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When the Opening happened, you had to move quickly before the Opening became a closed and there was nowhere for you to go.
That’s how it operated within the Dimensions.
You did, or you didn’t, and when you missed it, there was a long wait for the next one to come your way. Even then it could be a guess as to when that moment might arrive.
Openings took you places. It was a lottery as to where, which was one of the reasons the holiday period was so popular as folk had the opportunity to go places, experience and enjoy and come back on the next Opening.
On one particular occasion the Opening arrived, six families went through and each to a different location. One family, the Bryson’s went to the Cascades a beautiful spot at the foot of the Cascade Mountains where waterfalls sporting a myriad of colours cascaded as you’d expect down a vertical drop before splashing over the diamond stones and thereby providing the visitor with the delightful sight of water on diamond and water on diamond could be viewed as colours you never thought imaginable.
The problem was the Opening didn’t return, and the Bryson’s were doomed to the Cascades. Which you may not think was such a bad thing, but in the Dimensions, not everything was as beautiful as you’d hoped for.
In most places found through an Opening, there was always a down side. The Cascades were no different, and as night settled on the waterfall, it gave entry to the Knafre a strange but ferocious beast only too willing to supplement its diet with some tasty human flesh.
This was the fate of visitors within the Dimensions and the risk you ran if the Opening didn’t return in time or at all.
When the Bryson’s didn’t return, there was no such thing as a search party. People had no control over the Opening and so even if you tried to mount a rescue the chances of you finding the Cascades were very slim. There was an allotted time in which it was thought safe to return, and if you didn’t show up in that time, you were written off as lost.
Everyone knew the risks.
But people loved the stories of the returned, and so there was never a shortage of people lining up in the holiday period to see what magical place they might find.
This summer was no different. The adventurers signed up acknowledging the risks and awaited their Opening.