I made it back into the Cavern last night, and everything is just as I last saw it two years ago. It's really incredible to just be there again; there's a sense of "coming home" as if after a long trip. I spent most of the evening getting my bookshelf locks working again, though the locks on my Cleft and Myst books are particularly stubborn. Hopefully I can get them open soon, but for now I'm happy to have access to the rest of my Ages again. They, too, are as I left them, for the most part.
After I gave up on the last two locks, I found my way back to the Uru Obsession neighborhood, and ran into several old friends there. Words can't express what it's like to be there again, with those I once saw so often. Though our lives on the surface have changed over the last two years, it's a lot like we never left this place when we're underground. vid was kind enough to let me use his Relto to join the 'hood, so I'm one of the Obsessed again. But then, I suppose I always was obsessed with this place.
I'm trying very hard not to get attached again. I've seen the Restoration shut down twice now, with all of us kicked out of the Cavern, and I don't want to see it happen again. But when I'm down there, breathing that slightly musty air and talking to old friends, it's hard not to get attached. The Call is as strong as it ever was.
I don't know if I'll make it back down tonight, but the weekend is coming, and wild horses couldn't keep me from Linking down again.