... They've worked up quite a sweat."
"Well, if they are travelling that fast, we will know the answer in a few moments anyway."
Before long, two teenage kangaroo morphs burst into the clearing. Upon seeing us, one of them came up to us, panting. He tried to catch his breath for a moment, then gasped out, "We need help. Our friend has fallen over a cliff and he's stranded on a ledge. We think he's broken both an arm and a leg but he keeps losing consciousness. We didn't have any way of getting to him."
"Did you leave someone back there with him?" I asked.
"Yes, there's three more people waiting there for us to fetch help."
"Where exactly has he fallen?"
"It was shortly before the trail came down to join the one around the lake."
I was afraid of this. These were obviously inexperienced hikers taking on a track that was a challenge even to the experts. It was the same place that Kris had had his mishap and the footing was treacherous. At least they had the sense to send two people for help in case one had another accident.
"Right, we will organise a rescue." I turned to Kris only to find that he had anticipated me and was already bringing out our climbing gear. I took some long ropes and other equipment from him and turned back to the boys and said to them, "You will have to keep going to get some help flown in. Keep following this trail until it forks, then take the left branch. That is the quickest ro...