Chapter 62: Ava
Even I could feel the power draining out of me, and as far as I knew I wasn't even that closely connected with the sun.
Yeah, okay, I mean sure I'm going to die if someone blows out the flame, but like honestly, I don't know why it was effecting me too. I wondered if Zoey or Ethan felt this way too, but frankly I was too scared to ask; we had been walking in silence for the past hour and a haf - Zoey had offered to make us run so we'd get to come place cooler faster, but frankly we didn't even care; this weather wasn't even that bad. It was like, spring in southern California weather. Not that bad.
We did a little speed walking anyway, since it wasn't that bad and we needed to get to at least the base of the mountain by the end of the day, which as far as I could see, was approaching rather quickly. Within a few minutse of speed walking we were able to see the tiniest peak of the tallest mountain, which inspired us to get into a run. We could only hold that for a couple minutse though - Elidi, Ravi, and Po were kind of slow, and their powers getting drained was just making it worse - but by then we were a good amout closer to the mountains, making it a bit happier.
We drank while we walked, but none of us really drank that much - again, it wasn't that hot.
And then we got to the base of the mountains about thirty minutes later.
From ar away they weren't that intimidating. Then we got closer up, and we realized just how tall they were. We would have to climb that. We were going to have to climb that huge mountain.
That was gonig to be a lot sweating.
"Holy crap." I muttered as we all just were looking up at the peak of the mountain.
"Yeah." Mark sighed.
Ethan, trying to be the heoic hero that he always tried to be, rubbed his palms together and stretced a bit. "Well, let's get started then." He put his foot on a rock about a foot up and started to rock climb his way up - only to fall after about five minutes, and naturally he was only about five feet up. "Dang. That's tough." he sighed, and went up and tried again.
Everyone and I just stared at Ethan like he was crazy, which, of course, he was, but we weren't about to tell him that - he had good reason to keep climbing, unless we miraculously found another way up.
"There's got to be another way up." I said. Sure, I'd climb that mountain, but only after assurance that that was going to be the only way to get up there. I started making my way around the wall of the base of the mountain, which in reality wasn't that much to work with, but I kept trying to pat the walls, seeing if there were any secret openings or anything."
"You're not going to find anything." Ravi heaved, obviously devastated. We all knew it - none of us wanted to climb this mountain anyway. And even then, we weren't even sure if this were the right one.
Elidi started helping me, convinced that I was right. "But Ava's right. There's got to be another way up the mountain - the right mountain, for that matter. The Rebellion's not going to mark down a specfic mountain and make everyone in it memorize that specific mountain. No one's got time for that. They're going to make it easy on themselves, if anything. They're going to make some kinda of secret entrance or tunnel or something so that whoever's on the Rebellion's side that needs to get to the cave, and whoever wants to but shouldn't, by their means, wouldn't get lucky by chosing the right mountain anyway."
"Chances are, the actual mountain that we want to get to, is, for all we know, like, thirty miles inwards. We'd never get to it in time and still be able to have it be a decent timing. And the Rebellion isn't going to walk thirty miles just to get to the place. So, they're going to make a tunnel." Po also started feeling around, Running further down along the moutain sides.
The funny thing is, that I didn't even think of any of that, I just really didn't want to climb the dang mountain.
Zoey, just for the heck of it probably, joined with us too, as did Mark. Ravi finally gave in and started feeling around too. Ethan, I'm sure, would have helped, but he was busy aiding his wounds he had literally just gotten from climbing the mountain side. The idiot.
I'm pretty sure if another random person had come walking and had seen us all feeling around a bunch of rocks, they would have called some mental hospital or something, mentioning that they were goingt o get seven new patients very soon. Luckily, no one did. Unluckily, no one found anything for a good twenty minutes.
"This is pointless!" Ravi exclaimed on minute twenty one, and frankly, I didn't blame him. It felt completely stupid feeling a bunch of rocks trying to look for something, and we didn't need any more stupidity in life. "We're not going to find anything, we need to start climbing! We need to find Eli! Now!"
"There's go to be an easier way up the mountain though!" Zoey argued, now completely determined to find another way.
"Maybe it's not... Maybe it's not in the mountain side. Or maybe the trigger thingy isn't in the mountain side. It could be anything. A password, a pebble out of place, anything. It could be anything." Ethan offered for his words of advice, and we all pondered that thought. Well that made things a little more complicated.
We then discussed all the main ways that a secret entrance was revealed in the stories. Ther was sitting on a boulder; a random code that only the opponents knew; A guard, waiting for a fight. Anything. Everything varied. We tried everything that we thought of, and nothing happened. Nothing. Nada.
"This is hopeless, see?" Ravi huffed, both disappointed and proud that he, after all, was right. "We just wasted a good hour and a half, and that was a good hour and a half that we coul dhave used to climb this mountain in the first place to find Eli!"
Mark leaned against the cave, only to stumble. "Ouch!" He yelped, and Zoey rolled her eyes.
"I cut myself."
"Did anyone else hear that?"
I turned around to Po and Ravi, who were looking around, just as I was, but in their direction. "Hear what?"
"There was a sound. Like... Rocks crumbling."
We all scrambled, feeling our way around the rocks yet again. I placed my hand on a place I swear I had touched twenty minutes ago, but the wall wasn't there. It was just a gap. Not a big enough gap where any of us could slip through at any extent, but it was a gap. "Mark, I know this is a really weird thing to say, but did you just so happy to bleed on that wall?"
"What? What the heck? Why would you -"
"This could be just like Harry Potter. Maybe not enough, but you know. It's a thought. So did you?"
"Uh, yeah, just a drop though."
I thought for a second. In Harry Potter, Dumbledore cut his hand and smeared his blood all over a rock to make a cave reveal itself. What if this was basically the same thing? Only one person's blood wasn't good enough.
"Different DNA." I muttered. "That's what it is. DIfferent DNA."
Po looked at me weird. "What?"
"Mark's blood - his DNA - is smeared on that wall. The door to the passage way, I'm supposing, opened just a tiny bit. More of his blood isn't going to work, it's the same DNA. The wall is going to need more DNA from different sources. Whether it's blood or just a hair stuck on it, I don't know, but I think that's what it wants."
Elidi was the first one to argue. "I'm not going to cut open my hand and smear blood over a rock. You can go first, if you're so convinced."
I sighed. "Well I don't want to cut my hand open either. But maybe it's just the DNA that it needs. Maybe it's just... Anything. Anything that's big enough for the thing to recognize it as your DNA." I walked over to where Mark had bled over a rock and ran my hand over the surface. "That should leave some dead skin cells, do you think that's stong enough?"
"Doubtful." Ethan muttered. I ran my han dover the wall again, pressing a little harder to get more skin cells off without having to cut myself on the wall. "That's not going to be enough." He said, and I sighed. I tried plucking a strand of my hair and making it stay on the wall, only to have that utterly fail. "Oh my god, here." Ethan rose from where he was sitting and walked over to where I was stood, arms crossed.
Then he spit on the wall.
Then we heard rocks crumble.
He wiped his mouth. "Boom. Recognizable DNA without hurt." Then he walked over to the soon to be entrance, and sighed. "It's not enough. Ava, spit on the wall?"
"Someone else now."
"Okay, that' all we need. We're in."