They traveled deep within the tunnels before they stopped, the light of Sevyrn's torch illuminating an open area with plenty of space to settle in to. She struck the ground with the narrowed base of the torch to embed it within the dirt, leaving it to light the way while freeing up her hands so that she would be able to get everything ready.
First thing was first, though - she needed a snack. As soon as her backpack hit the ground below their feet Hemi was interested in it, trying to poke his head in to check out the stones that they had already found. Sevyrn had to laugh - he was definitely a good guard snake, no one would be touching anything within that bag as long as he knew that there were stones in there. That was his horde and only the one person was allowed to touch it!
Off to work we go! Sevyrn had needed a little snack before she got going after the long way, but thank the gods for trail mix - seeds and nuts and dried fruits, some of the contents harvested from her own garden. It was a great lightweight and easy snack to carry on her for an energy boost while out and about potentially for hours... Like last time, she was probably going to end up within the cave system until the sun was down, especially with no way to know what time it was outside.
As the wyrm curled up around her bag rather protectively, Sevyrn spared him a sweet smile before grabbing her pick and finding just the right spot to get to work. As her pick came down against the stone wall, dust and dirt chips flew away from it, with the second strike chunks of stone began to fall away and reveal anything that might await beneath.
Those... were not what she was looking for - but they were very pretty. The bright sheen of the crystal torch illuminated the walls, and after several hard hits of her pick to the stone, she was able to make out the slight glimmer of gems poking out of the walls - one a mottled blue and green and the other a much more mesmerizing combination of greeney-blue and pinkish-purple. Alexandrite, if she remembered correctly - she'd never owned one before, but it was one of those gemstones that called to her the most, and Sevyrn was thrilled to add it to her collection despite it not being quite what she was looking for.
Oh, well - she had all the time in the world to find what she was looking for, as much as the impulsivity in her made her wish that she could get it all now. She wanted to see what kind of creatures could be brought back!
First Sevyrn set to work on freeing that alexandrite from the slab of stone wall that it was embedded in to, leaving it on the ground a few feet away from her for Hemi to watch as she got to work on freeing the azurite as well. Now that was something that, while pretty, was unremarkable to her - she already had some back at home, and it was relatively common mineral. It would probably fetch her a handful of credits if she ever went down to the Underground to sell off her extra gems.
After clearing the azurite of stone and dirt, Sevyrn put it in to her bag and then reached down to pick up the alexandrite. Now that was something that she could be proud of! "We done did good, Hemi," Sevyrn said with an exaggerated grin on her face, happy to have laid her eyes on something new.
The more work that she put in here, the better she got at it - that much was obvious. Back in her early days in the mines she had barely been able to find anything, but she had gotten better at picking out spots... or maybe it was just that she was having semi-decent luck. Whatever it was, she seemed to be finding new shinies to bring home more often than not during her last couple trips to the mines. Skill came with practice and time, and she had definitely been putting the effort in to it lately.
"Is there anything else interesting here, Hemi?" Sevyrn asked the wyrm, who was off investigating her backpack once again. He seemed to be utterly ignorant to the fact that Sevyrn was asking something of him. Well... at least he was focused on their finds, and keeping them safe. There were worse things for him to be doing.
Sevyrn paced about the room in search of the next good spot - she really wanted to get her hands on more of those fossils. As much as she couldn't will them to just appear, well... a girl could dream. She was so hyper focused on the idea that she couldn't even really appreciate the gems that she'd just found the way that they deserved, which meant she was doing them disservice. She'd never been so disappointed to find something nice in here before, whether she had seen it before or not. Ambitious goals were getting in the way, it seemed to be.
She mulled for a moment as she glanced between two spots, standing in the center of the room. As she chewed on her lip she debated where to head off, and purely on the basis of being left handed did Sevyrn elect to wander towards the leftmost of the two spots.
