You have received the second of five jewels, have received a map of where to find the remaining three, and now choose to head for the bridge which you first encountered. According to the map the old lady gave you, there should be a jewel on top of the bridge.
You cross the stream where you met the Forest Fettre, past the cave made of gnarly roots. When you finally reach the bridge there is already someone there.
A mysterious figure in a hooded brown leather cloak crouched on top of the bridge and gathering something in his gloved hands; he suddenly stands up and stares back at you. In the figure’s left hand is a black jeweled key connected to a fine silver chain. In the right hand, squirming with eagerness to escape, is a little boy.
Behind the figure are shouts of two police officers with guns raised commanding the figure give up the boy and surrender. The figure ignores the officers for the moment, looks at the boy, looks at the jewel, and then looks at you. Surely this is the “bazaar character” who kidnapped the woman’s child and eluded the cops. Something’s fishy. Why would the kidnapper flee into the woods only to return?
Sensing you are no real threat, the figure leaps off the bridge, overpowers the officers, and then looks back at you before running off toward the Labrinthine Woods.
Why would the figure run flee into the woods only to return? To gather something he forgot.
This is the crossroads where paths are woven,
Now is the place of a road newly chosen. **