Hands uses words!
When Abelwyld said something about T and Rasc going some place, I only heard with a small part of my head. Then he left and I was alone with it. The magic crystal that danced and told stories of shadows on the walls. I looked at it and I looked at the stories and I was afraid, because there were people feeding things out of pots to other people, and the other people became man-animals and then the man-animals became angry and killed the people. And I was afraid again because my blood was cold and I had a thought that the man-animals were the moms and dads of chimerians, like T and Rasc. So I took out my things and tinkered a big hug out of leather and cloth for the crystal, to stop it from telling stories. It hurt me to be near it, but I pulled it and took it off and it stopped. I wrapped it in many clothes to stop it from hurting, and then I heard Rasc telling me something about man-mushrooms.
I looked out the door and there were two man-mushrooms walking away. It was very strange and I wanted to see them, but then I heard T coughing and I ran to my friends. They were ill, all of them. I told Abelwyld about the stories and he said he knew. Then he said about other stories, but his words were too big for me, and I was afraid again.
They told me that the man-mushrooms had made them ill, and we started going back. Rasc became more ill than the others and I was afraid he was dying, because he couldn’t walk and his eyes were closing. So I held him very near me, to help him walk, but I was more afraid because his words were strange.
When we left the caves, all the animals on the grass were strange, but they didn’t try to hurt us, so I didn’t care. I sat on the grass and Rasc put his head on my legs and slept and I wet his face with water, because that’s what T does to me when my skin is hot and I feel better. Rasc was not better, so I thought maybe his skin is not hot and there is something else. Abelwyld became well soon and he made T well too and then told me to put Rasc down so he could fix him with magic, but he didn’t fix him very well and his words were still strange. Still, I stopped being afraid that he was dying.
T told me about the man-mushrooms, that they were in that room Rasc had seen something in, that they wanted to speak to them, but the man-mushrooms sneezed (maybe they were ill, too) and they made everybody ill.
Then I told Abelwyld I had the crystal, but I don’t know if he was happy or angry that I took it. He has that voice when T and I take things, that he says he’s not angry, but it’s not his not-angry voice. But he said we give the crystal to Tithus, so I think he was not very angry I took it. Then T took his magic water and I think he was angry, because he said he was not angry.
I wanted to see the top of the mountain before we go back, so I flew up. There was nothing there. No magic. And the water was not magic anymore. I killed its magic. I put my hand in it, but it was only water now. My scars are still here, red and ugly. It made me sad to kill the magic, because I know that Abelwyld really loves it.
Then we left, and Abelwyld was angry that I touched the water, but not very angry, because he gave me a blanket and they all hugged me because I was sad. Rasc was still ill and saying strange words, and Abelwyld was writing things on his book. I took it to see if he had made pictures of the story. They were pretty. I wish I knew the words to read them. T was happy to leave, she hid things here and there and took Abelwyld’s magic water many times. I’m happy when she laughs. But I kept the crystal away from her, until it didn’t hurt at all, because I killed the magic in it too. I hope I will not kill Abelwyld’s magic some day. I wanted to make a not-magic box to keep the crystal in, but all metal I had was ill iron, and the box was not very good.
When we got home, we found that the Black Thing had made more small black things that made strange sounds. Also it killed some rats and small rats, so T was sad and happy and tried to give a small black thing to Abelwyld, who said not now, but maybe later. Then he told me to give him the crystal, because he wanted to send it to the people who know all the words. I thought we give it to Tithus, but Abelwyld knows what to do with magic, so I gave it to him with the box.
Then Rasc came with a bag of mushrooms (I didn’t know he likes mushrooms so much) and we went to Tithus. He took Abelwyld’s book and he wanted to talk, but I was afraid he tell about the man-animals and I didn’t want T and Rasc to think they are man-animals! So, I told Tithus to read his book alone and we didn’t want to talk. He didn’t like it, but said ok, and then he said that he lost Elan in the big city with the many books, and he asked if we can find her. I think everybody loses Elan, so why find her again? Someone else will lose her. But T wanted to go to the big city and Abelwyld wanted to find Elan, and Rasc always likes finding things people lose (some of them are in T’s pockets, so it’s not hard to find), so we said yes. I remembered Elan had some fancy boots, so they gave me the mask that knows things to find the boots (don’t they know now that I kill magic?), but the only thing I could smell was bad and dirty water and I could hear empty, big room, and could not see at all.
T wanted to leave the same day, probably because she took things from the market and the people are angry (Abelwyld was angry with me, but I didn’t take anything, and I don’t mind that T takes things, it’s what she likes, and I don’t understand why he was angry with me), but I didn’t want to go before I speak with her and with Rasc about the man-animals. So she went to sleep at Abelwyld, and I went to Rasc and told him about the stories and that I was afraid, but he said it’s ok. And then I went to T who did not want to wake up, but I gave her fruits and then told her about the stories too, but she didn’t care. So I was not afraid anymore. I stayed with her when she slept. I was very happy that we were home and she was ok, and the man-animals didn’t hurt her.
The next day we left for the big city. We walked, because the Black Thing with the small black things were in the cart and T wanted to take them with us, and Abelwyld said no, so we left the cart and walked. My shoes broke, but I’ll tinker new shoes. I forget them.
The city was so big! Everything was big! The walls, the houses, the streets, like a city with very tall people. And it was very clean and there were many people. We went to the place with many books, because that’s where Tithus lost Elan, but the people were so many, no one could just tell us to get in. One said wait here, and the other wanted to talk to someone else, and this one was talking to many people, and then they told us we could not go in, because someone was killed in the place with the many books. It was not Elan. Abelwyld and Rasc asked this and that, but I saw that T wanted to go in, so I asked the people at the door about the big house with the books, if it had dungeons and old water under it, like old houses in stories do, and T just went it and no one saw her.
Then Rasc and Abelwyld asked everything they wanted, said so many big words, and then saw that T was not there. Abelwyld was angry with me, because I helped her go in, but I had the nuts that Teeth likes and I said that I’ll throw them on the way and T will find us.
We found a place with many rooms to sleep, and Abelwyld took one room for him and Rasc and another for T and me, because there were no rooms with four beds. I like it when we find rooms with four beds, because we all sleep together and it’s fun. Abelwyld was still angry with me, but then T found us, so he was not angry anymore and we could eat, sleep and then go find Elan.
In the morning we woke up because of some bang noise. We ran to Rasc and Abelwyld and they told us they were bells and that they meant danger, and then a loud voice said a strange word, and Abelwyld told us it meant we could not leave the city and no one could enter the city because there was an illness. T remembered that people were sick in the house with the books and I remembered people being sick outside too. So, I guess many are sick. I just hope my friends will not get sick again.