1st Day of the Month of Birke
The very first day, and I already regret agreeing to participate in this expedition. The journey itself will take eight weeks! Besides, I do not believe anyone from Isabelle Duchamp's lost expedition remains alive. It has been years! Professor Ivor has taken a hearty supply of egg salad sandwiches with him for the road...
[a few pages are glued together by some sticky substance – probably mayonnaise]
14th day of the Month of Blathe
We have arrived! Professor Ivor gave the order to pitch camp near the ruins of Termes – the place where the missing group led by Professor Duchamp was supposed to carry out its excavations. Then we drank two bottles of wine and went to sleep.
16th Day of the Month of Blathe
The Termes Palace Ruins... the very thought of them sends shivers down my spine. Nevertheless, I believe we should begin our search in the ruins themselves. Yet the Professor keeps beating around the bush and spends most of his time curled up with a bottle. My suggestion to head deeper into the woods and look for signs of the expedition was shrugged off with a comment about my impertinence and an accusation of trying to take over leadership of the expedition.
18th Day of the Month of Blathe
The professor has perished. He departed yesterday morning and had not returned to camp by evening. We shall soon set out to look for him. Perhaps that drunkard finally dared visit the ruins?