Pulling the thick leather-bound book from the shelf revealed the secret passage. Owl and Raccoon walked through it and found a circular staircase leading into the depths of the castle. A single lantern hung above, casting soft-edged shadows as they descended the stairs. Their fingers cut troughs through the thick dust on the banister. Their footsteps echoed mutely, swallowed whole by the stone walls.
At the bottom they heard a groan and then a clank and knew the bookcase had shut.
“No choice now but to keep going,” Owl said.
“There’s treasure in here somewhere,” Raccoon said. “We’ll find it.”