Saturday, November 26, 2011
Chapter 36: A Wide Variety of Gnomes
He gives her a curious look and shrugs, "Eh, there is an old burial mound out behind the Nectary."
"Look," she says, pointing excitedly at the ground, "There's an entrance here."
"You don't really want to go down there...?"
"Of course I do!"
Sage turns out to be right, when the rubble is cleared, a door is exposed. Without hesitation, she walks in to the formerly sealed tomb.
"Wouldn't you rather be tasting nectar, or browsing through the museum?" Jeremy asks, knowing what he'd rather be doing, "This place is creepy. And dirty. And probably dangerous."
"This is what I've wanted to do since I was kid," Sage says, "We can visit the nectary and museum later."
Jeremy sighs, "Okay. If you don't mind, I'll go back to the market and wait for you. I'd probably just slow you down."
Sage promises she'll only be a few hours exploring the old tomb and she'll meet him at the cafe for dinner.
When she discovers the skeleton behind a hidden door, she's glad Jeremy isn't here to be freaked out by it.
"I'm sorry I missed dinner with you," she says, "Let me make it up to you."
"You got these from the old burial mound?" Andre Lefebvre asks, perusing her old vases and broken pottery shards, "People are always digging up little treasures around there, but no one has actually entered the tomb. Some of these pieces are worthy of display in the museum. I would know, as I am the curator there." After they haggle over prices, Lefebvre finally makes her an offer she's happy with. He looks her over a minute before continuing, "We are having some issues at the museum, strange sounds coming from the basement. From behind the walls in the basement. No one can figure what is making the sounds. Maybe you could find a way behind the walls and investigate?"
Sage agrees to take the job.
"Don't try to steal anything," he warns, "Everything is catalogued in detail, I will know if anything is missing."
"I have to investigate something in the basement," Sage tells him, "Look around for awhile while I'm working. If I'm not back in an hour, don't wait for me here, go to the Nectary of whatever you like, and I'll meet you back at the hostel later."
"This isn't much of a vacation for you," Jeremy protests.
"This is exactly what I want in a vacation. but I don't want to spoil yours, so have a good time while I'm busy," Sage answers with a smile, not understanding that Jeremy's disappointment comes from her absence, not from boredom.
"You're reading 'Totally Preggers'," Kelsey observes.
"Yeah," Sage sighs.
"And, are you? Totally preggers?"
"Yeah," Sage sighs again.
"You don't seem happy about it," her mother says.
"I did want to have children...someday. But this is so sudden. And I was planning to go to China right when we got back from France. Now I'm stuck here."
Kelsey knows how she feels. But while Kelsey had chosen to set aside her dreams of travel to raise her unexpected children, she fears her daughter takes after Chayton more than herself and might not be able to turn away from a life on the road.
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