Witold had never been this deep into the jungle before a few days ago. It was semi-dark due to all of the trees towering up over his head. The jungle was the one place where he truly felt small. The green trees were covered in orange and green mosses, and the floor was littered with moist undergrowth. The jungle sounds were both soothing and alarming. He loved the sound of nature and the birds, but it startled him when he was so alone.
He was making his way toward the swimming hole, that Sora had used to learn to swim, for the last time before his escape into the human realm. Agatha had been teaching Witold how to swim. The water was so refreshing, and after he realized that he could float, Witold began to enjoy and embrace the water. He now understood the mechanics of swimming, but his knowledge would have to due, since he was set to leave that very night. He would have to swim up under the heavy waterfall and take the same path that Sora took through the cave.
It was midday. Witold pulled the stone out of his pocket to look at it once more. It did not have a hint of a glow. Who knows how far away Sora is by now. She has been gone for nearly three weeks. She could be anywhere at this point. He placed the stone back in his pocket as he arrived at the swimming hole. He slipped off his shirt and shoes, and waded out into the cool clear water. Little fish darted around Witold's legs as he eased himself into the water. The swimming hole was not large, so the bottom of the body of water began to slope down quickly. Today's swimming practice would consist of holding his breath. Witold had swam out close to the waterfall, and he could feel the current push down around him. He knew that it would not be easy to swim under that without being in the water for an extended period of time.
Looking across the water to the waterfall, Witold set his determination, took in an enormous breath, and dove under.
Sora awoke with a start. She had trouble sleeping that night. She sat up and listened into the darkness of Justin's bedroom. His soft snores could be heard from the living room couch down the hall. Sora got up and walked into the little bathroom to relieve herself. She felt wide awake. It couldn't have been much past midnight. But the stirring she felt was part internal. It almost felt like someone was watching her, which seemed silly. It had to be the feeling of waking for no reason in the middle of the night. Unsettling.
She walked back across the soft creme colored carpet and peered out the window. The window looked out the front of the apartment. Sora jumped. She could see the blinds from Jess's apartment wide open. She could have been mistaken, but Sora was sure that she saw Jess duck away from the window as soon as Sora looked out.
Something was very off about that human. Sora didn't need Justin telling her that now. No matter where she and Justin went, one of them caught a glimpse of Jess. Unsure of how the humans do things, Sora gave Jess the benefit of the doubt, but when Justin went out without Sora, he instructed her to stay in the apartment and not to let anyone in. She didn't have any issues following those directions. She realized that humans could be very bazaar.
Sora left the window, walked to the bedroom door and quietly opened it. Walking down the hall, she tip-toed past Justin and entered the kitchen. She got herself a glass of water and sat down at the kitchen table.
There was something else that woke her, and now she was wide awake anticipating what it was... almost like it would knock on the door at any second. Jess may be watching her and Justin, but that was not what woke her. After all, little Jess was harmless really.
Justin must have heard Sora getting a drink in the kitchen because he came shuffling in looking bleary eyed. The dim light above the stove was on, and it was casting its glow across the kitchen. Justin sat down shirtless across from Sora. She hadn't decided how she felt about Justin yet. He was definitely easy to get along with. He was obviously attractive. She tried to keep her mind solely on the quest, but on occasions her mind would wander to Justin. It was moments like these that she would freely take in his appearance. She would think about how kind he had been to her.
"What are you doing up?" Justin interrupted her thoughts.
Sora's face grew hot with embarrassment over her lingering thoughts. "I don't know. I just woke up, and well, I don't feel like I can go back to sleep."
Justin locked eyes on Sora. Her embarrassment not gone; her heart fluttered. "Huh. I woke up a while ago, and have only been able to doze off."
"I looked out the blinds of your bedroom, and I am positive that I saw Jess watching the apartment."
"Yeah, I saw her too." Justin began rubbing his eyes. "I don't have a good feeling about it. She is getting weird. It is almost like she has become obsessed with watching us."
"It must be why I can't go back to sleep." Sora stood to refill her glass of water. "I can't think of any other reason. My senses must be on alert."
Justin stood as well and walked to where Sora stood peering out the back kitchen window. "Hey." He grabbed Sora's shoulders, making Sora look in his eyes. "We'll get out of here tomorrow. I've taken care of everything that I need to. Soon, Jess will be just a funny story to tell."
In that moment, Sora realized her vulnerability. She stood there looking at Justin and how willing he was to take care of her. A small smile spread across her face. She was grateful for his help. She'd be lost or who knows what else without his help.
Sora looked at the clock. "Well, it is only two in the morning. I'm going to try and sleep."
Justin, broke his contact with Sora, hesitated, and said, "Yeah, me too. See you in the am."
"G'nite." Sora called down the hall as she entered the bedroom and closed the door.