When the warriors returned from their battle with the wolves they were amazed at how much the cave had transformed. We had cleaned it and even managed to find some rocks and stuff to use as furniture! We had also gathered grass and other plant stuff and piled it to make a bed for everyone. Well...when I say we, I mean they...I was pretty much useless because my leg was still a mess, and I could barely walk even with help. When Aidan got back he got the fire burning brightly again and we started to warm up the last of our food. It wasn't long before we were all gathered around the fire and stuffing down the mush that was a combination of everything. It didn't taste very good, but I was hungry enough to eat it.
After we had finished, I leaned happily against Seph. “Is your leg feeling any better Ellori?” He asked.
I shook my head. “It still hurts like crazy,” I complained.
Seph wrapped his arms around me and I snuggled up against him. “I'm sorry,” he apologized in a voice that made it obvious that he wanted desperately to be able to make it better.
“Don't be,” I said as I leaned my head against his shoulder, “there isn't anything you can do about it.”
Seph sighed. “I wish there were.”
I pressed up harder against him, Seph was so amazing. I felt so safe when I was around him. He really cared about me, and he wanted me to be better so that I would stop hurting, not just for some selfish reason. I really, really liked him. It wasn't long before the heat of the fire and the warm, soft beat of Seph's heart lulled me to sleep.
Pain. Something was gnawing on my leg, slowly eating it away. I couldn't bear to look down, scared of whatever it was that was eating me away. I tossed and turned; desperately thrusting my leg back and forth, hoping to dislodge the thing from my foot. I tried to get up, but vines wrapped around my chest, blocking my escape. “Shhhh, it's ok. You're safe Ellori. No one is going to hurt you,”
The voice was familiar, but how could I be ok when something was gnawing on my leg! I continued to thrash around, trying to break free. “Wake up Ellori!” Now something was shaking me. Harder. Harder.
My eyes flew open and I groaned in pain. Fire arced up my leg, and it felt like someone had clamped red-hot iron around it. I looked down and saw that my leg had swollen up during the night. I grimaced...great, it had gotten infected.
“We have to get her to a hospital!” Seph exclaimed. “Austin, fly up as high as you can and see if you can find any signs of human habitation, when you find them come back and tell me how to get there.”
Austin nodded and was quickly off on his way. It was almost a half an hour before he came back. But as soon as he had given Seph directions the the nearest town, Seph scooped me up and we sped off in that direction. The wind flew through my hair, causing it to fly out behind us as we wove through the trees of the forest. About fifteen minutes later we arrived at a clearing, and not long after that the town came into sight. Seph slowed down to a normal running pace as we moved in among the buildings. There weren't many people out and about yet as it was still early morning. But Seph stopped the first person we came across to ask for where the hospital was.
When the woman saw my leg, instead of giving Seph directions, she immediately called an ambulance. It wasn't long before the sirens could be heard coming toward us at high speeds. They sped Seph and me to the emergency room where a doctor was waiting to look at my leg. However, just as the doctor was about to examine my leg, there was a ruckus at the entrance and the whole gang stopped in. I smiled, we had made it to civilization, it wouldn't be long before we could all get home again.