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Sabrina felt queasy walking in the underground chamber next to the river. Even though Tom was holding her hand, and the strange glowing plants they called "magic mushrooms" partially lit their way, she couldn't shake the feeling that there was something creepy about the cavern. She felt that something evil lived here, something that swam in the same dark river from which they had just emerged; something that walked each day on the same clods of hard gray dirt beneath their feet and breathed the same dank, cold air that was currently chilling her bones.
Tom felt Sabrina's hand go stiff. "What is it?" he whispered quietly, stopping his slow footsteps and looking at his companion with concern.
"Something's not right here," said Sabrina, as she let go of Tom's hand, crossed her arms over her chest and shivered. Tom moved in close and gently rubbed her arms.
"Don't worry. It's nothing. We'll be out of here soon. Let's keep moving," said Tom.
The two continued on, walking quickly halfway between the jagged cave walls on their left and the dark green river on their right. The slow-moving waves made gurgling sounds as they splashed against the wet gray rocks on the shore and the whole place smelled like rotting fish.
There was a chill wind blowing from the western entrance up ahead, and as it picked up, it whistled throughout the cavernous chamber, creating a frightening "oooo" sound. Sabrina moved closer to Tom as they quickened their pace.
Since they started walking, Tom had been putting on a brave face for Sabrina. His instincts had been telling him something horrifying that he could not say for fear that she might panic: they were being followed!
Since they climbed out of the river, Tom had heard a quiet splashing sound that moved when they moved and stopped when they stopped. For some reason, Sabrina did not seem to be aware of it.
Tom looked around for something to use as a weapon in case they were attacked. The ground was bare except for the flat gray rocks and glowing magic mushrooms. As he looked at the cavern walls, he wondered if he might be able to break off one of the protruding spikes to defend them from an enemy. He steered Sabrina closer to the wall as they walked.
"What's up?" Sabrina said, noticing their changing direction.
"Nothing," said Tom. "I just thought we might be warmer over by the wall."
"Tom, is there something you're not telling me? Because I'd rather know if we're in any kind of danger," said Sabrina, her eyes burning into him.
"No. Well, now that I think about it, yeah. I thought that it we were closer to the wall we might be safe from the horrible, giant, scaly monster that's been stalking us from the river," Tom said, breaking into a big grin.
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