Hot. Too hot. Burning skin. H . . have to get to the top of the hill b-before she falls down. The girl pants with the effort of just putting one foot in front of the other. The load on her back is trying to pull her backwards, but she has to move forward.
A dark figure appears at the top of the hill, and her heart speeds up a fraction. She knows that person! Wait for her! She knows it can see her, she's almost there! Just a little longer--
The figure turns away and starts to disappear over the hill.
"No! No, wait! Come back, I'm almost there--!" The girl reaches out towards the figure, but doing so forces her to fall forward. Her hands and