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It was a clear night, the moon shining on the blackstone pyramid. Xer0 walked out of the pyramid. He needed to get arrows of slowness. He knew he could only find those in a snow biome. So, he started walking. He walked for a very long time. The climate started to change. Soon it started snowing. It was very cold. He searched for strays, but couldn't find any.

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It's been hours. He's cold, he's hungry and he didn't find any strays. There were zombies, there were spiders, even creepers, but no strays. Eventually, when he was about to go back home, he saw a figure in the distance. It looked a bit like a stray, but a bit different too. Xer0 was too tired to care, so he took his bow and aimed. But then he heard a voice. It came from the figure. It was telling him something.

"Xer0...?"

"...Xtar?"

“What are you doing here?”

He had a very serious tone. Neither of them was joking around. They were enemies, after all.

“None of your business.”

“I mean, this isn’t a desert.”

“Yeah, I fucking noticed.”

Xtar approached Xer0, which alarmed him, and he took his sword in hand in a defensive manner.

“Don’t come near me.” He warned.

“You look pretty cold…”

“Go away.”

Xer0 started walking away, but Xtar didn’t let him. He pulled Xer0's arm, causing him to lash out with his sword. Xtar let go of his arm and backed off a bit. Xer0 then backed his sword and turned around. He tried to walk away again, this time keeping a hand on his sword’s handle. Xtar watched him leave.

“So you’re just gonna walk away like nothing ever happened?”

“What do you want me to do, kill you? Because that’s what traitors get.”

“I didn’t betray anyone. I chose my side, you chose yours.”
“Yeah, sure” He didn’t buy it.

Man, they looked miserable. One was cold and the other was sad. Neither of them was adapted to the cold.

“Why are you out in the snow?”

“Why would I tell you? What are you doing here?”

“I was looking for someone.”

“All the way out there, really?”

“They’ve been hiding. That's why I haven't found them yet.”

“I’ll pretend I believe you and just go back to my own problems.”

“Your problems being?”

“Stuff.”

They just awkwardly stood around for a bit. They both felt bad about the situation. Also, it was really fucking cold out there. How far away were they?

“Huh, Xtar, I hope you know the way back…”

“...shit”

"You don't know how to get back?"

That was almost shouting. They’re both getting angry.

“Oh, and maybe you do?”

“Well, at least I don’t get lost trying to find someone!”

“I don’t even know why you’re here!”

“I needed arrows, alright?”

Now they were just arguing. It continued for a while. It eventually got too cold and they went searching for a cave. By the time they found one, it started snowing. They sat in the cave for the rest of the night. They could find their way back during the day.

~~~

The two walked for a while. Neither of them spoke. They argued enough the day before. Still, they would talk from time to time.

“Do you think we’re going in the right direction?”

“ I don’t know, Xtar.”

It continued for a while. Eventually, something began following them. Someone. They noticed it.

"At least show yourself if you are going to follow us." Xer0 was too tired for this.

“I was just wondering what you’re doing all the way over here.”

The figure stepped out of the shadows of the trees around.

“Hey there.”

“Ender, what are you doing here?” Xtar asked.

“What do you mean? You’re the one away from home.”

“That’s where you’ve been hiding?" Xer0 replied.

“Yeah, snow biomes are good hiding spots. It’s too cold for humans.” She answered. “ Why are you here?”

“He was looking for slowness arrows, I was actually looking for you.”

“Why?”

“I have something to give you.”

“Well you’ll do that later, you guys gotta get out of the snow.” Ender interrupted. “My house isn’t very far away from here.”

Thus, she took them to her home.