There was more light in the centre of the room, as a strange boy was holding up a stick, the end wrapped in some greasy rags that had been set alight. He was an older boy, taller and more heavily built than either Gia and Arkel.
"Put that light out, Toban" she heard Gia say. "Your eyes will get used to the dark eventually."
"Hey, I don't spend half my time scurrying around in the dark like you tunnel rats," he said defensively.
Gia sighed. "Just put it out, Toban." she said wearily.
"Toban's afraid of the daark, Toban's afraid of the daaaaark...!" Arkel crowed, and Irena imagined him capering around like he usually did, constantly moving.
There was a scuffle, and a sharp yelp from Arkel, and the torch light was extinguished.