Mara started walking to a small, but deep, creek that was running quietly to her right. It
neatly divided the clearing in half, lying vertically in front of the cave, and the creek's head
and tail quickly disappeared into the black gloom of the forest. She stopped just before her
feet touched the clear water, then Mara knelt down and stretched out her hands, cupping
the cold liquid. She drank the handful, the water was clean and good. Mara repeated
the action several times until her thirst was slaked and her dry throat a mere memory.
When she was done, Mara sat back on her heels, looking ahead of her at the cave, ignoring
the presence of Joshua.
The distinctly masculine voice of Joshua rang out suddenly, startling her. He spoke clearly,
but not harshly.
"Are you planning to sit there for the rest of the day Mara?" His voice softened a little, and
he went on. "It's time to go look at that cave, the one I intend to be your home."
"What if I am planning on sitting here, and don't want to go explore some old cave
with you? What will you do then?"
"Carry you in anyway. This exploration isn't optional, though I would prefer it if you came
Mara quickly stood up. She brushed the dirt off herself while shooting a angry look at
Joshua. Then she replied in an indignant voice. "You will not be carrying me anywhere,
for anything. Kaze, can you give me a lift over the creek?"
With a small boost from the wind Mara was up and over the creek. She landed and began
marching towards the cave without glancing behind her at Joshua, who was smothering a
small fit of laughter at the scene. He recovered quickly, then hopped over the water and
started walking quickly, catching up with Mara. They kept walking towards the mouth of
the cave, with a modest opening reaching roughly nine feet high. At the entrance, Mara
stopped and gave a good long look around at the blue-grey stone forming the cave. It
seemed solid enough, and was rather clean as far as caves go. There was no sign of a
current inhabitant. Mara glanced over at Joshua, who was patiently waiting for her, then
she took a small step into the cave.