Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 7

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Dakota held up his hands. "No! It's booby trapped!" but it was too late for the first two guards, whose heads left their bodies by way of a giant machete.

Ruby looked at Dakota. "Well that was ironic," she said.

Dakota rolled his eyes, then turned his attention back to Moses and the remaining machete carrying goons. "We got lucky this time. The next trap could send this own place down."

Moses placed his hand on his cheek. "Well you got over there easy enough. I'm sure my men can do the same." He looked at the remaining guards and shooed them forward . "Go ahead, seize them, but be careful this time."

Before the men could advance a swirl of leaves and twigs blocked their path. Just outside the chamber opening an eerie whistle filled the air. An ugly little man with a long grey beard and big red hat appeared in front of  Moses.

"You seek the treasure of the Peridot Princess?" the little man asked Moses in a baritone that didn't match his stature.

"It's the Tata Duende," Ruby whispered. "He's the one with the riddle. We've got to answer the riddle first or he'll give it to Moses. Whatever you do don't show him your thumbs."

"What?" Dakota shook his head, still eyeing Moses and the little man.

"Trust me," Ruby hissed in his ear.

"We are," Dakota called out before Moses could answer. It was obvious Moses didn't know what to think of the little man so Dakota continued. "My friend and I are here for the Peridot Princess, and he is not my friend."

Tata Duende winked at Moses. "I'll be right back. But don't go anywhere. You may have your treasure yet."

Before Moses could move, roots shot up from the ground and wrapped around his ankles. The two goons dropped their machetes and took off, ignoring Moses' pleas of help.

Ruby screamed as Tata Duende appeared in front of them within a blink. "You should only be scared if you can't answer the riddle," said Tata Duende.

"You just startled me," said Ruby. "What is your riddle?"

"I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball," answered Tata Duende.

"That's not a riddle, that's a poem," said Dakota.

"Does this mean you cannot answer?" asked Tata Duende. "It would not be wise to not even try. I don't believe you would like the outcome." His eerie laugh filled the chamber, shaking the walls.
As the laughter faded, he stared at Dakota. "Your answer or your death."
 
 

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