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Chapter One recap, part 2

Posted in: Chapter One recap by Ariel on December 21, 2007

It was late when we got to Keegan’s locksmith shop. We didn’t think we had time to wait. The kidnappers had a full day’s lead. Getting inside his shop was relatively easy. Finding answers was not.

Keegan planted himself behind his counter, in front of a curtain. He was brusque. He was not about to tell us anything. We needed to get behind that curtain. We needed a diversion.

In the guise of warming her hands at the fire, Myntilly thoughtfully set her own cloak on fire. Suddenly we all panicked. Myntilly artfully fanned the small flame as she appeared to be trying to squelch it, all the while muttering “Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!” like a silly old woman. Sadi shouted for water and Keegan ran behind the curtain, Cinder at his heels. Ilea tried to contain her mirth.

Sadi realized that Keegan might be back too soon. She flung aside the curtain and found the stairs up to Keegan’s living quarters. Behind the curtain were several locked chests. Cinder worked quickly to unlock them. To give her more time, Sadi tripped Keegan and made him spill the water bucket. Cursing her clumsiness, he refilled it. Sadi attempted to push him down the stairs. Although it failed, the noise was tremendous and it gave Cinder the chance to hide among the chests.

By the time Keegan arrived in his waiting room, with half a bucket of water, we’d put out the fire. We hadn’t fooled him, not entirely, and I think he took pity on us. He said, with eyes raised to the ceiling, “Let’s go get a drink. We can’t talk here.”

I’m sure we all felt a moment of triumph — he’d forgotten about Cinder! And she would get a chance to snoop!

Keegan confided in us that he was being forced to make skeleton keys to all of his locks. Some bad people had stolen his familiar, a rat named Starbrow. They would hurt or kill Starbrow if Keegan disobeyed.
Later he confided further: his house was always guarded, alway occupied by invisible creatures. We knocked over benches in our haste to leave the pub.

Cinder had very good luck in her search. She found a map and a spellbook. She was just resetting the disarmed trap on Keegan’s bedside table when she heard Myntilly’s voice in her ear: “You are not alone.”

We arrived in time to help Cinder fight off two invisible creatures. She was hurt badly and we are lucky she didn’t die. Keegan showed us the secret entrance to the Gnomish city of Jzadirune. It was conveniently located under his stairs.
Thus ends part 2.

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