ErgoFlux - Chapter 4
Published Sep 15, 2012

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What's gonna happen next in chapter 4 of Ergo Flux? Dun dun duuuun~!

What's gonna happen next in chapter 4 of Ergo Flux? Dun dun duuuun~! Charlie had been given a choice. She would either have to trust Chase Donavon and go with him or stay behind and be swallowed by the Ergo Flux which was currently underway. In the end it really wasn't much of a choice at all. She knew her only chance lay with Chase.

Just as soon as Charlie had given the man before her a quick nod, he took her hand tightly in his. "Whatever you do, don't let go." Chase commanded as he took off running down the hill. With her hand in his, Charlie had no choice but to keep up with the man's pace which, as it turned out, was surprisingly difficult.

The world around the two seemed so surreal to Charlie as darkness swirled about them. The air felt heavy and distorted.
When the two reached the bottom of the hill, Chase then circled the base of the hill until the reached something that looked like the opening of a large hole. It seemed this was exactly the place Chase was aiming for when he made a direct bee-line for it. Despite Charlie's apprehension at going inside of it, she let Chase lead her through the opening.

"This place was an acient burial mound." Chase explained calmly as he lead Charlie down this hidden tunnel that went up under the hill. "It should be a great place to hide from the Flux. It's not going to reach us here as the Ergo Flux tends to stay mainly above ground."

As they reached the end of the stone steps that lead down, the tunnel suddenly opened up into an old, dark, cavern. Once they reached the bottom of the steps, Chase let go of Charlie's hand. Charlie hardly noticed the action in her panic, and she kept running.
She didn't realize Chase had stayed behind at the opening until she heard a loud crash behind her which shook the whole cavern violently. Charlie flipped around instantly, barely able to stay on her feet as a result of the tremors. Although just as soon as she had turned to see what was causing the commotion, the rumbling diminished. And the sight that met Charlie's eyes was horrifying. There were rocks, boulders, dirt and rubble everywhere. The stone steps were buried and the opening was completely covered in mounds of collapsed earth. The sight was almost as terrifying to Charlie as the Ergo Flux, it's self, has been. Though it seemed that Chase didn't quite feel the same degree of concern as he had not even moved an inch during the entire avalanche. His back was even turned to the aftermath as he stared blankly back at Charlie. Then, the small room became deathly silent for just a few moments. Charlie's voice was the next sound to echo through the empty underground space. "What? How?" Those were the only words she seemed to be able to articulate. She tried to keep her cool but failed horribly. She was a regular city girl and not used to much more excitement than her day to day life back at Bridgeport City, so she didn't know how to react to this kind of situation. Instead, she just stood there in shock, waiting for some kind of response from Chase. Silence fell over the cold, stone room again and Charlie could hear her heart beating wildly in her chest like a drum. It was so loud to her that she couldn't imagine that Chase was unable to hear it as well. "It's alright." Chase said calmly as he approached the very anxious Charlie. "It's just an avalanche. Must have been caused by the powerful shift that the Ergo Flux made. That means it was proably a pretty massive flux." Chase glanced back again at the damage done looking more impressed than anything else. All Charlie could do was wonder how Chase was taking all of this so lightly. There was nothing impressive or amusing about this situation. What about the fact that they were almost swallowed up by a so-called Ergo Flux? What about the fact that they currently had no way out of this cave? How could he just ignore all of that?

Charlie bit her nails instinctively, feeling more and more anxious. "The entrance is blocked off, you know." She finally responded in almost a whisper. "We can't get back out." She felt panic start to set in with this realization.
Chase, as it appeared, did all in his power not to laugh at poor Charlie's observation. "It's probably all for the best anyway." Chase replied after swallowing his laughter and keeping it to himself. This action, unsurprisingly, left a rather distorted expression on his face. And it left an impression in Charlie's eyes that this odd man seemed to be thoroughly out of his mind. "If we can't get out," Chase explained, "that means nothing can get in." Charlie didn't quite understand what he meant Moreover, she was sort of convinced that Chase was crazy. Chase went on, "Although, we're not exactly trapped here. I think there might be another way out. There's something different about that wall behind you." Charlie turned to glance at the wall in question and noticed that it, indeed, was out of place.

"If I can't find a way out," Chase mused, mostly to himself, "then I will make a way out."
So Chase approached the suspicious looking wall and Charlie, not wanting to be left behind, followed closely behind him.

Chase glanced closely at the wall with those piercing, white eyes of his. It was almost as if he were looking straight through the bricks and into whatever was behind them. Then, lightly, he rested his white hand on it, feeling the brick and stone carefully with his finger tips.
"Interesting..." He muttered quietly to himself. Chase then placed both his hands firmly against the wall and continued to inspect it as if he were seeing with his finger tips. Charlie watched, interested but slightly baffled. She had never seen anyone do anything like this before. Charlie also wondered what he was trying to feel for with his fingers. 'He probably is insane, after all.' She reasoned in her mind. "Uh huh..." Chase finally uttered as he stepped back away from the wall. Charlie thought he had given up but noticed how satisfied he sounded.

