I awaken screaming and thrashing, senseless. As the vision of the dark forest fades, I see Shale, by the dim light of the fire, shaking me. His words are unclear, but his grip on my shoulders is firm. I stare up at him, my breaths coming in panicked gasps. Then I suddenly burst into tears, sitting up and burying my face in my knees. Strong arms come around my trembling frame, and, for a moment, I'm not sure it's really him. Shale soothes, “Calm down. It was just a dream. Just a dream..."