Thresh looked at her, a bit confused. If it was just as dangerous but easier...? "What makes it easier, but more dangerous?" He asked, backing up from the steep wall and waiting.
"Not more dangerous!" Sage protested. "I said just as dangerous! Don't change it!" She walked to the wall and felt along it until she found the right place. "Here...that means a few feet this way..." She smiled at the bush a few feet away. "Behind that bush there's an entrance to a tunnel that leads up into that cave. It's just as dangerous because there's usually a snake or something, and there's also a risk of the thing caving in."
A bit of color drained from Thresh's face at the mention of snakes. He HATED snakes. Shaking his head, Thresh declined the tunnel.
"I'd rather climb." Thresh admitted, turning from the bush and looking back up onto the cliff face.
Sage couldn't help but smirk. "What? Afraid of being buried alive or is Mr. Dark Forest afraid of snakes?"
Thresh ignored the question for a second, hopping up to the first handhold. "You haven't seen the snakes in the Dark Forest." Thresh grunted, climbing higher onto the cliff. He had sure hands and feet, considering the time he spent climbing and running through trees in the Forest.
Sage sighed. "Well if that's the case then the snakes here shouldn't be a problem to you." She scanned the wall for a moment, and their surroundings. She determined a nearby tree was her best bet for a starter, and climbed up it. Once she got as high as she could, she leapt to the wall, nearly missing but catching herself on a ledge. She scaled up the wall to the cave quickly, but not without some scares. She was breathless, sitting in the mouth of the cave.
Reaching the mouth as she did, Thresh took a moment to look out at the now-stunning view they had before looking inside the cave.
"I hope you brought a torch." Thresh jested, then drawing Ivory and smiling. Whispering something in a foreign language, Ivory then illuminated itself and lit up the long corridor in front of them. Turning back to Sage, he motioned her to follow before proceeding into the cave.
"Thresh, there's a maze inside this mountain, you could get lost in here." Sage warned. "If he is here, there could also be traps."
"You know him better than I do. If he set traps, you probably know about them." Thresh replied, looking around the mouth of the cave and searching for any faults or irregularities in the stone.
Sage shook her head. "I know him but not perfectly, Thresh. I don't know where he'd set the traps or what kind. His preferences and style changed almost every time."
"Of course it does." He grunted, still searching the roof and walls for strange objects.
Unfortunately, due to that, he fell into the shallow pit right in front of him.
"Fuuuuuuuu-" He shouted, then hit the bottom.
Sage made sure not to fall. "Thresh, you alright?" She asked, knowing the pit was small enough he was probably fine as long as he didn't land wrong...
(Sorry, I've been posting a bit sporadically due to conditions at home.)
"I'm fine." Thresh grunted, standing and rubbing his head. Well, at least now he knew that there were some traps in here. He'd be sure to be extra careful from here on out, because he didn't exactly fancy falling into a pit that also included spikes.
"If there aren't any snakes down there, I don't think he's here. I remember we almost always moved the snakes from the passage into this pit." Sage would have been amused if that information made him freak out.
"GET ME OUT OF THIS PIT." Thresh shouted, looking down before leaping on to the edge and scrambling up very quickly. Flopping onto the ground, he looked up at Sage and growled,
"Don't ever. Do that. Again.'
Sage bust out laughing. "Oh come on! I was just telling you something you might need to know." She glanced down into the pit, her eyes seeing even in the darkness. "Hang on.." She dropped down into it and retrieved the slithering reptile seh saw. She giggled. "The only snake down here wasn't even poisonous." She placed it up on the ledge oposite him and climbed back out. "I don't understand your problem with snakes not from the Dark Forest."
Thresh sat up, looking at her. He thought of the best way to explain the irrational, yet totally understandable fear of snakes. After a moment, he spoke.
"It's...like learning to ride a horse. Once you learn, you never forget. Apply that logic to me with snakes."
Sage watched the harmless snake slither away. Most snakes didn't seem to mind her, so long as she treated them right. The didn't feel threatened by her. "Well, just trust me."
"Trust you on what? Snakes? Nobody can change me on that. That's the one thing I hate more than anything else." Thresh replied, standing and picking up Ivory again.