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  12/30/2012

Hello, Laura here, your resident agony aunt turned Treehugger ice lolly. I am cautiously looking forward to my time in the chilly climes of Survivor Iceberg... I hope no poor creature comes to me seeking advice about their frostbitten tail, for I?d be scared of it dropping off in my paws, and ironically I don?t like the cold! Things are going to get interesting. Also, I'm praying that one of my fellow contestants manages to smuggle in some tea bags because I?m bringing my teapot; one daily essential I cannot possibly live without. I won?t be caught lacking a steaming hot mug or two. Or ten. Well, a girl?s gotta keep warm!

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  12/30/2012  2

Day One: Arrival (or 'Has Anybody Seen My Ear?')

Well, I've finally made it! Survivor Iceberg, my snowy dwelling for the next ten weeks. My friends, you have no idea what great lengths I took to get here. And did I mention how difficult it is for a Norn to navigate her way through space solo? Originally, my plan was to make an entrance by arriving in style on board a boat. However, this was before the Hand explained to me that such methods of transport were strictly reserved for Hands only, and that the likes of me were certainly not allowed for health and safety reasons; not even if I traveled incognito in the hold. "Besides", he pointed out with a smirk, "Treehuggers can't afford ferry tickets". He really is most disagreeable at times. [nblank] The rest is all a blur, to be honest. so I'll just put my successful arrival down to sheer pluck and good fortune. I am here, safe... and nearly all in one piece!

Judging by the bitter air that literally lunged at me in greeting, like an icy punch in the face, I'm definitely glad that I decided to wear my thermal socks at the last minute. They're extra soft, with super industrial strength isolation, so at least I won't have to worry about my toes dropping off with frostbite! I'm not sure the same can be said about my left ear... I'm sure I had it when I left home. Dang, I KNEW I should've worn ear muffs! With any luck, someone will stumble across it before a polar bear has it for its dinner (or one of my fellow contestants. Who knows? Desperate times may call for desperate measures...)

Which reminds me, I wonder if any of them managed to smuggle in some teabags, as requested on my application form? I'll certainly be happy to exchange my advice for a steaming hot mug or two. Or ten. Hopefully I'll be able to make some arrangement with these good creatures, or else succumb to a lack of caffeine, let alone these arctic conditions!

Anyway, it's been lovely talking to you all, but I really must crack on and find myself some form of shelter before dusk begins to fall. Oh, and gather kindling for a fire. And water for my kettle-come-teapot. And food. And discover another form of life, ideally in the shape of another creature. While the weather is quite clement in the sense that it's only cloudy, I am wary of things taking a turn for the worse, and any company is better than being on my own in a strange, desolate environment. They'll have to speak up though, for I am slightly hard of hearing.

 
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  12/30/2012  1

Day One: Settling In

Finding somewhere to call home here was never going to be easy for me and my earthy roots. There are no leafy branches to seek solace under, and my susceptibility to colds makes camping out in the arctic (of all places!) rather risky. So you're probably wondering at this point why I left my natural habitat for these chilly climes? Well, the truth is that I've always been curious to know if there really is such a thing called 'Iced Tea', and whether such an unworldly phenomenon happens to exist right here on Survivor Iceberg. For all I know, this beverage could just be plain myth, handed down in the frosty annals of legend closely guarded by the Hands. One thing is certain, I won't know for sure until I've fully explored this vast, white landscape, and hopefully I'll have some fun with the other contestants along the way! I can't wait to make their acquaintance!

I didn't have enough time before nightfall to rig up a proper shelter, so for now I've dug myself a hole in the wall of this snow drift, lining the inner walls with some feathers I found in a pile on the ground. SomeTHING must've poached a sizable bird, perhaps a snowy owl, or a puffin, for its supper... It's funny actually, because I also happened to spot these strange markings near to where I was gathering. They appeared to be large, gnarled footprints with alarmingly sharp claws, and a trail of smaller footprints next to them... Needless to say, I legged it a bit sharpish; I've already lost an ear and it's only day one, thank you very much! Saying that, I am thankful for this meager source of warmth.

