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Cross knows that if chooses to turn back, the carrier will quickly evade him.
He decides to push forward, but the choke is too narrow and he becomes wedged in. As he struggles to remove himself his clothing becomes twisted and snagged, only worsening the situation.

Cross's sweater tangles around his upper torso and his tight cotton shorts are firmly pulled up too far as he desperately tries to back out. He is hopelessly entangled. Cross, by this time nearly twisted onto his back, can hear the carrier emerge from the core and run off into the night.