-Outside the cave, Mysterious Canyon-
Diana followed the footprints in the cave to the outside and was standing back in the canyon with no further clues as to where Amanda had went. The ambient temperature was far too high to make good use of infrared vision and any wet footprints would have been dried by the heat of the sun. Diana looked around the immediate area in case Amanda had realized that her shirt was missing and was coming back for it but did not see anyone in the immediate area. Diana was the only person around... even a glimpse at the top of the canyon wall opposite her position did not show anyone. Then the blonde thought about something.
If Amanda's feet were wet, she should look at the sand in front of her. Wet feet would make tracks until they were caked in dirt. Even then the dirt would show signs of having been walked upon.
Diana looked down and saw that to her left there were footprints that led into the distance. The blonde walked to the left of the trail and began following it away from the cave and deeper into Mysterious Canyon. There was no telling how far Amanda Smith had managed to travel in the few hours between getting here after going horribly off-track and Diana getting here to find her.
-Deeper in Mysterious Canyon, forty minutes later-
About thirty-five minutes ago the clear footprints Diana had been following had turned into barely discernible tracks in the dirt, but they were tracks nonetheless. They seemed to be leading in the direction of Professor Fauntleroy's camp, ground that Diana had some knowledge of after working with him several months ago. Since the trail was still going and was still somewhat recognizable, Diana decided to follow it to the end and see if Amanda's atrocious sense of direction had led her towards that area.
-Deeper in Mysterious Canyon, forty minutes later, Professor Fauntleroy's dig site-
Diana reached the site where Professor Fauntleroy had established his camp and saw that while it was not the hive of activity it had been several months ago, there were still a few tents set up here and there. That must have meant that work was still ongoing at the site. Maybe Amanda had stumbled upon the site and had found shelter in Professor Fauntleroy's tent. With no other viable options and nothing to lose by taking a peek, Diana went into the camp and made a beeline for the professor's tent.
-Inside Professor Fauntleroy's tent-
"Hello? Professor Fauntleroy?" Diana called out as she peeked into the tent. Professor Fauntleroy was sitting at his table sipping tea when he saw the blonde's head looking in. He remained calm and set the tea cup down on the saucer in one of the only clear spots on the table and warmly greeted her.
"Hello, Miss Winchester! What brings you out to this neck of the woods? Er, canyon?" He asked her in a jovial tone.
"I am looking for a young woman who went missing in this area." Diana told him the purpose of her visit. The professor rapped the fingers of his left hand on the table and thought about what he had just been told.
"Hmmm... come to think of it, a young woman did come through here a couple of hours ago. She was a strange sort. She had long blonde hair in twintails was walking through here without a shirt on... it was a good thing she had a black bikini top on." Professor Fauntleroy told Diana. Diana blinked.
"Which way did she go?" Diana asked him.
"She was rather sunburned, so I put her in one of the tents to cool down. When I talked to her she said that she thought she was in Clover Town. I think the sun got to her." He answered before adding an opinion on the young woman's mental state. Diana was glad to know that she would not have to search the entire canyon to find Amanda... if the young woman was indeed Amanda and not another one who had gone missing in the same area as her. The professor noticed the shirt being held in Diana's hand.
"I see that you found her shirt. She mentioned leaving it by a pool and was going to look for it when I made her stay. I was afraid that she would go look for it and end up somewhere else entirely." He informed Diana. Diana blinked. While that was technically true, it had not been left by the pool of a hotel. It had been left by a pool in one of the more inhospitable regions outside of the Cursed Lands or Desierto.
"Thank you." Diana thanked the professor for his foresight.
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