Okay, so...this place was wild. Lorelei had never expected to be one of the people who went missing after playing that virtual reality game, but low and behold, here she was, walking through the woods with a digimon. The pair had been together for a couple of weeks now, and were still...getting used to one another. In the sense that Lorelei was already head-over-hills for her resilient, strong, courageous digimon Hackmon, and Hackmon was more or less putting up with Lorelei as best he could. Ever since the humans had started falling out of the sky into the digital world, Hackmon had begun collecting data. He'd recognized that most humans ended up with a partner digimon, and that while the digimon often had their own crests already...the humans did as well. It seems a blasphemous thing to do, to give a crest to an outsider, a being that didn't even belong in the digital world and hopefully wouldn't be staying long, but nevertheless, they had them. Lorelei had received a digivice, a d-terminal, and a tag...but no crest. He wondered if she would have the same as his. The crest of Hope. But she didn't seem a good fit for it. Whatever the crest, he had a feeling that the little light occasionally blinking faintly on the d-terminal map would prove to be it's hidden location. But they were far from there, entrapped in the Native Forest, and the girl was beginning to get on his last nerve. How had he, a warrior, a protector of digimon, a future Royal Knight, been dealt such a bad hand? Slighted to babysit such a useless human? Sure, at first he'd hoped that with a little patience his own strength, and will, and determination would wear off on her...but so far, time was only proving to push that idea further and further from reality. "Hey, Hackmon?" Lorelei spoke up sheepishly, breaking the silence between them, bringing Hackmon to a pause that Lorelei was grateful for. She stopped right where she was and placed her hands on her knees, catching her breath. "Do you think we could take a break? My feet are killin' me, and I know--" before Lorelei could finish her sentence, Hackmon interrupted her, turning to face her, his eyes narrowed so sharply she was sure he could cut her with them. "Didn't I tell you that if you asked me one more question I would leave you here to fend for yourself?" Despite his obvious anger, Hackmon's voice was not raised. He was nothing but calm. "Well, yeah, but that was two hours ago and I haven't spoken a word since then, and if we could just sit down for a few minutes, I think...." "We are less than a mile away from the edge of this forest. File city is just beyond that. Visible as soon as you break free of the canopy. I suggest that, once you find it, you remain there, until a more driven and intelligent human finds a way to open a portal back to your world. When they do, it would be in your best interest to hop, skip, or jump through that portal as quickly as possible, and never return. Farewell." As quickly as that, Hackmon turned his back to Lorelei and began sprinting away. She was so surprised by it all that he disappeared before she could ever even begin to run. Standing there, confused and a little hurt by his words, Lorelei glanced around. She knew the direction he had gone off in, so despite her aching feet, she began to follow it, while it was fresh in her mind. If the path to File City was less than a mile long, she could surely figure it out, and despite his hurtful words, she just knew that Hackmon would be there waiting for her when she arrived. Being positive and hoping for the best doesn't always make you right, though. Another hour passed and Lorelei began to fear that she'd never make her way back to Hackmon in File City. Recognizing the same trees and plants more than twice was a sure sign of walking in circles, and the light overhead was dying quickly. "You can do this, Lore! You can find your way out of this silly forest! Show Hackmon exactly what you're made of!" She told herself, and with a renewed energy thanks to her own pep-talk, she stormed off in a new direction entirely. Maybe another thirty minutes passed, and just as she started to lose steam once again, she caught sight of a fairly clean path. "Yes, I knew it! I knew I could do it! Now all I've gotta do follow that path out and I'm scotch-free!" The red-headed girl didn't bother to look down as she walked, her eyes settled firmly on the path ahead, and that was her mistake. Suddenly the ground beneath her feet gave way and she was falling into a dark hole. She yelped and reached for anything she could, grabbing hold of a vine that had spread across the ground from a nearby tree and just along the edge of the hole. Leeching onto it, she dropped maybe four feet into the hole before the vine pulled tight and held strong. A small sigh of relief escaped her lips as it did, originally worried that the vine would simply snap at the resistance, but the overall problem still remained. She was now hanging onto a vine that could give at any moment, dangling inside of a hole that was so deep she couldn't see the bottom. Glancing down, all she did see was darkness, and the occasion glint of something that might have been eyes. "Okay...okay...you can do this, Lore, you can do this," she whispered to herself, resolving not to look back down in fear of seeing more eyes looking back up at her, and maybe teeth. Instead, she began trying to pull herself slowly up the vine. But progress was slow, and the muscles in her arms began to burn. "They kept tellin' me to work on my upper-body strength. But nooo...I run track! What do I need silly arm muscles for!" Lore muttered to herself, closing her eyes and thinking. "Okay...if I can just get my leg up and wrapped around the vine...then I'll be able to wait it out. Eventually someone should come by...right?" Nodding to herself, Lore began to swing her body as carefully as possible. It took her four tries, but finally she wrapped one leg around the vine. Now she was clinging to it with all four limbs, and felt a little safer. A little. "Hello! Is anyone up there?" She called once she'd caught her breath again. "Hackmon! Anyone? I need help! I'm stuck in a hole!"