Khali stalked through the maze of ice tunnels, tracking the scent of the crystals through the force. From the smells she was getting from other creatures stalking the tunnels, she could tell that the other creatures knew she was here and would eventually come out of hiding to confront her once the animals had sniffed out their possibilities.
The tunnel she was in was going in every direction, sloping up and down, twisting and turning, areas she had to climb up, and areas she had to slide down, and the whole way passing connecting tunnels left and right, up and down. But she always followed the smell of those crystals that called out to her senses. She couldn't see what the tunnels ahead looked like though, and with all the twists and turns everything looked the same. But the tunnels were getting gradually narrower and shorter. Eventually she rounded a bend in the tunnel and found she had to duck her head and had less than two feet of room on either side of her.
She paused for a moment, taking a deep breath and silently praying that the tunnels improved up ahead. She kept moving forward for a few more minutes until she found her shoulders bumping the sides of the tunnel and she was bent over almost double. She turned sideways to the tunnel and tried not to think about it, trying to focus on the scent and how close it was... But soon all she could think about was how close the walls were...
She stopped several times again to close her eyes and take deep breaths, but soon even this didn't help as she was sideways in a straight passage with her back against one wall and barely four inches of clearance in front of her. Her breath was growing rapid as she felt panic welling up inside her, she couldn't fight it back and soon couldn't even think clearly. She felt a sever panic attack coming on as her claustrophobia began to strangle her. She froze in place and couldn't move out of fear, her breath coming in quick gasps as she began to hyperventilate and her breathing quickly turned into gasping sobs of panic.
She closed her eyes and screamed, her voice carrying throughout her whole tunnel system and even faintly to the entrance she came through.
Then the predators around her knew it was time to move in for the kill.
In the narrow passage in which she was frozen, something was coming for her, slithering through the tunnels on soft white fur, its tongue flicking in and out, tasting her fear in the air. As its pray continued to scream and cry it came up to her undetected. It opened its wide mouth and struck quick as lightning, sinking its fangs into her calf and pulling back, quickly jerking her off her feet where she landed hard. The fur covered serpent then began dragging her deeper into the narrow tunnel almost as quickly as it had struck.
She could not focus even on her natural senses to stop this threat. At first there was pain in her leg, then numbness, the pain was almost enough to bring her back to her senses, but when she was pulled off her feet her head struck the floor hard and then she felt herself being pulled further in, and she could feel the walls closing around her. Her heart was in her throat, her lungs wouldn't work properly. She could only remember a few times when she had felt this helpless, and it was while she was a slave in solitary confinement. She couldn't have fought back, even though she wanted to desperately fight for her life... Nothing worked, her arms and legs were frozen in fear, and soon, everything went black.
Edited by Khali Strahd, 17 February 2019 - 04:16 PM.