The forest seemed dry and lifeless. Only birds showed up from time to time, but they didn't even sing - just catched something between the branches and scurried back in tree's shade. The only sounds from the background were cicadas playing their love songs hidden in the undergrowth. The air was hot and steamy. The heat made everything sticky and unpleasant to the touch. It was definitely not a weather of one's dreams, especially when one had to move. But some didn't mind.
- She's been following us for quite a while, hasn't she, honey?
Asali just yawned in response. He's been carrying Sauti for almost the whole day now and was too tired to even look at what was the topic. Besides, he probably felt that presence and had no more patience to deal with it. But Sauti looked back, maybe a bit too eagerly. A brown silhouette from somewhere behind the last camel started to move quicker.
- Goddammit - she cussed quietly and pretended not to see the approaching figure.
The figure didn't mind it t