fifteen minutes, so if they needed to get a message through they could do so with
relative ease. They agreed to share the duty so they would not get tired. Phil asked that
they check in a least four times on their journey to the next cavern. They were also
instructed to show their group where the water was and to stop whenever it was
needed so they could fill up. He didn't want to waste any time. The sooner they got
beyond the point of no return the better.
Phil issued instruction to the first group to fill up on water and move out with the moles.
The entire group was asked if they would be willing to follow and take instruction from
the moles, to which there was resounding agreement. The need for self-preservation
overrode any other signals they were receiving or supposed to receive. Word spread
quickly and they all gathered themselves to move out. The cavern was beginning to
smell quite wild and Phil wanted to spread them out so that the natural occurrences did
not pile up in one place.
The first group moved out at a scurry, it was made up of rats
and mice, ferrets, small birds and a whole host of small creatures such as spiders and
insects that all moved surprisingly fast and in tune with each other.
The other animals had seen what was going on and they were already arranged in their
two groups. The moles enjoyed their moment of glory and were taking on an almost
comical style of leadership, they even began to imitate Phil in his ordering of
instructions. It was all fine and well until
one of them nearly lost out to a particularly
grumpy crocodile. That was when Phil stepped in and allowed the moles to assemble
the second group only and he would take care of the last group. The second group set
off with the same compliment of moles, and
the same instructions. The group consisted
of wild cats and dogs, small deer, a few larger birds that could not fly too well and the
like. A number of snakes and rabbits brought up the rear as they disappeared off out of
sight. They also moved surprisingly quick and in order.