It was almost noon when we were all finally awake. It made me pretty pissed, because I had planned to leave early in the morning, when the sun wasn’t so high yet.
We broke up the camp, taking the lianas with us in case we wouldn’t be able to find any good ones on our next spot. I found two backpacks and filled them with the useful stuff I had put in the large suitcase, the day before. Liam convinced me backpacks were a better idea than one big suitcase. And I agreed. Both backpacks contained first-aid kits and water bottles, in case we would accidentally loose one of them.
I yawned while I stuffed a bunch of lianas in one of the backpacks. God I was tired… With all the singing and telling stories the night before, it got kind of late. Add some horrible nightmares and you can say ‘bye bye’ to your sleep.
I looked around me, checking if we had everything we needed and saw Scarlett, trying to fix her hair, looking at her reflection in a small mirror. I shook my head.
One final check on the backpacks, and we were ready to go. ‘Liam.’ I called, grabbing one of the backpacks and handing it to him. ‘We should go.’ Liam nodded and Niall helped Scarlett on her feet before walking towards me. ‘Do you have a plan?’ He asked.
I nodded. ‘We have to find a river. We’ll follow it downstream, hopefully we’ll find people.’ They agreed; and a minute later, we walked away from our camp. And further away from the plane and its horrors.
Half an hour later, we had walked quite a distance, the sound of the river coming closer.
‘Let’s rest here.’ I said. Everyone stopped, putting down whatever they were carrying.
‘I knew it couldn’t be far.’ Scarlett said, sitting down beside me. I nodded, looking up when I heard something in the trees. A colorful bird flew high above us and sat down on a branch, next to three others.
‘Lories!’ I heard Scarlett say next to me. I looked at her and my heart missed a beat when I saw her bright smile. She looked at me and laughed a little. ‘I think I found us food.’ She said proudly. I raised my eyebrows. ‘And how are you going to catch one of them?’
She shook her head. ‘I don’t mean the parrots. I mean the fruit. Lories eat fruit.’ She explained. Then, she stood up and looked at the branches.
‘If someone could help me getting on that branch, I think I can climb up pretty high.’ Scarlett said, pointing at a branch above her head.
‘What are you going to do?’ Niall asked, getting up. ‘If I’m right, there’s fruit in that tree.’
‘I’ll help you.’ I said, getting up as well and walking towards her. She looked up at me and I saw she got uncomfortable at that idea. I smirked at her and she blushed.
‘So, how did you have this in mind?’ I spoke, looking up at the branch.
Scarlett shrugged. ‘I don’t know.’
I chuckled. ‘I do know.’ I bent down a little and grabbed her waist, lifting her up. She threw her arms around the branch and with some help from me, she eventually sat down on it.
Did he really have to put his hand on my ass?
I wiped some sweat off my forehead, angry at myself for blushing so deeply. ‘Thanks.’ I mumbled, seeing Harry smirk at me again.
I grabbed the branch above me and slowly stood up. I lifted myself on another branch and climbed higher and higher. Mucht to my relief, I finally saw bunches of fruit.
I smiled and moved to the end of the branch I was sitting on, grabbing a piece of fruit and tugging it off to take a look at it. It looked pretty good and it had a sweet smell. I hoped it would taste good as well.
‘Alright. Watch out!’ I yelled, dropping the piece of fruit. I heard it hitting the ground with a thud. ‘Next.’ I yelled, tugging another one off the branch above me and dropping it down.
I repeated that action for about twenty pieces of fruit, before I finally made my way down again. I lay down on the lowest branch, swayed my legs to the side and was about to jump on the ground, when two arms caught me.
I looked up at Harry’s face, shaking my head slowly. ‘You didn’t need to do that.’ I said, trying to get out of his arms.
‘You could have sprained your ankle.’ He said, putting me down on my feet.
‘Sure.’ I mumbled, walking away from him.
Niall was already eating from the fruit. He looked up at me and smiled, giving me a small piece. I carefully tasted it.
‘Wow. That tastes good.’ I said, taking another piece out of his hand. He nodded. ‘Hey, guys. Come. It’s good.’ Niall said with a mouth full of fruit.
Not much later, half of the fruit was gone and we were plagued by flies. ‘We should stop. We don’t know what’s in the fruit. If we eat too much, we might get constipated, or worse; the opposite.’ I said, putting the remaining fruit in the backpacks.
‘Scarlett is right. I have to pee, by the way. I’ll be right back.’ Harry said, walking into the bushes to do his business.
It reminded me of my own needs and I didn’t know what to do. I mean, sure; you just squat down and do your business. But I was ashamed of them hearing me doing my business, but I didn’t want to wander off too far, because I was also afraid of being alone in this jungle.
‘Eh…’ I began. Liam and Niall looked at me, waiting for me to say something. ‘Well…’
What was I going to say?
‘It’s… I need to go too.’ I said, blushing. ‘So?’ Liam said.
I sighed. ‘I’m kind of afraid to… walk off too far.’
‘Then you don’t walk off too far.’ Liam said, shrugging. Niall rolled his eyes. ‘I bet you’ve never had a girlfriend.’ He said to Liam. Then, he walked to a tree, grabbing a long liana and giving a hard tug. Nothing happened.
‘Oh, come on.’ Niall mumbled, tugging harder. It snapped somewhere and fell down on his head and shoulders. ‘This should be long enough.’ Niall said, handing one end to me.
I didn’t understand at first, but then it hit me. ‘You’re the best, Niall.’ I said, giving him a big smile. I pushed my way through the plants and made sure I went far enough for them not to hear me. And I didn’t go in the direction Harry went, of course.
After emptying my bladder, I had another problem.
How was I going to wipe off my… thingy?
I looked around and saw a plant with soft-looking leaves. ‘This might work.’ I mumbled.
After I made sure it wasn’t going to irritate my skin, I used one of the leaves to make everything dry and I was finally done.
I followed the liana back to where the others were and I smiled at Niall. ‘Thank you so much Niall.’ I said, rolling up the liana and putting it in one of the backpacks. I was definitely going to use it again.
‘No problem sweetie.’ He replied. Harry gave him a weird look and it was awfully quiet for a second. ‘So… how about we move on?’ I said.
They nodded and everyone grabbed their stuff again. I decided to take Liam’s backpack, so I wouldn’t feel so useless.
I hoped we would reach that river soon. I could use a bath and some sleep…