Arch Patton

DOWN IN THE VALLEY

Chapter 17

By James Strauss

 

They climbed the steps to an area just below the third platform.  The climb wasn’t a challenge for either of them, but looking beyond that platform they could see that the final stretch would be more difficult.  They climbed down to a small glade, covered with pine trees overhanging the distant valley below.  Matisse gathered plenty of dry branches, old needles, and cones from the protected areas under the big pines.  They huddled together and had a fire going in seconds.

This is the end of Book One

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