This place doesn't seem to have any concept of time, the dark still reigned supreme and the silence was still deafening. I don't know how much time passed, but the forest, as I had decided this place was most alike to, didn't change. It played with my mind, kept me on edge but I did not tempt fate and move from my perch for fear of not being able to regain my purchase. Earlier on I thought I heard voices and in a misguided hope I thought the boys had seen sense and returned to me but as soon as it came it was gone again carried away by this place. It seems to absorb energy, like a leach sucking away at my reserves, my body feels on the brink of slipping away and my eyelids so heavy they might just cause be to lose my balance and slip from my safe spot.
I don't know if whatever was causing the rustling before is still down there waiting for me to slip up, or whether it has lost interest in waiting, it could of course have just been this place playing yet another trick on my mind, either way I don't want to find out. Examining the branch I am sat upon more closely I notice that the surface is not in fact black but rather mirrored and simply reflecting the darkness surrounding me. It seems like this whole place is designed to make me doubt myself, make me see all my own faults.
Looking back, maybe I should have just gone with them, at least then I wouldn't have been by myself but neither would I have stumbled upon this branch which for the time being has kept me safe from harm. I hope they are alive out there, I at least know they won't have gone down without a fight, Will simply wouldn't have allowed it.
A light in the distance breaks me from my thoughts. Having spent so much time in the dark it blinds me and for a moment I wonder if this is what it is like to die, but then my eyes adjust and I can make out the outline of the gate drawing open. This is it, Lucian has finally come back to open the gate. I slide down from my perch, my body crying as my muscles stretch back into place after having been sat in the same position for God knows how long. Running towards the light, I can hear my breathing escalating, my heart racing, as I sprint towards the gate dying to escape the confines of this dark wilderness. Stumbling over branches and tree roots, I snag my tank top on one of the trees I hurtle past, the audible tear making me cringe, but it cannot stop my progress. As I come crashing to a halt in front of the gate I am not surprised to see Lucian stood there wearing his signature suit and cheshire cat grin, what really has me worried is the fact that my team mates are nowhere to be seen.
"On your own little one?" His tone catches me off guard; he's mocking me, the glint in his eyes only reinforces this.
I don't reply, only make my way towards the gate but just as I am about to step over the threshold he stops me.
"I wouldn't do that if you care at all about your teammates." he says with as much venom as he can muster. " Once you step out, no one else is able to, if you are all to survive you must all exit together. That is if you want them to survive, maybe you and I can be a team of our own."
The look in his eyes and the way he says it makes me want to throw up, I don't want to think about what his idea of a team is.
I have to find them. I turn on my heel and march away back towards the tree line.
"One more thing," I throw him a glance over my shoulder "you have till sundown", and there in the sky at the highest point in this dome shaped arena a perfectly circular ball of light has appeared "don't be late", and as I continue running away from him I can feel the imprint of his wicked grin on my eyes bouncing around the mirrored forest haunting my every move.