Hemi slithered along behind her as she walked, pick slung over her shoulder like one of those rough and tough miners of old. He seemed to be curious as to what was going on - or maybe he had feeling about where she was heading? If he had any better ideas about places to try, Sevyrn would be all ears about it. He just seemed to be so happy stuck in this little cave that Sevyrn had her hopes up that maybe, just maybe, this was the best spot for them to be at.
"Wish me luck little dude," Sevyrn said to the wyrm. As frustrated as she was getting with luck not rolling in the exact way she wanted it to (where were those fossils hiding, anyways?) Hemi wasn't responsible for that... All he knew was that these tunnels were home, and how to sniff out some really nice shinies. Hemi cocked his head at the human in return, and after giving him a smile Sevyrn got back to work.
Oh, look - something else that she'd seen already. Sevyrn actually had a few pieces of turquoise already - including the one that was embedded in stone before her. Maybe she just really was not in the right mindset to be in the mines today... Give it a rest, she told herself, shaking her head at her own disproportionate displeasure with today's happenings. It wasn't even a bad day, she just seemed to be in a bad mood - tomorrow might turn out better, if not simply because she'd given herself a chance to chill out. There was no reason to be working herself up over the kind of stuff that in the past she had always been happy about getting her hands on.
Before she did anything she needed to work that turquoise out of the stone, so she got to that instead of focusing on her own displeasure. Like always Hemi was interested in getting a hold of it.
"You wanna come back tomorrow?" Sevyrn asked as she turned towards the room, cocking an eyebrow at the wyrm. He didn't seem to be of much use, though - he just slithered in circles around Sevyrn and her backpack, excited by the many little gems already hiding within it. That was what didn't make sense the most - she knew that she was doing pretty good in here. Some days were just like that, though - she'd set her goals high and then refuse to consider anything less acceptable. It really was the best idea to just take the rest of the night off and come back tomorrow or the day after when she was in a better mood and as such, in a better place to appreciate the spoils of the hard work that she was putting in to this.
Now... what way had they come from again? Sevyrn grimaced as she looked between several different tunnels.
Eventually she had to relent - she had no idea what way she wanted to go, and she was going to have to hope that Hemi would want to guide her back out of the tunnels rather than deeper in to them when she asked him for his help. She wasn't in luck there, though - it took her a couple minutes of following the wyrm to realize she hadn't seen these tunnels before. Perhaps it was fate telling her that she needed to stick around a little while longer? It was hard not to be a little bit frustrated with things, though - she'd wanted to leave. She'd wanted a break - to go curl up on her couch and be in a bad mood somewhere that it wouldn't prevent her from appreciating her own effort in things.
"You better be on the right track, Hem," Sevyrn remarked as the turned around a sharp bend.
The sharp bend obscured what waited around the corner - the tunnel tightened until it was barely wide enough for Sevyrn to fit through, her shoulders brushing against rough stalctites. Pieces of stone broke away from the mineral deposits and fell to the ground, landing with the soft crashes of stone shattering. Where in the world was that wyrm taking them? Was it going to get any worse than this? If it did then they were going to have to turn back... there was already barely enough room for her to move. It must be nice being a little gem wyrm... Hemi didn't struggle at all slithering down a path more than three times as wide as him. Lucky little bugger.
"Where are we going, buddy?" The girl asked him, though she didn't expect a response from him. There had to be something down this pathway... otherwise Hemi wouldn't have been so interested.
Relief came after about ten minutes - it wasn't much but the tunnel widened by about six inches, giving Sevyrn enough room to stand with straight shoulders rather than having her back bent slightly forward. She wasn't able to avoid the stalactites - it was a good thing she was wearing a hard hat because she hadn't noticed more than one so far - and she still had to step over or around the stalagmites embedded in the stone beneath her feet but at least she had that tiny bit of extra room so that she could be at minimum a little more comfortable than she was otherwise.
"Are we almost there yet?" The wyrm stopped in his tracks and looked back to the human. Just a few steps farther and Sevyrn's torch dimly illuminated the entrance to a room before her. It was small, but hopefully it would be worth the cramped journey here.