Daring was flying smoothly towards Griifious Mountain, still feeling very confident in herself. "I'm really glad I met all of those ponies. They really helped me feel more like I can do this," Daring thought more about her mission, and her smile went away. "But, I can't help but still feel a bit bad about taking Griison's goblet, no matter how evil he may be," Daring slowed to a stop and began hovering in midair. "Ugh...why does this have to be so hard for me?? I'd rather deal with deadly traps and evil villains than this kind of turmoil!" Daring paced back and forth while flying, mulling over her thoughts on taking the goblet. She then stopped in midair again, and looked at her right hoof. "On one hoof, I'll be doing good by helping the inhabitants around this mountain," she then turned her head towards her left hoof. "But on the other hoof, I'll still be stealing from someone, and that just feels wrong," Daring sighed, and she placed her right hoof on her face and her left hoof behind her back. "I mean, it's not like he's doing anything evil with the goblet; then I would want to take it from him so he can't hurt anypony!" Daring sighed again and hung her head and front legs down in sadness. "But he's not doing anything evil with it. It's just a family heirloom that he's looking after, which makes it even more wrong to steal it..." Daring was feeling so distraught, she flew down and landed on a nearby boulder, and she sat down. "Such a hard decision...much too hard for somepony like me to decide...but what should I decide? What??" she stamped her hoof on the boulder in frustration. Daring looked very frustrated, and she looked up at Griifious Mountain. Slowly, Daring's angry face went away, and her face became calmer. She then decided to take a few moments to collect herself, taking a few cleansing breaths so as to set her mind at ease. Daring thought long and hard about what she should do; what the right thing to do was. She looked at the mountain the whole time she was pondering these ideas. She finally came to a conclusion, and made one last unhappy sigh. "Griison may not be doing anything evil with the goblet, but he himself is still evil. Regardless of what he may think, he does not have the right to treat the ponies of this mountain so badly," Daring started to sound more irate as she talked, and she got up on all four legs. "If he's not going to be nice to those ponies, then he doesn't deserve to live here!" Daring flew a few feet straight up into the air. "I now know what I must do! For the greater good of all other inhabitants of this mountain, I must take the goblet from Griison! No matter what the risk!" Daring, now feeling very determined, turned towards Griifious Mountain and flew towards it as fast as she could. Although, as she was flying towards the mountain, there were thoughts stirring in the back of her mind. These thoughts were of Daring not feeling entirely convinced of what she just said. Even with all that she had said, there was still a tiny part of her that truly believed that stealing Griison's goblet was wrong. But, Daring, trying to convince herself it was the right thing, ignored these thoughts as best she could, although they were not going to leave her head anytime soon.
After a short time of flying, Daring had finally arrived at the base of the mountain. She landed on a ledge of the base of the mountain and looked up, feeling awed by the large magnitude of this mountain. "This mountain sure is big! I'm glad I'm not an Earth Pony, since I don't think anypony could climb a mountain like this," Daring then opened her wings and flew up alongside the mountain. "There has to be an entrance around here somewhere," Daring started flying more to the right, but up a little bit at the same time, trying to find some kind of entrance to the mountain. After a few minutes had passed, Daring finally came upon what appeared to be a large steel door embedded inside the side of the mountain. Daring stopped in front of the door and flew in place. She scanned the door for a door handle, but it had no means of a handle anywhere on it. "Hmm..." Daring though as she rubbed her chin. "Now how am I gonna get in there?" She flew closer to the door, flying near every part of it, examining every detail to see if there was some way to bypass the door, but she found nothing.
Daring crossed her front legs and she looked very frustrated. "This doesn't make any sense to me. I know this is a door," she said as she motioned to the door with her right hoof, then crossed her front legs again. "Which means there has to be a way to open it; Otherwise, how would Griison get inside?" she asked herself as she made a quizzical gesture with her hooves. After a few moments, Daring's eyes sparked with a sudden thought. "That's it!" she said with eagerness. "Griison must have created a special way to open the door so nopony else would be able to get in!" Daring felt absolutely positive that her notion was correct, but there was still the problem of figuring out how to get the door open. Daring flew down and sat on the ledge in front of the door to mull this over.
Daring-Do kept thinking for a little while, and she looked around at the surrounding valley. As she looked around, she noticed something, so she stopped moving her head and looked back in the direction where she noticed something. Daring's eyes then widened with fear and her pupils got smaller. Far off in the distance, Daring could see Griison flying right to where she was sitting! Daring stood up on the ledge as she kept looking at Griison. She knew she had to hide herself from Griison, or else her plan of sneaking in would no longer work, and she might never get the goblet! She frantically looked around, trying to think of some way to hide, but she was running out of time, as Griison would soon be close enough to be able to spot her. Unfortunately, Daring-Do was unable to see any hiding spot from where she was at. She then looked at Griison again, and when she saw him closer than he was before, she panicked and flew straight up into the air.