Hey guys, got a little mini-update for you this week. I’m still scrambling to finish the next segment of The Oceans Burned, so stay tuned for that!
For now, here’s the next part of Iron and Ice!
Hidden Home Part 3
From above, the base which served as Dimitri’s home was just a large hill deep within a forest. The hill rose gently and was over three miles across. At its highest point one could see over the tops of the trees. If they turned around in a complete circle all they would see was an ocean of green and white reaching to the horizon. The ocean of treetops appeared to be frozen in time. Only the slight sway caused by the wind revealed that this panoramic sight was not a painting, but real life. The occasional howl of a wolf accompanied the dry sigh of the wind.
This tree covered hill within the forest was natural perfection to the outside observer, a pristine wilderness.
If one approached on foot however, the deception soon became apparent. At the south base of the hill, a low opening could be seen in the snow. This dark hole was no more than 6 feet high and perhaps a dozen wide. It appeared to be a shallow cave. The accidental onlooker would be surprised when the entire side of the hill began to rise upwards on grinding rails. The hillside, covered in concrete molded and painted to appear as snow, would reveal a cavernous opening. It would also reveal a sloping road that descended deep into the earth. If they listened closely, they might even hear the pounding footsteps of the iron machines which would climb this road to the surface and move out for war.