Hmm. Still not a teabag in sight, not that it would be much use to me. My efforts in lighting a fire have reaped no rewards. As I mentioned earlier, there isn't a tree in sight for miles, just snow, ice and more snow on a long, shimmering horizon which never ends. As for food, I haven't had much luck there either. I could try and go fishing if I wanted, but with no fire to cook with and exhaustion laying heavily upon every limb, every bone in my body, I think I'd rather turn in for the night and see if my luck changes in the morning. Maybe I'll meet someone else and we can join forces! Here's hoping... I suppose the first day was always going to be a challenge, although I never expected to have to fight for survival in such barren conditions. At least on the island they had more resources, or perhaps I just need to be more inventive. Yeah... Cheer up, Laura! I'm sure you'll feel better once you've found some company and have a hot mug of tea steaming away in your paws.

I have, however, built a snownorn. His name is 'Slushy', and he has a pebble for a nose. I'm hoping that he'll act as a beacon for the other creatures; that they'll be curious enough to approach him and in turn find me shivering away in my feathery den. Oh, what I'd give for a nice, crumbly wedge of cheese right now, I'd even give my right ear! ;) Until tomorrow, friends.

 
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  12/31/2012

Day Two: Good News!

Something wonderful happened this morning! After a strange night's sleep I was suddenly roused by a wet, tingling sensation on my nose. How odd, I thought. Feeling too exhausted to open my eyes, I gave my nose an idle scratch and was just about to settle down again before several more tingles pelted across my cheeks! What was going on? Who was spitting at me, and how dare they disturb my precious little sleep? I rolled over. Another assault on my good ear! Right, that was enough. Cautiously I opened one eye and as the world came into focus it dawned on me... Silly Norn, it was SNOWING! Excitedly, I clambered out of my hole and sprinted out into the open for a closer look at this wintry spectacle. Being a homely Treehugger this was the first time I'd seen snow fall, it was quite beautiful really! I pondered... There was an elegance in how lightly the snowflakes fell, as if they were gently tickling the ground awake...

An impatient growling from my stomach jerked me out of this reverie. Oh yeah, I hadn't eaten since I'd left the Shee Ark yesterday. I turned around and, as I walked back towards my camp, I was greeted by the bizarre events of last night. For there, outside the entrance of my makeshift bed, was a line of arrows scrawled into the snow. They trailed off into to somewhere in the distance, and next to them lay a hurriedly written message. I couldn't quite make out what it said, since the snow had started the quilt the ground by then, but I think it read:

I think this might belong to you. Follow these directions and we'll meet at my house. I have some fish we can eat. Signed, Fly.

I looked down at my feet. MY EAR! :D So it wasn't all just a dream! Someone really had visited me while I was fast asleep, and they'd brought me my ear! Good ol' Slushy, I knew he'd help attract a fellow contestant soon enough. My new friend seems eager that we meet, so here I am with my ear in my pocketed safely in my fur and my snow boots securely fastened. Time to follow these arrows and see where they lead to, and perhaps I'll be lucky enough to find more provisions along way. Well, it'd be rude to me to pitch up at somebody's home without some form of housewarming gift!

 
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  12/31/2012

Day Two: Who's That?

I had followed the trail for quite a while, but even though I was excited to meet this Fly creature, all I could think about was FOOD. Oh, how careless of me not to pack a picnic before I left the Ark! My mind filled with crunchy carrots, freshly plucked from my garden in the Norn Terrarium, crisp apples which were just about to fall from the tree with ripeness, and the never ending supply of strong cheddar cheese which the vending machines have blessed us with.

