Vestige of Credence: Chapter 2
Part 11: What’s in the Tunnel?
After a debate and time spent brainstorming what tools they might have to help them elude their situation, they decided to just investigate the walls in hopes of finding an area they could climb. It was then that Kadden remembered the giant holes and unusual cracks he previously noticed in the walls. His gut suggested they were worth further investigation, so he walked next to the wall, heading in their direction. Ellara, unaware of the giant rock holes, followed him, hoping to find a slope to the top. Finally they were located just beneath a hole. Ellara now had taken notice of it and was curious, as well, as to what it might be. They knew the possibility of climbing out of the depths was slim, so Kadden waited while Ellara swam upward to inspect the unknown crevice.
She was astonished to see it was more than just a hole; they had discovered a tunnel. The other end of the tunnel was nowhere in sight and neither of them could imagine what might have made it. Obviously it had not been formed by the land quakes like the trenches had. There was something else creating the long tunnels. It was tall enough to fit four people standing on each other’s shoulders, and so wide it could squeeze twenty people side to side. They were able to spot the other side of the tunnel far across the trench in the parallel rock wall; clearly, they had been connected before the ground quake.
They proceeded slowly and with great caution.
“Could the tunnel be some new planet phenomenon similar to the land quakes? It just seems like it was plowed and intentionally made,” Ellara thought out loud.
It in no way resembled a cave because the stone seemed carved out. The unknown scared them both as they pressed on. It wasn’t long before Ellara noticed something odd on one of the walls. It looked at first like scratch marks, but with a closer examination she determined it might be letters of some sort. It appeared someone had written on the walls. Evidence was stacking up that the tunnel was no natural occurrence, but that left the duo no clue as to what might have made it.
“Maybe the Rainda made this tunnel?” Ellara asked hopefully, despite knowing that was a slim possibility.
“Ellara, they have only been in the trench a couple years. Can you really imagine they would have had time or ability to make a tunnel like this that quickly?” Kadden questioned.
Ellara dropped her head. “Well, no,” she replied.
“And we both know these markings are not Basalt. There is something else down here,” he added.
The suspense built as they continued creeping through the foreign area. They were moving farther through the tunnel when suddenly something struck them swiftly, knocking them unconscious.
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