Finally arriving at their destination Senior Elder Asher opened the children's carriage where they for once could properly see his body.
Dean felt it was really normal as the man was draped from head to toe in clothing. His face was obscured with a hoodie's shadow and a scarf that covered his mouth.
He would always question whenever it was summer how could he handle the heat? The other 6 children didn't know that he came with Dean so they assumed that he joined half way through the journey while Ivan gazed at him before greeting his elders.
The elders had already exited their carriage and were waiting outside a cave.
The children were greeted with a large mountain with a small hole on the side of it and a small hill of dirt to the side. This was where the cave was excavated and discovered with small inscriptures on the side.
The kids were amazed at the sight as the closest they had gotten to see such a real life sight would be when they read picture books or looked at paintings.
Astonished their mouths were gaping wide but an elder coughed in order to finish what they came here for
"Ahem, our clans have thought that we should bring you to this hidden location in order to-"
Rose, Pierre, Anne and Dean interrupted """"We already know""""
"Eh? Somebody told you? Who?"
In sync they all pointed at Christian """"Christian told us""""
The elder gave a hostile gaze to one elder as he quickly turned his head away in guilt. The elder then ran up to him to give him a few jabs before resulting into a brawl.
Elder Jin looked at the two elders fighting and Senior Elder Asher keeping his cool. He then turned to look at two other elders but they were intrigued at the brawl as the chuckled in a low voice.
Sighing he took the role upon himself to explain to the children
"Since you already know. This trip is nothing more than for you to have experience. if necessary you may use an escape talisman to exit the cave if there are any unknown dangers. If you find anything please make sure to be aware of any consequences"
Although Elder Jin said this, his eyes betrayed his true feelings as you could see a hint of green but he smiled in an attempt to conceal them.
And with that the 7 children entered the cave without any problems.
The elders still felt a sense of relief as they were afraid of anything unexpected happening so seeing that there was no flashing light that could harm the kids they felt a little bit ensured.
As soon as the elders couldn't see the kids they started to tend to their own circumstances. From setting up a comfortable tent to securing food.
Meanwhile the children found themselves in a rather well lit cave. Orbs of fire were stuck to the walls, brightening the area and allowing the children to see that the cave looked like it never ended.
Christian immediately nominated himself as the leader when he felt enough time has passed after entering the cave. Surprisingly there were no voices that opposed the idea and so he started to organize everything.
He suggested that since they were in an unknown environment they should be placed into a formation where they can prepare for any situation.
The cave was quite spacious so for Christian to assume that there may be a trial that had to do with that large space such as fighting was not a strange one at all.
He knew Pierre and Anne had great synergy because they were very intimate so he placed them at the back in the case the group doesn't notice an oddity.
Dean and Ivan had quite good synergy so he placed them at the front since they were quite strong.
Ayesha, Christian and Rose were left so he placed them in the middle of the group...is what he said. He made sure that Rose was behind Dean since they were in a weird relationship but if you looked at the placing...there seems to be an ulterior motive
The back would probably be safe because it would have to go through 5 people before they would have to deal with something. Their main job was just to keep a look out for anything to sum it up.
Christian was in the center meaning he was the safest from any possible danger but he explained that it was nothing more than him being given the chance to think of any more formations in any unexpected situations.
Christian wanted to relish in the company of women so that would explain why Rose and Ayesha are next to him but to not affect Dean he purposely placed Rose behind him. This would cement Dean's position at the front if he didn't want any unforeseen accidents to happen to Rose.
Ivan noticed this but didn't say anything while Dean was too busy stopping the advances of Rose.
Ivan felt something was suspicious going on so he made sure to be on guard against Christian but he didn't want to make him become alert.
As they continued through the cave they noticed that there haven't been any other passages.
It was just one straight path.
if that was so it felt like they should have reached the other side of the mountain by now. Christian felt that there should have been a fight in order for the treasure of this cave to be protected but there was nothing.
No guards were found and only a continuous straight path.
Because of this the group's position became much looser as most of the children started talking due to the intensity of the situation being lowered. Or could be due to their short attention?
Christian tried to warn them about the potential danger but without anything to prove of potential danger he couldn't stop them slightly relaxing.
He at least made sure to pay strict attention towards how they ate.
Rather than eating all at once in a certain interval it's much safer to slowly eat bits of the food throughout the whole journey to be prepared for anything.
Walking and walking there was still no sight of anything that may cause interest. Cold hard rocks were still the materials of the walls and the red fire orbs were still lighting the area
Dean had no qualms but he fell into an awkward predicament as Rose would continue to mention that she is tired and all he could reply with was "We'll be there soon"
It was the best reply instead of just saying "Ok" but he had no idea how to continue that statement with any other phrase so he could only sigh at his difficult misfortune.
It truly did feel suspicious that they couldn't find anything new or that this seemed like an endless path.
Ivan saw through this and so to make sure he kept track he pulled out a small blade that was made out of normal metal and wasn't to special. Discreetly he marked the walls with certain marks in order to not affect his groups mentality.
Although that is what he thought he had to break the news.
Turning towards the group caused them to momentarily stop as Ivan could finally break the news "Guys...we may be walking in circles"
Pointing towards his marks he said "After a little while I have been marking the walls with designs beneath the fire orbs in the case that something is off and it seems what I imagined as the worst situation came true."
"We've been walking around in circles. This could be a test in order to ward off those who can't even succeed the possible other tests."
This made the group go into a state of panic but they still thought about solutions to this problem.
Breaking the news to them inadvertently led them to believe that Ivan had a much better grasp of the situation so they started telling them their ideas
Christian: "Check the walls and fire orbs?"
Pierre: "Break the walls?"
Anne: "Find a foe?"
Rose: "Find a key?"
Dean couldn't think of much but he was subtly surprised as Ayesha in a low tone hummed. He looked around but noticed that not even Christian paid attention despite being next to each other, most likely caught up in finding a solution.
Ivan saw how his friends suddenly told him ideas so he sighed and had to somehow propel himself to think of something.
He wanted nothing more than to just point out an observation but he now became like a strategist for the group.
Sighing he scanned through the ideas.
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