When last we left our heroes, Apollo was guarding the mine entrance as Sarnen and Prudenzia went to find help from Pru’s mysterious friend…
Sarnen was badly injured; uninterested in the dubious concoction Pru suggested, he decided to seek out his friend, Virgil, in the center of the city. Before he dashed off Pru pointed out the home of her friend, Mable, so he could find them after his errand. Sarnen ran to Virgil’s place and explained the scenario: A giant lizard was in the mines! As Sarnen recovered, Virgil went to fight the monster in his place.
Mable opened her door to a frantic Pru, who once more needed her guidance in the mines. Mable agreed to go, and worried about the absence of her husband. Mable gathered her trusty helmet, her headlight, and her Peatree. [Peatree is Mable’s ethereal muskrat. It is a small and transparent critter in a cage, and is essential for working in the mine. Although the mine is generally a safe place to work, the ethereal muskrats act as an early warning system: when they turn solid, the mine is no longer safe. Mable wasn’t sure what they warned about, only that solidity resulted in evacuation.] Mable and Pru waited 20 minutes for Sarnen, but then decided the situation was too dire for delay. Mable’s husband, a guard, could conceivably be headed for the mine…
Apollo gathered some brush and twigs in an effort to block off the entrance to the mine. He surveyed his work, and felt confident that no one would enter now. That task taken care of, Apollo decided to run some errands of his own so that he could better face the dread basilisk. Apollo, in need of healing, went to find Lynette, his rescuer of long ago, and to look for mirrors, knives, and rope. Lynette was alarmed at his injuries, but could offer no aid. She heard the news of the monster, and knew she was needed at the mines. As Apollo went to finish his shopping, Lynette decided to investigate.
Mable and Pru arrived at the mine entrance and were surprised to see that Apollo had vanished. They searched the ground for tracks and determined that several people had pushed aside the barrier and entered the mines. The pair initially decide to wait for strength in numbers, but their plans are dashed when Mable hears screaming from the mines. Mable enters the mines at a run, and Pru follows. Mable is horrified to find the petrified form of one of her friends, and another friend severally injured. Once more Mable’s keen ears hear screaming, but this time it is from the cave entrance; she makes out the voice of Virgil. Pru shouts back to him, and since they have worked together in the past, he joins them in the mine. They can do nothing to help Emily’s terrified friend except carry him back to the mine entrance and hide him under an overturned mine cart. Lynette arrives at this point, and is as distraught as Mable to see the fate of her townspeople. The foursome once more enter the mine, this time to slay the beast.
Following the directions of the miner, they travel west and down into the mine at a run. Mable takes a sharp turn and is immediately petrified by the basilisk. Her allies swallow their feelings and fight! Virgil throws glitterdust into the eyes of the beast, and notices a film over its eyes: he believes it is no longer capable of petrification, and it stumbles blindly. Lynette attacks, as Pru drinks a potion. Pru bombs the beast. Virgil covers it in grease, and Lynette shoots fire out of her hands to torch it. The basilisk is set aflame by their clever combination. The fight continues in the cave, with magic and bombs flying, and the foul breath of the basilisk sickens our heroes.
Apollo finishes his shopping and heads to his monastery for healing. Once he is recovered, he returns to the cave. He runs as fast as he can to where he can hear the sounds of battle.
Lynette furiously attacks the basilisk, but her companions hide and heal themselves. With only one target left, the basilisk cuts into her with his claws. Lynette loses consciousness. Suddenly, Apollo leaps into the fray. He attacks the barely upright basilisk, and slays him. Apollo apologizes for the delay.
As Apollo and Virgil bring Lynette back to consciousness, Pru bleeds the basilisk dry, collecting all of the blood she can before more is spilled onto the ground. She and Lynette coat Mable with the blood, which reverses the petrification. Pru gives Mable the rest of the blood, enough to save three more of her townspeople. The sad knowledge that so many more — at least 11 — were petrified hangs in the air. Pru tells Apollo off for leaving his post, and tells Mable that it’s his fault her people are dead. Apollo insists this is untrue.
Mable makes everyone promise not to tell anyone that she was in the mines. She doesn’t want her husband to know about it, and she doesn’t want anyone in the town to talk about her. They all agree to respect her wishes.