The time had finally arrived, all there planning and scrounging were about to be brought to fruition, and as Hunter began to attach the ring to ceiling Ozwin arrived looking rather nervous as he handed Hunter the rope.
“We may have a problem, I spotted Snitch a few hours ago," Ozwin said his face a little concerned Hunter checked the knot strength, "leaving this tunnel, I think he may have over heard."
Hunter thought for a moment then looked down at him, “No need to worry, Snitch learned a valuable lesson in interfering in people’s lives," he said as he pulled on the knot one more time, “it involved an arrow and a scary man called Hunter.”
Ozwin then sat down on a rock and watched as Hunter began rechecking his equipment, “so you threatened Snitch?”
"What you can't say he didn't have it coming... Hunter replied picking up the bow, “...but we can discuss it later, right now is the time for escaping.”
Hunter walked over to the ravine and loaded his arrow, he closed his eyes, took a deep breath, aimed his bow across the ravine, then as he breathed out he opened his eyes and loosed his arrow.
The arrow flew straight and true across the ravine it only dropped slightly as it hit the support beam of the cave entrance opposite, and then without another word he threw his bow over the rope and pushed himself off.
“Good luck,” Ozwin shouted as Hunter pushed himself off, he then walked to the edge and watched as Hunter zipped down the rope and landed safely on the other side. Ozwin continued watching as Hunter began untying and retying the rope the loop on the other side, Hunter then signalled it was now safe for him to cross.
“Ok here we go,” Ozwin said as he took a deep breath and put his pick axe on the rope, he gripped it tight, closed his eyes and he pushed himself off and didn’t open them again till he heard the clunk of his pick on wood, “am I dead?”
Hunter simply chuckled, “not dead yet my friend” he replied as he helped Ozwin off the rope, “would you like another go?”
Ozwin laughed and shook his head, “not on your life lad,” he said grabbing his chest he gazed into the tunnel in front of them, “I see no light down there, you reckon they’ll be an escape.”
“Of course there will, but knowing Vartan it won’t be as simple as we would like,” Hunter replied as he began walking into the tunnel, “stay close Ozwin, you never know what we’ll find.”
After a fair while of walking and finding nothing but rocks, they came to a crudely made ladder heading upwards, they could see faint light high above them the feel of fresh air on their face was a nice change.
“A ladder really but why would you...,” said Hunter as he examined the ladder, which had been made of bolted wood planks,”...so I ask what’s the catch?”
"Probably guards sitting in wait," Ozwin said as he looked at the ladder, "just waiting to award us with a one way ticket to the chopping block."
“That would be a release not a punishment my friend,” Hunter said as he pulled on of the planks, “they seem...