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Author Topic: A trip in the forest. [Bertholdt]  (Read 650 times)

Re: A trip in the forest. [Bertholdt]
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 09:38:11 PM »
"I'm okay," replied Bertholdt. His head had stopped hurting awhile ago. He was glad that Mara's leg was feeling better; if she had been able to walk all this way, it was probably just bruised, which, though painful, wasn't anything major.

He nodded. "That's a good idea." He was a little apprehensive about letting her go by herself, just in case something happened, but the stream was visible from the hill she pointed out. The newly risen moon provided enough light for him to feel at least somewhat confident.

"I can start a fire," Bert suggested, hoping that he could actually live up to that. A fire would offer them warmth, but more importantly, it would make them easier to find. And with that, he began trudging towards the hill, glancing over his shoulder every so often to make sure Mara wasn't getting mauled by wolves or anything. He tried to imagine himself fighting a wolf without using any weapons. Even in his mind, it didn't go very well.

There was a small clearing at the top of the hill, and he figured it was as good a place as any. Bertholdt cleared the leaves away from a patch of dirt and set up whatever rocks he could find in a circle. The last thing he wanted was for a fire to spread: there were far too many dry leaves on the ground, and they'd really be in trouble if the whole thing went up in flames.

He had never been skilled at setting fires by hand like this, and he spent a few minutes struggling with the flint and striker he found in his pack before finally seeing a small ember catch in one of the kindling twigs. After a few minutes, it spread to the rest of the kindling. The fire was weak and could barely be considered a fire, but Bertholdt figured it would grow if he tended it enough. He sat in front of it, poking at it with a stick while munching on one of the food bar rations from his pack. It was dry and tasted like nothing in particular. He wondered when Mara would be back with the water.

Re: A trip in the forest. [Bertholdt]
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2018, 08:08:17 PM »
Nodding, Mara felt relieved that they had something of a survival plan. Even if it meant they didn't have anything to immediately eat, maybe she'd find some berries or something near the river. She had read a book once about wild food or something similar, which had suggested there were many edible plants, it was just making sure it was definitely edible and not something that would end up causing... not so wonderful results. Like death. They definitely wanted to avoid those plants.

At the stream, she took out her canteen, emptied of what water it had held throughout their walk to keep her from the edge of dehydration, and held it up to her lips, letting a few droplets tickle her tongue. Once done, she took a look at the stream. It didn't look especially dirty, and there wasn't much she could do if it was. How did people clean water? She wasn't sure, but she thought it had something to do with heat. Only that would waste some water anyway.

Pushing the canteen under the water, she scooped it up till it overflowed, water cascading over her fingers, and screwed the top back on. Feeling proud of herself, she hunted the edges of the stream until she spotted very dark berries clustering in a bush, and plucked them off. With as little light as there was, it took her a moment to be sure of herself, before taking some more. They could eat these, she was certain.

The girl made her hike up the hill, relieved to see the fire that had been started. It wasn't perfect, but anything would do, and it was sure to be better than what she could have made by herself.

"Nice work," she smiled at Bertholdt, as she held up the canteen in triumph. "I haven't tasted it, but the water looked pretty clean, so I think we'll be okay. I also found these." Flattening her palm, she showed him the berries she'd collected. "They're blackberries, so we can eat them." At least it would be something. Weren't blackberries juicy too? That meant they'd help with water as well.


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