Well, well—it's quite literally "into the fire," even if it's not literally "out of the frying pan"—though I bet that saying will come very true very soon for both Teebo and Latara! I am definitely glad that they got a few moments just to talk things over with each other—kind of a nice respite from all the wild 'n' crazy 'n' action-packed developments of the last few chapters. With some humor and smiles thrown in. Latara's very modest about her ability to understand things related to nature powers, but she's not doing badly at all on that score. Even if she doesn't always understand Teebo's mystical promptings, she at least understands how important they are and is willing to trust them (and him)—and that is at least halfway to understanding. Her coquettish playfulness is such a fun foil to his head-in-the-clouds seriousness—e.g., the way she recalls the Thorn Forest kiss, her "blasé tree goat" comment, her response to his "snowflake on your nose" comment. (I just love that moment, by the way—you manage to play with several teen romance tropes in a humorous way that nevertheless does not undermine the sincerity of the characters' feelings.) On a more serious note, I'm intrigued too by what Teebo says about this Fire of the Eternal and its effects and properties. It's got to be significant that it affects different Ewoks differently, and those with nature powers the most. If it doesn't affect Latara at all, is that just because she doesn't (as far as I know, anyway) have nature powers? Or that she's got some hidden talent there somehow? The way you've set it up, it looks like it could go either way, and that's just really neat. (Cough cough fanon post cough cough! I know, I know, all in good time. ) And now I can't wait to see how things will go for them in the weird underground realm, since I imagine that's where they'll end up. They're awfully brave to walk right smack dab into this trap like that... but both characters, from what I've seen in the cartoons, look like they have stores of hidden courage that they can bring out at the right time.