Billions of nanoids activated. Their electrical hum vibrated beneath Erin’s skin. Her muscles gripped her bones, clamping onto them, tighter and tighter.
The tree responded. A rectangular outline took shape around her hands, glowing and pulsing in time with the nanoids’ signal.
“Did you find it?” D’aerul’s chest heaved as he spat out the words.
“I don’t think this is a tree all,” she said.
Erin pressed against the outline. The bark receded into the tree, revealing a sunken compartment and the source of the blue light. She pulled out a small crystal sphere.
“Um… What are we supposed to do with that?”
© Amanda Makepeace
Part Five coming September 9th.
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