Rog’s group started walking the north-way when we heard loud “booms” coming from the west-way. We ducked into the trees and low to the ground, trying to figure out where the noises were coming from. All of us except for Qatalya. She looked at us and laughed.

“Those are the Totorrohs from the west side of the mountain, they’re celebrating ‘Gumdah,'” she said. “They enjoy their explosives, sometimes the trees on the mountain will catch fire.”

Rog looked up and saw flashes of bright, smoking flowers in the sky. The “boom” must be what the flowers sound like when they bloom.

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