The stairs descended far into the roach, each step carved with care and expertise.    Timothy leaned on the white limestone and shifted most of his weight to his right leg.  The cut in his left leg stung as his makeshift cloth bandage slid down bit by bit.  He didn’t dare stop to fix it.  He had already made the mistake of looking over his left shoulder, and the abyss below terrified him.  When he was younger, he had many dreams where he was falling forever, like Alice down into the rabbit hole.  The feeling of nothingness and awaiting the final impact returned to him every time he hobbled down another one of the narrow stairs.

Imagine you’re Link, he told himself weakly, climbing into tunnels in order to rescue Zelda.  And it’s okay if you fall, because you’ve got the cheat codes for extra life. He chuckled at the latter thought.  Wouldn’t it be nice?

A dark cloud floated over the sun, and the stairs blurred with the walls.  Timothy took a deep breath, and went further down, one step at a time.

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Word: Roach.  ||  Time: 15 minutes.  ||  Character: Timothy Brown.

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