Delia was terrified. Her husband and father were on the other side of a door that wouldn't open. She'd tried it with no success. They were about to fight an unknown terror and she was alone in a dark, newly pregnant and heading in a strange direction underground.
She kept her hand on the wall to her right as she felt her way down the stairs. She was trembling, and wanted desperately to turn back, but she kept in mind what Alden had said. He wanted her and their child safe. This was her job, now. She steeled herself for the path below.
After twenty minutes of climbing the stairs downward, she reached the bottom step. The air was warm and damp, water dripped from overhead. She pulled her sweater over her head and tied it around her waist. There was a dim light in the distance that showed her stalactites hanging overhead and stalagmites standing at her feet. The floor was slick. The walls to her left and right were only about two feet apart. She was feeling closed in and claustrophobic. She paused to take in a deep breath. She kept walking.
Back at the cabin, they watched the woman in the distance. She hadn't moved for nearly two minutes.
"Should we go out and get her?" Collin asked.
Alden had stopped shaking. There was something about this woman, something he felt when his shield hit her. Something he had to find an explanation for. He stood and opened the door, grabbing the rifle from Lu on his way out.
"Alden!" Collin shouted and chased after him.
Alden put his shield up behind him to keep Collin back.
The woman began to stir and Alden aimed the rifle right at her. He hadn't held a gun since he was about twelve years old, when the kickback knocked his shoulder out of place during a shooting lesson with Lu.
"You may need to know how to work on of these things someday," Lu had said.
He had been right.
He aimed the rifle at her. As he got closer, he saw that she had close cropped red hair. Dark red, like his own. She sat up and looked at him. Her eyes were green.
He dropped his rifle and she lunged for him.
That's when the net snatched her up.