We catch up to Mia as she hikes near a building at the edge of the woods.
Mia: Man, this heat is already intense! Good thing this trail is well shaded.
Hey, that's odd. I'm sure that access hatch was closed when I came by here earlier.
Gotta admit, this place gives me the creeps just a bit. I should check it out though, just in case something is amiss.
Hey, is anybody there? Degas, is that you? Who's there?
*thinking*(Was that somebody moving? It's too dark to be sure.... Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me.)
OK, that's IT! That place is just too damn dark and scary for me. If somebody's lurking in there, maybe it's better if I don't meet them face to face.
A short time later:
Creepy Clown: Oh silly me, did I leave that door open again? Too bad the little blonde girl didn't stay. Perhaps I could've had her for lunch! hehehehehehe!
I should mention that Degas is a friend of the local Adventurers Club chapter whom you haven't previously met. Hopefully, he'll show up here soon. There's a whole other story about how Creepy Clown came home with us from our recent out of town trip but maybe I'll go into that some other time.