Well, well! Sevyrn swore that she saw a shimmer of deep blue embedded in the rocks, so it was time to get to work and free it so that she could put it in her bag for safe-keeping with the rest of the finds she had come to own since she had started this trip. She had done pretty well so far and she imagined that she had Hemi to thank for that- he had found this little cave for her after all. Once she had chiseled the bulk of the rock off of the gem, Sevyrn got much more careful with how she handled it until finally it was free and she was able to just dust it off and put it in to her bag. Hemi went wild as she palmed the gem, so she let him check it out. I've got you to thank for that, buddy."
Sevyrn wondered if it would be safe to leave her jewels out, let Hemi guard them while she focused on finding more. He loved being around them, but at the same time what if he ran off with something and didn't come back with it? The bigger disaster there would be losing her wyrm in the first place, of course, but she would have lost hard work as well. It wouldn't hurt for a minute, though - Sevyrn placed the little blue gem down on the ground and the wyrm's body almost immediately slicked around it, curling it within the confines of his grasp. Sevyrn smiled at him before trying to pick it back up. "You know buddy, I'm so happy to have you here with me. You make life that little bit easier, and I like the company. I need to bring Bez back here sometime, though. He's always been my mining buddy."
Alright, back to work. Sevyrn continued to rummage through the rubble, checking to see if she had left anything pretty behind. Once she was sure that she hadn't, she cleared out the debris beneath her feet and brought her pick back in to the air. She had to adjust her grip a couple times before she was comfortable and ready to swing, but as soon as she was it was time to go. Crack! The sharp edge of the pick came done on stone and it cracked apart, pieces dropping to the ground in front of her feet. Crack! Crack! Crack! Sevyrn continued to keep going until she was ready to move on, then stopped to examine the chunks of rock more in depth with her flashlight and then hammer. All the while, Hemi slithered around checking things out. He seemed to have become very interested in the narrow river divinding the room.
From there on, time started to fly by. She wasn't finding much in the spot that she had started in - perhaps the starstone was the only find there - so she'd flitted around the cave for a while, stopping to dig in new spots for a while before clearing through the resulting rubble and moving on once again. She was starting to wonder if it was worth even sticking around - how happy Hemi seemed to be burrowing in the pile of rocks that had formed in the center of the room seemed to convince her to wait just a little while more, though. Maybe next trip she would have to find an actual buddy to take along... much more area could be covered with two people digging away, after all.
"Okay, buddy - last spot. After this one you gotta find us somewhere new to check put, okay?" Sevyrn said to the wyrm.
Three, two, one - she brought her pickaxe down on the untouched rock walls of this little cave with all the strength in her lean body. Chips of stone flew from the point of impact and one hit her square in the tip of the nose - ow! That couldn't stop her determination, though, and she went at the stone again and again until she'd made a decent dent. Ready to start checking things out, she started by bringing her flashlight up to hold it by her face and shine it against the wall, checking for anything that may still be trapped. After that it was time to work through the debris. Hemi didn't seem too interested in anything on the ground when she first started, but as she moved through the rubble he became more and more interested in one spot. He had thrown up false alerts before, though, so Sevyrn didn't get too hopeful.
Hey, what was that? When Sevyrn looked away from the rubble that she was working on swore that she saw a peek of blue embedded in the wall. Upon swearing she caught the gleam of something, she picked her flashlight up from its spot on the ground and waved it at the wall, searching for that tiny speck - and there it was, she hadn't been going crazy. Her lips lit up in to a grin as she dropped her pickaxe to the ground beside her, sharp point facing away from her, and she dashed to grab her finer tools to get that piece out without damaging it. Awkwardly she ducked the flashlight between her arm and chest to try and hold it in place, and then got to work on the gem still embedded in the wall. When it was finally freed, it was different than the last one - more rectangular in shape, the blues mottled with green.
Happy with what she had found, Sevyrn put her flashlight back in her hand and awkwardly reached around her back with the arm that had the gem palmed, pulling the zipper to the gem pocket open and then popped it in with the rest of the finds. She did seem to be having really good luck - and as she watched Hemi slither around the dark, damp cave she wondered if there was anything that she could do to improve the work that she was doing. Like with most things in her life, Sevyrn wanted to be good at it - be better than the average person. What was there that she could really do besides just have luck with this, though? Gardening was easy - the more work that you put in to it, the better you got at raising the plants to bloom and fruit. Mining was more about muscle work and luck than anything else, though.
