Travis' eyes narrowed as he stared into the icy walls. His mate no longer stood there. I was supposed to save here. She was counting on me, all of us! I let her down... he couldn't stop himself from thinking all of this. He kept remembering the smile on her face when she thought she was going to be saved. Then all that was left was the goat.
That wretched. Old. Goat. Silver, putting his sword back in its sheath, saw the wolf's paw clench into fists.
"Mr. Travis?" Blaze asked in a whisper, not sure whether he was in a state where they could even talk to him normally. There was no reply.
"We'll get her back. We just need to keep going," Amy assured him. She had taken a few steps forward and placed her paw on his shoulder. He took a step away from her.
"I will get her back. If it's the last thing I do," he said coldly.
"I think we should keep moving before those spiders come back," Menghu said after the brief moment of silence.
"This place is an endless maze. It seems so tiring to think of walking on and on forever," Maya said. She placed her paw over her stomach as it growled. "Besides, I'm so hungry."
"Did you two find any food?" asked Viper.
The twins shook their head no in response. "We've been running away from those ice spiders after we woke up in a dark room, and tied by ropes," Silver replied.
The young South Chinese Tiger then added, "After encountering those spiders, food was the last thing on our minds."
"Maybe one of those guards will have a map," Viper spoke up.
"Those guys are everywhere," Nitro commented. "I even overheard they have rooms to hang out in."
The group was silent. "They...just hang around?" asked Amy. She thought it was foolish for guards to just sit around when they should be alert and ready for the unexpected.
"I guess so. I've never been to one of those rooms." The hedgehog then muttered, "Just the wall..."
"Travis, I know you're really hurting right now, but we all need to work together on this to get some food," Maya said to Travis. He was still looking away from them. "If we don't all get something to eat soon, none of us will be able to save anyone."
Travis only remained silent, back still turned to his friends. After a few seconds, his paws relaxed and he looked at them. "Alright."
"Where do we go?" asked Silver.
"We had just come from down there," Silver said, gesturing with his paw straight down the tunnel-like hall to the door. "We might have a difficult time trying to avoid the water though."
"I do sort of remember turning right to come down here," Anchu added.
Athina crossed her arms. "When we get to those guards, be very careful when you approach them. Some of them know how to pull you straight into those walls without warning. After that, it's straight to the cloning room you go."
Menghu was silent as she listened to their advice: what to avoid, what they should do first, where to find guards. "Maybe we should go down the other hall we passed to get here and see where it leads to," Anchu suggested.
"Alright then. Finally. I'm hungry. I'm tired. And I'm cold," said Maya.
"Cold?" Blaze held out one paw and a small flame appeared above it. "Would this help?"
"Yes!" They all found themselves replying.
The group then headed off down the hall to find the things they needed. They walked silently to avoid giving away their position. The blue light from the gems in the walls shone on them and helped light the way. They kept sharp eyes out for any other shadows. Just in case it was a guard that might lead them to food or their friends.
As they were half-way through the hall, where they could just barely see the door ahead, they heard a strange noise.
Okay, okay. So it's not one of my best chapters, but it's been awhile. I'll be back to normal in no time!
Silvermist: Back to normal? Aw, you couldn't get any better?
Me: Watch it! Or I'll erase you right out of this story!