Nature Abhors a Vacuum
person. The arm was reaching out from the rock pile, as if the person had been trying to
pull themselves out.
â€œThere's probably more of him under the rock,â€ 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.
â€œWhat have you found?â€ Nellise asked, coming over to see what the fuss was about.
She gasped slightly as the young cleric saw what they were looking at, and then leaned in
to inspect the remains with a professional eye.
â€œThis is the forearm of a human male,â€ she stated, pointing at the elbow. â€œWomen
have different elbows, and the other races have a different bone structure and size to
â€œAny idea how long it's been here?â€ Aiden asked.
â€œIt's hard to say from looking at the remains,â€ Nellise mused. â€œBut, I can pray on this
and ask for divine inspiration to provide me with an answer.â€
â€œYou can do that?â€ Aiden asked, surprised.
â€œOf 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.â€ 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.
â€œWhat is it?â€ he whispered.
â€œI thought I heard... no, felt something nearby,â€ Sayana whispered back. Aiden
looked directly at her, suddenly very serious.
â€œKind of like a vibration?â€
â€œI suppose so, yes I'm not sure what to make of it,â€ she shrugged.
â€œBut you definitely felt it,â€ Aiden persisted. â€œYou weren't imagining it, right?â€
â€œCertainly not,â€ Sayana replied archly. â€œI didn't survive for years in the wild, unable
to tell the difference between real and imagined things.â€
â€œRight, sorry,â€ Aiden mumbled in apology, too distracted to pay much attention to
what she was saying. If the vibrations he'd felt earlier weren't his imagination, then what
â€œHey, you can stop working, I found a better way to get through that rock pile,â€
Pacian called out as he jogged back towards the site where Clavis and Colt were just
starting to really get things moving.
â€œDon't waste yer time lad,â€ Clavis replied from his perch near the top of the rock
pile. â€œThe only way through to the tunnels beyond is behind these rocks.â€
â€œOr the bloody big tunnel I found over on the northwest wall,â€ Pacian replied
smugly. â€œBut you can keep digging if you really want, I'm okay with that. I'll just sit
down over here and -â€ Colt interrupted his speech by letting a heavy rock drop to the
ground with a loud 'thud', and then dusted off his gloved hands.
â€œSometimes you don't know when to shut up, Pace,â€ he growled, leaning over to
pick up his armour again. â€œClavis, are you sure there wasn't another way through that you