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The Never Ending Quest - Episode 88314

Astra wasn't sure whether she had been hallucinating, or if all that strange stuff at the Enterprising Inn and subsequently had really happened. Well, there was no use worrying about that now, she decided.

The silence was already beginning to get on her nerves. However she had the strong feeling that Fred - she hoped that she hadn't only hallucinated him - ought to be appearing at any moment to free her.

The worst thing was the boredom, she decided after a while. About fifty yards down the tunnel, a torch attached to the wall gave just enough light to prevent her from being in total darkness. Watching its flickering was the nearest thing to sensory stimulation that she had available.

More silence. She realised that she couldn't tell if it had lasted minutes or hours. Maybe it was days. No, it couldn't be days, she decided, as she didn't feel hungry or thirsty. Unless the dragon had cast a spell on her to prevent her becoming hungry or thirsty?

"Hello!" she called eventually, more to break that oppressive silence than with any expectation of a reply.

  1. As expected, there was no response.
  2. But there was an answering "Hello!" Then she saw a flickering torch flame in the distance, the torch presumably being carried by the person who had answered her hail.
  3. But there was an answering "Hello!" Surprisingly, it was a woman's voice. It went on to say: "Thank goodness! Please come and free me. I'm chained to the tunnel wall." "Just like I am," Astra replied bitterly.

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