Dangers of Hide-n-Hunt

Teaching Jennifer how to avoid being captured by an enemy was the purpose of the simple training session. But when was anything simple involving Jennifer Keller. When unforeseen forces come into play, it will take all Ronon has to get back what is rightfully his.


4. Chapter 4

At the start of this exercise, Jennifer was excited and gung-ho. But after nearly 3 1/2 hours of traipsing through the woods, all she wanted was for Ronon to find her and take her home. Not that she was lost or anything - okay yes she was lost. She had no clue where in the hell she was!

Fighting her way through the dense thicket of vines and brambles, Jennifer finally stumbled her way out of the forest to stand in a small clearing. She bent over and placed her hands upon her knees - trying to catch her breath. The exertion of making her way through that mess had her breathing hard.

She was worried that the dense brush would make it a bit difficult for Ronon to track her - but knowing him, he'd just plow through that area like a Satedan bulldozer! She smiled and giggled at her analogy.

She was amazed at how hot it had gotten over a short period of time. Earlier in the day it was rather a cool pleasant morning; but now she could feel a riverlet of sweat meandering its way down her back. Even though her hair was up in a pony tail, her bangs were plastered to the side of her face. What she wouldn't give for a nice cold shower right about now! Jen took off her jacket and dropped it where she stood.

She grabbed the bottom of her t-shirt and proceeded to wipe sweat from her face with it; then took the hem of the shirt and 'fanned' herself. She stopped since that wasn't helping much.

Deciding she was thirsty, she unclipped the water bottle from her belt and drank of the lukewarm liquid. Making a face she decided it was better than nothing. Then her stomach growled - she rolled her eyes.

Jennifer hadn't thought that they would be at this game for this long. She smiled though. That meant she was getting better! It took Ronon a bit longer each time to track and find her! She was proud of herself; however, she was also starving! She should had thought to bring a powerbar or two with her. Next time she would.

Taking note of her surroundings Jennifer realized that she was standing in a grassy clearing with some kind of stone ruins all around. Some were still standing - nearly eight feet tall - others were toppled over. Most were broken and crumbled They looked ancient but not like Atlantis ancient. It almost reminded her of a cross between Earth's Stonehenge and Greek columns.

She walked around the area - examining the stones. They had strange carvings upon some of them. This would be a great place for Rodney and his team to come and explore she thought. She'd have to remember how to get here. Ronon could help her with that - because she had no freakin' clue.

Beautiful and fragrant wild flowers grew everywhere. She breathed deeply of the heady fragrance. Bees and butterflies made their way to the different blossoms seeking out their sweet nectar. The forest did not encroach on the ruins - which was rather strange. The tall pines seem to be sentinels keeping guard of a well hidden secret. This would be a nice place to have a picnic with Ronon she reflected.

Jennifer had been looking out at the forest with one of the taller stones to her back when she suddenly stood stock still. She rubbed her hand over the back of her neck. Her heart was racing. She would have sworn that icy fingers had just brushed the damp tendrils away. It felt as if someone or something was watching her. There was nothing but the ancient stones, the forest and herself as she turned in complete circles.

Her inner voice was trying to think of a logical explanation - yeah right Jen this is the Pegasus Galaxy remember! You technically have an alien for a boyfriend - there is no logical explanation to anything here! Oh shut up she told her little inner voice.

Frowning she put her hands on her hips, "Ronon! If that's you out there, it isn't funny!", she said facing the forest.


"Ronon?!", her voice not so strong this time. Her hands clasped together in front of her as she bit her bottom lip.

Oh Crap!, she thought. It just dawned on her that she said one of the worst lines in a horror flick - IF THAT'S YOU OUT THERE, IT ISN'T FUNNY!

Shit! Shit! Shit!

"Breath Keller!" She told herself turning to face the standing stone column, "Just breath~ It was noth-"

Then she heard it.

A growl - and it was coming from directly behind her - and she KNEW it was not Ronon!

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