Welcome to Friday. I hope everyone’s had a wonderful week.
Reader’s choices have lead us to trying to keep a block of ice in the middle of the desert for a day. Let’s see what happens.
(If you missed the beginning of the week and would like to read it, you can find Monday and Wednesday’s posts under recent posts. Also, as a reminder, this is a longer adventure, so it’ll carry us into next week.)
Alosian Oasis Option Aa: Ice
Keeping ice in the blistering sun or cooling a pavilion in the same overwhelming heat? Either option seems impossible but at least with a piece of ice you can move around if needed.
You say “ice.”
Malya grins at you. “Brave barterer. Your village must have a great deal of faith in you.”
You shrug, not sure if they trust you or just trust that you can work if you fail the test.
“Wait in your hut, I shall bring you the ice shortly and you must keep it until dark.”
You swallow but nod and return to your hut.
Sitting on the bed and munching on almonds, you wrack your brain to come up with a plan. You consider digging a deep pit in the sand and burying the ice, then shading the area for the day but then you nix the idea.
There’s no way you could dig a pit fast enough to have any ice left by the time you’re done.
You inventory the hut but after searching all the corners and under the bed, you’re left with the same table of food you had before and nothing new.
You’re about to resign yourself to working for a year and a day when the door creaks open a sliver. A small head peeks in and you meet eyes with a little boy maybe six years old.
He flashes you a grin, peeks over his shoulder and then slips into the hut and closes the door. He walks softly across the hut and sits on the bed beside you.
“You’re the barterer?” he whispers.
“They’re bringing your ice,” he says, “a whole cube!” The look in his eyes clearly displays his awe.
You groan. “I’m going to ruin a whole cube of ice.”
The boy giggles and then covers his mouth.
“Maybe not,” he leans toward you, “what if I could show you a place to keep it?”
“A place to keep it?”
“We’d have to sneak into the building but I’m done it before.” He looks at you with eager eyes.
Malya has not given you any rules about employing help in your test but the implications were for you to accomplish it alone.
Aa1: Accept his help?
Blessings and have a wonderful weekend,
(Please post a comment with your choice. One vote per post please but comment as much as you like=) This makes counting votes easier. Voting will end at 8pm Mountain Time Sunday. I’ll post whichever option gets the most votes Monday and we’ll see how the adventure continues!)