As with most of Pandora, there was plenty to explore and find beyond the cave they had spent their first night in together, or the towns they had briefly looked around for Wangji's own birthday. Perhaps it would be a welcome distraction from what seemed to be a struggle in finding a cure for Wuxian, or maybe a change in scenery would align things in a positive manner and end up leading them to the answer they sought. If not, Wangji was grateful for the time they were spending together anyway and their lives were even beginning to feel somewhat normal.
Their curiosity for more had taken them beyond where they had been in the Crystal Vales already, further towards what was called the Cold Harbour that lead out onto a very vast looking ocean. Apple and the rabbits had been left at the inn where they also left what little belongings they had, safe and sound, fed and taken care of, an ease on Wangji's mind who more often than not would worry over his little furry friends.
With it being winter everything was cold and biting still, more so when they were near the water. They'd just been wandering about one one of the small villages when they had heard about trouble in an area close enough. The locals had complained about how they were having problems visiting the grotto as spirits and a foreboding feeling kept those who normally would go there to dive for special trinkets and more, were now too scared to go. This seemed to coincide with a tale from the village over about a young girl who had gone missing, off to the grotto she had told her mother, though by the time night had fallen, the girl had not come home.
"Wei Ying." Wangji murmured to his cultivation partner, the both of them sharing a look as they were finishing a light, late afternoon meal in one of the small, rundown inns dotted about the village. With that single look, Wangji knew that Wuxian was thinking the same thing as him. Whatever had happened to that young girl was no doubt the cause for the strange feeling and eerie happenings villagers on this side of the harbour were gossiping over.
They'd set off not long after that, the directions taking them right up through the intricate tunnels that led to the grotto. Wangji used Bichen as their light, the sword hovering in front of them as they went, casting a cold blue glow over the rocky walls they sometimes had to side step between just to get through. Anyone could have gotten lost, and the pair almost had a couple of times, though they had managed to find the opening to the grotto by the time evening had long set in. However, no one had warned them the only way in to the grotto was to be dive, apparently.
As Lan Wangji glanced down into the semi-dark water below, he swore he could see things moving about, his golden eyes narrowing as he wondered just what else was in there, waiting for them to jump. Perhaps ghosts and wayward children would be the least of their problems tonight. The movement coming from the corner of his eye was Wuxian seemingly getting ready to dive in, causing Wangji to grab hold of the man's elbow and tug lightly, frowning as he looked at him with unquestionable worry.
"Wei Ying. Are you sure?" He cast another furtive glance at the waters waiting below, mockingly quiet and seemingly deeper than they could begin to fathom. Being here reminded the cultivator of Cai Yi Town and the water ghouls Wuxian had saved him from, lurking just beneath his boat.
He hoped there would be no need for such heroics tonight.