Back to the grind - there was always more work to be done. Sevyrn figured that it was likely getting close to the end of the day by now and she would need to head home soon, but there was still a bit of work to be done! After she searched through her current bit of rubble she was pretty happy with her last find of the night - some marble, a rhodonite and... what was that? It seemed like she had found kind of ore, but Sevyrn didn't yet know enough about that kind of stuff to be able to identify it on sight. That's okay - she had plenty of gem and stone books back home, and if none of those told her what this was then her smelting guide probably would. After all of the new finds were shoved in to her backpack, it was time to find the way out.
Making her way back to the entrance to the tunnels wasn't the easiest task when the dimly lit tunnels only showed her the way when she had her flashlight positioned the right way. Hemi seemed to understand that they were trying to get back home though, and his rock-hard body slithered ahead of the woman, hoping to guide her - the right way, Sevyrn assumed. So far she had been right to put her trust in the wyrm; look at all of the things she was adding to her collection back home thanks to him! Eventually the tunnels brightened, sunlight close enough that Sevyrn could almost taste it. With a cheery smile on her face she made her way to the exit, as she was met with a twilight sky she was proud of herself for a long, hard day well done. Both of them were deserving of a hard-earned break.
A few days passed before Sevyrn dared to return - though this time that was not out of fear. The more frequently that she visited the mines and spent time within the tunnels, the more accustomed to them that she grew. She didn't think that she would ever inot[/i] be afraid of what could happen in there, but a healthy dose of fear kept her on her toes - kept her safe, on the lookout and ready for if something did manage to happen. Hemi's companionship also made for a much more relaxed atmosphere - he had come from these tunnels, and he would know them better than she ever could. He would know the ins and the outs, where was safe and where wasn't - the gem wyrm made for an excellent mining companion and Sevyrn had been grateful since the day she first found him to be able to have him at her side.
Even if she took a break, she always came back - even if that break was a week, a month, or even a year. Three days was actually a rather short venture away from the dark tunnels, yet Sevyrn found herself lured back in - the last trip had gone so well that it only made sense to come back. The thrill of laying out everything she had found on her desk after the last trip had been an overwhelming dopamine trip that had left her craving more - and more and more. There were worse things in the world to be addicted to though, right? Let's go get some stones - those were not the words of the world's junkies. Or... well, maybe not in the exact same sense as Sevyrn found herself thinking as she eyed the storage closet by her front door. The garden hadn't needed much work today so it wasn't like she didn't have time...
Yes, go - it was the right thing to do. Sevyrn dug through her kitchen before she even dared to step close to that closet space, grabbing water and snacks to eat while she was gone. Knowing what last time was like, she would most likely be out until evening struck - though she hoped that she didn't lose track of time like that again. Once all packed up she made her way down to the kennels to pick up her trusty companion - Hemi - and then off they went. She stopped for a moment as she reached the worn-down path that would lead her down to different entrances to the tunnel, pausing just to take a quick drink, and then she urged Hemi forward - he could pick which path they went down today. He didn't seem to be on a mission like he did - he slithered this way and that, and then back again - but eventually he made his way in and it was time to get some work done.
Hiss! The strange sound pulled Sevyrn's attention from the task at hand and her head whipped around to find the source - nothing could be seen. Her nerves were raised by it, and she found herself desperately wanting to turn around. It was probably just a wyrm hiding in a crevice, though - displeased that a human (or simply anything so much bigger than it) had dared to wander in to what it considered to be its territory. It would be fine - she would be out of its way in just a moment and they would both be able to go back to their own goings-on.
"Come on," Sevyrn encouraged the wyrm, who seemed to be interested in the familiar hiss of his own species as well. She wondered if he might be lonely now that he was no longer around his own kind... maybe Sevyrn needed a second wyrm to give him company.
Sevyrn adjusted her hard hat atop her head and her glasses on the bridge of her nose, and then pushed on within the tunnels. As the light began to fade she paused to pull her flashlight out of her bag and click the button on its handle to flash it on. With it ready to light her way and guide her to all the spoils that the mines had to offer, it was time to travel on!
