Diamond awoke from the cold air coursing around her. It was snowing. It hadn't gathered much, since it had only been snowing for a couple of minutes. Diamond stood up from the cold soil. The wound on her right arm was scabbing over, but mostly frozen.
She glanced around. What do I do now? she asked.
Get to New Hampshire as fast as your legs can carry you, came the reply.
You got it. What have I got to lose?
Diamond ran. Follow me, but stay in the water, she commanded the Hydra. She heard a low growl, then decided that it was listening.
A couple of hours later, she had reached the northern border of Vermont. "Oh, my God! The girlie made it!" came a high pitched, insane voice. The Painless appeared in her path.