Man, all that would wash down well with a nice, cool glass of iced tea... Seriously though, was I being unrealistic in my quest to find superior refreshment? I hadn't even found a old fish bone on my travels, so really, what chance did I have of finding something that's never been found? Oh well, I had to trudge on, my eyes and ear on the hunt for any sign of nourishment, or perhaps something useful I could use to survive a bit better. Anything was going be helpful at this point, and I surely didn't want to arrive at Fly's house empty-handed!

And that's when I saw this place. As I reached the top of the hill I'd been battling to climb, I saw it. A den! I haven't approached it yet, since who knows who might be inside... I still haven't forgotten those scary-looking footprints I saw yesterday; what if it's a bear, or an Ice Gnarler? What if it wants to eat me and have my right ear as a starter?! Oh! Wait! I think I saw something move... I think it's a female Siamese Norn! Oh my goodness, she's a fellow contestant! [ngrin] I shall run down to meet her! No... wait... Why is she running away?!

 
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  12/31/2012

Day Two: A Little Misunderstanding (or 'I'm a WHAT?')

Why is this Siamese Norn running away from me? I only want to make friends! I swear Treehuggers weren't designed to run this fast; our stomachs are too doughy from basking under trees and doing nothing all day! After charging down the icy slope and nearly sliding halfway down, I began to catch up to my seemingly terrified companion. What had gotten her so spooked? Was it because I only have one ear attached to my head, while the other one is safely tucked away in my fur? Was the sight of this so grotesque that she couldn't bear to look at me? I desperately needed reassure her once and for all that my kind are nothing to be afraid of. Even if I am missing an ear, it can be sewn back on!

Finally, we approached the shoreline and she stopped by the water's edge, while I continued to keep my distance. The last thing I wanted to do was startle her into running away again... That was two hours ago and I'm still patiently waiting. Oh, for the love of Shee, it stinks of seaweed here! Ooh, she appears to have found some crispy seaweed! Maybe she won't mind sharing it with me once we're friends. I don't have much to offer her in return, but I could always give her some of my feathers to make a comfortable bed; the grey shadows around her eyes seem to suggest that she hasn't slept a wink yet.

Now, perhaps if I just emerge very slowly from behind this snow drift, with my paws up... "H-hello...? I come peacefully..."

 
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  12/31/2012  2

Day Two: Don't Worry, Treehuggers are Vegetarians!

The Siamese Norn was friendly enough, once she realised I wasn't a Norn-eating polar bear, although she became a little disgruntled when I mentioned my idea about trading feathers for some of her food. Oh dear... I now suspect that she thought I was peckish for her pet crab!

She paused for a second, staring at me intently. Alarm bells had rung in my head after I'd noticed yet another scribbled message, written in the snow at my feet (I wonder if it was the same creature, 'Fly', who visited my hole yesterday. I STILL need to meet her!): "Beware of a female Siamese! She wants to eat you!" ... But to be honest, I think she's a vegetarian! No creature with an appetite for flesh would opt for seaweed over crabs, surely? I hope she is, for that would be some common ground to base our friendship on! Why, we could go hunting for some greens to gather and then mix them with some seaweed to make a delicious soup... However, we'd need some kindling or coal for a fire first. Oh, there's bound to be some resources somewhere on this Shee forsaken 'berg!

 
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  12/31/2012

Day Two: Food, Glorious Food

After a quick brainstorm, c1anddsaddict and I decided that our quest for food and resources would be more productive if we both split up. c1anddsaddict is going to scour the coastline, while I will look in-land; this way we'll cover a wider area. I'm hoping I'll find some lumps of coal, or a tasty shrub or three. Oh my, wouldn't it be BRILLIANT if I stumbled across some teabags? Sadly, I think my chances are slim! Will I ever get my paws on a brew?

