A day passed and another. She was still in the endless giant
room. But now it was clear: this hall was sort of a museum. Beasts,
monsters, relics of them and so on stood in the glass cubes, or by
themselves, on postaments and so on. And the dust, thick, several
centuries old. Time itself was an exhibit in this place.
11. The Museum
Silence was disturbing. Nearly all the noises were deafened by
the dust or the great span of the hall. She managed to walk from one
wall to another; it took two hours. A labyrinth of the exhibits was
also dizzying; the natural look of the most of them was enough to
scare even the bravest adventurers. They were mostly unknown to
Rhissa, but that was not strange. She walked by a wall. Sooner or
later she should reach an entrance to this enormous room. She marked
one especially great showcase and moved amidst the creatures even the
most imaginative mind couldn't make up. Soon she was half-walking,
half-dreaming; the only things her eyes detected were possible signs
of a door.
When she found a door, it was absurdly small in comparison with
the hall. Just six feet wide and eight high. She had no idea how the
biggest beasts were put in here, but it wasn't what worried her most
of all. She opened a door, not bothering to check what was behind and
left the vast hall.
She stood in a narrow corridor, extending endlessly in both
directions. A plaque on the door read: 'Animals'. Well, it could be
translated in that way. She had no spare energy for detailed
investigation. The corridor was cleaner; no dust lay on the floor.
Warm air blew slowly; it made her more vivid and the fatigue of two
(or more ?) days walking immediately forced her body to complain.
She sat by the door to have a small rest. Another door, twenty
feet across the corridor had a plaque 'Science achievements'. That
sounded great, but first her feet should rest. Rhissa closed her eyes
and tried to abstract from all that surrounded her now.
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