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Two best friends, lost in the Canadian wilderness.see full description
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Vale loves to hike, but kind of hates her classmates. Ash is okay with his classmates, but kind of hates the outdoors. So, needless to say they are both fairly certain that the overnight nature hike with their PE class is going to be a hellish experience. But when they get separated from the group during a storm, they have worse things to worry about than bullies and blisters.
Lost in the Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, caught in dangerous weather conditions, and surrounded by deadly wildlife, it's going to take every bit of strength, skill, and luck they can muster to survive.
Ash woke in the dark, heart pounding.
What was that?!
He opened his eyes, taking in the faint green glow of the light stick and Vale, a warm bundle in front of him, and the opening of the lean-to with the fire down to embers a stone’s throw away. Ash was warm, surprisingly so. In fact, he felt the way he’d felt that long-ago night when he’d fallen asleep in the dog house. It was almost like he was nestled between two—
Ash’s breath caught. Oh crap! There’s something lying right behind me.
Terrified, his senses stretched out into the shadows. Ash could feel the branches of the lean-to, but against the narrow barrier of them, something else lay. It was large and warm. He could feel its slow breath rise and fall. Panic rose like a wave inside him. It’s lying next to me. It’s just outside. The animal that Vale heard in the forest. It’s here!
Whatever it was, it felt big.
With trembling fingers, Ash reached back over his shoulder. He brushed aside the pine needles and branches that formed the shelter’s wall. He held his breath and pushed farther... farther...
He touched stiff fur.
Ash jerked his hand back so fast he smacked Vale in the back of the head with his elbow. She made a snuffling noise and turned her head.
Ash pressed his hand against her mouth; Vale’s eyes widened in shock. Outside, he mouthed.
Vale shook her head in confusion. What?
Ash let go of her mouth and leaned in until his lips were directly against her ear. “The animal you heard is outside,” he hissed.
He felt her stiffen. “The bear?”
“I think so. It’s on the other side of the shelter... leaning on me.”
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