|The Discovery |
Professor Ng takes Callie’s arm, and exits the lab. Once outside, Ng turns to Callie, and says, “You’ve been there before. Could you take me there?”
Callie nods her head. “Oh, yes. However, we probably need one other person to come with us. The more help, the better our chances will be."
“Who do you have in mind?"
“Well, I’ll see if Veles wants to come. He knows the area very well, and actually came with Crasia to investigate the dome, initially. He may even know more about it. Who knows?"
Ng agrees, and they both walk to the Armoury to find Veles intently working on taking inventory. The professor was the first to speak. “Hello, Veles. I’m sorry if we’re disturbing you."
Veles looks up and greets them both with a wide smile. “No, not at all. I was just taking inventory real quick.” He grabs a battle axe, and shines it with a damp cloth. “How can I help you?”
“We actually would like to speak to you in private, really,” Callie says, eyeing Veles. “This is about Crasia.”
A look of surprise sweeps Veles’ face, and he drops the axe. It lands on the floor with a loud crash. “I see,” he says calmly.
“I found a few of her records. Callie has told me everything, at least I hope.” Ng turns to Callie, signaling her to speak, though Veles beats her to it.
“No need for explaining what you know, Professor. I knew it was going to come out sometime. You are an intelligent woman. The truth was bound to show up sooner or later.” Veles picks up the fallen axe and places it back on the shelf. He then walks to the front door, pulls the shades down, locks the door, and flips the sign from OPEN to CLOSED. “We can speak in here. Closing down the shop for a little while will not hurt anything."
Callie runs fingers through her hair, and takes a seat behind the register; Ng and Veles take seats opposite her. “Okay, so Agatha and I were discussing Ogull’s last theory about the glass dome, north of Settlement One."
Veles rests his chin in his palm. “Oh, you’re talking about the great city, Risa.”
Both Callie and Ng shared confused looks. “What?” They both ask instantaneously.
“The glass dome is a city known as Risa, according to a sheet of paper Crasia and I found outside. I still have it stashed up somewhere around here. I will grab it in a minute. Risa is a beautiful city of glass. Inside one can only imagine its sheer beauty. It is said that there are new species of plants as well as pets. It is literally thought of as a civilization in and of itself!"
Callie and Ng are both very interested, as they are leaning off their seat. “But you guys never found the entrance, right?” Professor Ng asks.
Veles chuckles as he leans back in his chair. “Oh, no. Honestly, we searched for an entrance for months and found nothing."
Ng cuts in. “Would you mind going back with us to look again?"
For a few minutes, the Armoury was filled with an unfamiliar silence -- the store is usually filled with chatty customers. “I would be willing to go, yes. However, you must realize how great of a distance it is away. It will take some time to travel there, and, excuse my pessimism, but we probably will come back empty handed. It may be a waste of supplies.” This was certainly not the Veles they were used to. Veles was usually very optimistic about even the most hopeless of cases.
“I really need to get out, Veles. I have been stuck in my lab for too long now, and I feel it’s getting to me. I need some kind of excitement, even if it is a little bit.” Ng’s hopefulness had left. She was desperate.
“I would really like to get out to see it again, myself. I mean, it has been a while since we’ve been out there, Veles. I think we should check it out to see if anything has changed. Who knows? We may even find an entrance."
Veles ponders a bit, then shrugs. “I guess it can’t hurt anything by going back as long as we have enough supplies to last a trip there and back. I’ll go get my stuff ready."
The professor and Callie turn to each other in unison, obviously delighted that Veles agreed to come along. Callie then faces Veles. “Thank you, friend. We’ll go get ready, and meet here."
A few hours passed before the trio met up at the Armoury once again, all set for an adventure. They each had on good clothing, small packs of snacks, and jugs of water. Veles picks up his pack, and puts it around his back. “Now, the trek there is pleasurable once we get away from Heartache Riff. The heat from the lava carries over the trail we will be taking to Risa. Temperatures won’t get blistering hot, though it will be hot enough to make you uncomfortable.” He then picks up a scythe. “I guess we’re all ready for the trip. Don’t mind this,” he raises the scythe, “This is simply for if we run into any nasty critters before we get up there.” Veles smiles. “Let’s go!"
The trip lasted a few hours, and consisted of intense heat near the riff, and a journey through the flat, dusty dry land - the latter of which was the majority of the trip. Though finally, Callie, Ng, and Veles reached the glass dome known as Risa. “My goodness, it’s larger than I expected!” Ng exclaims, taking a swig of water.
“I agree, the thing is huge up close.” Veles knocks on the glass. “Well, remember that there’s supposedly a city in there.” He throws his scythe into the ground, and motions the others to follow. “Well, come on. Since we’re here we might as well take a look around.”
Suddenly, Ng stops, her jaw drops. She points a finger to the glass dome. “Guys, was that there before?” Callie and Veles look toward the location Ng was pointing; they both gasp. Callie drops her water container, spilling fresh water onto the thirsty ground. Instead of being shut from the rest of the asteroid, now there is a beautiful glass entrance.
“It can’t be,” Callie says.
“See, guys? I told you, I just had that feeling that we were going to get somewhere today!” Ng exclaims, giving Callie a high-five.
Veles puts his hand to his chin. “Though I do find it odd that the entrance was not there before. It was completely blocked off years ago. I wonder what caused them to change their mind.”
The professor puts her backpack onto the ground. “Who cares? What matters now is that it is open! Let’s go in.”
“Wait, Professor. We cannot just go barging into this place alone. We need to go back and tell the others. Then, we can come back as a group of dozens, rather than a group of three. That way, if the place is dangerous, we will be safer in numbers, and it will be more believable if we all see it at the same time,” Veles states intelligently.
Callie nods in agreement. “Agatha, Veles has a point. I think we need to hurry home, gather up as many others as we can, and return here - no matter how late it gets. Everybody needs to see this.”
Ng bows her head, “I know, I just can’t help thinking of all the new experiments that will take place. This may provide some useful information on new, undiscovered things!” She raises her head, takes Callie’s hand, and nods. “Alright, let’s hurry back to Settlement One and get the others. Hopefully the entrance will still be here by the time we get back.”
With that, Callie, Veles, and Professor Ng return to Settlement One to gather up as many other settlers as possible. In no time, most of the settlers had joined in the journey to Risa, and soon, they were back at the glass city. The entrance was still there.
“Come on, guys,” Ng says confidently. “Let’s go discover a new area of Cruithne!”
And so, Ng led the group of settlers up to the entrance of Risa. They not only take their first step in Risa, but they also start a new chapter of Cruithne.
Finally, the magnificent city of Risa has been opened! Many new shops, items, and other opportunities such as the Library and Hall of Fame await you in this fantastic area, so go out and explore the new city!