Maynard nodded at Adams reply, meekly at first and then with more resolve, even managing a weak smile as he spoke.
Yeah, yeah that makes sense. J-just a second.
It made sense to keep moving. It seemed to be what kept Adam calm, to Maynard at least, and that was pretty high on his priorities at the moment. Adam was the leader, and Maynard didnt want to break that in any circumstance. And if they kept moving, well, there was a chance they might find some of their friends too. Only a chance, though. Any hope hed once retained of finding all of his friends and doing... something
was now well and truly gone.
He entered the tent in silence, his chest still levelling unevenly as he did so. He kept his eyes clenched shut as he retrieved his bags and his blade from the ground, not wanting to look at what was once Natali. He wanted to remember her as shed been in life; a source of comfort and optimism, and not as anything else. Even the brief glimpse hed managed of her body when hed first awoken was all but gone, the images buried deep in his consciousness.
He considered making a eulogy of sorts, addressing her parents and family via one of the many cameras mounted around the site, but dismissed the thought almost as soon as itd entered his head. He was in no fit state to deliver a fitting tribute at the moment. Hed do it later, if he had a chance, when he had more time to prepare or whatever it was people did, and then hed give her family the thanks Natali had deserved, the thanks hed never gotten to bestow upon her in life.
He wouldnt make the same mistake with Adam. He had to let the other boy know just how much he appreciated his help, in case anything happened. He didnt want to think about anything else happening to the two of them, but he had to be prepared. He knew he did.
Thanks, Adam, he said, stepping forward and out of the shelter, back into the cool morning air. For helping me get this far. Onwards, yeah?
((Maynard Hurst continued in Reverie