Even though Sevyrn had already found that one gem, she didn't want to give up on the rubble that was on the ground - there was still that spot that Hemi had been so interested in, after all. She plopped herself down on the ground frog-legged and leaned in to investigate, sorting through debris and breaking down bigger chunks of rock until she figured there was no point continuing to search. "Alright, back to work," she said to herself as she looked down to Hemi. "Where next, buddy? Are you interested in anywhere else in this room or do you want to go somewhere else?" The wyrm's head cocked up at the girl, questioning what those noises had just meant, before slithering off towards the water. He seemed... to want to cross it? The river was only a couple feet wide - it wasn't likely deep. Sevyrn could pick him up and walk across if she so desired.
That idea seemed alright, given how interested Hemi seemed to be in the other side of the bank, so Sevyrn packed up her tools and wandered towards the edge of the water. "You want to check out over there, buddy?" She asked him as she crouched down low and tilted her head just slightly. It was.. interesting, trying to pick up the wyrm. It wasn't impossible, but the fact that he seemed to be made out of pure stone made him heavier than a biological creature of the same size would be. The river ended up being quite shallow, never deeper than Sevyrn's knees, and then they were on the other side of it within a few steps. Sevyrn put the wyrm down and he immediately started slithering around and checking the new spot out. It seemed that he was interested in a narrow tunnel that Sevyrn hadn't been able to see from the other side.
"Not right now-" she said to the wyrm "- let's check out what this place has to offer first, then we can head out somewhere new, okay?" The wyrm didn't seem to understand her, and as soon as Sevyrn had turned her back and started to unpack, he starting running off down that tunnel. Sevyrn, thinking that he had just gone around the bend in the cave and was still around, started to get to work. It was only after she had been working at the wall for a few minutes that she realized Hemi hadn't shown his face since they first got there, and then she went looking for where he may have gone out to. It seemed to be that the wyrm was on his way off from wherever he had ventured, and seemed to want Sevyrn to follow him. She needed to finish up what she had started first, though - there were rocks to sift through.
Sevyrn almost missed the hematite - it's deep black obscuring it within the already dark pile of lumber. The only thing that saved her was her flashlight, the hematite's shine catching her eye in her peripheral as the light beam shone past it. Hey! That was exactly the kind of thing that she was looking for - and its dark color and composition matched that of her own gem wyrm, who seemed more excited over this find than he had anything else that she had found today or in their previous trip? With a laugh, Sevyrn had to hand it over to him. "Okay, okay - this can be yours for a bit, I get it," she said to him as she went back to work. There was still more debris to search though, and Sevyrn knew that Hemi would be keeping himself occupied instead of getting in to trouble if he had the shiny.
... was there really something else in this pile? That was good luck - it was the second time today that Sevyrn had found such a good spot to mine that she had found two shinies in one go. She figured that she had the wyrm to thank for that - after all, he was the one who had wanted to take her over to this area. The second find was rainbow-hued and lumpy - she had never seen anything like it before, and she wouldn't be able to identify it until after she got back home and had time to go through her rock book. No matter what it was going to make a great addition to that collection on her desk. One day she was going to learn how to make jewelry out of these things, she swore. If only the workshop hadn't shut down when she was starting to work on that endeaver...
The gemstone workshop closing down had been a kick in the pants - she had a sodalite that she had wanted to make in to a necklace for Ryden. Now... well, even if it opened she was never going to have that opportunity - though perhaps she would be able to see the endeavor through like she had always wanted to, and leave it as a memento at his grave. When safe to, so not in the mines where it could get snagged or ripped off, she still wore the silver and sapphire ring that he had made her back when they had first gotten together on a chain around her neck - its spot on her hand replaced with the silver-banded moonstone ring that he had given her when he had asked her to marry him. Not every girl needed diamonds - he'd known what kind of stones she found to be the most appealing, and he had found something that had suited her perfectly.