Mason jogged to Riece and looked up as well. “That’ll work.” He jumped up and grabbed one of the smaller offshoots of a larger branch and gave it a yank.
As soon as Mason had the branch within his reach, Riece took hold and helped Mason. The branch bent, and together they pulled it almost to the ground.
“Wait,” Riece said and managed to move his hands farther up the branch. He bent his knees and lifted his feet off the ground. “Now try.”
Mason threw his weight back, and Riece saw the muscles of his arms tense and bulge as he jerked downward. For a second they and the branch seemed suspended in time. The only warning Riece had was a loud crack. The branch let go, and he and Mason crashed to the ground.
As he rolled to his feet, Mason grabbed Riece’s arm and pulled him up as well. “Keep low and go check to see if anyone is coming up the gully who might have heard that,” Mason said.
Riece ran as quietly as possible to the gully edge and knelt down. He leaned forward and looked left, then right, before he scuttled back to Mason. “Nothing.”
“Okay, good,” Mason said. He took the branch and wiped it over the ground, shoving dirt, stones, and leaves around. “That’ll have to do.” He tossed the branch as far away as possible. “Let’s get going. Since there was no reason to hide our trail on our way here, we’ll have to take another route back to base camp. Try not to bend any plants or break branches.”
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