Staring at Jack momentarily, the man turned around, running out of sight rapidly, into the trees. Jack pursued him hastily, but then the hen cackled repetitively. He heard the man’s crying plea, “You must run as fast as you can. I hear Zeus’s rumbles of thunder approaching.”
Fearing Master’s pursuit, Jack stopped. Watching the naked man disappear from sight into the trees, Jack, huffing and puffing like a fox on a hunt, considered his two options, follow the naked man or run back to the beanstalk.
Feeling adventurous and curious, he sprinted toward the trees where the man disappeared.
When he entered the forest he followed a trail, meandering deeper into lush shrubs and trees where daylight became dimmer. The hen cackled sporadically, enabling Master to stomp after him. Thump, crunch, thump, crunch, thump, crunch pounded the ground after Jack.
Jack approached a fork in the trail. Momentarily stopping, he had to choose which one of the two paths to take.
Just as the thump, crunch came closer, the naked man appeared from one of the trails. Holding a cage, he whispered, “Put that hen in here.”
Jack did as requested.
Then the naked man covered the cage with a dark colored piece of cloth. The hen ceased cackling. “Hurry. We have no time to spare. Follow me.”
They both bolted down the trail, Jack clutching the caged hen in one hand.
When the thump, crunch, thump, crunch, thump, crunch faded from their ears, the naked man took Jack’s free hand, leading him through a maze to a clearing. “We are safe here.”