Zanx-iie had managed to lose both Louie and Tare in the forest and she had started her trek towards the mountain. Her shoulder burned and she fought back tears. It felt like a great betrayal, a breech of trust. No matter his reasoning she doubted she would ever forgive her father for what he did. If she made it home, she doubted she would, she would never talk to him again. She sat down and started to cry, this was her life now, Tao Mountain scared her like nothing else could. Thinking about it made her stomach clench and her muscles to shut down and refuse to work.
She ran her hand through her hair and winced at the tangles, she forced her frozen muscles to move and she picked her pack up once again and started walking. She tried to keep her mind clear of any thoughts or feelings. She just walked mindlessly in the direction of the mountain. It was after close to an hour of walking that she reached the Saturan River. A fast moving river that flowed from the ice covered mountain tops. If she followed the river instead of crossing it, she would reach the base of Sua Mountain, sister mountain to Tao and Zan. All three were dangerous, the biting winds and the random hotspots that created daily avalanches made the conditions there nearly unlivable.
Zanx-iie changed her direction and followed the river. The rushing of the river and the sound it made caused her to shudder. It was reminiscent of the avalanches of the mountain and she shook her head to clear away the thought. The river would go for another seventeen miles before turning north and another thirty before reaching the base of the mountain. It was a long trip to the base of Sua mountain and an even longer climb to reach Tao.