Before setting off I turned my attention to the delicacy that lay right in front of me; using a canvas bag that c1anddsaddict had provided me with, I scooped up some of the seaweed and deposited it in there for later. Now we can feast upon seaweed stew at the very least. Well, once we have a fire lit that is! With my eyes pealed for anything else green that might be tasty, and more importantly, something I could burn for a fire, I made my way towards a cave I could see in the distance. And I was in luck, for outside this stony dwelling I managed to gather several plants; finally! An edible form of life! Into my trusty bag I stowed a few shrubs, a mound of moss and some delicious-looking Lichen. Oh my friend, we'll eat well tonight. Glowing with a huge sense of achievement, I slung my canvas bag over my shoulder and began to trek the merry trail back.

Oh, I almost forgot! As I was walking, I felt a curious something hard underfoot. I nearly didn't see it, for it was camouflaged against the snow, but it was a white pen! I wonder who this belongs to? My skills of deduction say it must be the property of another contestant, for why else would there be random stationary scattered across the arctic wilderness? Maybe this little discovery will result in another chance meeting! I hope they're friendly.

It's been a while since I got back to base, and right now I'm sat making doodles in the snow with the white pen. My behind is getting a bit cold though! I do hope c1anddsaddict returns soon and that she's safe; it'll start getting dark before long. I wonder what she has scavenged? To avoid getting lost, she had the clever idea of marking our rendezvous point with a piece of driftwood... Hang on... driftWOOD?! Wood... for a fire! Ooh... If I pilfer it to start a fire she'll be cross, won't she? [nsad]

 
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  1/1/2013

Day Three: Campfire, Anyone?

Not long after I'd written that previous journal entry, c1anddsaddict appeared over the snow drift and boy, did she look cold to the bone! I think she was grateful for the fire I'd managed to light; I did use the driftwood in the end. I don't think it's stealing, needs must and all that.
So now we have a glorious fire, which I've managed to keep going through the night! Well, I could hardly sleep anyway; I was far too busy stuffing my face with seaweed soup and a stew of moss and Lichen, while admiring the very pretty shells that c1anddsaddict brought back to show me. We're saving the shrubs for later; a light snack may be called for!
Anyway, it's morning now, and while our fire is still crackling, I fear that my efforts last night may end up going waste. Those dark clouds I can see in the distance are threatening to unleash their thundery rage! It's already starting to sleet. Pity, I was hoping that all this warmth and food would attract the attention of the contestants I haven't had the fortune to meet yet! There's nothing nicer than a bit of chit-chat over a communal breakfast.

Oh well... Speaking of breakfast, I wonder if there's any seaweed soup left, although I should probably wait until c1anddsaddict gets up. I hope she wakes up soon; those clouds are getting blacker and we really should investigate this cave I mentioned before we bear the weather's horrible brunt!

 
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  1/1/2013

Day Three: A Cave of Wonders

Once c1anddsaddict had woken up it was time to get moving. By now the clouds were as black as coal and the air hung heavily around our heads; it certainly wasn't the time to hang about! Pocketing a handful of shrubs and some moss each, and equipped with torchlight, we followed the trail back towards the mysterious cave.

From the moment we entered I became mesmerised. The cavern walls and floor were covered in crystals that shimmered in purples and blues of every shade. In my dazed state I smiled. It was almost as if they were twinkling at us as if to say "Welcome home", and what a relief it was to see something so beautiful in a wilderness so bare. A gentle nudge from my Siamese sidekick brought me back down to Earth. We still needed to set up camp and we couldn't afford to waste any time! Even though we were alone, we both agreed that setting up near the cave's entrance would be the best plan of action; the inner depths of our new-found sanctum ran too deep for our liking, especially with our fading torches.
A sudden squeal made me jump. It turns out we did have company after all! I giggled quietly as I saw a cave bug scuttling to a corner in retreat. We were probably intruding on its turf. Poor c1anddsaddict, I'm more accustomed to critters than she is. Well, we Treehuggers have a reputation for being one with nature, don't we? I reassured my friend that our creepy-crawly neighbour was quite harmless and that we didn't have to eat them; I'd sooner eat penguin droppings than something with a face. ;) It then occurred to us that we needed more kindling for a fire, so we played Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine which one of us would face the elements and fetch some. Unfortunately for c1anddsaddict, she lost. I had neglected to inform her that I was the Rock, Paper, Scissors champion back on the Shee Ark... Oops.

