The King Under the Mountain chapter 9
The Depths Where They Lie
RLA Santori & Newland Parris
Richard passed through the tunnel, and the hot humid jungle air struck him with its oppressive force, a far cry different from the stale and cool air of the caverns below. He turned, to look back to Xardmon and The Great Mother, but found that passage, the portal, through which he had travelled was gone, vanished into the thin air. He took, just a moment, to circle around where he thought it should be, but found nothing but an empty jungle glade.
It was surely magic, as insensible and ridiculous as it may sound, and Richard, as God fearing of an everyman as you are sure to be, dear reader, could hardly fathom that the reality in which he had lived all his life could also contain such queer wonders. The ve