Chapter 18: Zoey
Once I pushed Ethan in, I waited a couple minutes before I slung my own backpack over my shoulder and took my step through the map, gripping the edges tightly. I knew there was going to be something unusual when I went through the map, so I was prepared when it got cold. The sun was shining through my open eyes - but then it got... there wasn't any feeling. It was like I had just gotten anisthetic and been numb all over, and yet it hurt so I had to close my eyes - and that's when it started.
I was following Ethan and Ava up a mountain, or a hill. A hill, more like. Ava, ahead of us all as usual, looked behind us and turned again, jumping and sliding down the hill. Ethan looked behind him and did the same, telling me to hurry up. Like a fool, I looked behind myself as Ethan rolled down the hill catching up to Ava, waiting for me. "Hurry!" They yelled frantically, "it's going to catch you!"
When I looked behind me I saw a monster. It looked like a morphed... Chicken? Chicken seemed right. Either way I panicked and didn't want to run away from it. There were more trees that we could hide behind if I rolled down the hill, but something told me that that wouldn't help. I reached for my knife in my back pocket, but for some reason it wasn't there. My backpack was back at camp, and somehow I knew I wouldn't be able to get it soon enough. I looked to where Ava and Ethan were waiting, deciding whether or not to leave me or help me, when something golden caught my eye. From where I was standing it was hard to tell what it was, but I could tell it was sharp - maybe sharp enough to kill the giant morphed chicken.
I ran as fast as I could towards the object, which was a ways away from where Ava and Ethan were standing. I ran to the golden items, which turned out to be a bow and quiver of arrows. I brabbed them off the brance of which they were hanging.
Thankfully I had watched enough shows including archery to know how to shoot an arrow. I picked up the stuff and armed myself, watching the chicken run closer and closer, until it was finally within range. That's when I aimed and pulled back the string and shot....
I opened y eyes and saw Ethan, staring at me. I looked down at the ground when I saw a trail of footsteps leading to the right of us. "C'mon, let's get moving before she gets too far."
I started to follow the footsteps with Ethan on my heels. I kept tripping over tree roots and rocks, and occasionally my own shoelaces. The tracks weren't that hard to follow, they were practically fresh off the foot. What I was worried about was the direction she was going. It didn't feel right, but hey, maybe it was.
It wasn't until fifteen minutes of silence - except Ethan's humming of some LMAFO song - that I stopped and examined the map more. "Ethan," I asked, thankfully interuppting his song, "is there a way to make it see where we are? I don't think Ava knows where she's going..."
Ethan shrugged. "No, I think she knew where she was going even without the Map. Maybe she's heading to town or... something, if not. Zoey, we should probably hurry up to catch her like dyou said, before she gets into more trouble than she intends."
I nodded and together we jogged along the footsteps, deciding where she went. Most likely she went to save Elidi, but there's also a chance she went to town to get more supplies. The only real thing we decided twas that we needed to find her fast. And we couldn't be stupid either.
Easy enough, right?
If we combined the two, we didn't know how long it would take to fine Ava.