Sorry I took so long! Thank you to all who reviewed! The Coca plant I refer to is not cocaine, but apparently cocaine is a derivative of it. As far as I could find out on the web, just chewing on the leaf would not have the side effects of cocaine. But please correct me if I'm wrong.
Tommy and Lily are exploring their surroundings. They venture out of the building cautiously, staying close together. They are in a thick forested area. Everywhere they look they see green. Lily has never seen so many shades of green before. Even the bark of trees is covered in encroaching plants and mosses. The trees are so tall that they can hardly see the blue of the sky.
Tommy groans and puts his hand to his head. His wound is significantly worse than Lily's but he has been trying to hide his pain from her.
"Don't touch it," Lily scolds, swatting his hand away from his head. "It might already be infected. We don't want it to get any worse.
"So what are we looking for exactly?" asks Tommy.
He follows her as she examines the leaves on a nearby tree.
"We are looking for a Coca tree," she says. "It will help with the pain."
"What exactly does a Coca tree look like?" asks Tommy.
Lily moves on to examine another tree. "Like this," she says gesturing to it. She pulls off a leaf and hands it to Tommy.
"What am I supposed to do with this?" he asks.
"Chew on it," she says. "Go on!"
She takes off another leaf and shoves it into her own mouth.
"Are you sure this is Coca plant and not something else?"
"Just eat the damn leaf, Tommy."
Tommy shoves the leaf into his mouth.
"We need to find a stream to wash our wounds before they get infected," says Tommy.
Lily nods. They continue to chew, looking around them. It would be so easy to get lost in the green landscape. At least the building would provide some sort of landmark that people would be more likely to come to. If they had to stay overnight in the jungle, it would be nice to have some sort of shelter.
"Do you think they're looking for us?" asks Lily.
"I don't know," says Tommy.
Dr. Cole grumbled the whole way to the truck and the whole trek back into the jungle. He stumbled on the roots of trees and plants on the path that was obviously not well travelled. He wanted to bash the medical supplies he was carrying into that stupid, crooked coconut tree, but that would make the extra trip he had made worthless. The heat was really starting to get to him. He wanted this to be over with, so he could get out of this damn jungle and have an ice cold beer at the cantina. Maybe Zee would join him.
"Fuller, Brenner, where the hell are you guys?" he called.
In the corner of his eye, he saw something stand out against the green foliage. He pushed his way over to the spot and kneeled down to have a look. It was blood. That wasn't unusual, considering they had been called to give medical attention. But where were the other doctors?
"Fuller?" he called. "Brenner?"
His eye caught another drop of blood, dark and mixed in with dirt. He followed the trail of blood, his stomach in knots. If anything happened to them, it was all on him. Plus, even if he would never admit it to anyone, he cared about their well being. He did not want any of the other doctors getting hurt.
A few minutes later, he saw something that tightened the knots in his stomach and raised his heart rate. The two bags that Fuller and Brenner had been carrying earlier lay on the ground. He ran over to them and unzipped the first. It was completely empty. He grabbed the other and unzipped it. It was completely empty as well. All of the medical supplies were gone and the doctors were nowhere to be seen.
"Shit!" he exclaimed.
There had been no accident, no landslide. It was all a ruse for someone to ambush them and steal the medical supplies. Cole radioed for help, but knew by the time they got here something terrible could have happened to Fuller and Brenner. Something terrible could have happened already! He would have to try to find them on his own, and hope his skimpy amount of medical supplies would be enough to help them until help came.