-In the next section of Silent Cemetery-
The trio passed through the gates into the next section of Silent Cemetery and found themselves entering a large area with tombstones arranged neatly into rows on the far left and far right sides of the area. There were also more mausoleums, but the most distinctive feature of the area was a large angel statue on a pedestal standing in the approximate center of the area.
Its face and arms were lifted skyward and its wings were outstretched. The statue was so detailed it looked like it was about to take off and fly at any moment now. Lucia looked around the area for any zombies and spotted a few of them, but they were a lot fewer than she had anticipated. On the far right side of the cemetery stood five of them and they were spaced far apart from each other.
Lucia felt a few taps on her right shoulder and turned to face Mina, who was pointing towards the angel statue.
"Hey Lucia, I see something shining at the base of that statue!" Mina informed Lucia. Lucia gave the statue a second look and saw the gleaming object the strawberry blonde was talking about. It was fairly long and looked like a rifle, but she was not certain.
"I see it now, Mina. Thanks for pointing it out." Lucia thanked her partner for pointing out the object to her. The Luminous Rose mage then faced forward and turned right to deal with the zombies she had spotted. She raised Shining Light and aimed carefully at the head of the first zombie, a person wearing a tattered brown three-piece suit. She waited until the time was right before firing and when that time came she squeezed the trigger, putting a single shot through its left temple. It fell to the ground and landed on its face, where it did not move.
Lucia then dealt with the remaining four zombies in the same fashion. Once they were all lying on the ground she looked around her for any more zombies to the left or straight ahead. She did not see any, so it was safe for the trio to proceed towards the base of the angel statue.
"Nice work, Lucia!" Alicia complimented Lucia's marksmanship. Lucia turned and faced her and Mina.
"Thanks. Now let's walk over to the statue and see what that object is. I hope it's what we're looking for." Lucia said to her partners. With that the Luminous Rose mage began slowly walking forward while Alicia and Mina followed her. They reached the base of the statue without incident and they stood in front of the object.
"Hey guys, check out what's around us!" Alicia said. Mina and Lucia looked around them and noticed that the shining object was not the only thing in the immediate area. The trio noticed that there were a few dead zombies lying on the ground around them. The explorer who had hired Alicia and Mina to find the weapon had put up quite a fight before having to flee because Lucia counted at least twelve dead zombies on the ground, if not more.
"Hey guys, I think we found the weapon!" Mina said. Alicia and Lucia turned to face the strawberry blonde, who was holding a bolt-action rifle with a brown leather sling and a scope attached to it. The rifle had old-fashioned wooden furniture and looked to be an old model, but Lucia was no expert on rifles.
"Great! We can finally get out of this place and go back to Magnolia Town!" Alicia happily exclaimed. Mina turned to Lucia and held out the rifle with both hands.
"Hey Lucia, I've never held a gun before. Do you want to carry the rifle for us?" Mina asked Lucia. Lucia put Shining Light in its holster to free up her hands.
"Certainly. I'll take it." Lucia replied. Mina handed the rifle over to Lucia, who took it and immediately looked for a safety. She found it near the trigger and activated it, then slung the rifle over her right shoulder. Now that the trio had found what they were looking for it was time to get out of here.
"All right then. I believe that we found what we're looking for. Let's go back to Magnolia Town and return the rifle to its rightful owner." Lucia told her partners. They were visibly happy to hear that.
"You don't have to tell me twice!" Alicia expressed her delight in getting to leave Silent Cemetery.
"I'm ready to get out of this place and go home. Lead the way, Lucia!" Mina chimed in.
"OK then. I'll lead us out of here." Lucia said to them. She then turned around, took Shining Light out of its holster, and began walking towards the gate they had passed through to get here. She kept Shining Light out and at the ready in case they encountered more zombies or zombie dogs on the way out.
-Outside Silent Cemetery, fifty minutes later-
After Alicia and Mina had passed through the gate Lucia closed it behind them, then made sure that it was shut. After confirming that the gate was firmly shut she turned and faced her partners, who were visibly relieved to finally be out of Silent Cemetery. They had not encountered any opposition on their way out, something which Lucia was grateful for.
"We made it!" Alicia exclaimed with joy.
"We made it out of Silent Cemetery, but we've still got a ways to go before we reach Magnolia Town." Mina reminded her friend that they still had a long walk ahead of them. Alicia groaned.
"You're right, Mina." Alicia admitted in a downbeat tone. She did not stay upset for long because seconds later she smiled.
"But at least we're out of that awful place! We don't have to deal with zombies any more!" Alicia said happily.
"Now we've got to worry about bandits on the way to Magnolia Town." Mina chimed in. Alicia groaned a second time.
"Miiinnnaaaa! Why do you have to be that way? Why do you have to be such a killjoy?" Alicia asked her friend in frustration.
"I'm not trying to be a killjoy, Alicia. I'm just reminding you that we're not out of the woods yet." Mina defended her behavior. Alicia groaned again.
"Well, I suppose you're right, Mina." Alicia conceded that her friend was right to be worried about bandits on the road. The blonde then turned to Lucia.
"C'mon, Lucia. Let's get going. We've got a long road ahead of us." Alicia said to the Luminous Rose mage.
"All right then. I'll lead us back to Magnolia Town." Lucia said. The trio immediately started the long walk back to Magnolia Town. They would have to be careful on the way, but with luck and vigilance the trio would make it to their destination in one piece.
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