Just stay calm, I heard Niccolo's voice in my head again as I struggled to suppress the panic rising inside of me, I have a plan. Go with it. That was certainly nice to know, but it really wasn't all too helpful.
"How about we go for a walk?" Rosa said lightly, and I followed her as she walked off the other side of the bridge and into the forest. Trapped, again. And I didn't want to just go numb inside again... But did I ever start acting like myself again to begin with? I thought back, and realized that I really hadn't. Niccolo just showed up out of the blue and swept me away who-knows-where. I followed, because... Why did I follow? I never just did what he told me to do before.
I never even had that much faith in him, to be honest- I mean, I always trusted him to save me if I was dying, but never for anything more than that. I trusted him to be hard and cruel, like he always had been, so why was he acting so different, and why was I just accepting that?
I have a plan, he had said; the bind that he told me would work wasn't working, I was walking right into whatever trap Rosa had set, and I was supposed to just go along with it? If I ever do try to kill you... I want you to kill me first. What was he planning? And what role did I have to play in it?
As we walked deeper into the forest, I realized an ambush was waiting- and I prayed that somehow he would keep himself and Marina from following me.