Half an hour later, Rusher came back to the small resting room just after the break whistle sounded and found the kids asleep on the floor.
“Wake up,” Rusher said. He tapped their feet with his boot.
“What?” Max asked rubbing her eyes. Emma and Brody did the same. For a split second, Emma forgot where they were before she recognized the uncomfortable cabin floor. Max gently shook Aspen as they sat up. She did not move. It would take a little more convincing to rouse Aspen from her deep slumber. She was still coated in dried mud from their time in the river. “Wake up, little one,” Max said as she flopped Aspen’s ears up and down over her eyelids.
“Little dirty one you mean,” Brody said as he watched Aspen slowly stir and open her big brown eyes.
“What did you find out?” Emma asked. She rose from the floor and began to straighten her clothes. “I wish I had a toothbrush,” she mumbled. She rubbed her fingers across her teeth to make them feel a little less sticky. Her thoughts jumped to the last time she washed her hands, and she stopped rubbing her teeth. “Eww,” she whispered under her breath.
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