“You had best not follow!” shouts the masked kidnapper in a brown leather cloak. As he leaps off the bridge he produces enough diversion to divert the guns of the cops directly in front of him and then in a sudden blur of movement takes them out. The Messenger then leaves the scene toward the Labyrinthine Woods even as the screaming child tied to his side betrays his whereabouts.
You decide that whatever is on the bridge, if it’s still there, can wait. To capture the Messenger, if only to reunite the child with his mother, will be for the greater good.
As a seasoned hiker you also make sure you keep your body in shape; after tying on your cross- training shoes your sprint after the kidnapper. You soon catch up. The Messenger is a few feet ahead and the child starts crying to you. This gets the villain’s attention.
“I told you not to interfere,” he says through his mask.
The Messenger lets something drop from his hand and sudden explosions occur in the tall grass. A sudden wall of black smoke blocks you from going any further but you continue on. You run for another two minutes when you realize that the smoke is only getting thicker. Disorientation takes over and when you start to see stars amidst the smoke you know something is wrong even as darkness takes you.
You wake up in a hospital. An oxygen mask is on your face. Too much smoke inhalation, the doctor says. You will be back to hiking in a matter of days but for now leave the pursuit of bazaar suspects to the police.
Do you really want to try again? Come this way.