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NotesThe door to the managers' office creaked open slowly. Illuminated by the soft light emanating from a hallway luminary, Richard Firmin ambled over to his desk, laying eye upon a familiar but still-crisp piece of paper.
He had read those words before, many times. G. Andre, the paper was signed.
Firmin smiled, and gently lifted the paper, briefly tracing the signature with a feather touch.
That's when he noticed the rose. It was tied with a black ribbon. Gilles certainly does have a rather singular way of going about things like this.
But affixed to the ribbon was another paper, also familiar. Placing the document on the desk, Firmin peered at the attached memo.
It bore only the words, I know.
Firmin made an urgent mental note to make a visit to the Opera treasury. Twenty-thousand Francs, he reminded himself.
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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