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Nature Abhors a Vacuum

“O nly if'n they feel like it,” the dwarf replied. “But no, I was thinking our big ranger
friend might like some heavy work to distract him from his woman troubles, fer starters.”
“Fine by me,” Colt shrugged, stripping down his equipment and the top half of his
armour, and placing it all into a pile nearby. “Don't go stealing that or I'll knock your
teeth out.”
“Sure, like I'm going to steal a bloody greatsword,” Pacian retorted. “Where would I
even stash it?”
“I'm sure you can find some place big enough to stow it. Your mouth springs to
mind...” Colt grunted, sounding like his old self again, if only for a moment.
“Okay, patrolling now,” Pacian stated flatly, then walked off to look around the local
area. Clavis was already carefully negotiating his way to the top of the rock pile, so
Aiden took off his leather breastplate and shirt so he could help out as well. Nellise took
out a few torches from her pack, lit them up, and tossed them around the site to provide
them with more illumination.
“What's that over there, sticking out of the rock?” Sayana said, appearing beside
Aiden suddenly. He turned and peered in the direction she was pointing, and saw
something other than rock at the bottom of the pile, close to the edge of the light. It was
yellowish-white, and seemed to be sticking out from the stone at an awkward angle.
Curious, the two of them moved in for a closer look
“Is that what I think it is?” Aiden asked, suddenly finding the object taking on a
disturbing shape.
“It looks like bone to me,” Sayana answered clinically. She knelt down and moved
away some of the rock and dirt with her free hand, to reveal the forearm of a deceased
person. The arm was reaching out from the rock pile, as if the person had been trying to
pull themselves out.
“There's probably more of him under the rock,” Aiden commented dourly, not
exactly enthusiastic about trying to find out. He couldn't tell if it was male or female, and
wasn't sure it was important. The bones were clean, without any trace of flesh on them.
“What have you found?” Nellise asked, coming over to see what the fuss was about.
She gasped slightly as the yo ung cleric saw what they were looking at, and then leaned in
to inspect the remains with a professional eye.
“This is the forearm of a human male,” she stated, pointing at the elbow. “Women
have different elbows, and the other races have a different bone s tructure and size to
“Any idea how long it's been here?” Aiden asked.
“It's hard to say from looking at the remains,” Nellise mused. “But, I can pray on this
and ask for divine inspiration to provide me with an answer.”
“You can do that?” Aiden asked, surprised.
“O f course. With a little help from above, I will find the answers I seek. I'm not just a
pretty face, you know. Now, please move aside, I need to be close to the remains.” Aiden
obliged her, stepping back to give her some space. Sayana did likewise, though with a
frown on her fair features. She tilted her head and looked around, puzzled for a moment,
as if she wasn't sure if she'd heard something or not. Given their situation, Aiden felt it
appropriate to inquire further.
“What is it?” he whispered.