The next couple of days I spend it in Cassius bed, not being able to move or walk and complaining all the time about the freaking pain. He was always going outside, then he would come inside but then he would go back outside. And the weirdest thing? Not even with all my complaining, you could take the smile off his face. And it was creeping me out.
“Stop smiling. I mean, good thing you are, but it’s creeping me out.” I said when he entered the cabin with a wooden plate filled with berries.
He shrugged but kept the smile on his face.
“Somebody call 911...” I muttered low enough for him not to hear.
He passed me the plate with the berries and went to sit at my feet.
“Can you walk?” He asked while I was stuffing my mouth with berries.
I swallowed and looked at him.
“Yeah, I think so...-I smelled my arm- plus I need a good bath.”
“You do.” He said seriously making me glare at him.
I finished the bowl of berries and he eagerly made me stand up.
“Woah, calm down man. I’m getting to it.”
Apparently, that wasn’t fast enough so he threw me over his shoulder and started walking to the door.
“Hey! I didn’t give you my consent for this. Get me down!” I tried kicking but failed miserably at it. It was bad enough that I hadn’t showered in a long time and being too close to him was just plain awkward.
He ignored my complaining and walked outside. The sun rays hit us the moment we got out of the cabin, signalizing it was probably noon.
“You know why I have been-” he started saying but I interrupted him quickly.
“Happier than usual which is creepy? No freakin’ idea.” I said facing upside down his back, which also gave me a pretty good look at his butt.
“That’s a very good looking butt...” My mind started to drift and I shook my head quickly to get rid of the thought.
“Damn Liberty! Concentrate!”
Suddenly I felt Cassius shaking me which brought me to the present.
“Liberty are you listening?” he said stopping in his tracks. Was he talking this whole time?
I felt him shaking his head. “What the hell passes through that head of yours...” he muttered under his breath. I blushed and felt my whole face like a tomato. Thank god he couldn’t see me.
“You really don’t want to know...”
He started walking again.
“What I was saying was that the day I stitched you, before that, I was in the woods and found something.”
I cringe remembering that day, but then all my attention was on what he was saying.
“It took me hell to bring it here but I had been feeding it and I wanted to show it to you before anything.”
“Feeding it? Must be an animal...” I thought very interestedly in this thing.
Suddenly he halts to a stop and put me down. I realized we were in the back of the cabin.
“I wanted to show it to you a long time ago...” he trailed off. I looked at him and turned around to look at what he was looking.
My eyes opened like plates and I’m sure my jaw was on the floor. I stopped breathing and felt like I was going to faint in any moment. Time had literally stopped in my brain.
“This is a fucking dream”
Before my eyes, a huge black horse was laying on the ground. It was the biggest horse I had ever seen in my freakin’ life. It looked like it had a broken leg but that wasn’t what made me want to scream bloody murder. Oh no. That wasn’t what made me want to question the existence and the universe. No. It was the fact that it had to huge black wings on its back. You read well.
It was a god damn pegasus.
I couldn’t tear my eyes off it. It was like a nightmare and a dream in one. Life had hit me with a brick of reality.
“Where the hell am I?”
I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. Everything I knew from that place vanished in less than a second and the only thing I wanted to do was to run for the hills. Too bad there were no mountains and I could barely walk.
“... we are going to eat good meat tonight.”
I snapped my head and looked at Cassius, who again was talking and I didn’t pay the slightest attention to him.
He looked at me and sighed.
“You were not listening. Were you?”
I shook my head sheepishly.
“I was saying that I had feed it a few days and I think it is ready to be eaten.”
“What did you say?”
He gave me an exasperated look.
“Can you hear for-” he started to yell at me but I interrupted.
“No. I heard crystal clear. But I wanted to make sure you weren’t implying we are going to eat it.” I looked at him with my eyebrows up, challenging him to say otherwise.
He nodded his head to confirm that indeed he was implying that.
I hit him on the back of his head.
“Hell no! Whats wrong with you? Eating a fucking pegasus?” I was going to hit him again but he caught my hand on time.
“Calm down woman! Seriously is just an animal. Besides, he is going to die sooner or later.”
“Her. It’s a she.- My eyes went to the Pegasus and I tilted my head to make sure- And why can’t you help her?”
He looked at me incredulously.
“Because is an animal?” he said more like a question like I was rather asking the obvious than asking a serious question. He was starting to get angry and his cold ruthless self-was starting to be seen. It was surprising how a moment ago we were okay and then we are fighting.
I waited for him to explain furthermore, but he didn’t say anything, which just made me angrier.
“Your excuse its the lamest thing I had ever heard in my whole life. And I’m not letting you kill her. So you better go off and look for another thing to eat.” I glared at him and tried to free my arm from his hold.
“Are you serious?” he said putting more pressure on his grip. He was angry, that was pretty obvious. His chest went up and down heavily like he was having a hard time to control himself. A hint of fear was at the back of my mind, but I kept it there.
I kept glaring at him without saying anything. I wasn’t going to budge.
His jaw clenched and his eyes were challenging me. His hazel eyes had darkened and his nose was flaring. He took a step towards me but I didn’t move. His body was pressed against mine and I kept looking at his dangerous eyes.
“And who the hell do you think you are to give me orders?” he said slowly, making a chill go down my spine. His face was inches from mine and all I could do was to glare at him.
He laughed viciously and pushed me to the side.
“Move.” he growled.
