What. The. Hell.” Jax said. Sawyer tried to pull himself up but stopped and quickly inhaled as he felt a sharp pain by his right ankle. He looked down at his leg and saw that a rock had fallen on his ankle. “Oh crap.” Jax said, as he got up to take the rock off of Sawyers foot. Sawyer winced. Jax helped Sawyer to sit up. “Woah, you okay man?” “Y..yeah.” Sawyer said shakily. Jax examined Sawyers leg and noticed that blood was seeping through Sawyers pants. Jax carefully rolled up Sawyers pants and revealed a bloody wound. “My bag,” Sawyer began, “there’s a first aid kit.” Jax removed the bag from Sawyers back and found the first aid kit. Jax then proceeded to clean and bandage Sawyers ankle as Atlas sat impatiently whining. After Jax was finished he put Sawyer’s bag onto his back. “Hey, umm. Thanks for..you know…what you did.” Jax said, “You think you can keep going?” “I’ll be fine.” said Sawyer, “The next stop is a river.” He pointed to the river on Jax’s head. Jax looked out of the hole onto the landscape outside. He spotted a river in the distance. Jax nodded and bent down  to help Sawyer up. Sawyer put his arm around Jax’s neck and the three steadily crossed over the rubble, out the hole, and headed towards the river. Sawyer limped along with Jax supporting him, but Sawyer felt uneasy. The tattoos that lead to the river were very misshapen and ominous looking. Sawyer had a bad feeling that there might be something dangerous ahead, but didn’t tell Jax.     The trio had been slowly making pace towards the river for a while when they decided to sit down and rest. Jax lowered Sawyer by a tree and they all sat down. Jax pulled out some water bottles from Sawyer’s bag and passed them out. Sawyer still had an unsettling feeling. “Hey Jax,” Sawyer said. “it’s kind of been bothering me, but the tattoos on your head that lead to the river look alot like big crac–” CRACK! There was a loud sound, like the earth was cracking apart. Sawyer and Jax felt the ground shaking and soon there was another sound as the earth split open about 5 feet left of Jax. The crack in the ground was about 3 feet wide and revealed a deep ravine into the earth. Soon there was another crack, and then another. Sawyer and Jax looked at each other with wide eyes. “We gotta move.” said Jax as he picked up Sawyer. They hurried toward the river as fast as they could, dodging the cracking Earth as they limped along. The ground beneath Atlas started to crumble but he moved just in time. A large crack appeared in front of the group and they all leaped swiftly across it. They were almost to the river when the ground under Sawyer gave out and he fell into the crack. Sawyer’s heart was beating rapidly. He felt his blood coursing through his body as he fell for what seemed like an eternity. He closed his eyes, preparing for impact. Shocked that he hadn’t hit the bottom yet, Sawyer opened his eyes and looked up. Jax was there, gripping onto Sawyers arm. “Don’t let go!” yelled Jax. Sawyer looked down and saw a falling rock disappear into the deep darkness of the hole. “Trust me, I won’t!” Sawyer yelled back. Jax grunted as he slowly pulled Sawyer up. Atlas grabbed onto Jax’s shirt with his teeth and helped pull. Soon Sawyer was out of the hole and they all collapsed in exhaustion. “Consider us even.” Jax said. “Yeah.” Sawyer replied, nodding his head.           They finally made it to the river and washed their faces in the cool, clear water. They decided to follow it downstream and came across a waterfall. The waterfall fell off a large cliff into a beautiful lake. “Woah.” Jax said, as he looked down from the cliff at the water far below. Sawyer tapped Jax’s shoulder. “Check that out.” Sawyer pointed to the lake. The lake was shaped like a big heart. “The Heart of Reflection.” Jax said in awe. “We made it.” Sawyer said, “Look into the reflection of the heart.’ We need to get down there.” “How?” Jax asked. Sawyer motioned to his bag. Jax looked inside and pulled out a long, thick rope. “Alway–” Sawyer started.Jax interrupted, “Yeah yeah, ‘Always come prepared.'” Jax found a big rock to tie the rope around. He then tossed it over the cliff and the end of the rope just barely reached the bottom. “I’ll go first.” Jax said. He tugged on the rope once more to make sure it was secure and then made his way down. Jax reached the bottom and yelled for Sawyer to come down. “What about Atlas?” Sawyer asked. “Just leave him!” Jax yelled back. Sawyer petted Atlas’s head. “Sorry buddy but you have to stay here.” Atlas whined. “Don’t worry, I’ll be back.” Sawyer made his way safely down the rope. The two walked  away from the waterfall where the water was calm. “Look into the reflection of the heart, when two hearts in debt became a whole.” Jax said as he slowly made his way towards the water’s edge. “Finally,” he thought. Jax looked into the lake and saw absolutely……….nothing. Jax still had no reflection. He continued to stare at the water in hopes that something would happen, but still nothing. “I don’t understand!” Jax said in anger. “The curse is supposed to break, we made it all the way here! Why is nothing happening?” “Are you sure?” Sawyer asked as he limped closer to Jax. Jax kneeled down to look closely at the water. Sawyer now stood just behind Jax. Sawyer’s reflection appeared in the water. Jax stared at it and realized something. Sawyer helped Jax tremendously on this journey. He found the map,  provided the supplies, and saved Jax’s life. But what did Jax do in return? Jax attacked them at first, acted rude, caused Sawyer to get hurt, and thought only of himself. Jax’s heart was in debt to Sawyer. Jax felt a deep sadness as he realized his mistakes. Jax stood up, turned around, and looked at Sawyer. “Two hearts in debt.” he said. “Thank you.” he told Sawyer. Sawyer smiled. He was also in debt to Jax for saving his life and actually really enjoyed the journey. “No,” Sawyer said, “thank you.” All of a sudden a large wind started to pick up around Jax. Jax’s tattoos began to peel off his head like stickers as the wind increased speed. Jax’s hair began to grow back and all of the tattoos disappeared. The wind stopped. Sawyer, smiling, looked past Jax at the lake. Jax slowly turned around. He looked into the lake and saw something he hadn’t seen in years. It was more scruffy and worn out but there it was – his reflection.    Afterward, Jax, Sawyer, and Atlas went back to the city. Sawyer resumed his studies in the dorms with Atlas by his side. Jax began to apply for a job and opened a charity to give to the less fortunate. They are all very busy, but never miss the opportunity to travel back to the Heart of Reflection for a little dip in the water. This time, Jax can see his reflection anytime he wants.

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