After making sure that the new stone was all cleaned up, Sevyrn crouched down to try to take the hematite back from Hemi - it was time for that stone to join the others in her backpack. The wyrm was reluctant though, even going to the point of hissing at her - she wasn't so intimidating as she had been the first time he had seen her, only being able to determine the worth of her threat by the fact that she was much bigger than him. Now he knew that she wasn't going to hurt him, and that made him feel like he could get away with acting like a dink. No, that was not going to work - despite the hissing and the wyrm looking like it wanted to strike her, Sevyrn reached down and grasped the hemetite. As she pulled it away from him she spoke - "I knew you were all talk, Hem."
The wyrm was incredibly unhappy with having its stone taken from it, and began to slink off towards the tunnel that Sevyrn had found him in earlier. It seemed to be an area of interest, so as she put the two gems in to her backpack she followed along behind him. She wanted to stay here, she was comfortable with the surroundings, they were having good luck, and it was close to the entrance. Something had to have caught the wyrm's attention though, and his instincts were much finer tuned in here than her own were. The tunnel the wyrm went down was cramped, though - uncomfortable, and Sevyrn could hear the plip plip plip of water drops falling occasionally on top of her hard hat. Hemi didn't wait to find access to another more open cave area, though - he stopped along the tunnel abruptly and began trying to dig through the wall, seemingly interested in it. It was a bad area to try to bring the pick out, so Sevyrn crouched down to look where the wyrm's attention was focused.
Nothing... except that light rumble that seemed to be coming from above them. That noise set off the fear in Sevyrn, who was immediately anxious about the possibility of the cieling collapsing down on them. That was something that she had already experienced once before here years ago, and the possibility of it happening again a as enough to leave her ready to leave. "Come on Hemi, we're getting out of this area. It's cramped anyways." She prayed that the gem wyrm would listen to her, or at least follow her when she turned tail to make her way back to the river-split cave that they had been in before coming this way. She didn't even stop to look, not until she was already all the way back there. Luckily, the gem wyrm was slithering behind - though at a distance, so he must not have followed after her immediately. Whatever, he was there at least.
They'd had good luck here, anyways. That was enough for Sevyrn to know that she didn't want to venture any more for a while. She knew, realistically, that she hadn't been about to deal with a repeat of the worst time she had been here, but it wasn't worth the risk for even a second. Hemi didn't look very impressed with her, either, and if anyone here had an innate instinct about whether trouble was brewing here then it would be the gem wyrm. "I'm sorry, buddy," she said to him in acknowledgement of the fact that he hadn't wanted to be here. He would just have to live with it for now, though.
Still feeling shaky and afraid from being in the tunnel, Sevyrn took a moment to sit down and wait out the anxiety wave. Work could wait just a moment, she was too freaked out to be productive right now.
Back to the drill - Sevyrn had her moment to relax, and then she had to remember that she was here for a reason and if she didn't want to get back to mining then she would be better off heading back home than just sitting around doing nothing. With a heavy she shoved her backpack off of her shoulders and clambered back to het feet. After adjusting the hard hat atop her head she reached down to grab her pickaxe off of the ground, and picked a spot to work on that she hadn't worked on yet. Three, two, one - it was time to go. Crash! Her pickaxe came down against the rock wall with a loud bang, and then she did it again and again until she was too tired to keep going. After stopping to take a a snack and drink break, Sevyrn swapped her pick out for her hammer.
She inspected what laid there on the ground carefully before she even dared to bring a tool to it - she wanted to rule out what was small enough to rule out the possibility of anything being hidden within it from the chunks large enough to need to be broken down a bit more. Once she had split the rubble in to two piles, it was time for some further work. Crunch, crunch, crunch - the larger chunks broke down with each hammer hit, revealing anything that might be inside of it. She couldn't see anything and Hemi didn't seem to be very interested in anything on the ground, so perhaps this spot was a dud. If that was the case, she would move somewhere else once she finished up here.
Nothing... "Well... tell me where to go buddy," she said to Hemi, cocking an eyebrow at the wyrm as she did so.
