“Where is it?”
“Just down here, come on,” He said and ran down the hole.
“Hey wait up” I yelled, but the little man was already gone.
I followed him down the hole until it got so dark that I couldn’t see.
“wait up” I yelled, but there was no answer.
I couldn’t see anything, the light from the hole where I had come down was gone, and there was nowhere I could go but forward.
“where are you?” I asked.
“Down here” The answer came back. I couldn’t see where down here was, but I kept walking down the hole.
It was getting colder the further down the hole I got, but I kept walking knowing the little man was going to lead me to my goal.
“where are you?” I asked once more hoping that he would wait for me.
“Come on,” he said, “I’m down here.”
I didn’t understand why he couldn’t wait for me, I couldn’t see anything and the cold was starting to hurt my fingers.
A few steps further down the hole and I could see a light, not strong but enough so that I could see where I was going.
I knew he was going to be down there.
And the little man would have made good on his promise.
I entered a large room a looked around. There was nothing in it, except for a large chest in the middle being illuminated by a light in the ceiling.
I hoped to see the little man, but he was nowhere to be seen.
“Where are you?” I asked one more time, but again there was no answer. It didn’t matter I had found what I was looking for.
I walked up to the chest and looked down on it. It was smaller than I thought it would be.
“Open it,” the little man’s voice said, but I couldn’t see where he was hiding.
I did as he said and inside I saw it. The thing I had been trying to
find for so long.
It gave off a light that was blinding and the more I looked e stronger it got.
“Pick it up,” The little man’s voice said, and once again I did as he said.
The item burned in my hands as I held it but I couldn’t let go, I had spent so long searching for it. I couldn’t let it go.
My legs buckled as the light grew stronger and the burning caused the skin on my hands to melt.
I lay on the ground as the light began to blind me and the last thing I heard was the little man’s steps, and him saying “thank you” before he took the item from my hands, and I was left alone.
Blind in the bottom of the hole.
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