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Chapter Four Hundred and Ninety-six: To the mine (part two)


(part two)

Still unsure of what they were talking about, Yvonne shrugged. They hiked back and forth up the razorback of the mountain until they reached the top. Jacob stopped. The woman came to stand next to him.

“I don’t see anything,” Yvonne said.

“There is something below us,” Abi said.

“Mom’s pointing to an entrance,” Jacob said.

He started forward and Yvonne followed him.

“Could you stand back?” Jacob asked. “Mom is saying that I need to do my thing to get the entrance open.”

“By all means, do your thing,” Yvonne said.

Abi looked at Yvonne, and the women laughed. Feeling like a little boy, Jacob shook his head. He walked to where Celia was pointing. As far as he could tell, there was nothing there. He dropped to his knees and felt around the bare rock with his hands. Used to working with a shovel, he wished he had one in this moment. He was about to ask Abi for a shovel when he felt a crack in the stone. His hands told him that this crack had been cut into this stone by someone with his skillset. His fingers followed the seam until he uncovered a manhole sized circle. He leaned close to look at the seam. Puzzled, he sat back on his heels.

“What is it?” Abi asked.

“It seems like this cover was screwed into the rock,” Jacob said.

He got up and walked over to where Abi and Yvonne were standing.

“Are we sure we should be going in there?” Jacob asked.

Yvonne glanced at Abi before turning to Jacob.

“Why?” Yvonne asked.

“It seems like someone intentionally sealed this mine,” Jacob said. “Only someone with my skills — psychokinesis — would possibly be able to open it. Even then, it would be tricky.”

“Why?” Yvonne asked again.

“The person would have to be really adept at using his skills,” Jacob said. “I say ‘his’ intentionally because this skill was always a male skill.”

“Until Katy,” Abi said.

Yvonne watched Jacob’s face closely.

“Until Paddie, I think,” Jacob said. “Katy loves Paddie so much that the skill grew inside her to protect him from the dangers of the world.”

“I believe you’re right,” Yvonne said. “Love. It awoken the skill that was dormant inside your child. Surely love has had a large impact on you.”

Jacob nodded. He looked at Abi, who seemed to be in a meditative silence.

“Do you have any idea what’s down there?” Jacob asked.

Abi didn’t respond. Her eyes flicked to Jacob and then to Yvonne. She opened her mouth and then closed it. They waited for a moment before she spoke.

“I was going to say that I can go down there and see,” Abi said. “But you are right, Jacob. There is strong magic here on this mountain. Someone wanted this mine sealed. Forever.”

Jacob nodded. Yvonne looked at Jacob for a moment.

“I might not be remembering right, but isn’t that what you’ve always said when anyone asked about the mine, Jacob?” Yvonne asked. “Leave the mine alone. Let the past be buried with it.”

Jacob’s eyes flicked to Yvonne’s face. He nodded.

“So why now?” Yvonne asked. “I wondered that when we talked about going up here. Why would we go to this mine now when we’ve never been before?”

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…

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