It took quite some time to clear away the obstructions. An engineering unit was brought up for the heavy lifting to that end. Until they arrived the leaders of this unit set down the best path for the endeavor.
This left us with a lot of free time. Elijah suggested that we all fast. We agreed.
Our non-eating went unnoticed among our army companions until our absence at evening mess.
It created no little stir.
We were each interrogated about what we were not doing. Something about this behavior unsettled them, making them very suspicious. And in a way I believe they somehow intuited the power that lies behind it.
I finally convinced them they had nothing to fear.