"Go, go go," said Aria.
She took the lead, carefully skirting around the edge of the plant. All of them had their weapons pointed firmly in the direction that they’d come, ready to shoot whatever it was that might be stalking them. Things in the forest appeared to be at a standstill as they inched their way towards an area out of range of the plant’s nearly invisible roots.
And then the forest exploded with activity, several creatures rushing at them. They looked like large lizards of some sort, moving towards them on all fours. Their scales were an obnoxious lime green color, and they had large reddish eyes. It was hard to tell if they were hostile or not, but one thing was certain, they were headed right for them, and the plant’s deadly roots were still too close for comfort.
“Crap, crap, crap,” said Aria, “everyone, whatever you do, don’t take any steps backward, and let’s try to pick these things off one by one, if they get too close, try to dive to the sides maybe, there’s a chance they might accidentally end up running right into the plant and then we might actually be able to use this monstrous flower to our advantage.”
“Good idea Aria,” said Harry, ‘ who knows, maybe these things are being drawn in by the flower somehow, there could be something, something pheromones involved, I don’t exactly remember, but I think some flowers do that to draw things in, or it might have been a superhero, I’m not sure.”
“Let’s hope it was the flower and not a superhero,” said Daisy.
“I think it’s definitely the flower, I remember that lesson too,” said Kate,” although…ahh” She was interrupted as all of them fired off several volleys from their weapons, sending a good few of the lizard creatures flying off screeching in pain. That was a good sign. It looked like the guns could do a fair bit of damage to them unlike the last creature they’d fought. That thing had required far too many hits to take down.
Harry dived forward after firing off the first volley, charging towards the lizards headed for him and putting a little bit more distance between him and the plant. He ducked behind a large tree just as three lizards charged for him. The lizards ran around the tree and tried to turn around to face him, but only one of them managed it. The other two, unable to change direction fast enough, barreled right towards the plants and its deadly roots sprang into action, snapping the creatures us and slamming them against the stem before Harry could even blink. There was a scream from someone as the other roots also started to move around and lift off the floor. The plant was now on the hunt.
“Whatever you do, stay away from those roots,” called out Aria.
“Thanks,” said Harry, “that’s a thought that never occurred to me.”
He could hear Daisy laugh from somewhere nearby and a smile came to his own face. As horrible as everything seemed to be getting, this escape was also somehow proving to be fun. He turned back to the creatures, aiming his weapon. A group of six charged at him, and he fired again, knocking down four.
Two of them managed to get through however, and before he knew it, they were jumping right at him.