Erikk shot John another sympathetic look before turning back to the others. He only hoped loopy wasn’t contagious.
“What’s a torch?”
Hilden sighed his deepest sigh yet. “Let’s just go.” He started going down the tunnel.
Pheonix and Carmin exchanged a glance and then followed.
Erikk looked back and forth between everyone and the still motionless John. He was afraid to get too close, but he didn’t like the idea of leaving him. Erikk jumped, his heart pounding when John started whispering to himself.
"Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."