As he did so, Nathan passed him and walked towards the grassy field ahead. Even with his head down, he could see him act like he was focusing on something in the distance. Getting closer to his friend, Alex looked in the same direction and saw what looked like a teenage girl laying in the grass near the largest of the baseball fields.
Her legs and arms were barely moving, but she seemed like she was trying to crawl away from something. His heartrate jumped again as he realized this was who the screaming had come from, but both he had Nathan had yet to see the worst of it.
Alex let his body relax only a second longer before he took the initiative again, rushing to get to the girl’s side ahead of Nathan. He couldn't tell who it was, but as he drew closer, the bright floodlights that showered the area nearby let him see the several foot long blood trail she had been leaving in the grass.
It wasn't until he came within a few feet of her however that he saw the situation in full. She was gasping and choking while holding her still bleeding stomach, trying not to scream or cry as she did so. The left side of her face and her left arm were lined with gashes that were also bleeding.
Alex froze where he stood, unsure of what to do beyond calling for help as she looked up at them. The look she had was obviously one of holding back from breaking down in pain.
“Keep her company.” Nathan said, patting his friend's shoulder once.
“What?” Alex replied. “What can I do?”
“Anything. Just...help her.”
Now trembling from his chest to his legs, Alex agreed as soon as Nathan dialed 911. The only thing he could think of to do was try to talk to her. Whatever good it could do he was about to find out.
Walking up to the girl, his heart thundering in his chest, his eyes were again drawn to the injuries she had before he shook himself off of it. He wasn't watching a movie here. Crouching in the grass nearby, he spoke to her as calmly as he could, even with his own voice shaking. “We're here to help. You'll be OK.”