Welcome back to the second week of the Chance Encounters adventure! Readers have decided believe of the strange man you’ve run into.
If you missed last week, just know you were out hiking and witnessed two men arguing. This argument included a glowing object. Out of curiosity, you followed one of the men and saw him open a tunnel into the ground using the glowing object. When you followed him down, he caught you and explained he’s assisting the wolves in an attack against the Queen because the wolves have his son.
Now, let’s see what happens!
Chance Encounters Option Aa: Believe Him
The man could be lying but something about him makes you want to believe him.
“What if I help you get your son back?” you ask.
The man stares at you, shocked. “You’d do that?”
“Wouldn’t feel right to walk away,” you admit.
He considers this and then nods.
“Name’s Liam.” He introduces himself and then he holds out the glowing object. “This stone will open a portal by the lake in the meadow. I’m supposed to place it by the alter where the queen prays so the wolves can surprise attack her. They’ll have my son, Ryan, there, but I can’t go because they’re watching me. If I go anywhere near that spot, I’ll never see him again. But maybe you can get to that spot before I place the stone.”
You nod as he explains but then shake your head. “How will you know your son’s safe? I can’t just save him and then you place the stone anyway. That kind of defeats the purpose.”
For a moment he’d looked hopeful but at your question he deflates. “What if I place the portal somewhere else. I could open it on the trail before the lake and then you could bring my son through without the wolves getting at the queen.”
“That’s assuming I can get him from the wolves. Again, how can I communicate with you?” You pull out your cell phone to highlight your point. Liam doesn’t seem to be the most acute in the planning department.
Liam frowns at the phone. “We don’t use human technology. Oh, but I do have this.” He pulls out a dagger from a sheath in his boot.
“How’s that helpful?”
“It’s the mate to this one,” he pulls up his other pant leg to show an identical dagger. “If I task the one I give you to stab a pine tree, mine will glow when the task is done. So as soon as you have Ryan, stab the closest tree and I’ll know to open a different portal.”
“That could work,” you admit.
Liam holds the dagger close to his mouth and whispers to it. When he hands it to you, it shimmers along the handle. You have your misgivings about this whole idea but you turn to head back up to the lake without voicing them.
Behind you Liam mutters something.
“What?” you ask.
“It might be dark up top,” he shrugs. “Time moves differently down here than up there. Oh, maybe take this.” He pulls from his pocket several round objects like marbles.
“What are these?”
“We fairies like parties,” Liam says. “These are noise makers from a party I went to last night. They took my son while I was out.” He pauses, clearly disturbed, then,”if you throw them into the lake, they’ll make a lot of noise and possibly some light because they react with water.”
You hesitate, wanting to ask him about being a fairy because he doesn’t look anything like your what you would imagine, but then the distress on his face stops you. Now isn’t the time. You nod your thanks and head up the stairs.
Sure enough, up top it’s dark out now. The moon glimmers through the trees with silvery light. You head back down the trail and it
doesn’t take long to get to the lake.
You stop just inside the trees to get your bearings. As you watch, you spot a group of men standing on the far side of the water with a smaller figure, probably the boy, huddling next to the water line.
One of the men stands beside him, clearly watching the child.
Liam’s plan sounded great in theory but now that you’re faced with getting the child, you’re not sure how to do it. Poor Ryan’s right next to the group, which means you’re pitted against five men. Not good odds.
Plus, they’re waiting for Liam to open the portal, so it’s not like you have a lot of time.
You could create a distraction and try to draw them away. It’d have to be a rather large distraction though to catch all five of the men’s attention. Plus then you’d have to figure out a way to get Ryan to Liam’s other portal without tipping the men off.
Or maybe you could walk in and act like a lost hiker who stumbled upon their group. That might get you close enough to grab the boy and run.
So do you…
Aa1 Attempt a Distraction?
Aa2. Walk In?
(Please post a comment with your choice. One vote per post please but comment as much as you like=) Voting will end at 6pm Pacific Time Wednesday. I’ll post whichever option gets the most votes Thursday and we’ll see how the adventure finishes!)