Chapter 9

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Though she had lived in the City her whole life, Nikki could not believe the size of the building in front of her. She was looking straight up and still, she couldn't see the top.

"The library grew" Mike was now standing beside Nikki as she was too entranced by the sight before her. "Whatever is going on, the Library is being affected as well." He patted her back in a fashion that, if not for his sweaty face, would tell that he was ready to get in there and do what they needed to do.

Not wanting to push his fear, Nikki came back to reality and made her way to the door. The door itself was larger than normal.It was nearly twice as tall as her five and a half foot frame. Just above her; barely out of her reach, sat a knocker in the shape of the Triforce. All she had to do was look at it for Mike to know what her plan was.

"Don't do it. Those creatures will hear you." Mike nudged her to the side just far enough so he could lightly push the door open. Its weight was apparent as the creaking could be heard from far down the silent streets. Mike cringed and hoped that those creatures didn't hear. He peered in just as the door became wide enough. He looked for any signs of his fear before allowing Nikki to enter before him.

Nikki made sure to do her share of looking while Mike made his way in, and shut the door behind him.; a loud bang ringing through the large halls ahead of them. From the outside, the Libray looked gigantic. But once inside the site was far different. Aside from the door, the library seemed to be what the thought could be considered normal; long halls filled with rows of books and three floors total. In the middle was a large open area with tables and chairs. The open area extended all the way up to the ceiling where you could see the rows of books on each floor.

Mike made his way to Nikki's side and pointed down the hall straight ahead of them, "Last time I was here, I was attacked from down that hall. Believe me when I tell you that if you sense trouble, run. He then pointed his finger towards the upper floors "I can take the third while you get the second. We can meet back up here if we don't find anything." He pushed forward; signaling that he wanted their whole mission to be done as soon as possible. Mike pushed on and Nikki, not knowing this new Library, followed closely behind. They made their way over to their left and Nikki noticed a set of stairs. Mike stopped abruptly and turned around; almost causing Nikki to bump into him. "There is one other thing you should know. If you hear hissing, stay as quiet as possible until it stops." Mike made his way up his first set of steps and left Nikki to ponder what he meant.

Before she knew it Nikki was on her own. She collected her thoughts and after coming up with theories of an assortment of large snakes, spiders, and other types of hissing insects, as she made her first step up to the unknown. She looked around as she made her way up to the second floor. She remembered coming to the library when she was younger but she didn't remember it being so dark and eerie. When she hit the last step she saw what she definitely remember. To her left was a stand that held a map. Just below that were foldable maps. She quickly snatched one up and unfolded it in the hopes of some help.

Her hopes were immediately dashed when she saw the original layout. "Ah, come on" she inadvertently screamed. She looked around as quickly and quietly as she could. She listened closely for the hissing but only heard a familiar "Shh" from above. She let out a sigh of relief and moved forward. She walked along the outside of the rows of books and read their labels. The first she passed was labeled fiction with the sub-label Hist. She crossed that section off in her head and moved on. Myst, a second Myst, and then a Chil. She was at her wit's end when she hit the end of the first side.

She turned the corner and moved on. She looked up and right in front of her, it said Magic. The sub-label read Begin. For three more rows, she saw Magic for those that were just starting out. She knew that no Goddess would be caught dead in there so she moved on. She stopped at the advanced section and looked down the first row. Her face was beaming when she found a figure crouched down facing away from her. "Excuse me" She was attempting to be as quiet as possible while trying to figure out who the figure was.

Hiss

Her smile faded and she tried calling the figure again "Excuse me" her voice was a whisper as she inched closer.

Hissss

The figure rose to their feet and slowly turned; the hissing growing louder as they faced her. She stumbled back at the sight before her. The place was dark but she could clearly see the face of what she thought to be someone looking for a book. It was white and shaped like a skull. With large, pincer-like fangs and glowing red eyes just above that, she could tell it was no human. And just as she thought things couldn't get worse, eight legs began sprouting from the sides. She fell back and involuntarily screamed. What she thought was the creature in front of her hissing louder was in fact, upon looking up, multiple spider creatures.

Nikki, not able to get up due to fear, crawled backward until she had enough room to stand. When she was on her feet, she pulled out her bow. She knocked and arrow in anticipation of eradicating whatever those spider headed creatures were. She didn't know what to do because she had never seen them before. Her classes hadn't taught her much about the creatures that used to infest the lands of ancient Hyrule. Before she could think about what Liam would do, she felt a strong grip pull her away. Mike had pulled her away just as the spiders had come out of their book rows. Nikki just watched as they grew smaller and the distance between grew larger. She then realized that they stopped.

They were gone from sight and the two were now back down on the first floor. Mike released his grip and began to catch his breath. Nikki looked around frantically in the hopes that there weren't any others. "What were those things?" She was trying to keep her voice down but it was useless. Not even the site of the Repaper was that horrifying.

"They are skulltulas. Well, something like them anyways" Mike had just regained his breath and was now upright and ready to fill her in on what he knew he should have said earlier. "These forms of skulltulas find hosts and attach themselves to the head" Mike began to shutter at the thought. "From there they control the host body and will cause chaos." His face began showing his level of fear as he strained to continue "Once the host body's life is used up, they take them to their queen to devour; bones and all." Nikki was now seen trying to hold back any food she had the past twenty-four hours.

"If you don't want me to harm the bodies, then what are we supposed to do?" Nikki put the bow down as she stared down Mike for an answer.

"I never said you couldn't kill them." His anger showed in the echoes that rang throughout the Library. "I only pulled you out because the situation was too dangerous for either of us to handle; even together."

"Then what are we supposed to do" Both of their voices had been ringing through the halls while neither of them noticed.

Hisssss

Hisssss

Hissss

With their argument interrupted, the two looked up to see a whole herd of skulltulas heading towards them.

Hissss

Nikki looked behind them and there was a single skulltula without a host. She reached for her bow and attempted to swat it away. Mike had grabbed the table and with his strength, lifted it high into the air. He tossed it; knocking back the first wave of spiders. Even his attempt was futile, as they kept on coming. The one's with hosts were easier to knock away as the extra weight slowed them down and made them easier to hit. The smaller one's without a host quickly surrounded them and began closing in. Nikki and Mike were eventually forced back to a wall. Two lights began to shine and they realized that their necklaces began to glow. This light scared the skulltulas and caused them to act more erratic.

Nikki had a gut feeling that they were reacting to something. She looked at the wall behind here and found a desk with a lamp.The lamp had two familiar marks in them. Thinking that she had nothing else to lose, she placed the gem from her necklace in on of the slots. "Mike" She pointed to the last slot and he rushed over to place his. A wave of energy shot outward and pushed the skulltulas back much further. "Well, that was..." The floor opened up beneath the two and the next thing they saw was darkness.

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