Anthony didn’t understand. He’d finally gotten all the decayed gunk off his body. I can’t believe I’m so warm, and I’m only in, oh. Anthony bent over and wrapped his arms around his stomach.
“I was wondering when you’d notice,” Elida said. “It has been a while since I’ve seen a man in boxers. Nice pattern.”
Anthony’s face warmed.
“You don’t by chance?” Anthony asked.
Elida shook her head and then walked away. Anthony stumbled behind her, trying to walk tall. The warmth of the ground on his feet almost made him forget he didn’t wear socks. Each step echoed with a strange metallic clang. Elida walked ahead without turning around.
“So, do you know where we are?”
Elida’s head shook, but after her body froze. The metallic clangs ceased. I didn’t think that would be a terrible question. Elida’s right arm tremored, and she smacked herself on her forehead. When she turned around, Anthony noticed her eyes for the first time. Green with flecks of gold. How can I see that she’s too far away? The voice that came next sounded perkier than she’d sounded before.
“I don’t know. It’s a strange place, isn’t it?” Elida asked. “How did you come to this place?”
In the last sentence, Elida’s chin dropped, and her head twitched.
Uneasy, Anthony explained the web article and what happened after he clicked the link. With green glazed eyes, Elida nodded every two seconds and shook her head on every third. Does she give a fuck or not? The green haze reflected against the stone walls. A frown creased Elida’s forehead at the end of the story and her brown eyes returned to normal.
“That’s crazy. I was doing some research for caves for my photography course, and a link popped up. When I clicked the link it brought me here, but I didn’t need to climb through snow to get here. That had to suck.”
Anthony stumbled. No shit, it sucked. Elida turned and kept walking as if commanded. Her voice never faltered. Anthony speed walked to catch up with Elida.
“So, you don’t think it’s weird that we both clicked a link to get beamed here?” Anthony asked.
“Beamed? What do you mean?”
Elida’s gaze turned back to the hazy green and her brow furrowed.
“Never mind, but didn’t you teleport here?”
The green haze faded a little, and Elida opened her mouth but only clicked her throat.
“Yes, it’s strange. There’s no logical explanation for our arrival here. Let’s keep walking. I haven’t explored this part of the tunnels yet.”
Anthony’s face fell. Elida claimed she walked for hours before Anthony turned up in the same location as her. The stones looked cut by melting ice, but Anthony didn’t hear any drips. Why aren’t there any echoes? The green light brightened at the intersection ahead.
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