The day was cloudy and solemn. No one spoke as they walked into the forest. Jae kept his head down as he walked last in the group. Jord led the way, followed by Skadi limping behind her, followed by Tyr and Venus, with Jae bringing in the rear. It has been exactly a week since "The Incident", and Jae found it hard to be in everyone's presences, especially Skadi. His guilt with what he did to her just seemed to weight ever heavier on him. She still limped, even a week after the fact, and now two dark black scars decorated her pearly white flank. Jae's heart felt ever colder. But he was trying to make it up to her; he really was. He vowed to help her today no matter what.
Today, they were on the other side of the forest, a section none of them had ever been to. It was especially dense and thick in this part of the woods, but Jae could hear a river nearby. He lifted his head as Jord called a halt.
"Ok, this is a good spot to split up. This time, I don't want anyone to be too far away. Jae