Chapter 12 – Long Way Down
Earth didn’t sleep good that night. The train was too rickety, the boys snored too loud, and she kept having visions of her friends they left behind being taken. It was all too much. She just laid there in the dark, green eyes wide open, thinking of what to do. Then another vision came. In it, Inferno turned evil, double-crossed the rest of the team, and there was another land. Earth didn’t think much of it. It’s just a dream, she thought.
To take her mind off all the things she’d seen last night, she prepared survival kits for herself and the boys.
“Looks like someone was up all night,” Hickory said, eyeing all of Earth’s work.
Earth chuckled. “Yeah, I couldn’t sleep, I kept having these weird dreams.” she cracked open a bottle of water. “Want any?” she shook the bottle lightly.
“Yeah, actually. Thanks.” Earth handed him a bottle. “So what were these dreams about?”
“Oh, nothing, I’m sure they don’t -“
“Earth had weird dreams last night?” Blaze interrupted, sitting up from his sleep. “Ooo, I’ll take one,” he said to the water. Earth tossed him one.
“Kind of ironic that a fire element wants water,” Hickory joked.
“Hey, a guy’s gotta live,” Blaze responded, taking a sip of the water.
“Guys, get back on track,” Earth snapped. “We have to get off this thing and back home. Grab your bags, we’re going.”
“Wait, like, now?” Hickory asked, surprised.
“Yes, now. Who knows how far away we are. Alright, come on.” she threw open the side door of the train car.
The train was on a bridge. Earth peered over the edge.
“There’s no land in sight, only water beneath us,” she observed. “Give me a crate.” Blaze handed her a crate. Using just her hands, she dismantled it and refashioned it as a raft. Then she threw it out the door.
“Wh-what did you just do?” Hickory asked, stuttering in shock.
“I just dropped our floatation device into the river we’re going to jump into,” Earth explained.
“J-jump? I can’t even w-walk!”
“Why don’t you just try? I think my powers enhanced my already strong reiki. Oh, wow, that’s a long way down…”
“Don’t say that!” Hickory scolded, carefully standing up on his good leg, holding onto a crate for support. He gently placed the hurt leg on the ground and put some pressure onto it. He winced, then put more pressure on it until he was standing up straight. “H-hey! I think-” he took a step “-it’s all healed!” he took another step, then another, and another, until he was next to Earth at the door of the train car.
Earth looked at him. “Didn’t I say it would be?”
“Yes,” Hickory said, giving her a quick hug. “Thank you.”
“Alright, you two. Let’s go,” Blaze interrupted, joining them.
“On three. One… two… three!” Earth yelled, jumping at three. The boys followed her. They held onto their survival bags as they fell.