I took a deep breath and walked into the temple, into some type of courtyard - before the actual building. My heart was racing because I knew I was close, but something was bothering me.
When I walked into the Courtyard I saw Professor Rhinehart waiting for me. My only thought at that moment was 'It's time to get to the bottom of this, I am going to confront Rhinehart.'
Before I could speak, he did, "You're here! Did you get the staff?" He seemed a little over excited to me, which was odd.
"Yes, and I also found a guy named 'Pittman', he said some very disturbing things about you!" I started at him for a moment while he processed the information.
"That doesn't change the theory that the temple carries the cure! Now hand over the staff!"
I realized that he didn't even care about the Pittman guy, and wrecking our ship, he was guiltless. What's more is that he said the theory about the cure.
"You mean you don't KNOW? You knew about the staff, and where it was hidden!"
Rhinehart took a deep breath, and I could tell he was about to go into a long - prepared - speech.
I had found my attention ebbing away as he continued his speech, but his last sentence brought me back.
I looked around and took in my surroundings, there was treasure all over. Gold and jewels. The middle of the room, clearly the centerpoint was a tall vase - or maybe goblet is the better terminology.
Before I could think anything else, or say anything, Professor Rhinehart blew past me - grabbed the goblet and drank what was inside.
I started to protest and demand to know what he was doing, but seeing what was happening distracted me.
The professor's body started to tremble and shake. It looked like he was having a seisure. Then it was over, but he wasn't the old professor any more.
I wasn't sure what I really expected to happen, but I was surprised when he started to convulse and scream "NOOOOO!!" It didn't take more than two minutes for the staff to do it's work. When he hit the floor in a crumpled unmoving heap, I raised my hands to my mouth.
"Oh my!" I gasped. "I didn't know it would be like that, I was hoping he would just... well I don't know really."
"Are you sorry that it happened?" The Shaman asked me, very calm.
I didn't think about it long. "No, because I know what could have happend, and what he would become, had he continued to be."
The Shaman nodded and looked as if he were pleased with my answer. "The volcano is wise." He said.
When he said that, he made me think he was talking about more then the volcano that they prayed to, but I couldn't be sure. I looked at him., and almost shouted "Akolo!"
He nodded and we quickly left for the harbor. We arrived together still.
When we got there, I saw Akolo lying on the ground and something caught in my throat. I couldn't breath anymore, I was too late.
The Shaman stopped me just as I was going to run to Akolo's side. He looked me in the eyes and said, "Look within yourself Citryne. You also have the power to heal Akolo."
At first I didn't understand what he meant. Then I realized that I still carried the staff. I looked at the Shaman and he nodded once. If the staff had the power to take away life, shouldn't it have the power to return it?
I had to try.