Brody spied lights up ahead on the right and ran in that direction, dragging the girls behind him. He was desperate to find a way out of the cave. As they exited the side passageway into a lit corridor, they saw miners in front of them and heard more behind. Brody, Emma, Max, and Aspen ducked behind a huge beehive-shaped stalagmite. The two groups of miners stopped on the opposite side of the beehive.
“What are those kids doing in here?” the young miner said.
“I heard hammering, so they must be stealing some of the Blue John,” another said. “When we catch them, they are going to the prison.”
“They came this way so they must be trying to get out. Let’s check the Waterfall Cavern,” suggested the young miner. “They don’t have torches so look closely in the shadows.”
As the miners headed into the Waterfall Cavern, Brody tapped Emma’s shoulder and pointed in the dim light, indicating that they needed to run to the exit. As the last miner stepped through the opening to the nearby room, Brody whispered, “Go!”
Aspen, Brody, Max and Emma sprinted through the passageway, past the entrance to the Waterfall Cavern and up the final grade toward the cave’s entrance.
Brody’s whisper echoed down the corridor. The miners heard the echo and spun around.
“This way,” one yelled, and the miners poured out of the Waterfall Cavern. The kids found themselves back in the main passageway. They scurried through the Crystallized Cavern and upward through Bull Beef. Brody’s legs screamed in pain as they climbed the last few yards to the entrance of the cave. The sunlight was there, waiting to greet them if they could make it out of the darkness. The thought of going home forced Brody to drag the girls with him as he ran. Emma stumbled and almost dropped the fluorite but managed to keep going when Brody grabbed her hand.
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