Renathan had been feeling a bit off of his game, lately. He hadn't felt quite as quick on his feet, or perhaps even as perceptive as he used to be. He was nervous most of the time, and he was having a hard time keeping his mind off of the negative things that happened. When it got too bad, Renathan's creatures would try to distract him, but it wasn't always a possibility, and sometimes it just annoyed the creatures and they would stay away from him. Of course, some of his more closely bonded creatures had grown incredibly protective of him lately. He wondered if something was wrong with him, but he wasn't one hundred percent sure. He wasn't feeling physically ill, or anything, but he felt distracted a lot. Renathan pondered this to try to get his mind off of the same sensation from earlier, as he continued to follow Sarabi up the uneven mining shaft.
Finally, Renathan began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. He shook his head slightly, and began to call out to Sarabi to hopefully make her stop; however, it didn't seem like they were going up to the light, because Sarabi soon hugged the wall to the left, and took a left just before the opening. Renathan sighed, and dragged the mining cart along with him, following her to another part of the mines in a shaft he had no idea was here. Renathan stayed silent, wondering vaguely if they would ever get somewhere that would be a good place to begin mining. He'd been doing this for a long time, and he was beginning to get tired of dragging the mining cart and following a gargoyle he wasn't entirely used to being around. Perhaps they should turn around, and instead go back home? Renathan decided he at least wanted to get some digging done today, instead.
Renathan kept going on behind Sarabi, continuing on to wherever the creature had deigned that they would actually check. However, Sarabi was looking less haughty now, and more... Curious. Yes, she kept her head down slightly and seemed to almost sniff the ground here and there, that and random rocks at the same intervals. The mammalian felt himself getting a bit excited; that meant he would be able to dig soon, right? That is good! That certainly put a pep in his step that was not there before, so he moved forward, walking faster than he had previously. The gargoyle stopped briefly, testing a rock with a claw before moving on, still going just as slow as she was. Renathan nearly bumped into her at this point, and had to push back on the mining cart to keep it from shoving him into the gargoyle. That certainly wouldn't be good; at this early stage in the master-creature bond.
Renathan still had no idea where they were going, but he felt a bit like he had missed something, back there, when he had felt that strange thrumming... Huh. Well, that is quite sad. He could go back, of course, and then would he be able to find Sarabi again? This was a bit troublesome, though he guessed he was lucky to not have been hurt by the creature in the first place; since their bond wasn't really all that strong. He probably should have taken her out to the park first off, in order to get the creature more used to him before doing all of this. Renathan was quiet for a moment, and then decided to keep on following her. Perhaps she knew what she was doing? Either way, they were walking up an upwards angle yet again, and Renathan was beginning to smell the scents of the outside again.
He was sure that sooner or later, the pair was going to be able to manage to find something down here, and Renathan hoped that after a long time, he would manage to find what he was looking for down here as well. The mines were eerily quite for the duration of their continued walk, and Renathan had no idea what to think about it. Usually, he heard strange haunting noises, or perhaps even some small amounts of water dripping. He hoped that nothing too dangerous was around because he was still quite danger-shy from last time. Plus, Jack had recently been hurt too, and he didn't think he'd ever get over that either, even though she came out quite fine, all things considered! Renathan watched as Sarabi seemed to check a rock out with her beak-like nose, as if curious about what was in it? Renathan wondered if perhaps he should check the rock for gems or something? It was kind of big.
Renathan stepped over to the large rock, leaving his mining cart for just a moment. This wound up being a pretty bad idea; because it immediately began rolling back down the incline. Renathan turned back around, not quite expecting the mining cart to be gone, and then suddenly he realized it was gone. He made a short surprised noise, and Sarabi turned around too, with a noise that sounded surprisingly like a 'huff'. Renathan didn't have time to glance over at Sarabi, especially since he knew that she wouldn't know any of his commands for 'follow me' or 'come here', so he left her there, hoping that she would be in the same spot when he got back. Little did Renathan know, the cart was now rolling back down the slope at a rather speedy rate; it makes a quick hop over a little bump, reducing the speed a bit momentarily, but it sped back up again.