So off c1anddsaddict bravely went, disappearing into the bitter torrent of sleet. Oh, how I admire her courage for she is a braver Norn than I! Before she left I did point out that I still had some leftover shrubs and moss tucked away in my fur, so she needn't feel under pressure if she couldn't find anything. However, that was two hours ago and I am beginning to worry, especially as I am alone and something frightening and very peculiar has happened in her absence. I was pottering around at the mouth of the cave, putting our meager supplies into alphabetical order, when suddenly I was startled by a shrill, piercing cry! Something went rattling and sliding down the hill, sending a cascade of snow down over the entrance and almost on top of me! For a moment I thought I was in for an avalanche!

After a while I finally mustered the courage to investigate, but there was nothing to be seen except pristine snow drifts. Whatever caused that horrible commotion was already long gone it seemed. I hope it wasn't some wild beast... Please hurry, c1anddsaddict! [nscared]

 
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  1/2/2013  1

Day Three: A Revelation

Here I'll recall the continued events of last night. Before I left off, c1anddsaddict had bravely gone to seek out more supplies. I was alone in the cave, minding our fire and precious little possessions, before a sudden, piercing shriek made me leap five feet into the air with fright! What creature, between Silicon Heaven and Earth, was capable of emitting such a terrifying noise!? Surely, it can't be worldly... Encouraged by my companion's earlier display of bravery, I creeped closer towards the cave's entrance. With my eyes scrunched up tight, I quickly poked my head outside, opened them quickly and...!

Nothing. That's what I saw. After all that commotion, after being scared out of my wits, nothing. Only the same old snow drifts, which looked perfect and untouched. What the...? It was only day three and already I was going mad! Rubbing my eyes and shaking my head I turned resignedly and went and sat back by the fire. My lack of attention had caused it to die down a little so I distracted myself by stoking it with a nearby stick. Time passed without further interruption, until...

A resounding snap bounced off the stony walls and made me jump again! With the stick clenched in my paw, I turned and was about to lunge at my adversary when...! It was just c1anddsaddict. Sorry! [nblush] Sheer, happy relief spread across my cheeks. My dear friend was back, unharmed and laden with more greenery and firewood. But wait, there was more. She also had some news! Melting some snow into water and setting it to boil in a old tin we'd found previously, I listened as c1anddsaddict told me about the eerie bright light which glowed from the other side of the hill, and how she'd seen a colourful being scream and take a tumble into some bushes. So, that's who I saw! I described what a fright I'd had and as I stirred in the evergreens she elaborated; what had appeared to be winged, robotic and poisonous (well, I had said that it couldn't have been worldly, but no offense was meant!) was actually a fellow contestant, although she hadn't managed to catch their name.

Scooping out wilted evergreens onto a rock with the stick, we sat down to eat. Apparently this creature was very shy, and seemingly quite lost and disorientated, so c1anddsaddict had invited them over to stay and feed with us if they wanted to. Oh, and they could be carnivorous. I stared at her agog, with a paw of dripping greens halfway up to my mouth.
"... Carnivorous? Are you sure they won't feed ON us instead?" With this thought ringing in our minds, we settled down for sleep.

 
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  1/2/2013

Day Four: A Curious Crash!

It's another morning in this frosty paradise and I am thankful to see that the sleet storm which clapped relentlessly over our heads last night, like a Banshee Grendel banging a tea tray, has finally been conquered by a moderate flurry of snow. It feels a bit warmer too! After agreeing that neither of us fancy investigating what that unearthly, growing light over the hill is, we've decided to focus our efforts on foraging instead. We're out of food and, to be honest, something other than shrubs and moss would make a nice change if we can find anything different. It's still only dawn, so we have more than enough time to widely explore more of the frozen wastes. Yes, this could turn out to be a very productive day indeed!

