Two children ran into the trees. behind them a large woman brandishing a cooking ladle and yelling at their retreating backs, a large stain across her shirt. Of the same height, the two kids would have been identical if not for one having strawberry blonde hair and the other black.
"That was awesome!" Ace cackled. he claimed a high five with his partner-in-crime. "Awful mess, but awesome."
"She's gonna be so angry with me when we go back though," Anne told him.
"Isn't she always angry with you? You're a klutz around the house."
"Not my fault they can't be neat about the pots and pans," she quipped. She jumped ahead at the bridge and ran across it with Ace on her heels.
"No, you just go out of the way to trip over stuff."
"I do not!"
He elbowed her as they jumped off the bridge back to steady ground. "You do."
She elbowed him back. "Does it matter?"
"Not really, just amusing. Race you to the Gray Terminal." He picked up his pace. She tore after him for a bit before clamoring up into the branches of the trees to follow from above. Her route rejoined him on the ground later when the slope increased and she slid down a fallen tree. Ace grinned and shoved her aside to regain the lead. Anne sprinted and tackled him at the top of the slope. The kids rolled together down the other side to the finish line.
"Not fair, you tackled me."
She stuck out her tongue at him. "You pushed me out of the way. fair's fair." Anne ducked away from him, making her way further into the Gray Terminal.
"Double A!" Ace and Anne looked up at the overlooking tree. Sabo waved at them. Ace and Anne climbed up the tree. "Take a tumble along the way here?"
Ace griped, "She wouldn't lose the race fairly."
"He pushed me first. Whatcha up to?"
"The usual gold digging. Not a good day though, didn't get anything big. What about you two?"
Ace snickered, "Anne made Dadan spill the broth all over herself. Funniest accident in a long while."
"So you two came right out here, again. So, predictable. Let's go fishing." Sabo jumped from the branch. Ace rolled his shoulders and went for climbing back down. Anne let out a whoop and jumped off the branch.
Ace quipped, "Are we sure you two aren't the twins? Or am I just the only partially sane person here?"
Anne and Sabo traded looks. Sabo snickered, "I'd say we're the sane ones and you're the insane one."
"But really I prefer you as my brother, Ace. I don't look anything like Sabo." Anne shrugged. "Course if you can't keep up, I'll ditch you anyway."
"You're worse than me," Ace told her. She laughed. Sabo rolled his eyes and whacked both of them on the head with a stick he picked up. They both glared at him.
He said, "You've got the same glare so settle it at that. If you keep nit picking, the sun'll set soon."
Ace and Anne shrugged together. Sabo threw his stick at them and ran on down a short gulley and the up the following bank. In synch, the twins ducked the branch and chased after him. Sabo sprinted a line out and then took a turn behind a tree and a line of bushes.
"You're not getting away, Sabo!" Ace yelled. He took off ahead of Anne and followed Sabo. When they got there, the boy had vanished. Then Sabo jumped out of the bushes behind them and ran in a new direction.
"Sabo!" Anne turned first and cut across to the new trail. Sabo ran on and then vanished into the foliage again. he surged out again, running onward, after they'd already passed him up.
Ace growled, "Split up. He can't run and hide forever." Anne rolled her eyes, making the jump over a hedge line to chase after Sabo. She lost track of Ace when he ran off in a different direction. Anne plunged into the undergrowth, following an animal trail that led in the same direction Sabo had gone.
Ace made one run for Sabo as he resurfaced and lost him soon after. He then followed the sounds from running.
It was the river that ended the game with Anne tackling Sabo into the water. Close behind, Ace stopped at the bank. Anne surfaced along with Sabo, grinning from ear to ear and shook out her hair. Sabo jumped on her from behind and they tumbled back under for a few seconds.
Ace joked, "You two done bathing?"
Sabo pointed, "It was her idea."
"Considering all those bushes you were running through, I thought you needed one," Anne remarked as she climbed out of the water.
"Well, you certainly smell better now."
Anne threw a punch at Sabo. He ducked and charged into her. She slipped in the mud and fell. Sabo ended up tumbling away and also landing on his back. Ace sighed and slapped his hand over his eyes.
"Do you guys have to do this? Sabo you said something about fishing."
Sabo laughed. "I did, didn't I. Yea, today would be a good day to go fishing. Don't you agree?"
"If fishing implies fishing you two out of the water, maybe. Can we stop fooling around and go to our spot then?"
Anne declared, "I'm going to punch someone if we don't catch anything."
Ace rolled his eyes. He held out his hand to her and pulled her to her feet. Sabo jumped to his feet and joined them to walk downstream by the river.