It took nearly a week to reach the top of the mountain, even with the expert Sherpas and the charms and amulets. The last climb she made on her own, and afterwards In her exhaustion she lay across a broad rock and closed her eyes, taking deep breaths of thin air.
He was standing there when she finally sat up. “Congratulations on your successful ascent.”
“Come for the Magicks, I gather.”
She could see the temple over his shoulder. “Something like that.”
“Well, best come on then. There’ll be tests.”
“I love tests.”
He laughed. “Not for much longer.”