"So? What is it?" Kerym asked.
Karl read the words. "This crystal is how we go to the second level, but it also gives us the option to leave the dungeon. What should we do?"
"I don't mind going deeper, but what about you guys?"
"I'm fine with going deeper. I need to be strong enough to protect everyone," Heath said, placing a fist on his chest.
"I also don't mind. What about you, Kigai?" Dilya asked.
"Yeah, I want to go deeper."
"Alright, well it's decided. Do we just touch the crystal?" Kerym asked.
"Yup, I'm going first!" Karl chose to go to the second level and a beam of light came upon him. The light slowly disappeared, bringing him with it. He is now at the second level and it is very different from the first. Looking around him, he found himself on an island, but it wasn't a normal island. The island floated in the air, several hundred feet off the ground.
As Karl was looking around, beams of light appeared and the rest of the group appeared.
"Ughh, where are we now?" Dilya asked.
"Well, as far as I can see. We're on a floating island," Karl answered.
"Floating? What do you mean?"
"Just come here." Karl walked over to the edge of the island.
Dilya followed behind Karl and looked over the edge. She quickly moved back, tripping on some rocks and landing on her ass, as she saw how high they were. "How are we so high in the air? And how is this island floating?"
Karl chuckled as he saw Dilya fall on her ass. "I don't know, but this isn't the only island. Look over there." He pointed to an island in the distance. "That's the only way we can go."
Dilya looked to where Karl was pointing and gulped. "I probably shouldn't ask this, but how are we going to get there?"
Kerym and Heath walked over to the two and looked over to the island that Karl was pointing at.
"This is amazing. If we find out the reason why these islands float then we could use it in the city," Kerym said.
"So where do we go from here?" Heath asked.
"Good timing. I was just about to tell Dilya. We have to go to that other floating island over there," Karl answered, pointing at the island.
"So how do we get there?" Kerym asked.
"Simple, see those vines? It's attached to the other island and we can use that to reach the next island."
"WHAT?!" they yelled at Karl.
"Look at that vine. It doesn't look strong at all." Kerym said.
Dilya nodded. "Yeah, and what happens if we fall? It's a long way down and I don't know if any of us could survive that."
"You guys are forgetting about one thing. I can use my shadows to reinforce the vine and even make a crude walkway that we can walk on," Karl said with a proud face.
"Hmm, I don't know. We don't know if your shadows are strong enough to hold us," Dilya argued.
"Jeez, watch, I'll go first." Karl walked over to the vine that connected the island they were on, to the next. He placed his hand on the vine and channeled his shadows into it. The vine changed from its natural green color to black. Shadows appeared on the vine and started making a crude walkway.
Once it was done, Karl took a deep breath and ran across the walkway, being careful not to lose his footing and fall into the abyss below. He was pretty fast, so it didn't take long to arrive at the other island. "SEE! SIMPLE!" he yelled over to them.
"Simple, my ass," Dilya cursed.
"I mean, it did look pretty simple," Heath added.
"Oh shut up."
Kerym chuckled. "I didn't know you were afraid of heights. I can carry you if you'd like."
Dilya rolled her eyes. "I can do it by myself."
"If you say so."
Dilya walked over to the vine and carefully placed her foot on the shadow walkway. Unlike Karl, she didn't run across and took her time. She had a few close calls where she screamed, but Karl was there and saved her with his shadows. Slowly, but surely, she arrived at the other side where Karl was. "That wasn't scary at all."
Karl smirked, knowing she was lying. "ALRIGHT, NEXT ONE!"
"I'll go next," Kerym said, walking over to the vine. He was a little bit scared that he would fall, but he trusted Karl to save him. Moving faster than Dilya, he made it across and to the other side safely.
"You looked like you were so scared," Dilya said to Kerym.
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"I'm not the one who screamed."
Dilya became red from embarrassment and softly punched Kerym.
Seeing Kerym get to the other side, Heath started making his way across the shadow walkway. It wasn't easy as he was wearing armor that was heavy, and restricted his movements. He almost fell a few times, but Karl saved him. It took him a while, but he safely made it across. He took off his helmet and wiped the sweat off of his head and let out a sigh of relief.
Karl removed his shadow walkway and went to the group. "Alright, everyone's here. Good job for making it across safely."
"Yeah, you too. Other than the floating islands, is there anything else at this level we should know about?" Kerym asked Karl.
"Uhhh, well, this island looks like it's the biggest one. It's mostly plains of rock, but there are trees and vegetation here and there."
Kerym nodded, taking in the information. "We should get going before it gets dark, if it even gets dark."
The group started walking, keeping an eye out for anything that would help them. Unknown to the group, something was watching them below the ground. It wasn't technically watching them, but feeling the vibrations of their footsteps. The creature followed under them, excited of its new visitors.
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