Dusting off the Cobwebs

This is the first part of some creative writing pieces that I have done that are set in Gielinor/Runescape.

This original story is based on a wealth of ideas from the Halloween quest 'Web of shadows' and is set, pre-wilderness change (for experienced players). However, I have written it for a fresh audience and hopefully minimum 'gaming' experience of Runescape is necessary to understand it all.

It follows the plight of a mother who's son has suspiciously disappeared near one of the most feared parts of all of Gielinor. What new evil has returned in the North?

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10. Escape

Exhausted, yet jubilant I slumped down next to Joel to catch my breath. “How are you feeling?” I asked gasping for air. “A bit better now” he smiled. I looked at Joel, I felt sympathetic, I knew he wouldn’t be the same innocent child that he was just a day ago; he had seen the depths of his nightmares in the flesh. “Come on let’s...” I was interrupted by a low pitch groan which shook the cavern. “Thisss ... iss not ... finisshed.  I will stalk you. I will haunt you. You will suffer for your greed. And she... is still hungry.” I leapt to my feet whilst staring intently at the cavern entrance across from me. As the invisible beast stopped talking more spiders flooded out of the cavern entrance on the other side of the cavern. “We’ve got to run again!” I said turning to face Joel. “Grab this!” I gave Joel the lantern then instructed him to pass through the cavern entrance into the darkness. The cavern wall opposite was crawling with spiders, there must have been close to a hundred spiders now scuttling up the walls. I detached my pickaxe from my backpack, and then swung at the base of the cavern entrance. I continued to swing until the rocks sounded like they were cracking and grinding against each other as gravity started to pull the entrance down. “Start running Joel! I’m going to bring this cave down!” I walked over to the other side of the cavern and quickly glanced across the cave to see the approaching spider host. As I looked at the entrance thirteen red eyes illuminated one at a time, looking towards me. Its voice echoed in my head. Defiantly, I swung my pickaxe at the other base of the entrance and began to run. “Keep running!” I cried as the rocks and stones rained down around me. I couldn’t see Joel; I could only see the glare from the lantern through the dust ahead of me and hear the roar of the collapsing tunnel behind me. I could feel the wind being pushed up the tunnel as it all crumbled apart. The rumblings were creeping closer and closer to my back. I concentrated on running, as fast as I could. “Quickly!” cried Joel, his voice inspired me, as the earth seemed to fold and crumple before me, I dodged and eluded everything that tried to crush me. Lengthy sharp spikes hurtled down before me and bulky boulders rolled past me into the stone abyss that was trying to swallow me up. With one final leap, I escaped its jaws and collided into the ground next to where Joel had stopped. I landed flat on the ground, face upwards, peering at the obliterated cave. The debris was still resting; stones fell and rolled past where we lay. “I’m never leaving my mum again” Joel spoke softly. “I don’t blame you” I replied with a hidden smile. I picked myself up, dusted myself off then offered my hand to Joel. “Come on, let’s get you back to your mum, she’ll still be worried sick.” Joel smiled and nodded. I gripped my lantern and led the way back to the entrance of the cave. 

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