"I know..." Matthias whispered quietly, "We can't risk it. I hate to leave anyone behind in a place like this, but I don't think we could save that girl if we tried."
She just looked too far gone. Maybe she didn't realize what a mess she looked as she fell to her knees in the forest undergrowth, covered in blood and sweat. Debrah Dollop probably looked like a doll once upon a time, but now she looked like a demon. Matthias couldn't help but find the blood-covered girl a little frightening himself. He was scared of what she represented... what had happened to people in this game.
He didn't really know how to respond as Penelope clutched onto his hand, so instead simply responded by squeezing it tightly with his own. In a way, he had gained another liability. Still, Penelope had been a nice enough girl in school, and more importantly, she had been someone Matthias thought to be a trustworthy person. Now, in a situation like this, he needed all the trustworthy people he could find.
He cast one final glance back to the shadow in the fog, still looking toward them eerily as she kneeled on her knees. Part of him wanted to go help her up, but his instinct wouldn't allow him to go any closer to her. He sighed slightly as he looked at the pitiful looking girl. She couldn't have been much older than Jodeen, and that in itself frightened him on a level that nothing else could.
That could be her...
"Let's get out of here... I get this feeling things might turn ugly."
Slowly, quietly, Matthias began to shuffle through the undergrowth surrounding the bridge. He tried to move quickly but quietly so as not to give the girl any sort of signal that they were moving or where they were going. He didn't want her to follow them. He'd already been involved in a fight trying to save one person's life. Thankfully, Eric hadn't been armed with anything. This girl, though, was brandishing an axe, and she wasn't someone Matthias wanted to tangle with. Personally, he just wanted to bail out of this entire scenario, and fast. He didn't have time to deal with psycho killer girls, he had to find his sister.
((Continued in Trying Hard to Breathe