The cave is nestled in a naturally formed alcove in the valley wall. Stevie can’t figure out why none of them had found it before. This should have been his first hint.
He brings Kara and Theo to the opening the next day. They think it’s cool, too, but nobody wants to go in. “Did you bring a flashlight?” asks Kara.
“Yes. I’m not an idiot.”
“Ok, well let’s -”
“The batteries are dead.”
There is a brief argument. And then Theo thinks he hears something. “Hello?” he yells into the cave.
His voice, unmistakeable, bounces back: “Hey-ey, what’s up-p-p, bro-ro-o?”