"Wouldn't lower levels be closer to the lava?..." Jenny said.
"Yeah. That's why I'm in two minds about it..."
"Oh. Well, I guess they've got some way to protect themselves, since I'm sure even most fire-types can't survive a volcanic eruption." Jenny replied.
Max stepped out from around the corner and walked towards them.
Jacob flinched at first, managing to be startled by Max's sudden return, before realising it was him and calming down.
"He came back and apologised, weirdly enough."
"Then went he again away."
"Ich auch," Derek seemed to agree.
"Uh, sure...Guess we're gonna explore, then..."
In the far 'wall' of the mountain, a cave could be seen, and its dark reddish-brown colour seemed to suggest it led downwards but not outwards.
Jacob and Derek went also, a large gap dividing their levels of confident enthusiasm.
The cave, as they found, started with a sharp turn to the left and curved, spiralling down at an indecently steep angle. Jacob grew worried that he might manage to fall, slide down to the bottom of the cave and wind up landing face-first in a pool of lava he wasn't even sure existed.
Max stepped onto the slope and started walking downwards quickly, but despite his efforts to control him movements, he began to slide and eventually fell into a sitting position, sliding down to the bottom of the cave, as Jacob had feared might happen to himself.