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(M) The Sliding Tavern

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Offline Aisling

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The small ones seemed to have walked from the Tavern right into the ghostly arms of the undead.   Did they enter the mounds under their own control?  They surely weren't that hapless, although they were captured by a tree, Aisling reminded herself.

The moving cot seemed to be aiding the small folk.  This really was a whole new bizarre world, or worlds, or whatever it was she was living in.

She approved of the very useful cot.  Perhaps it should go along with the small folk to keep them out of trouble for at least longer than a few moments?


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Tikk huffed as the cot covered the hobbit and moved out of the way.  Sitting to one side he begins grooming himself.


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Leonie drifted Merry out of the cave next.  The cavern was unnaturally cold and her teeth started to chatter.  She hoped her fingers would stay flexible enough to cast the spell for Pippin.


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Peter was ready to guide Merry out and bring him over to where the bot and Red were caring for the others. "Here's Number Three," he said, laying Merry down. "One more to go."


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As the hobbits are magically removed from the barrow, Red warms the ground and rubs their extremities. Slowly they wake up, starting with Frodo.

"Wha?" he starts, finding himself cocooned in Mylar.

Alert: Status Code: RiMo: ID: 1: Conscious: True
Alert: Status Code: TwNi: ID: 1: Normal Range Body Temperature: 36.3


Frodo starts struggling and RxNXS releases the straps and rolls up the Mylar. The hobbit quickly gets up and looks around, confused.

"What, what happened?" He goes to Sam.

"So c..c... cold," mutters his gardener.


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Peter paused by Frodo and Sam, on his way to help Leonie with Pippin. "That's what we want to know," he said. "You just left us an hour or so ago, and already in trouble."


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Leonie got Pippin lifted off the ground and started him floating down the passageway, but the cold was creeping over her so fast, she lost control of her hands.  They were too stiff to be forced into the proper positions.  Pippin dropped to the ground halfway down the tunnel (fortunately too small a fall to hurt him).  "Guys?" Leonie called in a weak, teeth-chattering voice.  "I think I'm gonna..."

She hit the floor in mid-sentence.


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Peter's hearing was sharp, but a weak voice ten feet down a rocky tunnel was beyond him. Not Reggie, though.

**Pete! Pete!** he barked. **Leonie needs help!!** He ran to the mouth of the tunnel, continuing to bark.

Peter felt an icy shiver run through him. Turning to the demoness, he cried, "Red! Leonie and Pippin are in trouble. Can you warm the tunnel up? Send the bot down?"


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Red turns to Peter. "Hell yes, but I'm more of a blow torch when it comes to distance." The demoness peers down the tunnel and spies the last hobbit halfway up.

"And I have no idea how to control that thing."

She looks back at Peter. "If you can shimmy down and grab the hobbit, I can pull you out by your ankles."


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"Leonie?"  Queried Tikky.  Then a moment later "LEONIE!!!!!!"  Tikky screeched as he squirmed his way past everyone at the mouth of the hole and slid, bumped and squeezed his way down to Leonie's side.  "Oh no you don't, wake up!  Wake up, time to feed the cat!"  Tikky chattered in Leonie's ear as he snuggled up around her neck area.  He briefly debated nibbling her ear but decided to give the others some time before trying that.  "HURRY UP YOU SLACKERS!  WE NEED SOME HELP DOWN HERE!"  Tikky screeched up the ramp.


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Aisling heard the commotion at one of the mounds.  The animals were sensing some problem.

She didn't think she could do much, especially in such a confined space, but she moved closer anyway.  She still kept an eye out for other threats, but their surroundings seemed quiet enough.


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Peter looked at the mouth of the tunnel, making swift calculations. It would be a tight fit, if he could get his shoulders in at all, but he had to try. As he was pulling off his tunic, Sir Tikk went squalling down the tunnel, headed for Leonie.

"Don't get in my way, Tikk," he called, getting on his hands and knees. "We'll both get stuck." His bare skin had broken out in goose bumps as he lowered himself to his lean belly, pulling his arms in front of him, like a diver ready to cleave the water, and started to drag himself forward into the tunnel. Then, as he feared, his shoulders hung up against the sides of the opening.

It was dark as pitch without the light, and Peter began to breathe heavier, fighting a bout of claustrophobia. He kicked the ground outside, pushing hard, and digging into the tunnel floor with his fingers to drag himself forward. At first he was afraid he couldn't get through, then, with a searing shock of ripping pain that made him cry out in agony, his shoulders slid reluctantly inside.

Peter shut everything out of his mind but moving forward, ignoring the cold, the darkness, his shoulders scrapping the sides of the tunnel, until his fingers touch chilled flesh. Wrapping his hands around the hobbit's ankles, he shouted, "I've got him!! Pull me out!!"

Reggie began barking and bouncing around Red in nervous excitement.
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Well, pulling a human out of a hole might be possible.  Aisling was fairly sure she was at least as strong as a human, if not a bit stronger.

She sent her weapons back to Shadow and approached the hole the human was shouting from, amidst the sounds of barking and cat-yowling.

The human was not that far in, since the mounds weren't made to be spacious (not like the huge megalithic-stone barrows of the fae, anyway).

She grabbed an ankle and started pulling, but he was heavier than expected--pretty much dead weight.

Perhaps the Demoness would grab the other ankle...???

Eh... he was coming out slowly.   

Hopefully those undead riders or more of those other spirits weren't going to attack while she was so occupied.


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Leonie was curled tight with her hands stuck in her armpits under the leather jacket.  She didn't respond to snuggling.


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Red grabbed a hold of Peter's other ankle. She pulled, not with all her strength, for that would just pop a leg off, and instead pulled slowly and carefully to get both the man and the hobbit out.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2020, 06:58:58 PM by brucedabold »