Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Three, Chapter Two, Part Six
Jonathan had to work quickly at this point, because he was already using his only good batteries remaining to power his flashlight. He gave the skeleton a miss, and instead continued playing out his kite string down the middle of the chamber until it ran out. He still hadn’t reached the end of the chamber yet, so he began lining up rocks in a straight line from the end of the kite string, pointing the way back to his lifeline if his flashlight were to die. He swept the remaining portion of the chamber with the flashlight’s beam, trying to determine if there was anything else of interest in the chamber, before returning to the gold and silver coins and heading out of the caves.
He just couldn’t make that final decision to turn around though, and continued lining up rocks while going the opposite direction from where the entrance into the cavern system was located. Sammy seemed to have discovered something, and went farther ahead into the darkness of the unexplored portion of the chamber. Jonathan tracked him with the beam of his flashlight, and was just about to call him back, when the narrow beam of light reflected something of unusual interest back towards him. There at the very edge of his flashlight’s range, was what looked like carving in the sandstone wall of the cave! It was unrecognizable from this distance, but it had all the marks of something carved by humans!
Despite the dwindling power of his flashlight’s batteries, Jonathan couldn’t resist taking a look. He lined up a couple of more rocks before going over to what had appeared to him as a carving, all the while digging a channel in the dirt with his heel. If nothing else, he would be able to feel for the depression in the dirt to make his way back to where the rocks lined up towards the end of the kite string – but his mind wasn’t focused on that at the moment. He wanted to know if this carving helped explain the skeleton they had stumbled upon, and the treasure chest of gold and silver coins.
As he approached the carving in the sandstone rock of the cavern, his flashlight was able to take in the entire area, which explained what the carved sandstone actually was – a door frame! His flashlight illuminated a carved door frame of about ten feet in height, with individual stones stacked like pillars up the side of a dark opening, with a number of smaller stones creating an arch and keystone over the doorway! This was a carved door frame made by humans to reach something on the other side, but there wasn’t a door, just pitch darkness where an actual door would have been. What was this doorway for, and where did it lead? These questions were simply too tempting and exciting for Jonathan to not at least take a peek through it!
Once he arrived at the carved door frame itself, he ran his hands down the chiseled sandstone feeling the fine details created by a master carver from ages ago. ‘Why had he made this door frame?’ he wondered, and shined his flashlight directly into the black void of the opening. At first, he couldn’t make anything out, but eventually his eyes adjusted to make out more sandstone in the distance at what was a level position to his eyes. He moved his flashlight up, to the right and then to the left, but saw nothing except more sandstone. As he was about to turn around, he dipped his flashlight lower towards the ground – and then he saw it!