“I have heard of it. They say the volcano is three days from here, to the east.” said the man, pointing into the distance. “You won’t make it that far, by yourself,” he cautioned.
Clue Restacks nodded. “That would be true. But I’m not alone.”
Mr. Mouse appeared on her right shoulder and cast his wily gaze on the surprised guide.
“A rat?” asked the man incredulously. “You are going to cross the Great Desert with a rat? You will surely die.”
“He’s a mouse,” Clue clarified. “And I think we’ll be fine.”
“I hope so,” said the man. “If you return, I will be waiting here.”
Clue and Mr. Mouse bid him farewell, and began the long trek toward their goal. Clue used her powers to create a bubble of lowered temperature around them, protecting the duo from the potentially lethal rays of the blazing sun.
“He sure was grim, wasn’t he?” she asked her fuzzy companion. “This is nothing we haven’t seen before.”
Mr. Mouse made a sound that seemed affirmative and Clue smiled. Then he squeaked a reminder.
“That’s right,” she told him. “I forgot.”
Summoning a greater level of concentration, she forced a high pressure zone of air under her feet. She wobbled slightly as she rose a short distance off the ground. “Let’s go,” she said as she propelled herself forward with a focused gust of wind.
Travelling in this manner, the adventurers reached their destination by nightfall.
The volcano towered above them, a deep glow emanating up into the dark sky from the lava at the bottom of the crater.
Clue picked her way slowly to the summit, deflecting airborne boulders with well-timed blasts of lightning. “A walk in the park,” she remarked to Mr. Mouse.
He wasn’t sure if he shared her enthusiasm for the task.
“Do you want to come with me, or stay here?” she asked him after reaching the shore of the boiling pool of rock.
Mr. Mouse chose immediately. He would remain right where he was.
“Your loss,” Clue told him as she shrugged off her pack. She reached behind her back and pulled a small bundle from the waistband of her pants. “Take care of this while I’m gone,” she said to Mr. Mouse as she tossed the contents toward her partner.
A diamond twice his size rolled to a stop in front of the surprised rodent.
Then Clue encased herself in a thick layer of ice and launched herself into the fiery lake.