1: Pressing in as hard as she can, there is a spurt of fluid as Julia breaks through the skin of the predator.

2: Julia’s strained expression is fearful, lips raised from her teeth. The orange feelers have let go of her as she growls and pants.

3: Julia clutches Lily, free of the predator but covered in slime and badly cracked. A trail of thick blood-like fluid trails from her to the predator, which swiftly swims backward through the air, retreating into the underbrush.

4: Julia gets to her feet, panting, both hands around Lily, clutching it to her chest.

5: Julia squeezes Lily closer, limping away.

6: She turns and runs down the road.