While sitting on the rock, doing nothing at all seemed to make time go by so slowly. Mere seconds took years, and minutes took eternities.
My eyelids slid apart, and I saw the stream in front of me. Nothing much had changed since I closed my eyes; Ryan still sat at his spot with a look of complete concentration on his face, we were still in the forest, and we were still lost. I couldn't decide which was worse: Being lost, or being lost with Ryan.
"How'd they trick you into this?" Ryan asked out of the blue. I almost jumped at the sound of his voice, I hadn't been expecting it. My face felt hot when he asked the question, I didn't want him to know how stupid I was. But, then again, it might have just been the sun against my skin that made my cheeks feel warm.
After I told him how I ended up there, I focused my attention on a squirrel near-by, climbing up a tree trunk. He didn't laugh, but I would have preferred that over what he ended up doing.
"You're stupid," he said matter-of-factly. It hurt; I hated to be called stupid more than I hated to be called ugly. I could fix ugly, but stupid would stick to a person like white on egg shells and I didn't like thinking that I was stupid. I nearly jumped off my rock, and started yelling at him.
"Well you're obviously not smarter than me! You're out here too, you know!" I shouted. After that I cursed, and I stormed away from him like a spoiled little kid having a fit. I slammed myself down on a tree stump that was a good distance from him, and crossed my arms. He made no effort to apologize to me; it was almost like adding salt to the wound. I couldn't imagine why he would be so mean to someone he was stuck in the middle of nowhere with. At first I thought the rumors of his attitude weren't true, that they were just stories made up by people who judged him unfairly, but I was wrong. He was just as mean and nasty as they said, and I had the misfortune to be stuck with him.
I had my gaze sitting upon the ground with my mind playing through possible ideas for getting us out. I was so deep in thought that I hadn't noticed the pathway on the ground until several minutes had gone by. But when I saw it, I felt a smile unfold on my face.
"A path!" I shouted, hardly taking any time to see if Ryan had heard me. Without any thought to where the path would lead, I took off running. Behind me, I could hear Ryan calling my name.
"Ash! Wait!" and his voice was soon accompanied by the sound of him running behind me. I hardly paid him any attention at all, my heart was soaring with the idea that we were almost out. I was so sure of it that I began to plot a way to get back at those horrible girls and their cruel joke. "Ash!"
My excitement must have given me abnormal gracefulness, because I didn't fall once while I ran.