Now that they had moved on past the source of the hissing, Hemi seemed to be more interested in the adventure that they were on again. She did feel bad, if that had been another wyrm, but there was no way to force another creature to want to come with them. Maybe he would be able to lead them straight to one who would be able to convinced to make a home in the kennels with Hemi.
She pulled her pickaxe out of her base, held it up with the weight of the handle resting against the top of her shoulder. The pair were starting to get deep enough within the tunnels that they were probably getting close to where they might be able to find some nice shinies within. Sevyrn was starting to build up a rather admirable collection back home, and she was very interested in the idea of bringing home more - she wasn't obsessed, she didn't love this place to any degree, but it was very useful for someone who wanted to put time in to jewelry creation- she didn't exactly have the money to fund buying gems and ore off of other people. Once the workshop opened back up she was definitely going to be putting a large portion of her time in to it, so it was a smart idea to have everything that she might need ready by then.
The tunnel opened in to a wide open cave, a sign that they were finally past the initial entrance area. Provided that Hemi seemed to take interest in this place - Sevyrn trusted his instincts in the mines more than she did her own - she would be happy to settle in here and get to work trying to find some new spoils to bring home.
The wyrm did seemed intrigued- but if Sevyrn had remembered that they years ago where they first met perfectly, she would have known that she had first met Hemi in one of the tunnels that off-shot from this cave. He was home! Or as close as it to he had been in all of this time. He remembered it like the day that he had first walked away - and though he had chosen to come with her after some gentle goading, home would always be home.
Given that the wyrm seemed to like the spot that they were currently residing in, Sevyrn was more than happy to stick around rather than wandering deeper. Deeper came with risks - getting lost, getting stuck. The closer that they were to the entrance the easier it would be to get out of the cave system if something were to go wrong while here.
After placing her bag down Sevyrn prepared her equipment, pulling the larger tools put of her backpack and carefully arranging the smaller and more fine equipment at the edge of the opening. She had put her pick down to get settled in so she picked it back up, and she walked the perimeter of the room to pick the spot she liked best to get started in. There was no real indication of what would be good and what wouldn't, though, so it would be luck at best. Once ready, it was time to get started.
Stones, stones and more stones - which was very, very okay with Sevyrn but after finding that last fossil she had went home to do some research on it. It seemed that they could be revived in to long-extinct creatures of old. She'd found something called a "scute" fossil during her last trips to the mines, but it seemed that she was going to need to get her hands on either a couple full amber, a bunch of bones or six other fossils in order to actually be able to revive something. Because of that she was now on a mission, hoping to get her hands on some of that stuff while here.
The first thing that she found while hard at work was a rather beautiful blue apatite, something that she had seen before and already added to her collection. The other two jewels that she found around the same time were new to her, though. It seemed that the wyrm had found a good spot.
Aquamarine and some kind of crystal, it seemed - but not of the magical variety like she had found earlier on in her last trip. That was okay. Despite the fact that the first (and currently last) crystal that she found had sparked a minor interest in magic, Sevyrn had ended up selling it - she just couldn't foresee herself making any use of it. It sure would have looked nice as part of her collection, though.
After putting everything back in to her bag, Sevyrn knelt low to the ground to look the gem wyrm in the face. He looked at her with his head tilted, likely unsure of what was going on. "I know that your forte is gems and shinies - but we're on a new mission today, buddy. Let's go fossil hunting." The wyrm likely would not end up getting the memo the way that Sevyrn hoped he would, but so be it.
Where would the best spot to go be? Sevyrn had to wonder - she knew that their best luck would be deeper in, where the spoils hadn't been worn out by the many visitors before her, embedded deep in to rock that had once been part of the world's open air. If that collection of stones that she had found just shortly after arriving was a sign of the luck that she was going to have today, then hopefully she would be walking out with what she was looking for.
"What do you think?" She continued to speak to the wyrm, who still seemed clueless about what the woman wanted. He began to slither off though, dragging a following Sevyrn deeper in to the damp, dark caverns of the mines. Luckily she had managed to get her hands on a crystal torch - a reward for an avid miner. It was incredibly useful to light the way, especially with its ability to get stronger and brighter with just a touch. Not wanting to scare off any potential critters, she didn't dare leave it too bright.