In the tunnels, Matt and Jennifer moved on, keeping a lookout both for any troops that might stumble upon them and for any herbs that might happen to be or to be part of the necessary antidote. For the most part they didn't come across any trouble, occasionally hearing troops pass over their heads.
They covered a fair amount of ground, but couldn't seem to find any plants even remotely of the sort they were looking for.
They did, however, find some plants that were edible, so luckily they had something to eat. They pressed on, hoping they would lose the soldiers looking for them and eventually come to an exit from the tunnels.
The spirit, now controlling Erik, walked out into the woods a fair distance away from the camp. The spirit kept walking until she encountered a strange pile of rocks in a clearing.
At that point, the spirit stopped and called, "Peter!"
The rocks moved and floated in the air until they formed a huge golem, taller even than Erik. It looked at Erik quizzically, having been asleep for the whole time since they entered the story. However, it was indeed Peter from the class.
The spirit quickly broke off a part of itself and sent it into Peter. "Now I will be with you."
"You must find them before the soldiers do. Kill Matt, and injure Jennifer. Not severely, but enough that she won't be able to make another escape and enough that it'll be easy to convince the people that Matt kidnapped her and needed to be stopped. You understand?"
Peter nodded once again, eyes red just like Erik's were.
The spirit smirked through Erik, glad that only a small portion of herself would be necessary to insure that Peter would do as instructed, and walked back to the camp as Peter took off in search of Matt and Jennifer.
The soldiers had searched for a long while, but it was in vain. Kelly was starting to wonder if Jennifer and Erik had designed a cloaking device or something. Either way, Kelly was glad that Matt and Jennifer didn't seem to be having any trouble eluding the soldiers thus far, even without any sabotage on her part to buy them more time.
Kelly wondered if they were any closer to finding what they were looking for yet. She certainly hoped they were, but would do what she could to buy them more time.
Suddenly, she heard a commotion a fair distance away from her. A soldier had stumbled upon the entrance to hidden tunnels, as well as evidence that two people had entered them.
Since no searches above the tunnels had yielded results, it was decided to send the bulk of the search force into the tunnels and let the rest continue searching above.
Kelly thought the best course of action would be to go into the tunnels, as it seemed unlikely that Jennifer would have remained above ground with so many soldiers around.
She only hoped she could buy her enough time, and that someone or something else wouldn't find them first.