Over the course of three days the pattern continued, Eva would leave early hours and return midday when the sky got grey.
She would leave again and return with dinner.
In between, she would return with fresh water.
Well, not entirely fresh. It would be carried in her mouth, which she would give to both of the humans through pouring it into leaves she curved into bowls with her hands.
At first, they both wanted to throw up again, nearly emptying every ounce of what was in their stomachs.
But alas they couldn't ignore the thirst they both had and had to drink the water as Eva watched.
Both men would share stories and when she would come up to rest Blake would try his best to explain that he had to figure out a way to get them out of this place.
She never quite understood where they were from, Unfamiliar with the term "earth"
Where they were now was "Thrae"
Occasionally she would bring back berries that weren't purple but orange.
These ones carried more flavor and both of the men preferred them. She picked it up as they always pushed away from the leaves and found them.
So she brought them back more frequently despite that they were more difficult to locate.
She always grabbed her own meat meal despite the scrunched faces the two gave her as she tore out the small beast's heart and livers.
Tonight was the third night and Eva grew restless. She wanted to be back with her tribe and new Vocca would be contemplating searching for her around now.
Blake was awake too and he carefully and subtly observed her from the side-lying against the branch.
He watched as the wind blew her dark locks around her face as she looked down.
it was dark but he could roughly see her, "are you alright?" he suddenly blurted out.
Her head whipped toward him and he started regretting asking, she was clearly thinking about something.
She seemed to process it before nodding. "Eva is okay"
That was another thing, she tended to speak in 3rd person from time to time, despite her broken English.
Blake couldn't help but smile at her mispronunciation as he nodded "Blake okay" he confirmed.
Her lip tugged for the first time and his eyes widened a fraction but she only looked away again.
He decided to prod a little further "what are you worried about?" He inquired, she didnt look at him but her scaled tail flicked a little, Jonathan's snore filling the air.
"Worry for others. Search when I gone too long"
Blake felt a panic rising in him. Others.
Would they be as considerate?
Or would they tear the two apart?
she let out a hum of agreement then a small click "Vocca, Gruk and Krix"
Three more of them.
If Blake wasn't mistaken the last to could definitely pass as some sort of male name, unless they happened to be female.
If he was right, the males could lack more sympathy. Blake was still trying to figure out why she had rescued them from the creature.
Little did he know, she was wondering the same thing.
He decided not to push it. If he could get on her good side before trying and escape with Jonathan it would be best.
That way if she went back to wherever she came from with the others she wouldn't put out the worst word about them and maybe they'd leave Scott free.
But they would need to plan things.
When she leaves, arrives, and how they would reach the floor without much commotion.
And soon he fell asleep.
Eva glanced at him after waiting a few moments and slowly crawled over, she scooped his limp body up slowly to not wake him.
Then she approached Jonathan and nestled them in the middle before spooning the two, her tail curling around to pull Jonathan in as Blake was closest his back to her chest.
She let out a soft purr in the comfort of another life form nearby. Her small amount of separation anxiety easing being around another.
She hadn't realized Blake wasn't fully asleep just yet and could feel the rumbles and heat in her on his back because he kept his heart calm.
In the morning Eva had yet again vanished, yet Blake was trying to figure why she was purring like a cat all night last night.
It had been the most comfortable sleep of his entire life. He'd of course never admit that. But it had been.
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