Chapter 18

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Chapter 18 - Journey

I threw the pearl, only for it to turn around and fly towards the opposite direction of which I threw it, and then fall back on the ground. I went to pick it up and immediately threw another one in the same direction, in which it continued as I thought it would.

I spent several hours repeating this notion, eating small amounts of food when hungry and taking small breaks whenever I tired out from throwing the pearls, and I saw the sun beginning to set, so I quickly went into the nearest cave, lit it up, sealed the entrance and built a bed, in which I fall asleep.

The next morning I counted my supplies and noticed I was missing a pearl. Unsure about whether or not I picked up my last one, I checked the spot only a few meters away, only to find broken shards in its place. I assumed a creeper blew it up and continued on.

The journey was at times wonderful, as I made passes through many different types of land: those filled with trees, deserts, jungles, and plains, and I made many new discoveries, such as naturally pink sheep, but the journey also became dangerous at times: leading me over the highest mountains, frozen ice which may break under my weight at any given moment, or through large mobs of monsters which I could not avoid.

I managed to get through everything in one peace, and thought the journey to be easy, but eventually I noticed another pearl had gone missing, most likely due to my not paying attention to them, and decided to keep an eye on the pearls while they're midair. 

*Shatter*

The pearl breaks after having hovered for a second or two without any warning, and it is then that I realized that if I don't conserve these pearls I will neither make it to the dungeon, nor find my way back home.

I decided to use the pearls a lot less frequently, as they would likely turn around were I to overshoot and pass my destination, but they still went down in numbers at times, and after a week of traveling I find myself low on pearls.

I eventually reach the end of the mainland, and find myself confronted with the ocean, except the pearls kept going. Knowing I couldn't stop now, I built a boat and continue onward, trying to conserve my pearls by throwing them while on small islands, so they're not completely unattainable, except I still lost some of my already few pearls, and taking shelter has become significantly more difficult.

Now with a measly 11 pearls remaining I threw a pearl which began to fly in the opposite direction. Understanding that I was near the portal, I retrieve the pearl and find the halfway point between where I am and where I last threw a pearl, except I found myself in the middle of a deep ocean.

I threw a pearl anyways, and it began to float downwards very slowly. I looked down and I saw in the water a faint light--that of lava--emitting from a crevice. In it I saw the stronghold.

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