15. The Wall
Mika bowed, then got up and walked from the cave. His head was spinning with a thousand questions that sounded like they came from a thousand voices. He stopped by a pond at the side of the mountain, and after taking a long drink, stared down at his reflection. Just then the keys dropped from his belt and splashed into the water. Ripples danced across to the other end. He could not see his reflection. When the water finally settled he saw instead a wall stretching out in both directions. He was on one side, and there was a girl on the other. She was searching, just as he was. And although the wall separated them, they were headed in the same direction. Up ahead he saw the end of the wall. He smiled as he realized that he would soon find her. And when they met at last, their journey together will have only just begun.