Chapter 16~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

I tap the horse’s sides with my left foot, my right is in too much pain to move. The horse starts quickening and I give him a pat on the neck.

“Keep going Champ.” I whisper, “Keep going boy.”

Suddenly a branch cracks, I jump, so does the horse. And he jumps way more than I do. Right into a gallop. I hold my breath as I grab on to Champion of Troy’s mane and lean as far down as I can. I try to squeeze with my legs but the pain is dizzing, I can’t be dizzy right now. The darkness seems to reach out for me, branches claw at my face and snow that have settled on the trees, falls on top of us.  The horse runs and runs until we’re in a clearing. Then he stops suddenly and I’m thrown forward, gasping for air. But I don’t fall off, thanks to whatever miracle is preformed. When I can breathe again I urge Champ forward. He speeds into a smooth trot, I still hold on for my life. We walk on until the sun comes up. The snow starts to fall again. I reach into the saddle bag that was left on Champ’s saddle and fine some jerky, I eat it hungerly. Then we walk and walk and walk. I check the map evey six seconds and I hope I’m going in the right direction. Darkness starts to fall. I feel my eyes droop and I realize how tried I am. All adreniline that I had is now gone. All of a sudden I can’t stay awake any more and I start to slide. My eyes shut and I feel my body hit the ground. I let out a moan. Then my mind shuts off.

My eyes flicker open, there’s only one word to explain what I’m feeling right now. Infection. I feel feverish and I feel a sweat break out on my forehead, but I’m so cold. So, so cold. I’m about to close my eyes when I see something. A light. A little light in the darkness. I smile and then close my eyes. Hoping it’s not a illusion.snow-preview

I wake up with a gasp. My eyes snap open and I try to sit up. It cause a wave of pain washing over me. My brain’s foggy and as I look around I can’t figure out where I am. It’s brightly light and there’s whispers all around me. I hear a whirring of what sounds like machinery and the bulb hanging right over me flickers every now and then. Suddenly a word balences on my lips. A sweet word that brings a plaesant feeling to my head. I whisper it to myself,

“Koda.” I say it louder, maybe the word will cut through the fog that surrounds my mind. “Koda.” I repeat it frantically. Panic starts to surround me. I try to remember what “Koda” is. I can’t. It’s just a word. I groan and whimper. Then I just repaet that word over and over again, until I sink into a feverish sleep.

Chapter 15~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees

Hai Guys! How you doing? Having a nice weekend, I sure am? Anyway, make yourself at home and enjoy part number 15! Coffee or tea anyone? 

When we stop it’s dark once again and much colder. Chase slides off the horse and grabs my hand with a glint in his eye. I try to yank my hand away but he grabs my wrist. Then he helps me get off the horse. I wish he would at least treat me as a prisoner, not his prize.

“M’lady,” He bows and kisses my hand. I slap him. Hard. Right on his sitches. He’s not expecting it and it catches him off guard. He grunts, his smile disappears, then comes back. It makes my temper roar. I was expecting more of a reaction than this.  “Now, now this is no way to treat a gentleman.”

“You’re right. This is how you treat a gentleman.” I use the same mocking tone he is and I throw my fist at his stomach. He’s expecting it this time and blocks my hand. Then he roughly grabs my face and walks me over to a tree. He throws me against it and my face hits the rough bark. My leg gives way and as I crumble to the floor my face starts to bleed from the bark scratching my face. I need to find a way to escape that doesn’t include using my leg, if one exsists. Chase ties my hands loosley to a tree branch and ties Champ next to me. He doesn’t realize his mistake. Then builds himself a fire and gives me a smile. I sit amidst the snow and shiver as he warms his hands next to the fire. I want to pull out my map to the rebel camp but I know that Chase will try to take it from me. I’m suprised he hasn’t yet.

It takes him a couple hourse but Chase finally falls asleep. I instantly get to work. I work at the ropes that bind my hands, they loosen enough that I can get my hands out. Then I hobble over to Champ.

“C’mon, just kneel, do it for me,” I whisper into the horse’s ears. He doesn’t react, just flicks his ears. “Please?” I glance at Chase who mumbles something in his sleep. I tap the horses flank, hoping maybe that will get him to kneel. He doesn’t. I curse. Then give another look at Chase, still asleep. I give up. I lean on the horse and untie his reigns, once done I hobble along, leading Champ with me. He follows. I lead him until we get to an old stump and I climb on top. Then I struggle on to Champ and sit up, I’m free. I’m out of Chase’s reach. I tap the horse lightly on the sides and he starts walking. Then I check my direction and look for any water Chase has in his saddle bag. I take a sip from the cateen and urge Champ to go faster, Chase will wake up when morning comes and I’ll have to be ready for him. I’m going to outrun him, he doesn’t have a horse any more and he won’t be able to keep up with me since I have a horse. And he won’t be able to find my tracks in the snow.

