Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 8

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 can be found just by clicking on the links.

Dakota rubbed the back of his neck and repeated the 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." He looked at Ruby. "Any clue?"

Ruby shook her head. "It doesn't make any sense to me. You're right it's just a poem."

Tata Duende clicked his tongue and shook his head. "This does not look good for you and I grow tired of your confused faces. I must have an answer within a minute or I will kill you."

Reaching into his pocket, Tata Duende pulled out a small sand hour glass and flipped it over. "Your time is running out, along with your lives."

"Just hold on," Dakota said, holding out his hand. "Let me think."

Dakota repeated the poem over and over in a whisper, eyes darting back and forth as he thought about each stanza.

Ruby grabbed his shoulder. "Dakota, we're running out of time."

"I don't hear you coming up with an answer, sweetheart. If you want to see tomorrow you'll..." His eyes widened. "That's it... the answer is the future."

Tata Duende smiled and returned his hour glass to his pocket. "You have answered my riddle correctly, the treasure is yours. But take only what you can carry, you will not be allowed back. But one last question before I leave you be."

Dakota did a quick nod.

"How many fingers do you have?" asked Tata Duende, his mouth curled in a evil smile.

Ruby stepped in front of Dakota, holding her hands up, palms facing toward her she tucked her thumbs in and showed Tata Duende four fingers on each hand. Dakota followed suit.

Tata Duende shook his head and his body began to fade as he spoke, "That is too bad. I was hoping for five."

Ruby looked around the room. "What all should we take?"

Dakota looked up at the Mayan goddess statue and reached around her neck, unlatching the Peridot Princess necklace. "Only this, the rest is hers to keep." He nodded toward the goddess.

"He said we could take as much as we could carry," Ruby retorted. "We can't just take the necklace, we could be set for life with everything we could carry out."

"Greed only leads to trouble..."

Before Dakota could finish his thought, a scream pierced the air.

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