Daniel's insomnia returned and his attention faded. Through his mind passed a wave of diverse ideas and emotions. In an attempt to help, Msi’ asked him a favor.
–The plants of the waterfall 'maat chipam must be in flower and its fruits are delicious and...
–You want to go.
–If there's anyone who can get them, that’s you.
Daniel couldn’t refuse and by the time he reasoned what he was doing, he was already hanging on the rope in the middle of the waterfall with Msi' on his back.
–This isn’t such a good idea anymore! – He shouted to get over the sound of the falling water.
–We must continue!
–We can still turn around!
–No, there's something important I want you to see!
–You couldn’t just tell me?!
–No, I've never seen it!
With no choice Dan decided to remain silent and continue. The road was long and he could only cross it with the strength of his arms, and the wind and water made it even heavier, but after a few scary moments, he finally reached the tree where the arrow was. They both descended to climb again a steep hill. Tired by the previous effort, the climb seemed infinite, but as they approached the edge a beautiful landscape opened in front of them.
–What is this place?
–It’s, the cradle of the world, Nay smaa u’ ‘maat.
It was a green pasture with a huge hollow in the middle, full of shrubs with beautiful red flowers, tall and with many petals. Among the plants grew small fruits of the same color with a sweet fragrance. The place was illuminated by the beautiful rays of the sunset and the water of the river shone in spectacular orange tones. It was a real paradise.
–It's very beautiful, muult kekoo.
–Yes is true.
–But, why is it different from everything else?
–My ancestors say that Meltí 'ipá jalá came here to create the world. That is why life abounds here and these plants flourish and bear fruit all the time.
Daniel approached the hollow and thought that if the god of Msi’ was the light of life, then it made a lot of sense what her ancestors told.
They both stayed to rest there that night, Msi’ didn’t take long to fall asleep, but to Dan, a series of ideas were spinning in his head, things that the boss of the laboratory said began to connect, but there was still much that he didn’t understand.
At dawn the next day Daniel explained to the girl the conclusions he had reached, while they were having lunch and preparing to return.
–I've been thinking about something one of my bosses said to me.
–He said that the metabolism of you and your people was different from ours, because you hadn’t been as exposed to light as we, that means that the longer you spend in contact with the light, life expectancy increases.
–Well, analyzing what I know, I understand that when the light leaves the planet, my people grow older a little faster, but don’t you think it strange that they knew exactly how your aging process works even though they didn’t know that you and you people existed? Or also, that, if the light belongs to my world, then it shouldn’t return alone, without anybody recovering it? The boss also told me that if I let the light to detach naturally it will be gone again, so it will go to give life to another planet? That seems strange to me, because, considering everything in what they lied to me, I begin to believe that perhaps the light is not even of my world.
–Maybe you're just scared? To do what they asked.
–What? I don’t understand you, why do you do this? You should be begin for your life.
–Well then, what is the truth?
–I don’t know, maybe the light belongs to a group of planets or maybe these planets belong to the light and are visited every so often, that's why your ancestors tell that Meltí 'ipá jalá created the world and life, your God was the light just like on my planet.
–Maybe in my world, they've taken advantage of its power.
–Well maybe they did, but just for that you won’t take it back?
Dan was speechless –I don’t know.
–Dani, do you know why I asked you to bring me here?
–Because you wanted to know the place?
–Yes, but besides, I wanted that, when it's time for us to go, everybody in home talk about our great fate, as they do with my father –Daniel looked at her, knowing what she meant–. I'm not afraid of death, that's just one more step of life, what I'm afraid about is oblivion. Life will keep it’s course, with or without us. No one can escape from their fate.
If there was anything that bothered him, was her disposition to such an act. He knew that if she asked him not to do it, that if she only showed herself a little frightened, that with only one word, he could find a way to avoid harming her. But when something was in her mind it was impossible to remove it. For him there was nothing worse than betrayal, and from every way he saw it, in that situation, no matter what he decided, he would end up betraying someone and, above all, himself.
–Let's go home, –He said, getting up in annoyance.
At the top of the waterfall the river cut the mountain and crossing it was extremely difficult because of its strength and size, besides in the other side there was a great cliff, so the return home had to be by the same way, so, sore for the previous day, the boys set out to cross the river by the rope.
They were almost halfway through, when Dan felt a slight movement, as if the rope had loosened.
–What was that?!
Suddenly the movement repeated itself but more abruptly revealing that the rope was about to break.
Without anything they could do, the old rope broke, letting them fall to the rocks of the river. They both screamed in despair, feeling how they were approaching to a horrible death, when out of nowhere a bright light appeared under, blinding them for a moment, a thud in the hot sand stopped the Daniel's fall leaving him as a mattress for Msi’, and for just an instant, he could see the blue sky and the mist of the water, in a small luminous circle, disappearing rapidly.