I ran through the forest looking for flashes of colour. Every now and then, I would stop and look in the trees. I looked on the ground for tracks. I saw small human feet tracks, bird tracks and dog tracks. I followed the tracks through the undergrowth, up to an old oak tree. I climbed up with ease. I searched through the branches. Nothing. I look around the base and realized whoever left the tracks must’ve climbed up and around the বৃক্ষ and then jumped down because on the opposite side, the same tracks were heading off. I heard something rustle in the undergrowth, then Kalder walked into the clearing. I smiled then jumped on his back. He freaked out and tried to shake me until I said: “Woah, take it easy Kalder. আপনি might actually manage to get me off your back if আপনি keep this up!” I jumped off and laughed
“What was that for?” he demanded
“More fun that way!” I explained happily. “We have tracks to follow, partner!” We followed the tracks to a large bush. I smiled when I heard voices from inside of it.
“Shut up, Wally. I think I heard something” ব্যক্ত the unmistakable voice of Artemis.
“You did not just tell me to shut up” Wally complained. I looked at Kalder, pointed to the গুল্ম and winked.
“Hey, Kalder, where do আপনি think we should look next?” I asked loudly
“I don’t know Night. Wally and Artemis are obviously too good at this game for us to find them” Kalder replied.
“Let’s retrace our steps and go back the way we came” I said, pointing for him to go around the other way.
“Good idea” he walked out of the clearing the way we came, then circled back while I jumped up into the nearest বৃক্ষ over looking the clearing. I saw the গুল্ম rustle and Wally and Artemis emerged. I jumped down and Kalder came out of his hiding spot.
“You are now part of the ‘It’ team” I announced, touching their shoulders
“Did আপনি know that we were there the whole time?” Wally asked
“Yup” I smiled “I heard আপনি two talking”
“I told আপনি to shut up!” Artemis exclaimed
“And I told আপনি that the hiding spot sucked!” Wally retaliated
“Calm down আপনি two” Kalder intervened
“Okay. Our পরবর্তি priority should be finding Megan” I said
“And how are we supposed to do that?” Wally asked
“I think I might have an idea, but it’s tricky” I warned
“I think we can handle it” Artemis smiled