Wait... What on earth was that crashing noise?!

 
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  1/2/2013

Day Four: More Revelations and a New Friend

It was a Norn. Well, a Borg Norn to be exact. I couldn't help but feel sorry for her, for although the poor creature was trying desperately to hide, the pristine face of the snow drift did nothing to disguise her striking rainbow features. A pang of sympathy rose up in my chest, and I started to approach her with one paw timidly outstretched; I felt bad for being so scared before. It must be frightening when you scare others by accident. Then, in a voice barely above a whisper, she spoke. "Is it okay if I rest here a bit before returning to my burrow? I bring gifts of food... as... a... thank you... for the... help yesterday..." I looked down and saw the offering of a seaweed-wrapped shell that had appeared at my feet. I turned to c1anddsaddict, who looked back at me in expectation. So, this was my call. "Aw, why, of course you can!" I said, picking up the food, "Thank you for the snack, we were just about to go hunting." I smiled.

The Borg Norn appeared to relax a little, yet I noticed that her cheeks were still blushing a deep red. My, c1anddsaddict was right about her being shy! "Would you like to go inside the cave and rest for a while?", I offered. "It's not that comfortable, but it's nice and dry and the fire should keep you warm." I could tell that our new friend was grateful, as she gave a tiny smile and went inside.

After ensuring that she was okay and settled, c1anddsaddict and I finally set off on our morning hunt. "We'll have to forage enough for the three of us now." I said. "Wasn't it kind of her to bring us that gift? You two can share the shrimp, I'm happy enough with my shrubs and moss."
"Oh, I've just remembered" replied c1anddsaddict, "I have to tell you about this bizarre nightmare I had last night..."

 
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  1/2/2013

Day Four: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

As I ambled beside c1anddsaddict I noticed that she was a little distracted, for as I was chatting away, she appeared distant as though she was in a world of her own. When I asked what was troubling her, she confessed that she was still worried about the disturbing nightmare she'd had the night before. It had certainly sounded creepy, and although I don't think it meant anything in particular, she seemed to have taken it to heart. After walking with me a little way she decided to head back, saying she was going to guard the camp.

After I bid her farewell, I continued on to forage on my own. The snow drifts were beautiful sparkling in the morning sun, and I won't lie, it was rather pleasant to walk outside with just my own thoughts for company. While it's true that I wouldn't have minded an extra hand or two (and an extra nose), I suppose c1anddsaddict's decision was sensible; I would certainly hate to return to our camp and find that it had been taken over by someone - or something - else in our absence. Besides, being alone gave me the chance to reflect fondly upon my old feather den, which had served me so well at the beginning of this adventure, and how Slushy the Snownorn was getting on. Had he melted, or was he attracting various other creatures from all four corners of this winter wonderland? I also remembered Fly, who had been so kind as to return my ear. I never did get to meet her, and I was sure her "directions" are long gone by now.

Before very long I came across a riverbank, where I spotted some fish hiding amongst the water weeds. They must have been surprised when I scooped up the weeds right along with them! I found that with a little effort I could weave the weeds into a sort of makeshift net, all the better for carrying those slippery fish.
So here I am, an accomplished hunter gatherer! I'm not entirely sure what species they are, but the fish look a bit like the stickeltrout from the Norn Terrarium, and I'm willing to bet they were just as tasty. The water weeds themselves appear to be edible, with a pleasant if somewhat spicy flavour, I can't wait to try them. There's plenty here for c1anddsaddict, the Borg Norn and myself to have a proper meal!

Speaking of whom, I wonder how they're getting on back at the cave. Even though there's no way to tell the exact time, I am sure I've been away for quite a while and they must be getting hungry by now. What's more, and I'm not completely positive, but I think I can hear something in the distance... Could it be... Howling? Hopefully it's nothing more than a little wind, but all the same, I think I'll take that as my cue to start heading back...

