Sumi jumped off the ledge onto the tower top with the others. She stared at the blazing number and then around at the group. She looked to Kade her eyes wide. He had already figured it out. The pair of them let out a sigh and looked at the group again. Hannah was staring off, only having glanced over when Christopher had pointed out the number. Kade crossed his arms and nodded at Sumi as if to tell her she was the one to talk since it was her quest.
"So..." She started drawing it out. "Someone has to stay." Christopher's eyes widened realizing they would be losing one of their numbers. They had seven people and the golden number was six.
"It is the payment," Kade said. "Payment for us crossing through this land to get to the Index Line. It can't be Sumi, she has a destiny in her world." Sumi looked like she was going to argue but Kade held up his hand cutting her off. "If you have a chance of going home I suggest it not be you. If your door will open for you again someday then being here will cut you off from it, which is why it should be me."
"No," Hannah spoke up cutting him off. "I can't go home, and my parents don't want me. There is no hope for me to return to the Wilds. I know you can't go home either Kade, but you're needed at the school. You took over for Lundy, and you'll eventually take over for Eleanor." She looked at the others. "Your doors are all waiting for you to find your way home, and this is as close as I'll ever get again. Heck, I even already have someone I can be friends with. I'll find Wash again." Sumi dashed forward and pulled Hannah into a hug so tightly the two almost tumbled backward onto the thick cut stone.
"I could stay." She whispered.
"No you can't, you have a daughter to have, a husband to marry and a kingdom to save." Hannah hugged her friend back tightly. "You guys should go, before the weather shifts again."
Sumi nodded and climbed back on the ledge in front of the burning number six. She simply stepped forward and was gone. The number was now five.