(Sorry for the small post. I'm mentally burnt out from being in school all day)
Something had hit Xanth square in the face. He stumbled back and had his pistol out in a blink of an eye, and saw someone's companion. The thing seemed to want him to go in a specific direction in the forest. But he had no idea of whether to trust it or not. Nevermind that, he just started running in the general direction.
Xanth heard a rifle being cocked in the brush to his left and then whoever it was opened fire. To Xanth everything was slowed down, and he opened fire back with his pistol. He hit whoever it was but a bullet caught him in the thigh. It brought him down but he got right back up and ran, trying to figure out where that person's companion was to lead him to where ever. Xanth's speed wasn't slowed down at all by the bullet that was lodged in his thigh, but the danger was where the bullet impacted on bone fracturing it. If left unchecked, would cause Xanth's leg to start hemorraging.