-200 meters down the forest path, ten minutes later-
Victoria and Abigail had been walking for what seemed like hours, but in reality it was only a matter of minutes. They were keeping their eyes and ears peeled for zombies lurking in the woods and as a result they were walking a bit slower than they normally would. They were also a bit tired from two consecutive fights, so they were not exactly moving at a breakneck pace. However, they could run for it if they had to.
"Man, we've been walking on this path for the last ten minutes! When are we gonna reach the end?" Abigail complained to Victoria.
"Dude, I don't even know. We'll probably have to follow it to the end before we find what we're looking for." Victoria answered. Abigail sighed.
"Yeah, it looks that way, Vic. Maybe we shoulda gotten on the Centaur and let you drive us through here." Abigail said before suggesting that they should have gotten onto the Centaur and zipped through the area instead of trudging through it on foot. Victoria knew that her partner had a point, but it was too late to turn back for the vehicle now. It would take as much time and effort to go back for the Centaur as it would to just follow the path on foot.
"Yeah, that woulda been handy, but we're already this deep in the woods. If we went back now we'd just be wasting daylight. Sure, we'd more than make that time up by zipping through here on the Centaur, but I'd rather get the weapon now and make only one trip back instead of going back, getting the Centaur, then driving back to here." Victoria gave her take on it. Abigail sighed.
"You're right, but a girl can dream, can't she?" Abigail asked Victoria rhetorically. It was obvious that the blonde was hoping that they would go back and ride through the forest on Victoria's hovercycle, but today it would not happen. The pair walked another three meters and spotted something gleaming in the sunlight about 100 meters away. They stopped in place and looked again to make sure that their eyes were not playing tricks on them.
"Hey Vic, do you see that?" Abigail asked, pointing towards the gleaming object.
"Yeah Abby, I see it." Victoria replied in the affirmative. Sensing that perhaps the end of their journey was near, they unconsciously quickened their pace and moved towards the object at a brisk walk. They hoped that they would find the weapon and get to leave this place soon.
-100 meters later-
The pair reached the object and found that it was a sword that had been jammed in the head of one of those fast ax-wielding zombies. Ten more lay sprawled on the ground with their heads cut in two. The client had clearly fought off a zombie ambush until their weapon had gotten jammed into a zombie's skull, when they sensibly fled rather than stay and risk getting chopped to pieces by surviving zombies to retrieve it.
"It's not exactly the Sword In The Stone, but it's presumably what we're looking for." Abigail commented on the unusual pedestal that the sword was lodged in. The sword in question was a longsword with a blue leather handgrip and a silver blade with a silver crossguard.
"What's the Sword In The Stone?" Victoria asked Abigail. The blonde turned to Victoria and blinked incredulously.
"You've never heard any of the Arthurian legends?" Abigail asked Victoria. The brunette shook her head.
"No, Abby, I haven't. And I'm not trying to be funny. I don't know very many legends or folklore. I didn't go to school when I was a child and I was home-schooled by my uncle, but he wasn't a teacher by trade." Victoria replied in all seriousness. Victoria was not very well-educated... her uncle Lawrence had taught her the bare necessities to avoid being totally illiterate and innumerate, but he was not a teacher by profession, so the basics was all Victoria had learned from him. Abigail's facial expression softened.
"I'll have to tell them to you some time, Victoria. I also have books that I could loan you if you want to learn about them that way." Abigail said to her with a smile. Victoria was glad that Abigail did not take this chance to make fun of Victoria for not knowing anything about Arthurian legends... whatever those were. Abigail had not explained what they were, so the brunette had no clue. Abigail turned from Victoria to the gleaming sword stuck in the zombie's head.
"Now let's pull that sword out of the zombie's head and get outta here so that we can take it to the client and get paid." Abigail suggested to Victoria. The brunette gave a thumbs-up. Now Abigail was talking about something the brunette understood.
"Let me try to pull it first!" Abigail said playfully. Victoria shrugged her shoulders and gave another thumbs-up. Having received Victoria's permission to proceed, the blonde walked over to the zombie, planted her right foot on its skull, and pulled up on the sword's grip with all her might while Victoria stood back and watched.
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