Hemi seemed to still be displeased that they had returned here, and didn't want to be helpful... at all. Okay then - Sevyrn was going to have to do the guesswork herself since the wyrm didn't seem to want to give her any kind of help. She stopped at her backpack, swallowed a gulp from her water bottle, and then swapped tools so that she had her pick back on her again. Sevyrn wandered for a moment, shining her flashlight around as she looked for the best spot to get started. After picking somewhere that had her feeling hopeful - Hemi still didn't want to cooperate - she prepared herself to strike the wall, putting her weight in to it as she brought her pick forward and in to the wall. Chunks of stone flew to the ground around her, dust filling the air, and she didn't wait for it to settle as she went again.
She didn't know it yet, but Sevyrn had found a good spot to work on. It would take time, but eventually she found not one but two gems - an amethyst that seemed to have pulled Hemi's attention, and then an apatite just a few minutes later. Both of those could join the other finds in her bag of spoils! Though her luck seemed to be at its peak right now, she kept searching just in case - and that was when she was caught by surprise. She almost missed the fossil that was hidden, still half embedded in the wall. She would have to work very carefully to get it free without breaking it - want it possible to revive fossils if one was able to find the right pieces for it? That would be something interesting to check out. The library would probably be her first stop after going home.
Now she was deeply curious about what this dodo might have been once in a time, when it was still alive and roaming the earth. Something big or small? Friend or foe? Maybe she would be fortunate enough to find other pieces of it and one day know what kind of beast she had come across today. The idea was absolutely thrilling! Though she was no expert on all things historical or well versed in any kind of archeology, that didn't mean that she couldn't wonder, and with wondering expand her knowledge base. If she wasn't drawing, working with her creatures or tending her garden, she had her nose in a book - even if she had to physically force herself to stay focused, given how distractable she was more often than not. She always ended up being proud of herself for taking the time to learn something new, though. The moment that she stopped pushing to know more about the world was the day she started stagnating.
Sevyrn's head was in the metaphorical clouds, going a mile a minute about what kind of prehistoric creature could have possibly created the fossil she found - the first that she had ever found. She had heard that it was possible to find the odd fossil in here, but she had never thought that it was something that would happen to her. She just.... never seemed to have that kind of luck, at least not in the past. Her strange fascination with the newest find seemed to have struck Hemi as strange, as he poked his nose against her calf while she simply crouched there admiring it and taking it in from every angle. Snapped back to reality by the wyrm, Sevyrn finally put the fossil back in to her bag. He was right, it was wierd to be obsessed with something like this. It would look really cool on her shelf until she had the parts needed to do something with it, though!
Once Sevyrn was back on her feet, Hemi seemed to want to cross back over the river again. She knew that the other side kf the room had been good to her earlier, but she was worried that she had used up all of her luck there already. It was worth a shot, though - if all else failed then they could travel back down the tunnel and take the fork that they hadn't earlier, go and check out whole new area. Like when the first crossed Sevyrn hauled the wyrm across in her arms, something he also disliked as much as the first time, and then she waited at the river's edge to see what exactly had him wanting to be back over here. He seemed to be interested in the exit tunnel, wanting to guide her back to the fork. Sevyrn complied, figuring the other tunnel would be a good place to check out.
It was a bit of a trip, but eventually Sevyrn and Hemi reached the point where the tunnels split off from each other, and the wyrm didn't even wait for Sev to catch up before he was slithering down the path. Having known that was already most likely where they were going Sevyrn complied, trailing along a few feet behind him through a wider tunnel with a high cieling - a path that was incredibly comfortable relative to the mines, especially given the cramped one that Hemi had been trying to drag her down when she had gotten freaked out about the possibility of a tunnel collapsing in on her (that... was dumb - realistically it was most likely another person moving around or digging in a tunnel that happened to be above where she was). Sevyrn found herself wishing that she had a better flashlight - she wanted to be able to properly see both Hemi and the tunnel ahead. Maybe she should get a flashlight to tie to her hard hat...