A short while later, after they had packed only the essentials into Lumina’s pearl purse, Kuda and Lumina set off through the sea.
“This has to be the right way,” Lumina said, examining her surroundings. They swam through a colorful coral reef, passing schools of tropical fish and fields of anemones along the way. “I’ve seen Aunt Scylla head this way every time she goes to town.
Suddenly, Lumina stopped. Kuda bumped right into her. Oof! On the wall in front of them, red-orange fire coral rose as far as the eye could see.
“It’s a dead end,” Lumina stated.
“Darn,” Kuda said, pretending to be dis-appointed. “We gave it our best. Let’s go home.”
But Lumina wasn’t ready to give up. She examined the wall more closely, looking for some way around it. She noticed a tiny opening high above. “There!” she exclaimed.
“Where?” Kuda replied, not looking all that closely.
“That opening! I bet that’s her shortcut through the coral,” Lumina reasoned, swimming toward it.