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Chapter 14~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees

Chase keeps me on the horse but I want to walk. Even if it would be the most painful thing I’ve ever felt. He moved me to the front and keeps smiling at me. I hate him so much, so, so much! He lied to me. I feel so angry I want to kill him. And I would but I don’t have anything to kill him with. All I can do is stare at Captain Madden’s back and wish I hadn’t been so stupid. I start to shake with anger.

“Don’t worry, I’ll keep you warm.” Chase says mockingly as he wraps his arms around me. I shake him off and almost fall off the horse. I clench my teeth and wonder if the horse is evil. Probably not, he’s just a horse. Tesla has obidently walked beside Captain Madden as if he’s her master. It makes me mad.

“Come on Tesla do something.” I mutter under my breath. As if she hears me she looks back at me with a panting mouth. Then, quick as lighting she’s on the back of the Captain’s black horse. She balences with and then attacks. She’s gets on top of the man and grabs his neck in her teeth. He reacts quickly by grabbing her scruff and pulls her off and throws her to the ground. But she manages to do some damage by tearing into his neck as she falls. Blood spills out of his necks as she hits the ground with a thud. She yelps.

“Tesla!” I yell. Chase mutters a couple curse words as he dismounts and rushes to the Captain. Then, as best as I can, I slip off the horse and crawl over to Tesla. She’s gasping for air and starts coughing blood. Her back is twisted in a sickening position and I can almost see the life seeping out of her. Chase is yelling at me and he kicks her. “Stop it!”

“Stop what? This dog just killed my Captain so you can shut you’re pretty little mouth and get back on the horse!” He screams at me and grabs me as if I’m a doll. I commands the horse to kneel and throws me on. I feel tears coming from my eyes. Tesla’s dead or almost dead. And she killed the Captain for me, if only I could figure out how to kill Chase too. “I swear I’m going to find that rebel camp and I’m going to destroy everyone of your filthy friends. But not you, I’m gonna keep you alive. Just barely, just enough to watch all you friends die.”

“What if I kill myself first?” I mutter, tears dripping down my face. “What are you going to do then?”

“Don’t worry. You won’t kill youself. Now come let’s get going darling, we have a date with the some Foxes.” And I know that I will have to sit and watch everyone I’ve every know die. And then Chase will find a way to torture me in a way worse that death.

Chapter 13~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees

My eyes snap open. I find myself looking at a dying fire with glowing embers, a thin layer of snow around it. I’m not on the horse anymore but I still feel Chase’s warmth against mine. I feel his arms around me and his breath on my neck. A fimilar sense of gulit washes over me and I sigh. I still don’t understand why I’m guilty. Tesla sees that I’m awake and she creeps over and presses her fur against mine. She shivers a little and I try to will my warmth to her. Even with her fur she’s cold. I shift in a more comfrontable poistion and Chase stirs and mumbles something in his sleep. Then I close my eyes and fall back into a much needed sleep.

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“Hey Poppy, wake up.” I groan and blink the sleep out my eyes. I find Chase’s green eyes staring at me and his mouth has a little smirk on his face. I smile a little back.

“Let me sleep? for a little longer?” I mumble. I feel even more tried then when I fell asleep. Tesla licks my face a couple times and I give another groan and sit up. My leg is feeling much better, yes it still hurts, a lot. But it’s better. Chase hands me some letf over rabbit meat that’s a little cold but still good and I survey the snow. Only a couple inches fell and it’s stopped but it’s still chilly and if any more falls then we might be in trouble. I also inspect Chase’s face and a question forms in my mind. “What about the sitches, what happenes to them?”

“Hmmm? Oh we pull them out.” He shrugs. Then starts to turn over dirt on the fire. My mouth drops open and I wait for him to say it’s a joke. He doesn’t.

“You’re kidding…” I pause, “Right?”

“No I’m not. You have to pull them out.” His smile grows a little bigger as I stare at him.
“You can do it yourself right?” I can’t even think of pulling that ugly black thread out.

“Some of it, you’ll have to help me.” He looks so calm while I want to puke. I shake myself off and Chase helpps me hobble to Champ. He whispers something into Champ’s ear and the horse kneels. Then Chase lifts me onto the white horse and gets on himself. Then the horse stands up and plods in the direction of the rebel camp. We seem so close but yet so far. I listen to the sweet silence that the snow has brought and I’m beginning to realize that the snow isn’t as bad as it seems. Just a little chilly.

“Hello you two.” I scream and turn, ignoring the pain in my leg. A man with a wicked smile sits astride a black horse, a proud look on his face. I look at Chase, fear pounding in my heart. He gives me a gentle squeeze and turns Champ towards the man.

“Welcome Captain Madden. It’s been a while.” He gives a gentle bow and the man nods his head. I just sit there, dumbfounded. How does Chase know him?

“Well then Soldier Carver, let’s get our prisoner back to the camp.” I have a crazy idea of jumping off and running into the forest but I know, that I’ll never make it. I have to follow. I feel my lip quiver and I steel my emotions. Chase looks at me and I don’t see the little smile anymore, I see an evil grin.