Make a scene.
Here's a simple handout to help you guide your readers through an enticing, gripping scene.
The goal here is to write three paragraphs.
The first shows the character entering the strange place and being surprised by it.
The second is a moment of reflection, memory, and regret. And there is a little foreshadowing: we see the character's trusted friend hinting that the disaster was, somehow, our protagonist's fault.
The third paragraph shows the character going deeper into the strange place, and becoming more aware that something unusual is going on...
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