It took Theo a few moments of sneaking with a tail on his head to realize he was invisible, but he did manage to and once he did he could barely contain his excitement. Moving to try and look at the invisible dragon friend in the face, he grinned and held his thumbs up, though it was entirely plausible that she couldn’t see him either and he was just being a big dope and smiling at her butt instead of her face. Either way, into the opening they both went, the young man hyper vigilant for traps and explosives while also keeping an eye out for the evil doer himself. He had to be in here somewhere...
After a few close calls of tipping stuff over and revealing their location but luckily catching it in time to remain silent, a shadowy forum took shape toward the back of the room. It seemed to be taking cover behind a makeshift blasting shed, hunkered as if expecting a blast and wishing to escape damage. That seemed odd. It wasn’t a very good hiding place, but once Theo saw the detonator in the killer’s hand, he understood. He was waiting for his invaders, not knowing they had already arrived! But where was the trap? Peering around, he could see nothing wired to blow. There weren’t really any metal or wooden barrels that looked ready to use, no grey bricks with receivers, no dynamite with some sort of contraption to light the fuse. The ace continued to search. There had to be something somewhere, or else the target of his job wouldn’t be bunkered down so patiently.
It was stunning how often people never thought to look up. Just as his frosty hues were about to give up, he glanced toward the braces dirt ceiling of the mine shaft above and inhaled sharply. Oh. There was the bomb. Or should he clarify, bombs. Plural. This lunatic was so hard up to remain uncaught, he rigged the shaft to blow up and collapse on whoever found him. It could even kill himself, but he was crazy enough to take that risk. Another look around showed him there was an exit tunnel behind the short, dirty demolitions expert. The plan was obvious.
“Any ideas how to get that detonator out of his hand?” Theo whispered to his scaly accomplice, though he knew he’d receive no answer. He wished she hadn’t come with him. Now she was in danger as well. If he couldn’t figure out how to get that red button away from the man while also taking him down, the roof would explode and an untold amount of land above would bury them alive. “Maybe if we sneak close enough, I can grab it.” It was a shaky plan at best, but the jello man wasn’t really one to think out a plan too well. The more time he took thinking, the more stressed he became, which lead to mistakes. Well, more mistakes than usual.
Scooting ever so closer, they got close enough to smell the grimy mole man, which was offensive on its own. There had to be something said for the bombers dedication, though. He was patiently waiting with moving barely a muscle enough to breath and emit a small devious chuckle of anticipation. It was during one of those that a suddenly visible hand struck out and plucked the detonator away.
“Aha!” Theo exclaimed in triumph, appearing before the foe fully.
“No, my AHA!” Responded the raspy voice of someone who had inhaled too much explosion smoke. A grubby hand whipped out a second detonator, and pushed it.
The next few seconds were crucial. The explosion began slowly as one bomb triggered another. “Gameela!” Theo yelled waving her toward the exit. “We gotta fly fast right now!!”
[1815/1750 wc exceeded]