I really liked this piece! Having 0 universe context really did help, since I felt like I was able to come to my own conclusions about Gerlinde and Rochelle. The opening was really quite atmospheric and gave me a good sense as to what was going on. I could really vividly picture that steady plunge into the cave!
The emotions when Gerlinde was having her breakdown too were just so raw and powerful, the descriptions used too were super effective at getting her distress across! Overall I found this really interesting to read through! You obviously put a lot of thought and time into this!