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C.D. Round 2 Pt1
“Nashida, why aren’t you helping me?”
Shida squinted her eyes through the sandstorm, shielding her face. Galun was on the ground, huddling, hiding his face, yet she could hear his accusations as clearly as if he were next to her.
“Shida, help me!”
“You were supposed to go back home!” she shouted back, stepping forward slowly. She couldn’t move any faster, though she was desperately trying to. Galun shouldn’t have even gone out in the first place, but he had. She knew he would. So she had gone after him. To help him.
To save him from the desert storm when it appeared.
“You were supposed to save me!” he argued. “You’re the oldest!”
“I’m
trying!” She tried not to cry as it would just get more sand stuck to her face, but she felt them threatening to come anyway. She wanted nothing more than to help her brother, but he was just so far away!
“You’re the one who’s
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Chimera Desert Round1 pt4
They eventually reached some light, and Shida let her fire go out. The end of the tunnel was bright in the desert sun, but she could make out a rope bridge. They reached the edge, and a small cliff jutted out into empty space, towering over a colossal pit of sand. The sides were riddled with other cliffs like the one they were on, small and sharp, connected to innumerable tunnels with similar rope bridges, some in worse tatters than others. Some bridges simply went straight to the mouths of their caves, no cliff to stand on. Waterfalls of sand roiled over the edge of the top of the pit, towering above them, and the bridges all connected another tunnel across the pit. Far below, the bottom swirled and sank towards the center.
The wailing she had been trying to block out stopped. She let out a sigh of relief, and she noticed Vixtor do the same. “... Sorry for being snippy,” she muttered.
“You have not been through wars,” he replied simply.
She wasn’t sure wh
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Chimera Desert Round1 pt3
Shida regretted getting sand in her mouth. She was gasping on the floor of a dark cavern, coughing, spitting, and rolling her tongue all over. She wasn’t going to get it all out without water, and she didn’t have a whole lot. Then she vomited, and the problem took care of itself. It had been a while since she’d legitimately retched, and she had not missed the sensation. Mostly she was annoyed that she had lost what she’d managed to eat earlier. One or two more empty gags, and her stomach calmed. Then she rubbed her skin, rubbed all the sanded— sand. Off.
There was no more sand raining down on her, and after a moment listening, nothing seemed about to change. She had sand everywhere on her. Worse than the wind, worse than the sandstorm that had brought her here. And she was still here, in the desert without so much as a tent. Growling in frustration, she stripped her outer robe off and shook it vigorously.
“Nashida?” came th
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Chimera Desert Round1 pt2
“...your clan?” She caught Vixtor’s last few words. He’d been trying to talk to her for probably 20 minutes now but she’d hardly understood a word as he waxed on too quickly for her to catch, so she’d zoned out. He had continued talking.
“Hm?” she asked, glancing at him, finally recognizing the words and the question intoned. “Sorry.”
“Doyour brothers fight foryeaour clan?” he repeated, “Yourfather? Doyoeoaufieght? How? I heeeahrtheat heyuuooomeansareoftean fieaghtiong, theauoughthaheahy also excheangeandshaare much.”
Shida tried to refrain from grimacing as she shook her head. “My family… fight, words, but not others.” That was what he was asking about, right?
His gait shifted a little in surprise. “You… fight words? How? Oh, yeeoouuaregeuh, Iteakeit… ormagic? Do eyou figeght wih magic? Why don’tyoufeiaght otheerzs?”
“Aaahh... “ Was it a good
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Chimera Desert Round1 pt1
Nashida had finally figured out that the map her brother had procured was magical; it shifted with the sands around her. There was also a singular dot if she looked for it, and through some experimentation she discovered it was her. Or the map, or the mapholder, or whatever. It gave her a place of reference, which was especially useful in this crazy sandtrap.
The unfortunate part was that the map still didn’t show her a way to get out of the desert. Whenever she tried to follow the map out to an edge, not only would things around her shift, her place on the map would shift as well. She didn’t tell Chuki about the map, either. She’d brought up the idea of a map once, and Chuki had immediately dismissed the validity of any map of the area, which made some sense. But Shida also distrusted the harpy regarding anything of importance. Chuki had offered to help get her out, or get somewhere, but five out of six times had simply disappeared halfway through the t
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“Nashida, why aren’t you helping me?”

Shida squinted her eyes through the sandstorm, shielding her face. Galun was on the ground, huddling, hiding his face, yet she could hear his accusations as clearly as if he were next to her.

“Shida, help me!”

“You were supposed to go back home!” she shouted back, stepping forward slowly. She couldn’t move any faster, though she was desperately trying to. Galun shouldn’t have even gone out in the first place, but he had. She knew he would. So she had gone after him. To help him.

To save him from the desert storm when it appeared.

“You were supposed to save me!” he argued. “You’re the oldest!”

“I’m
trying!” She tried not to cry as it would just get more sand stuck to her face, but she felt them threatening to come anyway. She wanted nothing more than to help her brother, but he was just so far away!

“You’re the one who’s been adventuring before!” Galun continued. “Why didn’t you warn me?”

“I tried to
stop you,” she said, pausing as a gust threw sand in her face. She blinked heavily and tried to see again. “And I’m trying to help you, Gaun!”

He looked up at her, and what she could see of his face was devoid of emotion. Her stomach dropped. “No you’re not.”

They were suddenly in a pyramid, the sandstorm was gone.

Shida stared at his emotionless face, aghast. Galun was always expressing some emotion or another, anger or joy, laughing or yelling. But now it was nothing. An empty parchment where even his eyes fading into dark holes.

“You don’t care if I survive,” he intoned.

She was crying now, but even without the sandstorm she found her steps impeded and impossibly slow for some reason. “N-no, I—I’m
trying, Galun, I—”

“You haven’t even been looking for me,” he stated, darkness increasing around him.
“Galun—!”

He continued staring at her, disinterested. Then in a flash, his arm was severed and lying in his lap, a gash bled from his face, bone jutted from his side, and his mouth opened in a garish scream—


Shida jolted awake, gasping. Sweating. Shit.

The sun was down. Around her was cool, sandy, and empty.

No Galun.

She sat up and continued trying to regulate her breathing, taking deeper breaths, holding her arms tightly.

Galun wasn’t there, he was at home. He wasn’t being held anywhere in the desert, he was at home. He wasn’t being dismembered or—

She shook her head. The desert was trying to kill her, just like it tried to kill everyone. It got inside her head and tried to make her wish it would just kill her.

God, why did it just have to focus on Galun? She had more siblings, more family. Why didn’t it ever do anything with anyone else?

She stood and took her sweat-soaked robe off. She couldn’t sleep now anyway, and it wasn’t hot anymore. Good a time as any to continue walking.

She consulted her map once more before heading out towards a shape on the map.

She hoped it wasn’t a pyramid.

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