 
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  1/3/2013

Day Five: Things that Go Bump

Admittedly, my journey back yesterday took longer than expected. After hunting all day, I walked with a slower spring in my step, but I didn't complain. The worrying howling sounds from earlier had temporarily escaped my mind and I was thoroughly enjoying the privacy the still night air afforded me. It was also the perfect time to try and gather more tasty morsels! Even though I had already collected enough provisions for everyone, I couldn't resist the delectable sight, nor the sweet smell, of a cluster of berries I spotted hanging on a bush near a pond. "These will be crushed to make a nice sauce for the fish", I thought happily to myself.
Furthermore, I swore I caught a glimpse of something move, near a small ice cave in close proximity to the pond... Something white with blue specks. Then again, I was very tired, perhaps I was just seeing things. Maybe it was another Snownorn? Curious and curiouser...

I must have got sidetracked for, not surprisingly, the sleepy dawn light was only just peeking through the clouded sky by the time I made it back to our cave. From the moment I stepped inside I began to wish I had arrived sooner, since it appeared I had come home to find my companions feeling a little worse for wear! They were a sight huddled together around the fire, which was almost out, and muttering in frenzied whispers. When they saw I'd returned they burst into frantic explanations, yet all I could hear was babble. "Please! One at a time, guys!", I pleaded as I rubbed at my temples.

As soon as they'd both calmed down, the Borg Norn (who had finally introduced herself as Mea) began to speak. I listened carefully as she began to explain why she kept disappearing. However, this was news to me; had I really been away for that long? It seemed that poor Mea had been suffering from terrible nightmares, and now she wondered if staying with us was making them worse. Rather than being offended, I could see her point. Our gloomy and cavernous lodgings were hardly the best place to get a peaceful night's sleep. No details were given about the nightmare itself, and I didn't want to pry, but I knew she would when she was ready. On a brighter note, she then went on to describe a pale blue critter she'd seen, reminiscent of a fox. "Perhaps it was an arctic fox?", I suggested.

Then it was c1anddsaddict's turn. She told me of her earlier perilous expedition, and explained that the cave runs far deeper underground than we knew. Apparently, if you venture deeper into the cave, it eventually separates into two rooms; one leads to an awful-smelling passageway craved with strange runes, while the other leads you to some kind of relic, which she thought to be an ancient statue with indecipherable runes underneath. Needless to say, it had given her a bad vibe about the place, and the unshakable feeling that we were being... Watched... I felt a shiver shoot down my spine. From the sounds of it, I can't say I blame her for being more than a little nervous!

So... it's likely that we'll be in the market from a new shelter and soon, since everyone and their pet crab has got the heebie-jeebies about this place now. Personally, I feel slightly braver and wouldn't mind investigating this mysterious statue for myself, but it's probably not wise to bring it up just now, considering how c1anddsaddict and Mea both feel! Anyway, to distract them both from such unpredictable dangers, I decided that now was the time to present them with the sizable bounty that I'd worked so hard to retrieve. Surely we'd all feel better with a good supper inside us. I hope they enjoy the berries!

 
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  1/3/2013

Day Five: Around the Campfire

Happily sated after a deliciously hearty meal, (trout and berries for Mea and Kankan, water weeds, moss and berries for myself and c1anddsaddict... although I'm sure I saw her sneak a piece of trout when she thought no one was looking! I'll have to ask her about that...) we three snuggled in close around the campfire and watched the afternoon fade gently away into evening. Both of my comrades looked much better especially c1anddsaddict, who had seemed to have traded her earlier fears for cheery laughter in the firelight. We chatted idly for a while, before the other two had the idea of telling stories. Feeling content with my full belly and in the camping spirit, I agreed. It was something to pass the time, and privately I was hoping that Mea would decide to reveal more to us about these interesting nightmares of hers.