He took his sword and walked in the direction of the Pegasus. My head snapped to the direction he was heading and my legs started to move before I could even think. I started to walk fast and at the same time trying not to fall. My ankles were burning but I didn’t care. He was not killing the animal.
I jogged faster. He was in front of the animal and raised his weapon to strike him. The pegasus started neighing and her wings were flapping fast. She was panicking, probably knowing the intentions of the man in front of her. I run and when I got there, in a swift movement, I took the knife in his belt and pressed it against his neck from behind.
“Back off.” I said in a low voice. His whole body tensed and started slowly putting the sword down. Carefully I moved until I was in front of him and moved the knife to his jugular.
He looked surprised, to say the least, yet the dangerous look in his eyes was still there. I knew he could take me down in a blink of an eye, but at the same time, I knew he wouldn’t.
“What are you going to do? Kill me over a fuckin animal?” he said cruelly, but with the last question, it looked like hurt flashed through his eyes, but they quickly recovered and anger took over.
“Why don’t you ever listen?!” I said loudly trying to contain my frustration at the obstinate man. “I still don’t understand why you would kill a Pegasus and eat it. I’ll hunt another thing if you want but please...don’t kill it.” I said with a pleading look.
He was having a hard time trying to figure out me. He was looking at me like I had absolutely lost my mind.
His jaw was clenched and he looked like he was going to snap my neck. But then something happened. He put his sword in his belt and walked away. I looked a little stunned at his moving figure that soon disappeared into the woods.
I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding, dropped the knife and fell to the ground. The pegasus was still nervous and tried to stand up, but failed miserably. From up close, she was even bigger and I moved away from her so she could calm down. Besides, one kick from that animal and I was probably more than dead.
I watched her intently and she was more beautiful than any animal I had ever seen. Her eyes were dark and her hair was pitch black. The only thing different is that on her forehead she had a white spot. She was breathing heavily, still nervous with my presence. I had to remind myself she was a wild animal, probably not very used to humans. I tried to get closer to her, but she stirred nervously, and I definitely didn’t want to get kicked so I stayed still.
With the corner of my eye, I saw red and quickly snapped my eyes to my ankles. They were bleeding, not as terrible as last time, but it hurt anyway.
I looked for anything that might help and behind me, near the table where we cut the deer, there was a bucket of water. I crawled to it, not having the enough strength to stand up and walk. I cleaned the blood away and realized it looked worse than what it was. A few stitches had opened, but nothing too terrible. I looked back at the pegasus and decided to take her water. I moved the bucket near her and she gladly drank water. I watched her while she drank, and an idea settled in my mind. And nobody was taking it away.
“I’m going to take care of her until she can fly. I’m going to make her trust me and I’m going to prove Cassius wrong.”
The rest of the day I spend it with the Pegasus and realized the task at hand was going to be very difficult. She clearly didn’t trust me, and approaching her was going to take a lot of time and even more to touch her
“Well, it’s not like I have better things to do...” I thought with a chuckle. The sun was setting and my stomach was grumbling in hunger. With all the strength left I stood up and walked back to the cabin. When I got to the door, on the floor, there was a pile of blankets of my “bed” and my clothes.
I gritted my teeth and wanted to shout in annoyance. I hit the door with my fist and shouted. The guy had the guts to kick me out. “When did he arrive anyway?”
“Son of a bitch! Go to hell!” I grabbed the pile and walked towards the back of the cabin.
I settled near but not to close to the pegasus, who was watching me curiously.
“See? My life completely sucks. And that asshole doesn’t help, at all.” I sighed and ran a hand through my gross hair.
The pegasus lost interest and looked away. With every passing minute, the forest got darker and darker. I grabbed the knife and gripped it like my life depended on him. I laid down on the blanket, suddenly feeling aware of my surroundings. The only thing that calmed me down was the pegasus breathing and the crickets. I closed my eyes and kept the knife near me.
I tried to sleep, but it was impossible. The memories of that thing in the woods that almost killed me kept me awake all night. My body kept still all night long, not daring to move. It felt like if I did a single movement or noise that could be seen or heard, that thing was going to kill me. The sound of crickets started to disappear and was soon replaced with the sound of early birds. The forest started to fill with light and I just felt exhausted. I sat and pressed my legs to my chest, my knees supporting my chin. I looked to the pegasus and saw she was wide awake. She looked calm, but deep down, she looked tired and hurt.
I stood up and started walking, which it hurt less than the day before. It was probably hard to walk not because of the wounds, but for being all those days confined to the bed.
My mind drifted to Cassius and the fight yesterday. I looked at the knife in my hand and sighed.
“Was he seriously so angry because I didn’t let him kill the poor animal?”
My eyes drifted to the cabin and I decided to talk to him.
I walked slowly to the front of the cabin and just then he got out of the cabin, didn’t spare a glance towards me, and walked away to disappear in the woods. I didn’t have the energy or the strength to after him so I just stood there watching the spot where he disappeared.
“You know what? He can go straight to hell.”
I entered the cabin and collapsed on the floor. The tiredness of been awake all night with my nerves at point got to me in a second. The floor had never been so comfortable. My eyelids flutter shut and I fell asleep faster than you can say John Wayne.
I woke up suddenly, feeling warm and sleepy. I tugged the blanket closer to my body and smile in comfort.
I opened my eyes to see I was still on the floor, but a blanket was over my body. I looked out of the window and saw the sun rays in their maximum splendor. An even bigger smile crept up to my face, knowing he wasn’t that angry with me. Knowing that I closed my eyes again and kept sleeping like there was no tomorrow.