Nate watched Clarice without a word as she went through one of his few remaining water bottles. Naturally, he didnt object, because Clarice obviously needed it more than he did. He probably wouldn't get through that much more water anyway, considering however much longer he had left.
He nodded in response to Clarices plans to leave, but didnt reply immediately. He thought about what might happen, if he went with yet another person. Would he wander off again? Could he trust himself not to ditch Clarice when he felt like things were getting hard?
Maybe, maybe not. But that wasnt why he decided not to follow her. There was still someone he had to meet, and he wasnt sure he wanted to bring someone along with him. Maybe he didnt want them to be put in harms way; maybe he just didnt want to slow them down. He wasnt sure why, but he could at least make his mind up.
Thanks, but Im going to look around here some more. I hope you find who youre looking for, though.
He offered her another smile. A sad one, as he thought about when they might next meet. Or rather, not.