When Adelynn opened her eyes, she could only see the blue-grey blanket of the sky. She blinked a couple times, trying to force her sluggish mind into remembering where she was.
She rolled to her side and heard the crunch of deadened leaves beneath her. She winced as she sat up, her body was sore and there was pain in her arm that flared up when she put weight on it.
Wiping the sweat from her brow, Adelynn looked around. She was in the sparse shade of a nearly-dead tree, its branches bare and its trunk slightly bent. The sun was sinking in the sky, casting strange shadows of the deadened trees across the dead forest floor. Her rucksack was on the ground beside her. She reached into it and gulped some of the water from her waterskin, despairing at how little remained. Enough for two days. Maybe...
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