You fiddled with your sleeves as you trudged through the ice and snow, cursing BEN for forcing you to come outside.
"Stupid elf," you mumbled.
You sighed and pulled the hood of your jacket up before taking off at high speed in the direction of the city. While you were running you could feel Jeff staring at you, making you feel slightly uncomfortable. You also remembered that you had your iPod and earbuds in your pocket. Carefully pulling them out, you put one earbud in your ear and left the other one dangling, so that you could listen to music but still be aware of your surroundings.
After a few minutes, your run turned into a brisk walk, which turned into a stroll. You took the time to look around and admire the area. When you got close to the edge of the dense forest, you heard a rustling noise.
"Shit, shit, shit," you muttered as you looked around for the source.
Eventually, your eyes met a disheveled looking Grinny, who was sprawled out on a tree branch.
"Oh hey, Grinny," you waved up at the cat, "you scared me."
"The only thing that you should be scared of is that lunatic dog."
"What? Smile? Why?"
"He went back home just after you left. Caught your scent and is chasing you down or something like that."
"Why hasn't he caught me already?" You looked around, terrified that he may be nearby.
"Probably hiding in a dark alleyway in the city or something, the weirdo," Grinny snorted.
"He has an odd habit of doing that, doesn't he?"
"Uh, also, he's not gonna attack me or anything, right?"
"I don't know, he's a moron. I don't think even he knows what he's doing."
"Does Jeff know that he got home?"
"He's looking for Jeff as well as you. Something about rum?"
"Oh crap," you grinned sheepishly.
"Wait but Jeff's his owner, isn't he?"
"Pfft. "Owner." Pinhead doesn't care who owns him."
"It'll be fine, we can just talk to him."
Your attention was now drawn to a second rustling noise, this time behind you. You loudly squeaked and flew up the tree to Grinny's branch, clutching the feline as if he'd be able to protect you from a demon dog.
A few seconds later, Jeff emerged from the shrubs, peering around suspiciously.
"Yo, _____! You looking for them or what? Lazy ass."
You narrowed your eyes at this typical remark and growled back, "In case you hadn't heard, Smile is on our trail because of the rum that YOU took!"
Grinny chuckled, "You took Slender's rum? Idiot."
You released him from your hold and he sat next to you on the branch, yawning.
"It'll be fine, I'm Smile's owner."
"Sure," the cat rolled his eyes.
You jumped out of the tree and landed next to Jeff, nearly falling on him. Grinny followed and landed on your shoulder.
The three of you made your way through the woods in silence. When you got to the outskirts of the City, Jeff handed you your two daggers, which you tucked away into your clothing.
"You gave them to me so I could clean them," he explained before beginning to walk away.
He paused for a second, "Oh, and please don't kill Smile," he laughed dryly before running off somewhere, leaving you and Grinny alone.
You sighed and rubbed your hands together, hating yourself for not bringing gloves.
As you wandered the seemingly uninhabited area, you approached each narrow alley with due caution. Smile has a scary habit of hiding in wait for unsuspecting victims. Each time you came across a side street, you'd creep along the wall of the building and peer around the corner. Obviously, you hadn't seen him yet. Getting tired of cluelessly wandering around, you sniffed the air a few times.
After about fifteen minutes, you finally caught a scent.