“SUMMER FAYRE & MIND PLANNING”
They left the sanctuary of the tunnel, ambling slowly along at the pace of the tiniest Spryd. As they reached a clearing behind the root of a blackthorn bush, they found the older children waiting for them; Gludog showed Drimana a large stone at the back of the clearing that gave access to a staircase made from the shale facing stones the Dynols had used to finish this section of the curtain wall. He pointed out to Drimana the gentle rock-climb upwards on the unnatural staircase.
The little ones became very excited at the prospect of being allowed to ‘climb’ legitimately! Normally, Matron Nêrôdha and Drimana refused to let them do anything that was remotely dangerous or foolhardy. Gludog ordered them all to remain below until he had finished rigging up a safety hand-line, which he did with ease using one of the ropes he had brought with him. He used the natural anchor points all the way up to a large flat ledge, left by the Dynols when they had forgotten to place a block in the wall. It had now become overgrown with grass and made a splendid balcony, safely high above the heads and reach of the Dynols.
Gludog thought as he was doing this, that it was fortunate that he happened to have two long lengths of thin, spider-silk rope with him at all. It was only because Robyn was going to join him that he had bothered. Robyn was quite nervous of heights and suffered vertigo, so Gludog had originally thought to surprise his friend by rigging up a handrail and top rope. Robyn would be even more surprised when he saw all these little Spryds with him!
Once Gludog was back on the ground, he spoke to Cecren Bach who finally realised she would have to wait below. He then made several loops, with the other rope, to link each youngster and Drimana together. After a further brief telepathic instruction to Cecren Bach telling her not to stray too far, he climbed first to the ledge, before belaying the party up. The natural balcony was nearly ten feet upwards.