Jonnie fixed the front of his vest and let out a heavy breath. “Looks like we got ourselves some crossing to do.” He said shaking his head a little. He wasn’t quite sure how they were even going to attempt to get past that pit but he knew they had to. Blue was out there somewhere and they weren’t about to leave him there.
“We’re supposed to cross that?” Holt questioned, his eyes wide in disbelief.
“What would you rather have? Blue to die out there?” Ruth demanded, clinging still to Babyface. There was fear in her eyes, the kind one couldn’t dispel. It had been there since she had learned about where they were heading.
“C’mon let’s get our asses out there before something worse happens.
Almost too quickly he brought himself to the small ledge that circled the pit, he looked ahead of himself and then over to anyone else. “Wait for me, alright?” He cursed at himself in that moment. Cursed his need to be seen as more than the son of his father. Cursed himself for knowing that he had to grow up and become a man sometime. He hated that he felt he needed to prove himself in some way. Especially now. But did hanging above this death trap really make him a man?
He looked away from them again and let his eyes close as he skirted along the wall. He could feel his legs start to tremble, could feel his heart begin to race. He wanted to get back, wanted to even let two big tears fall from his eyes. He told himself over and over that all he had to do was take several little steps and then he could be at the other side in no time. All he had to do was make it and then everyone else would be comfortable doing the same thing. Thing was he could hear the ground beneath him crumbling away, could hear the rocks bouncing downward. He tried not to think of what was waiting for him down there, tried his best not to let the thought fill his mind. That wasn’t what he had been anticipating.
Finally he found himself on the other side. His breath came out raggedly and he stumbled to his knees. He looked up over at everyone else and saw nothing but horror on their faces. His brows knitted a little, he would’ve liked a bit of congratulations. He saw though that their eyes weren’t even on him.
He looked at what they were looking at and immediately felt his heart fall. The whole damn ledge he had been walking on had fallen downward leaving nothing in its place.
Slowly he rose to his feet and lifted his hat off his head, pushing his hand back through his hair. Harshly he swallowed, tried to compose himself and let out a bit of a chuckle. “Looks like I’m left on my own huh?”
No one responded but they did turn their eyes to him.
“Look y’all get back outside the cave, find another way around, make sure nothing happens to any of you out there, alright?”
“What about you?” Babyface asked worriedly. He looked down at Ruth who seemed completely against the idea of leaving Jonnie there.
“I’ll make it out. I ain’t the leader of this group for nothing. I’ll find Blue and bring his pretty face on out.”
“Y’sure? I could come with you.” Babyface offered, stepping a little but jumping back when more rock began to slide off.
“And hope that them demons down that pit decide to send you back up? I’m fine. Y’all are forgetting…”
Jonnie smiled a little, placed his hand on his pistol and fixed his hat back on his head. “Forgetting who I think I am.” He replied, causing a nervous laugh to spread through them. He gave them a final nod and then turned away towards the dark opening that led somewhere unknown. “Let’s hope I don’t go forgetting that one either.” He said before he went on forward and disappeared from their sights.