Seriously. You mean you haven’t put any distance between yourselves and the Molten Mess? Well, you deserve to die.
And to the question “What has Rusty been up to all this time?” Realize that the elapsed time has been (including travel time from Lost Forest) about 3 days. Or less. We haven’t lost daylight during this race against flowing lava and exploding island, and the only implied overnight was between the time Mark and Cherry were greeted by the shirtless conch-blower and then seeing them pool-side when Mark’s phone rang with Abbey on the other end…
Oh how I pine,
For a decent story line.