Fred carefully approached the Salamander named Quirah. "L-let us not
fight. I am sure there is a way we can settle this without me ending
"I was only testing you," Quirah the Salamander said, in a slow, rolling voice. "I have a task for you."
"And if I refuse?" Fred said.
"Then you will die," Quirah said calmly and retrieved a piece of parchment from a pocket in his beautiful, white coat.
"This is a map of the site," he said as he handed it to Fred. "We have had some disturbing pressure problems lately, due to some rocks that fell into the crater last week. The volcano could blow up any minute now. We need you to go to the top and remove those rocks."
"And what do I get when the job is done?" Fred asked.
"You will get a chance to walk out of here alive. We might throw in a bag of gold while we're at it," Quirah said. "Now what will it be?"
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