"You want me to live in a cave. Do I look like a bat to you?"
"Mara, I wouldn't mention it if I wasn't certain that the cave could meet your needs. Come
with me and look at it, then decide for yourself if you will stay there."
"I don't think I get much of a choice - besides, it looks like it's going to be raining here soon.
How do we get there?"
"Kaze." Joshua called firmly. A swirling ball of wind came between them, and stayed there,
waiting for further words. Joshua continued "Take us up and south, straight to the spot I've
been telling Mara about. Take us as fast as you can, we need to get there while the weather
Kaze hummed a short response, then the ball of wind scattered. Branches of wind feathered
themselves under Mara and Joshua and the clothes, curling under them and lifting up.
Kaze lifted them up, higher and higher, then cradling them in a sitting position shot off
south towards the mountains. Kaze's passage was a loud roar that overpowered any other
sound that Joshua or Mara could have heard, all they could do was trust that the wind
would take them safely to their destination. The ground below Mara's feet looked like
bright patches on a unpatterned quilt, some parts looking large, some small, all rapidly
moving past her. She was too high up to distinguish between hills, but she could see where
the water was by the way it sparkled in the sunlight. She thought she saw bird-like shapes
flying beneath them, circling and disappearing into the ground below.
Kaze's grip shifted, becoming tighter and narrower, and Mara gasped for breath reflexively,
looking up and ahead of them. They were nearly in the mountain range, getting closer and
closer to the peaks. The sharp heads of the mountains pierced the sky with jagged edges
covered with un-melting glaciers, dusted with year-round snow. Kaze rushed towards them
like a hyped-up jetstream, heading straight for the sharp peaks without fear. Mara's heart
started racing as she flew to what was certainly her immanent death, but she was unable to
shut her eyes, and could only stare ahead in wide-eyed terror. With a loud whoosh that
echoed off the rocks, Kaze zigged between the mountain tops, and zagged free of the range
without coming near those sharp edges that had frightened Mara.