Ranarr paced up and down in front of the entrance to the cave, as the rest of the team arrived.
“You guys sure took your time!” The Cathar mumbled. Lucifer immediately responded. “We’re here now… So… it’s there?” “We all felt something, right?” The entire team nodded, almost synchronously.
Lucifer had a plan. “Tahiri, Ranarr, the two of you head in. No use in all of us crawling through those narrow spaces. The rest of us is out here.”
“This gives us time go over the plans for our base once more.” interrupted Blackhawk.
“Yes…” Continued Lucifer. "Ranarr, Tahiri, keep in contact all the time. If you find anything we head in." The newly formed pair entered the gaping, black hole yawning ominously. Tahiri grabbed a flashlight and barreled inside more excited than ever. Ranarr took a deep breath and entered slowly behind her.
They squeezed their way down the tight, dark tunnel. In the dim flashlight beam they could see eerie rock formations hanging from the ceiling and jutting out of the floor. Somewhere in the dark depths they could hear rocks rolling, along with some strange sounds… but no Sith Lord laughing or moaning.
Tahiri kept moving rapidly forward with Ranarr tailing behind untill they reached a tiny crack between two massive, fallen boulders. Tahiri squeezed her skinny body through, but Ranarr, who had a bit more mass, couldn’t fit. Tahiri shined her flashlight around and mockingly called out into the darkness, “Here we are, come on out oh Dark One!” Hearing no reply, she turned back to Ranarr and grinned.
“I can’t get through those rocks,” the Cathar said. “C’mon, let’s go back and find another way around.”
“I want to keep going,” answered Tahiri from the other side. “Just wait for me here.”
“You can’t go back there by yourself. It could be dangerous.”
“I didn’t come all the way out here to stay for five minutes,” said Tahiri. “Just go to the others. I’ll be back in a little while.”
“Grrr… Sith… GrrrOKAY! We’ll wait for you outside.”
Tahiri laughed after him and continued into the cave. As she crept further down the dark tunnel, she saw more strange rock formations. To her, the cave was otherworldly, unlike anything she had ever seen before. She wandered further and further down the tunnel, always wondering what was behind the next turn.
As she continued on, the ceiling pressed down lower and lower, forcing her to crawl on her knees. Suddenly the passage ended in a tiny crawl space, leading on to who-know-what. Tahiri couldn’t stop herself from moving on. She wiggled into the tiny crawl space head first, pushing herself a little more and more untill… She got stuck.
As she tried to wiggle herself free, rocks and gravel fell around her, wedging her in even tighter. She called out to Ranarr, certain he still was somewhere nearby, but he already made his way back to the others. Then, of all the darn things, the flashlight went out, plenging her into total darkness.
From somewhere deep in the cave Tahiri heard eerie sounds moving towards her. At first they sounded like scratching noises, then like someone gasping for air. As the sounds got louder she thought she heard a scraping sound, like feet dragging on the cave floor.
Tahiri’s blood was running cold as the eerie sounds kept getting louder and louder as they got closer and closer untill…