I double checked my big satchel to see that I had everything I needed.
Paper and pen. Check.
Spare clothes. Check.
There wasn't much else that would fit in it, although I would've preferred to carry so many more things.
"Are you sure that you have everything?" Rosalyn asked.
"Yes. I'm pretty sure." I replied.
"Okay then." She cast a concerned glance toward Mia, who'd been sulking all day. I went up to her and kneeled down.
"Mia sweetie, don't be sad. Me and Sarah will be back before you know it." I tried to console her. She looked up at me with her sad eyes, breaking my heart.
"I know I told you to look for her last night, but maybe father is right. I don't want to lose you too. I don't want to lose another sister, another person I love." She started crying.
"Hey now, don't cry. Your a big girl, aren't you?" I attempted cheering her up.
"Stop. I'm not a little kid." She whined.
"You'll always be my little sister." I smiled. She threw her arms around me.
"Come back soon. I'll miss you... and Sarah." Her voice sounded so sad.
"I will." I nodded.
Bidding them farewell was the hardest thing, but I did and I left.
"Thank you so much Leon. You have no idea how much it means to me that you decided to take the time to teach me how to ride." I said suggestively. He gave me a appreciative glance.
"It's my pleasure." His voice sounded disgusting.
"Okay. Lead the way... master." I made my voice sound sultry. He gave me a groan.
It was hard to find horses here, only the people who were on the top of the food chain had horses. I knew how to ride a horse since when we used to live with my grandfather who had many, but when he died, we had to sell them.
So here I am, seducing the stable boy of the Thomas' to get a horse. I don't have the time, or energy to walk all the way to Exousias. I don't have a choice.
"Here, let me help you on it." He said, when we reached the stable and he chose a brown horse.
He wrapped his arm around my waist, while rubbing my stomach and pulling me close to his chest. He rubbed himself against my behind. It took everything in me to not punch him in the face.
"Can I get on it?" I asked, not bothering to hide my disdain. He paused.
"Sure." He placed me on the horse.
Now, all I need to do is just take off once we get a little far awa-
He climbed in behind me.
"What are you doing?" I asked sharply.
"Getting on the horse." He answered with a hint of a smirk.
"I can tell. But aren't you getting your own one?" He laughed at my annoyed expression.
"It would easier to teach you if we share a horse." He explained.
"Fine." I bit out, not bothering to waste anymore time.
He took the reins, making the horse start to gallop towards the empty field.
"See. When you want to turn, you just have to twist the rein in the direction you want to go." Leon explained, his lips close to my neck.
"Oh?" I acted surprised.
"Yes. And then you simp-" I pushed him off the horse. He landed with a big thump and cried out.
"Sorry not sorry. I'll return the horse when I get back from Exousias!" I exclaimed.
"Girl! Please give back the horse! You'll die in Exousias and I can't afford to lose my job! Please!" He begged, but I ignored him and galloped away into the sunset.
I may be cruel and heartless for this, but one thing you learn when you fight for survival is that it's every man for himself. If you want to survive, you can't feel bad for others, because at the end, that act of kindness could very well lead to your death.
Take, for example, Varia, the sweetest young lady from my village. She'd found a man hurt to the point where he was dying on our side of the border. She took him in and nursed him back to health when she herself was struggling to meet ends. Yet he ended up killing her as he was a shapeshifter and she was a human.
My sister is more important to me than some random guy who thinks he can use my situation to his advantage.
My minds drifts back to my father, Mia, and Rosalyn. When my father comes back, he's going to be so angry. Mia and Rose will have to take the brunt of it, making me wince.
I love my family a lot. Through all the struggles, we still managed to survive together.
My family used to live with my paternal grandfather in a ranch. When he died, we had to sell the horses and move to this village. There I met Rose and we became the best of friends. Her mother had died during childbirth, her father working day and night to feed them two, left her lonely. My mother died a few years later, when I was just eight. Sarah at ten, had to take care of me and a barely three year old Mia. My father alone often couldn't earn enough money to buy us food, which resulted in him starting to hunt. He worked long hours, and at night, hunted in the Plain Woods.
When I grew old enough to take care of Mia, Sarah started working and hunting, letting my father relax and just work.
Now, my father works as a butler for a wealthy nobleman from six in the morning to eight in the evening. Sarah became a farm worker during the times of good weather, and worker of the rice mill during bad weather. I became a laundress, doing the laundry of all the rich and noble in this village, and other surrounding ones. Rosalyn started sewing clothes and blankets, selling them in the market, and making enough for us too, as well as pottery which she also sells.
Mia, three years ago started to use the small backyard that's fenced to plant many vegetables, and even some fruits. She also started hunting. And when she isn't doing either of those things she cooks, cleans, does the laundry for our family, basically the house chores, and when she does have free time, she helps Rosalyn with her job. Together, Rosalyn and Mia sell clothes, blankets, pottery, and any leftover vegetables. Fruits are too precious and rare for us to sell.
Life was hard, but as long as the five of us survived together, I didn't mind it. Yet now, that damn vampire kidnapped her. I must save her no matter what the cost is.
I knew that in my heart and soul.
When the sun started setting and wind grew harsher, I knew it was time to settle down.
Trying to find a good spot, I ended up tying my black horse onto a thick, strong tree.
Opening my satchel, my hands immediately grabbed the stale bread, some pieces of the mozzarella and cheddar cheese cubes, seasoned cow, and boiled mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes, corn, and asparagus, as well as plain white rice. But the best part? They'd packed some strawberries and bananas. Two of my favorite fruits that Mia raises.
I placed a strawberry in my mouth and practically moaned when the sweet nectar from it hit my tongue. Licking my lips for any remaining juice I chewed on another one. Soon there were no strawberries left sadly, so I finished the two bananas, and ate all of the cheese they'd packed.
My stomach wasn't full by any means, but I knew I had to ration my food carefully in order for it to last until I return back home.
Truth is though that I am starving.
The last time I ate anything was this morning and with my journey, I've lost any energy I had.
I packed the rest of the food back into my satchel, gulped some water, then took out the blanket.
Truthfully I'm scared to sleep here alone. This woods is dangerous for a reason. Any creature can roam here while I'm vulnerable. However I know I have to be my strongest while I'm there, so I need to get some sleep. Especially with my sleep being ruined last night.
I always thought my bed was uncomfortable, but lying on the ground of these dangerous woods, that place seems like heaven to me.
I tossed and turned the whole night, but with my uncomfortable environment, my feelings of fearing my vulnerability, and the adrenaline still running high in me, sleep just wouldn't come to me.
When the sun started rising, the yellow, orange, and pink light bleeding in through the trees, I decided to continue with my journey.
These woods are supposed to be dangerous, yet I laid on the ground of it for hours in the night, and I encountered nothing.
Suddenly I heard a twig snap.
Whirling around, I was met with the sight of three green creatures that would barely be up to my waist. They were hideous things, with skin that was lumpy and a nasty green, the texture looking rough. Their eyes were big, black voids. They had two horns and two big teeth in the center of their mouth, but not fangs. Their claws were extended in midair and had a satisfied expression on their face.
Guess I spoke too soon.
I am so sorry this chapter was extremely boring, but I didn't think I'd have a better chance to give you guys Lena's backstory, which is important to give characters depth. I swear, the next chapter will be better and you'll meet someone yummy ;)