“When we started this journey, we never thought we’d find-”
Marcus interrupted, “Oh, shut up, Martha! You couldn’t have thought anything after we found that shiny door thing! Who has any way to guess what could have been in there?”
Martha did her very best impression of their Momma. She lifted her chin and pursed her lips and raised her eyebrows – trying to look supercilious (a word that would have been her favorite had she only known of its existence) and fully ready to chastise him. “Daddy has read the Narnia books to me. I know what to expect when you go through portals like that…Or, at least, I thought I did.” Her face fell at the realization that the wood she had been expecting was, in fact, not there.
“Whatever. You didn’t know we’d find-”
“No, but I knew it would be special because-”
“Oh, please, I knew it would be special too! I’m not stupid! Besides, I found it.”
“By running off after Momma specifically said-”
“She did not! She said go play. I was exploring the new backyard!”
“That was not in our backyard, and you know it! Momma probably doesn’t even know that cave exists-”
“What she doesn’t know, won’t kill her.”
“No?” Martha gestured wildly around them, “You don’t think she’d be a bit concerned? Especially when we don’t come home for supper?”
“Well…” Marcus looked around again and bit his lip, “I still don’t think she’d die from it…”
“Well I do! I think she’d fall down dead of a heart attack right now if she knew where we were.”
“Exactly, but since she doesn’t know, it won’t kill her! See, I was right!” He stuck his tongue out at her.
“No, I’m right, because if we never get back, she’ll die from not knowing!” She stuck her tongue out as well, it was hard to remain mature and *supercilious* when the ‘I’m right’ wars began.
“Ahem.” The sound had a lot more gurgle to it than a normal throat clearing. Both Martha and Marcus froze and stared at each other for a moment with wide eyes before turning toward the sound, silent in a way they had never been. “It is clear now. Wipe their memory. Put them at the entrance to the caves. They’ll be found. Then fix that damn cloaking device. Go.”