Chapter 45: Zoey
We trailed off of the path for about five minutes, then we tied our stuff up in some trees, only taking a few weapons for ourselves. Ethan had his sword, Ava had a knife, as did Elidi and Ravi, though they almost looked as if they knew exactly what they were going to do with it, as if they had held a dagger of some sorts before.
That thought kind of scared me, to be honest - they were only what, seven and nine?
I had my bow and arrows of course, which I had covered in dirt to prevent it from gleaming too much - just in case we didn't want to spotted. I could always wash the dirt off later - the dirtiness was only a minor setback on showing off my new wonderful bow.
We headed back onto the trail after we made sure that all of our stuff was securly tied into the trees. It took us about ten minutes to see the edge of the river, and another five mintes to travel alongs the banks of that river to find the bridge.
The bridge seemed as though it were the perfect bridge in the movies - just a plain wooden bridge going across at least half a mile of water, like a boardwalk, and yet semingly more peaceful than it ever could be. The river wasn't to noisy, and yet we knew tha if we had to swim across we had a small chance of making it to the other side.
Everyone was extremely confused - it seemed too... abnormal. Elidi circled around the area, now extremely perplexed. "Do we just... cross?" She asked, hesitating to set a foot on the bridge.
I stopped her, pulling her back onto her butt. "No. It can't be that easy. There's supposed to be a Gaurdian nearby.. Asking us.. This doesn't fit the poem! Ava?"
She thought for a moment, then recited the poem.
"Named after the Greek god of the sun,
Gaurdians of all sort mustn't be won.
Under a man-made crossing may he be found
Gaurdian gaurded by an alien who lives underground.
A single question may he ask,
get it wrong, you must turn back.
Turn back, don't take another whack,
or you might become the Gaurdian's gaurdian's snack."
"Thanks," I muttered, thinking more so. "Apollo-"
"Po," Ravi corrected, wanting me to be on friendship terms with all the Gaurdians.
"-Po, should be being held under the bridge. Which means underwater. And the guardian that's guarding the Gaurdian that we want... Is living underground too... meaning... He's probably right below our feet in a cave underwater."
"Who's going to answer that riddle that the gaurdian might ask us? Something tells me we're only going to be able to let one person answer - but that person is the one that might get eaten if we get it wrong." Ethan reminded, always the one to make things a bit more complicated than they actually needed to be - you know, because we totally needed everyone to worry about geting eaten and all that.
"Ethan, shut up for a minute would you?" Elidi scolded, and Ethan shrank back in defense.
I thought. We needed to get underwater somehow and make it to the cave without being swept away by the current or drowning. We were going to need like oxygen masks or something, if only we could. Something told me that we weren't going to atract anything's attention just by stepping onto the bridge.
Thinking more so, I came to a conclusion. "We need to be able to breathe underwater. We need to find this cave."
Everyone gave me that "dude you're feraking crazy, we're human, we can't breathe underwater' type look, but I ignored it for the most part. I knew I was right - but I didn't know if we would be able too. "Fine, okay, fine, I'll just dive in myself and find it and come back up and tell you guys. I'll be back." I sighed, kicking off my shoes and leaving my bow and arrows on the shore along side with it. I felt the water carefully with my toe, as if expecting a shark to come out of the river and bite my leg off.
Seeing that it's not that cold, I jumped right into the river.
Okay, I was wrong, it was a lot colder than I thought it was. It was freezing, but I adjusted to the coldness, though I knew sadly inside that once I got out of the water it would be even more cold. I popped my head above water and took a deep breathe, not sure if I was facing my family and friends or not.
I remembered when I was little I took swimming lessons, and just as an extra treat they taught us how to open our eyes underwater. At the time I thought that skill was awesome - then I realized that I would most likely never use the skill.
Oh gosh was I glad I ever learned it.
I opened my eyes and looked around underwater. The current made it a bit more difficult to see, but I was able to make out a cave that was a ways down, but not to much down. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it all the way to the cave witht ehr est of the breath that I had, so I went up and got another breath of fresh air and then tried to swim all the way down to the cave.
I almost made it. I knew that I could, but about a yard away from it I stopped and turned back. I couldn't pass. I didn't know why not, but I did know that somehow there was some type of sheild blocking the cave. The only thing that really told me was that we were in the right place.
I swam back up to the surface and climbed back onto the banks of the river. I was right, it was freezing cold, so instead I just lowered myself a bit more into the water, coughing and sputtering a bit. "There's a cave about.... I'm going to say about a thirty second swim to the cave, almost straight down."
Ava immediately started to take off her shoes and her jacket, and stuck her knife in her belt. She also rolled up her jeans, though I have no idea why - it wasn't like they weren't going to get wet. "And you're sure that Po is in that cave?" She asked, before lowering herself into the water. I didn't blame her for asking - I wouldn't want to dive in for an empty cave either.
I hesitated. "Well to be honest I didn't go in the cave. I couldn't get in. It was protected by some kind of air bubble or something, some kind of enchantment that I couldn't break through. And by the way, does anyone know what the heck we're up against here?"
Everyone shook their heads. "Nope."
"Not at all."
"I haven't got a clue."
I sighed. "Fine, okay, whatever, We're about to find out anyway. So - after you guys take off all your shoes and stuff - who's jumping in, who do we have to pull in, and who's the one that's going to take their own merry time lowering themself into the water?"
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