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 ove…

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