Suddenly the wall rumbled and shook, and then the grey bricks split loudly, right down the very center of the wall.
"Whoa!" Charlie breathed. "How did you do that?" She hadn't seen Chase do anything but feel the wall with his fingers. He had done nothing visibly with enough force to have broken a massive brick wall. Surly, there must have been some kind of leaver or trigger somewhere. Chase ignored her question. Instead, he shoved his shoulder against the wall with enough force to push it open. When the wall was busted in, Charlie could see that it wasn't a wall at all. It was some sort of hidden door disguised as wall. She also noticed that there was another room beyond that door.

"Come on," Chase beckoned to Charlie, looking over his shoulder toward her as he entered the room. Charlie felt too scared to move deeper into this underground burial site, however, she really did not wish to be left behind either. Once again, Charlie was not left much of an option.
She cautiously stepped into the next room, staying very close behind Chase. "Look at that," Chase suddenly said, stopping so abruptly that Charlie nearly ran into his back. Charlie looked over Chase's shoulder, squinting as her eyes slowly began to adjust to the darkness of the room. The first thing she finally noticed was a huge, green marble door which appeared to be chained shut. The next thing she noticed was a very odd tile placed directly in the center of the room and pointing straight to the door. "What do you think that tile's there for...?" Charlie began to ask. Chase ignored her yet again and was already approaching the tile before she had even had the chance to finish her question. Charlie gave up and watched silently at a safe distance as Chase stepped onto the tile and tried to shift his body weight in order to trigger a reaction. This action clearly had an effect. The tile depressed slightly into the floor and then the ground beneath the tile began to glow an odd, green color. Simultaneously, the chain across the giant marble door broke and dissolved into a million tiny pieces.
"What did you do?" Charlie asked, stunned. "And how did you know to do that?"

Chase shrugged his shoulders with an innocent smile on his face. "Who knows? But it worked didn't it?"

That wasn't quite the reply Charlie was looking for. She was way to logical and serious a person for such a simple answer. She knew there was no way Chase was this full of dumb luck. How on earth did he seem to know where everything was and how to break walls and unlock doors? She wanted to find out his sources. But not now, of course. Now would definitely be one of the worst times Charlie could imagine. "Whatever," Charlie finally replied, changing the subject before she became to agitated. "What the heck kind of ancient civilization built such a tomb anyway?" The technology already seemed way too advanced to be anything ancient. "I couldn't tell you," Chase answered sounding rather absent minded. "Hey, want to find out what's behind the next door?"

"Not really..." Charlie was un-enthused.

"Come on. Haven't you ever wanted to go on a big adventure just like the one's your dad had?"

"You don't get to talk about my father." Charlie answered shortly.

"Okay, okay. Fine. Anyway, let's get going. We'll never get out of here if we don't keep trying."
So Chase went through the door, and Charlie, of course, was given no other alternative but to follow him. "Well, well! What do we have here?" Chase mused as he observed the room upon entry. "How interesting..." Chase commented. And indeed it was, for inside this next room was another huge door chained shut and another tile identical to the one in the previous room. Chase stepped onto the tile in very much the same way he had done before, expecting the same result. The tile did glow beneath his feet but nothing else happened. This seemed to surprise him. He glanced over his shoulder toward Charlie. "Huh, I could have sworn..." "Wait a minute..." He said to himself after noticing a mysterious hole in the wall directly in front of him.
"I know what you're thinking." Charlie said nervously through her teeth. "Don't put your hand in there." She was horrified with the thought of him even attempting it. Who knew what was in there? But, of course, Chase ignored her again, and put his arm into the wall as far as it would go. Then, with his eyes shut, he felt around for a leaver or some kind of trigger. And in just a few moments, he succeeded. The chain across the door broke apart and fell away right before Charlie's eyes. Then, without another word, Chase quickly lead the way into the next chamber. The first thing Charlie noticed upon entering was the mounds of rubble piled up in the corner of the room. On the other end of the room was another chained door. But this time there was no visible trigger other than a large, stone, keyhole shaped like a heart. "A keyhole?" Charlie was thinking out loud. "We don't have a key though..." "Yeah, this might be a bit problem." Chase responded as he headed over to inspect the keyhole. Chase did not seem to emit any sense of worry or concern, but that didn't mean the situation was not worrisome. It seemed to Charlie that Chase had run out of plans (or luck). Were they stuck? Charlie was afraid it was true. She wondered how they were going to make it out of the underground chambers?

---Chapter 4: End

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#1c h i i s a i * n e z u m iSep 16, 2012

So awesoommmee
I can't wait for more c:

#2Cherry<3Sep 17, 2012

never thought of reading any of the written stories on TSR,usually just briefling looking the picture and the sentence. But somehow started to read your stories and following it. Wonder what will happen in the heart shape keyhole or thing.

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