Welcome back. The adventure to the Alosian Oasis has you being tested in the test of ice in hopes that the Alosians will trade with you.
If you missed the beginning of this adventure and would like to read it, you can find the first three parts under recent posts.
Otherwise, read on and vote at the end for how you’d like to proceed. Hope you enjoy=)
Alosian Oasis Option Aa1: Accept the Boy’s Help
You haven’t come up with any plausible ideas and Malya didn’t give you rules forbidding such help, so you accept the boy’s offer. He grins and ducks under the bed when there’s a knock at the door.
You open the door to find Malya with a cube, one foot square, chunk of ice.
“I trust this into your keeping for one day. I’ll return for it at night fall.”
You accept the cube, which is slippery already from the heat. After closing the door the boy reappears from under the bed.
“You need a container. I’ll be right back.” He bolts out of the hut, leaving you holding the slick ice. The heat from you hands is making it melt even faster.
A whole day?
Hopefully the boy knows what he’s doing.
It appears he does, because he returns with a square container made of wood.
“Put it in here,” he opens the lid and you set the ice inside. The container’s cold to the touch, pre-chilled for just this purpose.
“All right,” the boy says, “let’s get the cube to the cooler.”
“There’s a cooler?” if you weren’t holding the icebox, you’d slap your forehead. Of course they have a cooler. How else would they keep ice?
The boy beckons you to the door. He peeks out and then waves you forward. Leading the way behind the hut, he points to the south side of the oasis.
“See the peak above the trees?” he asks.
You nod. There’s an adobe cone sticking out over the tree tops.
“That’s the cooler. We’ll sneak around the side and enter when they open it for the noon meal. Should take that long to get to a good spot anyway.”
He’s right. You leave the oasis far to the west of the cooler and circle back to the wall that covers the far south or back side of the dome. Then, lying on your stomach, you crawl along the wall, thankful that the cooler shades the wall in the morning. The sand closest to the structure is even cool to the touch still.
As you reach the adobe dome, you hear voices and the boy holds up a hand. He crawls forward, peeks, and then urgently waves you forward to enter the cooler. Inside, the temperature immediately plummets as you traverse the floor that takes you into a dug out pit with all sorts of supplies.
“Set it there,” the boy points to several other square boxes. After depositing the cube, you and the boy sneak back outside to wait. He shows you to a shaded area and sits down, pulling some figs out of his pocket to munch on while you wait for sunset.
“Grandma Malya’s gonna ask,” he says, “if you had help.”
“Malya’s your grandma?”
“Yep, name’s Mel, the male version of Malya around here.”
You introduce yourself and sit in silence for a bit.
“Grandma always knows what questions to ask. You gonna tell her?”
Do you say…
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