"Get to the cave and stay there until I come for you!" she shouts at the five confused students.
She has come to know all of them well over the last few years, and knows that they will do as she has instructed them. She turns and disappears back into the keep, as Boucher and the others start to bolt for the cave just up the path that Mandlebrot is already standing on. He looks back at the main tower of the keep and watches as battle between the gold dragon, who now carries a rider, and the blue dragon is again joined. Mandlebrot's eyes widen with shock as the battle plummets down toward the courtyard just behind the fleeing companions.
Cries of fear are immediately heard from beyond the door. The group rushes passed the door and into a fairly well lit cavern that slopes downward to a small passage at the far end. four goblins appear one at a time from the darkness beyond this small passage, screaming and looking back over their shoulders. The goblins are running toward a small opening on the northern wall of this cavern which is the main light source in this room. They pay no heed to the group as they stumble and climb over one another to get to the opening and escape whatever is chasing them. As soon as the last one bursts forth from the darkness, arms flailing above its head, it falls dead revealing the hilt of a shiny dagger sticking out from its back.
"When dealing with a sorceress of the Thaelioth's legendary power, anything is possible" Mandlebrot thought aloud.
The others didn't seem comforted by this revelation. Sleep came uneasily to the five companions that night, and it had nothing to do with the rotting drake corpses or the fact that they were in a dark cavern once filled with enemies.