadn't known what was going on, simply that Sevyrn was digging around blinding in her backpack, so it came as a surprise to the cat girl when suddenly she was blinded by the light clicking on in front of her. Quinn recoiled just enough to throw Sev off balance, and she fell to her ass against the cold hard ground - Quinn nearly toppled with her with the unexpected dead weight pulling on her arm.
The woman laughed, death gripping Sevyrn's lower arm and yanking the other girl back to her feet. "Woah there, watch your feet!" She exclaimed, and laughed as Sevyrn attempted to regain her composure at her side. As if to avoid a repeat occasion, Sevyrn separated herself from her friend's arm.
Despite her reluctance and the fact that she had already fallen on her ass within minutes of entering the tunnels, Sev had a feeling that this was going to be a worthwhile trip. Maybe that was what she had always needed - a buddy. Mining trips could be boring and lonely, even with animal company - there was only so much that dim, damp tunnels could offer, besides the very rare occasion of coming across a life form. Sevyrn could count on two fingers how many times she'd had that level of excitement on her adventures here, and she'd been coming and going for years.
After everyone had gotten themselves back, it was time to focus a little - Sev aimed her flashlight ahead and noticed that Hemi hadn't been the least bit bothered by the commotion behind him and had kept going down the tunnel. Alright - it really was time to follow after him, before they lost sight of him.
Following the rock snake had to be one of the more boring parts of a mining adventure, but in time the wyrm would alert the girls of a good place to stop and get to work - everywhere near an entry way was pretty much barren these days from years of people coming and going, stripping the gem-rich earth of its riches more and more every day... and here she was, trying to do the exact same thing once again. In her defense once upon a time she had done this because of her fiance's love of gems and the fact that he'd been involved in jewelery crafting (she carried a ring he'd made her on a chain around her neck to this day) and after losing him she'd grown interested in the crafting process as well, if only to carry on a piece of him. Of course, then she had found out the workshop had closed down....
One day, maybe, it would open back up and then Sevyrn would be able to hop down and learn for herself. Who knew, maybe she would even be able to find someone able to help teach her (that would be a long shot). Even if that never happened, she couldn't pretend that she didn't deeply enjoy the dish full of shiny stones that was building up on her desk back home - even with no other purpose, they sure looked nice and brought some light cheer to her otherwise messy residence.
Quinn loved to remark about how chaotic Sev's home could get - Sev considered it an organized chaos. There was a point behind it all, or so she claimed. Yeah, maybe the only point she had sometimes was that she didn't know where else to put anything- but that was a valid explanation to it all, right? (Really, there was just too much to deal with at once so she never started.)
"Alright, Hem, let's find us some shinier!" Sevyrn said as they reached a fork in the tunnels, an option to stay going straight ot take a sharp turn to the right. The location seemed slightly familiar to her and she had to wonder if she'd walked these exact paths before, or if the dark tunnels just all seemed to blend in with each other in her mind. Either option was possible, really - she had followed enough paths down here.
The wyrm slithered forward, ignoring the fact that he could have turned at all - it seemed that there was an obvious path to take, at least in his mind. Sevyrn trusted the wyrm's instinct down in the mines and the girls followed after him by default. If there was something worth finding, this guy's instincts would lure him and those who followed him towards it. Lead the way, Hemi!
"You've been working with Hemi for a while now, haven't you?" Quinn asked as the girls followed along behind the stony creature, pointing towards him briefly as she tried to make idle conversation with the woman at her side. Unlike Sev, Quinn couldn't handle silence as easily - and luckily for her, Quinn was the only person that Sevyrn could tolerate small talk with. If she wanted to just chat as they walked down trodden paths, then so be it.
"Yeah! I found him down here years ago," Sevyrn returned. It was Quinn's first time down in the mines with her and as such her first time meeting the fabled gem wyrm who Sevyrn had convinced to help her out all those years ago, so it was natural for the woman to ask about the being. "It was my first trip in after the cave-in, actually. I hadn't even met Ry yet."