Klaymen !i/OHE/sPZ6 2009/01/29 (Thu) 00:23 No. 11677
[x] Flee. It's not worth it.
No. You can always find other humans. This one is too strong, this fight too risky. The stump that now composes your left arm continues to burn and drip blood, acting as a warning. If he were to get your torso, or your head...
You run, away from the man, away into the forest. It seems to get thicker as you go, the trees growing taller while the light reaching you grows less. The man is following, but he can't move as well as you can, being so big.
"Come back here, dammit! I'll kill you!"
You've got no intention of going back. Pain hurts, and isn't any fun. Although, maybe running could be fun, too? Yeah, running is fun. Moving as fast as your legs will take you, seeing how close to obstacles you can get without hitting them is fun. Trying to escape the big bad man chasing you down with a vengeance only adds to it. If you can confuse him, you'll win. To the left you dash, over a fallen log, and then down into a slight depression. The ground is unstable, made of debris. Maybe he'll just fall... and then you'll win.
He doesn't, but the obstacles slow him down enough that you have time to distance yourself from him. There's an uprooted tree in your path, and you decide that the space beneath the roots would make a good hiding place. It's dark, and most of your body would be hidden. A little bit of backtracking, a tight squeeze, and you're inside.
The man passes your hiding spot without even stopping to check it out. He simply moves forward for a while, but then pauses. He's lost your trail. Will he pick it back up? If he doesn't, you'll win.
His voice wavers, his resolve much less than what it once was. You shrink down inside the little hole, concealing all but your eyes. He can't see you, or the plan will be ruined.
"It has to be. I've got to get out of here..."
And with that, he turns around quickly and runs in the opposite direction; you duck completely to avoid detection. Humans are pretty easy to get rid of, you decide. If you wait long enough, they'll do something to remove themselves for you.
After waiting a few minutes, to make sure that that man has actually gone, you pull yourself out of the hole with a great deal of effort. The bleeding on your missing arm has stopped, probably sometime during the escape. It still hurts, but you think that it'll be fine.
You listen for other creatures, taking in the sounds of the forest. There's birds and insects, and other things that you don't know. You hear a stream in the distance, too, and decide to walk over to it. All that running has made you thirsty.
As you bend down to drink, something startles you. There's a person in the water! You recoil, but then decide to take a better look. She... looks kind of cute. A girl, one with short and messy dark brown hair, peers back at you with curious, faintly glowing, green eyes. Her face is a little dirty at the moment, covered with red smears, but... no, wait a second. You've got a theory.
You reach towards your remaining hand towards your face, and notice that the figure does, too. Using the person's identical motions to guide your hand, you have it reach for the red stuff and rub at it, trying to remove it. You pull your hand away from your face and look at it... the red has transferred to it.
It's you. You don't quite understand, but that's you. Strange.
The mystery solved, you lean close to the water and begin drinking. The water is cool and clear, and quite tasty. Maybe you'll wash that boy off of your face, too, while you're at it. Holding your breath, you plunge your head underneath. The water is cold, definitely, but it feels good.
You sit there and use the reflection to guide your hand, rubbing away all of that red. Much better.
Looking around, there are a few ways you could explore from here. It might be good to get a layout of the area, and see what you can see. The forest is thick enough that you can't really tell what lies in the distance in any direction.
[ ] Follow the flow of the river.
[ ] Follow the river upstream.
[ ] Head back in the direction you came from.
[ ] Cross the river, head in that direction.
[ ] Just scout out the immediate area.