"LIGHT! LIGHT! LIGHT!" They group yelled, as their footsteps made the ground rumble, getting closer to the rock Yvie and the Lizard was hiding behind.
Yvie, still a snake, was doing her hardest to think, trying to figure out what to do before they got caught. She looked urgently around, trying to make her instinct come forth on her own, rather than waiting for it to kick in. The Lizard ran around itself once again, dropping another tail.
Deciding it would be more helpful to be human, Yvie transformed back, took on her clothes, and tried looking around again, now with another perspective.
However, a sudden thought hit her.
"Can we make a gate out of this rock?" She asked, pointing to the one they had hid behind. The Lizard stared at it for a while, as it didn't quite know, but once again didn't want to admit it.
"Here" Yvie said, having given up on counting on it. She put her shed skin above it, so the group would clearly see the skin, and hopefully follow it, as she would have some extra time to figure out how to make the stone into a gate.
It wasn't her instinct that was telling her to do this, but her human logic. Something she hadn't been training for years, but all of a sudden it came rushing out. Giving her a desire to create.
"Run away with this for a while, then come back. Keep an eye out on the tails. I'll throw out one when you should come back" Yvie ordered, not looking much at the little scared Lizard, that wasn't on board with that plan at all.
"But…" It tried, it wanted to question the plan, but it didn't have a better alternative, and had to give up in the end.
It ran out, letting the sun fully hit the sparkling snake skin it was wearing, as the entire hoard started to follow it, screaming about light once again.
While the Lizard ran for its life, Yvie got busy with the stone. She could visualize a few things from the original gate, which she wanted to try and copy. However, she had nothing to engrave the rock with. First, she tried to used the lizard tail, but although it was a bit hard, it crumpled when being applied too much pressure. This left her with only one tail left. One she needed to use for giving a signal.
'My teeth!" She remembered, as the night she bit herself out of the cage flashed through her mind. She instantly turned back into a snake, as she tried carving with her fangs.
The process was difficult. Seeing what she was doing while she was doing it was impossible, and as such, she had to feel her way most of the time, with frequent checks, to what she had already done. The engravings started to look more and more like that gate she had seen, but there was something lacking. She couldn't quite put her finger, or tail, on it. It looked incomplete.
In the background, she could hear the hoard still chasing the Lizard, as it kept running. Deciding that it might be a good idea to ask the Lizard, if it remembers, Yvie threw out a tail, knowing that the time would soon run out for them, now.
It took a little while before the Lizard caught sight of its own tail, but as soon as it did, it ran straight towards Yvie, still with snake skin on.
'Take it off!' Yvie hissed, as her tongue spit out of her mouth. She wanted to turn back, and repeat the warning again, but just as she was going to do it, the lizard threw off the skin.
'Coincidence?' Yvie thought, but figured she could ask later, when there was time.
The Lizard finally came all the way over to her, with hoard well behind. Somehow it had managed to outrun it for long.
'What am I missing?' She hissed, as she wanted to test out a theory. Was the Lizard able to understand her when she was trying to speak as a snake? Actually, now that she thought about it, why hadn't she wondered about why she could understand the Lizard in the first place?
The Lizard looked hard at the stone and the carvings. It agreed that something was missing. Finally it was it's time to shine! Not literally, as it had done for some time while running around, but being able to provide some answers.
"There needs to be a sun here, and a moon there" It said, pointing to the different parts of the carvings with its tail.
Yvie got right to it, as the hoard came closer. Just as she finished the moon, a light shone up from it, cracking the stone down in the middle. Yvie and the Lizard tried opening it, but neither of them could manage.
Just then, Yvie decided to change back, and by doing that, with just a touch on the stone, the new gate sprung up, for then to enter.
Hurriedly, they both went in. Yvie noticed this cave was different. As she had explored every inch of the cavern of the previous one, she could tell instantly, that although similar, this was by no means the same.
"Do you think they can come in?" Yvie asked, as she was mostly thinking out loud.
"Only humans can open the door" The Lizard said, looking at her.
"Besides, you lazed the carvings with poison. One touch, and they are dead" It continued.
"Poison?" Yvie asked, as she had never quite given that much thought.
"But if it was lazed with poison, how are you okay? You touched it too" Yvie inquired, not liking how the Lizard was telling her contradictions, when she had been nothing but kind to it.
"I am different" The Lizard just said. To Yvie, this seemed arrogant, but in reality, the Lizard simply hadn't thought about it in the moment, and once finally realizing it, it seemed fine, without knowing why. Hence, it must be different.
"You said only humans can open it… So what kind of beings chased us?" Yvie asked. This had been nagging her for a while. They could speak, as she clearly heard, but she hadn't been able to tell if they were person or animal, or if she even knew what race they were.
"Not humans" The Lizard simply said, once again sounding arrogant to Yvie's ears. The Lizard simply didn't know. It knew even less of the outside world than Yvie, but was too proud to admit to not knowing any answers to her questions, as it knew a lot of answers to the questions she didn't want to ask.
"Well… Let's just relax here for a bit, then" Yvie said annoyed. She changed into a snake, as she was more comfortable sleeping that way.
'I can't believe it worked' was her last thought before she fell into a deep slumber.
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