Chapter 54: Zoey
I didn’t like the mountains. Not really.
And to make matters worse, Mark wasn’t even here this time to guide us safely to the mountains – all we had was the Map.
We thanks the trolls and wished them well, and that their terrible ‘Mistress’ would do alright in the fishbowl thing. Then we all headed out one at a time, swimming up to the river banks once again. Apollo didn’t seem to have a problem – he just kept gripping onto that bag of sunlight like it was his life.
Once we all clambered upon the riverbanks and got our breath back, we started to examine the map and look at where we were.
“Beside the river, on the side that we started. We’re going to have to go back through the forest as fast as we can and take the shortcut through the town and get to the mountains by going through the farm field on the other side… And then after like… I’m going to say three days we’ll hit the mountains and then we can start climbing up, right?” I traced the path with my finger along the map, and everyone looked at Ava, expecting her to butt in like she usually did.
And she did. did.
“Three days? There’s no way we’re going to be able to get to the mountains in three days. We also have to climb up, like you said. Not to mention pick which mountain? There’s a reason there’s a ‘s’ at the end of ‘mountains’, Zoey – there are many, meaning many to choose from. This is going to take longer than you think, as well as be a lot harder than we al may think.”
I cross my arms in defense. “Okay, then how long do you think it’ll take to get there, Miss Know It All?” I teased, and Ava thought.
I thought along with her – she was right, three days was just not enough. It was probably going to take two days alone to get through the forest and reach the town. Then we were going to be lazy in town, probably break into the inn or something, and then find some other supplies that we’re going to have to lug around, and seeing as how the farm was so big, maybe a day and a half. Then we’d probably hike up the mountain for the rest of that day, camp, then continue until we found the place where the next Guardian was hidden.
“Five days, if we’re lucky.” Ava answered, and that’s when everyone started to get nervous.
No one said anything – instead they just all looked at the sky. It was around five in the evening and it was practically dark – that wasn’t normal, the sun was going down earlier and a lot faster nowadays. That just showed how much they were now pulling the sun down – we didn’t have that much time anymore, not when we first started.
This made me deeply regret all the days we spent at home, doing practically nothing.
“We don’t have that much time.” Ravi warned, a very worried look on his face. “We need to get there as fast as possible.”
I grunted and rolled up the map, put it in my backpack, and picked up my bow, still slightly damp – probably not good for it at all. “Well then we’re just going to have to get a move on here. Who cares if it’s dark – we’ll dry eventually. We need to get a move on now.”
We all agreed, and we headed off. Ava was right – things were going to get a lot more complicated than we all thought it would be, but we weren’t going to let that stop us.
We had saved three Guardians out of the seven – and now we were going to work on our fourth one, it wasn’t going to be that hard, was it?
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