My secret desires had come true, as Mea began to give us a detailed description of her background and the subsequent events which lead up her nightly terrors.

However, we were momentarily interrupted by an Astro Norn barging unannounced into our cave! It was Fly who had so kindly returned my lost ear! I wasted no time in thanking her, and after we'd all introduced ourselves we invited her to sit down and Mea carried on.

I'm not entirely certain if she had done this for effect, but the way she told of her ordeal, as though she were telling us a spooky tale at Halloween, certainly sent the shivers down my spine. I was also aghast, for I cannot believe the turmoil my poor Borg friend had endured. It occurred to me that perhaps being stranded in the relative peace of Survivor Iceberg had been a blessing in disguise. This was definitely an account of fear, betrayal and suffering that I shall never be able to shake from my mind. It was a small gesture, but I gave her a hug.

The flames continued to flicker, and c1anddsaddict told us her story. We listened attentively as she regaled us about how her grandparents had been hatched from Muco, and how her parents had lived the Desert Terrarium for most of their lives. Me? Well, likewise, there wasn't much to tell really. My parents had been purebred Treehuggers and I had spent my childhood being inseparable from my Cuddly Tree Doll and the sanctity of the trees which sheltered the Norn Terrarium, before reaching adulthood and landing myself a job as the resident agony aunt on board the Shee Ark. And the rest is history.

As the fire began to die down, we turned our attention to Fly. I suggested that we help her to settle in, while Mea offered to go out and hunt for tomorrow's breakfast. Nothing like some survival-style hospitality to make our new friend feel right at home!

 
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  1/4/2013

Day Six: Getting to Work

After I'd apologised to Fly for mistaking him as a girl, our thoughts turned to putting our heads down for the night. It had been a fantastic evening, a real breath of fresh air, after all our hard work and struggles of the previous days, but it was getting late and, according to c1anddsaddict, we had a busy day ahead. She wanted to crack on and search for a new, safer dwelling first thing in the morning... After she'd finished singing her song, that is!

However... Something peculiar seemed to come over my friend, as her voice trailed off on the last note. Wait, she was staring right at Mea! I turned around and inspected the wall behind her; all I could see were shadows leaping up it, as though in dance. Rationally, it was only due to the fire's slowly dissolving glow and the night drawing in closer, but the Siamese Norn's face said otherwise.

I waved my paw in front of c1anddsaddict's eyes, as Fly and Mea exchanged glances. "Hey, what's the matter? What are you looking at?" I asked, feeling a worried niggle begin to gnaw away at my insides.
Apparently startled out of her trance, she muttered quietly, "Oh, nothing. It's nothing. I just thought I saw something, but I'm probably just tired." before laying down and appearing to sleep.
"... Yeah, c1anddsaddict's right." I agreed. "We better get some rest." and with that I blew the remaining embers out. Mea took this as her cue to leave, saying she'd be out tonight fetching some breakfast and that she'd be back soon.

Fast forward to this morning and our sixth day on this frozen planet. We've awoken to none other than... you guessed it, more snow! Still, we're fortunate that it's only falling lightly and it's not another sleet storm, as c1anddsaddict has decided to take charge by devising a rota for the build of our new shelter. Together we'll divide into jobs for finding food, firewood, building materials, and last but not least, guarding the camp. If nobody minds, I think I'll offer to keep watch, since I'm exhausted from the long hours of foraging and quite fancy a nice sit down. Not to mention that I've proven myself to be quite handy with a stick clenched in my paw! We should probably wait for Mea first before moving on though.

 
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  1/4/2013

Day Six: Naughts and Crosses

We were still awaiting Mea's return. It was getting cold, haging around outside the the cave, but suddenly I had a brainwave...

"Anyone for naughts and crosses?" I said, picking up my trusty stick and drawing a grid in the snow.

 
 
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