"Where are we going?" she managed at last, stumbling after him.
He wallowed through the wet sand, stumbling and staggering toward the sound.
Stairs, she ran as fast as she could without stumbling, aware of what likely followed them.
"Devil take it!" said the voice of a man stumbling over something.
Katie touched the roots ensnaring the sleeping woman's ankle. The mess baffled her, as if the roots themselves had reached out to grab Deidre's ankles instead of her slipping and stumbling into them. The gnarly roots were twisted and thick, wrapped too tightly for her to pry them apart.