Renathan wasn't really thinking about much else as he ran down the slope after the runaway cart. He finally caught sight of it, and was momentarily relieved when he got close to it. It seemed to have came to a natural and slowed stop after rolling onto some gravel, thankfully before hitting a wall. Renathan was absolutely relieved and had no idea what he would have done had it busted. Why had he been so careless? Renathan walked up and grabbed the cart's handle, pulling it along with him over the gravel with difficulty and began walking back the direction he had come from. Well, know he had it in for him. He was just sure that once he got back to where he was, that Sarabi would probably be gone and very hard to find. He continued down the correct mine shaft, that slightly angled up so that he could go and hopefully find Sarabi.
Renathan did finally get back to where he was, after what felt like forever. He certainly wasn't walking back as fast as he'd ran after the cart, mostly because he was exhausted and winded after that breakneck run. Renathan was really needing to get more exercise in, that was for sure. He had so much going on all the time that he didn't have much time to get going and actually do anything for his own fitness. He sure did a lot of training his creatures though... Perhaps he needed just a little break of that. He hated being winded after what was basically a quick sprint. Whenever Renathan got back to where he was, he was relieved to find that Sarabi had not moved from that spot, and had instead continued pestering the rock she had indicated earlier. Now that definitely meant something! Renathan needed to find a way to turn the cart that would keep it in one spot while he checked that rock...
Renathan knew he was extremely lucky that Sarabi was still here; she didn't really give too much care about him as of right now, and if it had behooved her he was sure that she would have just left and wandered off; and then she would probably have been impossible to find. However, he couldn't really do any mining without his tools, and all of his tools had been in the mining cart! He didn't really want to deal with that kind of trouble, that would be just too much- the thought of a crashed mining cart entered his mind, with broken tool scattered everywhere... Yeah, that would have sucked. He would not have wanted to deal with that at all. Renathan turned the cart sideways, so that it could not roll down the incline, and then he dropped the handle. Now he could check out that rock, right? That had been what he was trying to do, after all.
Just as soon as Renathan leaned down to check out the rock that Sarabi had been pestering for so long, Sarabi made some kind of threatening noise at him; perhaps a growl almost? That was definitely not a doglike growl, that was for sure. Renathan jerked his hand back, looking a bit concerned for a second, and then shook his head, frowning. "No, Sarabi, we're not going to have this. We are gem finding partners, you hear?" He shook a finger at her, using a stern voice to convey the message with a practiced tone. He always used this tone for his creatures. "You have to let me see what you are looking at." He said, and then he expertly pushed his authority, walking forward. Sarabi naturally stepped back, looking a bit aggravated and protective of the rock but otherwise she was complying with his commanding tone. Renathan reached over and into the mining cart for his tools.
Renathan was able to make quick work of the rock once he actually managed to get his tools and get Sarabi to move back enough to let him try at it. The rock was huge, but Renathan was a practiced miner at this point, he'd worked and worked on getting gems and metals for his smithing trade, after all! Even now that the workshop had been out for some time, Renathan knew that he would really enjoy having all of this extra material whenever he was able to start back up! He was quite excited about the prospect of the workshop starting back up! Renathan finally got done with the rock, his arms shaking a little from the sheer might of it, and the rock lay in rubble around him. Already, Sarabi was nosing past the chips and rubble, and back toward the wall. Renathan shook his head, and picked up a couple of rocks, checking them over for any indications of a vein.
The two rocks that the mammalian was holding in his hands were a bust, neither one of them held any type of vein at all, and that was trouble. The stones were a plain grey limestone, and that also wasn't good. Limestone was not exactly the most safe thing to be around, especially not since they were in a more watery part of the mines to begin with. Unless they had taken an odd turn somewhere? He really did not know. Sarabi was still over there nosing the wall, or so it seemed, and Renathan didn't have time to wonder what she was doing exactly. Instead, Renathan took the two rock in his hands and put them somewhere out of his line of sight so that he didn't pick them up again. Then, he grabbed two more rocks and began checking them over just the same. More grey limestone, huh? He continued doing this for a while.
The gargoyle was being a little bit of a butt, staying the way, but Renathan tried not to pay too much attention to her. He picked up grey limestone rock after grey limestone rock, noting that every single one of them held no veins or even a hint of different. Ugh, why had Sarabi been so interested in the rock then? That was a mess! Renathan kicked the rocks away from him, and checked through the rest quickly, noting that none were of any interest at all. Renathan was disappointed, especially since it took so much work. Just what would he do if they didn't find much of anything today? Renathan turned toward Sarabi, who was still nosing the wall. Just why was she doing that, anyway? It was the area that had been hidden by the rock he had just pulverized... Maybe whatever it was is actually where she was nosing? Renathan stands up, and goes over to check.