Joshua, on his part, returned with two picks, two spades, several chisels, two hammers,
an ax head and three dozen arrowheads; as well as a few spearheads, hooks, three knives of
various sizes and what looked to be the curved blade of a sickle. All were of iron, and all
were heavier than they looked. Mara wasn't sure how Joshua had managed to carry it all
with him. Joshua refused to tell her where he went or how he managed to get the iron,
deflecting her impatient questions with "Patience" or "It's not yet time for you to know".
The only thing Joshua would say was that it was time for him and Mara to resume work.
Though she hated to submit, Mara knew she didn't have much of a choice, she needed
Joshua's help if she was going to survive here.
They quickly established a routine, and the next four weeks went by in a quick blur. For five
days they would do hard labor in the morning after breakfast, the forage for food in the
afternoon, spending the evenings either resting, weaving rugs or baskets, or Joshua would
make Mara play with Kaze. The sixth day was dedicated to food preservation and what little
laundry they had. On the seventh, they did nothing, but simple spent the whole day being
idle. Then they would repeat the routine. Mara kept track of the days on her stick
faithfully, and under the routine, the cave took shape quickly.
The first thing that Joshua and Mara had tackled was the completion of the indoor latrine.
Quite a few hours with the spades were spent getting the room set up for its future duty.
Next they carved out shelves in the walls of different rooms, such as the latrine, bathroom,
pantry, kitchen, and main cavern. A bench was also carved into the bathroom, for the
times Mara simply wanted to sit in the steam. They carved stone lanterns, which awaited
only the placement of small glowing mushrooms; or better still, candles, at some point in
the future when Mara found wax to make them with. Chairs were made, and placed in the
main cavern. A permanent fire pit was built in the kitchen. Joshua took Mara up the side
of the small mountain that the cave nestled in, showing her where they would need to
work to carve out windows next summer. The bow was completed, and Joshua started
on the arrows. Mara mastered her sling, bringing down rodents and birds with regularity.