The project was not a piece of cake. In the violet of twilight, cumulus clouds were amassing around us, gnashing and stewing like chewing meat, and it took all I could do to steady myself in the crushing wind. It usually wasn’t this difficult, but we were above the tropical mountains, and the winds up here were even more fierce.
“What do we do?” I shouted. It was all I could muster to be even faintly heard. “It may be calmer if we go inside the cloud!”
“What, do you want to get us killed? Don’t be so incompetent! The serpent could be anywhere in there! Besides, it won’t be long before the cloud starts to build up an electric charge!” said Grondin.
“But the cumulus serpent is inside! Its scales absorb the electricity in the air, and the wind won’t be as strong!” I shouted. Grondin scowled.
“We go up from the outside, and now, before the wind knocks one of my wings off!” he said. I shouted in fr