It was cold and the blistering temperature assaulted Jason’s body; having being temporarily deceived by the warmth the cabin offered. The snow was deep and even though the rate of snowfall lessened it still posed difficulty. Yes, the snow was blinding but Jason was blinded by something else – the desire to get to Jayde. The beat of his heart echoed loudly in his ears as he tromped through the snow, rounding the back side of the cabin and moving toward where he’d left her. His steps multiplied and he knew Kyle was not far in front him. Whether Kyle would be a help or a hindrance Jason was not sure. What he was sure of is that nothing and no one would stand in the way of him getting to his Jayde.
He remembered the moments they’d shared together before entering the cabin. Her stubbornness, insistence and then… the kiss. She was so cute when she was angry and trying to get a point across but the kiss came almost as much of a surprise to him as it did to her. He wanted to kiss her, without question but he hadn’t thought it through. He reacted; reacted to the pout of her lips and the intonation in her voice. Jason didn’t regret kissing Jayde. He’d wanted to for a long time. All he could hope is that the last time he placed his lips on hers wouldn’t be the last time. Jason was more determined than ever to bridge the distance between himself and who he knew to be the love of his life. Despite the cold, he trudged on. He was getting closer.
Just hold on Jayde… I’m on my way… just hold on…
Kyle’s anger and frustration fueled him, pass the physical hurt. He was hobbled but he refused to let that stop him. How could Jason be so damn careless? He heard Jason’s steps behind him and for a moment he considered turning around and halting Jason’s forward movement with a stiff upper cut to the lip. But that wouldn’t solve the problem. Jayde was in trouble and it was up to him to make things right. Jason had done enough. As he drew closer he could hear something…Kyle wasn’t sure what it was but it caused the uneasiness he already felt to surge. His feet began to move more quickly despite the snow.
“Oh my God, oh my God… oh my God…” Jayde couldn’t believe her eyes. She knew better than to scream but her reaction to seeing the mass too close to her was instinctual not intellectual. All she could hope is that someone heard her and could help her. Jayde fought against the bindings that kept her from breaking free. She despised Jason in that moment despite the kiss. He’d left her… handicapped… unable to fend for herself…and now this…
She watched through the shadows, praying against what her eyes were seeing as the monstrosity moved deliberately in her direction. The bindings burned and tore as she pulled violently against them, willing the ties to break but to no avail. The rate of her heart quickened as she contemplated what would surely be her fate. The growl she heard was low and menacing… becoming more terrifying as the sound from the hungry animal rose with intensity. All the warnings she’d heard about being at the cabin alone rushed back to her remembrance. Had she’d only listened she wouldn’t have found herself in such a deleterious position. But there was no time for self blaming and should of, would of, could of… Jayde had to do something and something fast!
The beast moved closer to her, its nose sniffing the air, honing in on her. The growl continued sending shivers up Jayde’s spine. She was so caught up in her own plight she was unable to hear her would be rescuers moving in her direction.
The scene started to play out for Kyle as he moved in closer. He could see Jayde, through the trees, unable to get out of the way of what lay in wait for her. Then his eyes fell on the blackness of the predator. There was no panic for Kyle, only thoughts of saving the woman he had grown so very fond of. The rustling and movement turned the beasts’ attention temporarily away from his intended. Kyle, still a distance away began to yell and scream as the bear came into full view. His thoughts weren’t clear – what he would do if the beast charged or how he would defend himself. All he could think was getting the animal away from Jayde. Jason, having closed the gap between he and Kyle made a bee line for Jayde. He knew exactly where she was and how he’d left her. He only hoped and prayed he’d get to her before the beast struck.