Follow the Leader

I followed Avalynn down the hall; keeping up with her fast pace was a little bit easier, as my legs had grown accustomed to brisk steps.

She led us through the hallways, head held high with an air of confidence. She seemed to know where she was going... Whether or not she did, well... I could only hope for the best.

Footsteps still echoed behind us, and I risked a glance backwards. I couldn't see anyone, but the sound was getting louder. Avalynn sped up. I did too.

We took a right. A left. Another left. Straight for a ways. A right. Another right. Straight again. I knew that, on my own, I would never be able to get out of this place.

The scenery changed little as we moved about from hallway to hallway.

Still, footsteps clipped at the silence from a distance, following us. It was the same clip-clop over and over again. There was no difference between one and another, apart from volume, which was decreasing slowly.

Avalynn dared to slow down a little bit. With my calves celebrating in relief, I matched this new, slower pace.

She slowed to a halt. I stopped too. We listened. The footsteps got louder again. We shared an uneasy glance at each other.

I heard her give an irritated sigh, and wondered if she was thinking this was like a game of follow the leader too... I grabbed her wrist (the first time I dared to do so) and began to walk, pulling her along.

I wasn't just gonna stick around and wait to be found, lost or not. I took the nearest right, and continued straight.

"Do you know where you're going?" she asked doubtfully.

I shook my head, a slight smile on my face.

"Why are you smiling then?"

I shrugged...

Despite the current circumstances, I enjoyed this turn of the tables. She was the one asking the questions, I was the one giving unsatisfying answers. A little taste of her own medicine...

At the far end of the hallway, I could see large brown doors. They looked like the ones we came in through. I looked inquiringly at Avalynn, but she shook her head and took the lead again.

I followed her willingly enough, thinking about that shortbread.

The End

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