"On the other hand, it was a little more than a mile between this spot and John’s Mistake. Jason had run track in high school, and he knew that he could cover that distance in about ten minutes, even with the backpack. Moreover, he still had a head start on the baying creatures (albeit a rapidly diminishing one). Would the hellhounds show themselves in town? Everything that Jason had learned so far about the Shaman’s Highway led him to believe that they would not. The forces out here were not averse to showing themselves, but only sporadically and only when the numerical advantage was clearly on their side..."