There was something wrong about this mountain. But it was a good kind of wrong, or so Nolan hoped. Everything was so green, and there were even animals. He had seen such things only in the books he'd read at the library. Lina seemed to be a little bit more aware of the creatures of the forest. He followed her gaze, and it would lead to squirrels, a few deer, and even a bunny rabbit, once.
The trees didn't seem like they'd been much affected by the radiation at all, yet they were so tall, at least some of them must have grown in before the war, right? He'd have to look for a stump or something so he could count the rings and figure out just how old they were. He couldn't even remember how long ago the war was, though, so that might not help. He'd ask Lina about it later.
When he saw the fish, he gasped right along with her. A trout, from the looks of it. A perfectly average, common fish, according to his books, but of course he'd never seen one in his life. Radiation killed all the fish in the rivers. The oceans were a little better off, but even so nothing much lived by the coast.
But fish lived in water, and water was just ice waiting to happen. The next time he spotted the fish, he concentrated. He froze it solid, then pulled it up out of the water, bringing it to his hands. He couldn't give it right to Lina without hurting her, but he held it up so she could see it clearly.
"Yeah, it looks like a fish. A trout, I think. But, they shouldn't be able to live here. None of these things should. If they do, I think that means, that water is clear. No radiation." Maybe this really could be a good place for them to stay. Especially if they found a cave. Food, water, firewood for Lina, ice for Nolan. They'd have to find shelter and defend it, but if they did, this place could be a godsend.