The sound of two gunshots and an answering fusillade crashed out of the pathway to our left. Before their echoes trailed off, we made our easy choice, the right-hand fork, and hurried out of the area.
Tomas ran ahead to sweep the path and to ensure we wouldn’t come up against another surprise.
Mei took up her favored position, keeping a constant watch behind us. The Captain dropped back also to keep her company and lend additional support.
Thus we continued all day.
I walked with Elijah. With not a word between us. A whole new vista was opening up before us – the hills flattening into rolling prairie to which we could see no end.
“Almost there,” said Elijah.