Chapter 34~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

Hey guys, sorry this post is late. I was working at a ranch today and didn’t have time to post until now. Anyway, enjoy!

“Is he still alive?” I ask Koda, glancing at Chase. He hangs limp in the saddle and is only staying on because on the ropes tied to the saddle.

“Hm?” He looks so handsome, even with the bruises and scars all over his face. “Oh you mean Chase?”

“Yeah. He hasn’t moved since we put him on Gold.” I play with Champ’s mane and watch as Jethen clears a trail through the forest. It’s been harder to get the horses over the fallen trees, through the snow and between the rocks. The forest is getting denser but Koda tells me that this is the right way to go.

“Who’s Gold?” Koda gives me a look of amusement.

“You named that old nag?” Jethen calls out.

“Jethen, stop ease dropping!” I smile and speed Champ up until he’s standing next to Jethen. As the white horse trots past Jethen I grab his beanie then hand it to Koda.

“You know, it says not to steal.” He rolls his eyes, giving us the you’re-so-imature look.

“Yea it also says to mind your own business.” Gold stamps her hoof in the crunchy snow and sighs, I smile. The loose snow tumbles down the steep cliff edge that we have been walking on for some time. “And she wants to go.”

“Whatever. And I don’t really care about my brother right now, let’s just get to this stupid camp. They better have good food. Can I have my hat back?”

“Oh. Koda, guess what?” My smile is way too big for any of this but I feel so happy.

“What?” I turn and find Koda’s smile is just as big.

“WE have a grumpy pants in our midst. Wanna know what we do to people who are grumpy?”

“Oh yes very much so.” Koda laughs a little. I reach up and grab a pine cone, then I throw it at Jethen, barely missing him. His horse spooks a little and starts walking quickly.

“Oh my gosh stop!” Jethen says as we pelt him with pinecones.

“You know for such a trained soldier you aren’t very good at protecting your self.” I say as Jethen ducks to avoid a well thrown pine cone.

“You know what? Fine.” Jethen grabs a pine cone and pitches at me. I duck and suddenly Champ steps sideways. Which would’ve been fine except, we’re on a cliff and I wasn’t really holding on. I tumble down the cliff face as Koda yells after me. I roll and roll and hit the bottom.

“Poppy!” I hear Koda’s frantic voice. “Poppy can you hear me? Don’t be dead, please don’t be dead.”

“Yea. I can hear you. I’m not dead!” I can’t see his face from down here.

“What’s it like down there?” He yells.

“Ummm…” I look around and realize something. “There’s no snow, none at all. Just grasses.”

“Ok we’re coming down.” Koda yells.

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Chase starts hitting Koda, kicking him, yelling at him. He try to make Koda tell him where the base is, Koda doesn’t say anything, doesn’t even react. I scream at Chase, telling him to stop, just please stop!
“Just tell m- Wait” Chase stops suddenly, anger burning in his eyes. He turns towards me. “”I know how to make you talk.”
Chase grabs me and soon has a knife to my throat. Koda eyes fill with fear, with pure fear.
“Tell me. Or she dies, and trust me I’ll kill her, really slowly. SO slowly that she’ll feel every bit of pain and you will have to sit there. So make your choice.”
Koda sits there for a second, struggling with the decision. I can see the war going on inside, me or his group. Me or his group.
“C’mon, hurry up,” Chase pushes the knife further into my neck. I’m too scared to swallow, too scared to breathe.
“Let her go. Then I’ll tell you.” Koda has bruises forming and blood trickling down his face and he’s breathing hard, but he still look strong, he’s still my hero in a sense.
“Fine.” Chase rolls his eyes, nods to Jethen and the ropes are gone. I start to run, regret clouding my head. I don’t want to leave Koda. But I need to warn the group. I run until the can’t see me then I stop. I can still hear their voices.
“Alright where is it?” Chase asks. I start to head back, my footsteps silent in the snow. I’m right behind them, hiding behind a tree. Koda’s still not giving him the map, my hopes soar. I smash them down. Hoping this will work. I get closer and closer, then I make my move. Chase has his knife above Koda, about to swing it down. I jump on him, grab the knife and bring it to his throat. I’m not sure how it happens, it just does. Jethen doesn’t stop me. Koda looks at me, surprised.
“Miss me?” I ask with a smile, Chase doesn’t move, I have the knife on his throat, very close to cutting off his life. But something’s stopping me, I can’t kill him, I don’t think I could love with myself if I were to kill him. I look at Jethen, he bites his lips. “Help me out? Get him untied.”
“Ok.” Jethen looks so sad, so hurt. I don’t have the faintest idea of what’s going on in his head. He unties Koda and helps me tie Chase up. Chase scowls the whole time. GIving death glares to everyone, they get scarier by the second.
“Let’s get him on the horse.” We get him on Gold and tie him onto her. Then we get on our horses. I’m grinning ridiculously so I force my mouth into a straight line. We walk for a while, usually silent.
“Where did you learn to do that?” Koda asks. I turn and suddenly we’re kissing. I pull away after a second, smiling too much to be kissing, I need to work on that.
“Battle school. It comes in use every once and while.” I shrug and he leans into another kiss.
“Will you guys stop?!” Jethen yells, “I’m getting tired of this romantic drama.”
“Well, at least he’s back to himself” Koda whispers and I smile.

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“Where’s the map?” I whisper to Koda. We’re resting for the night, the horses tied to a tree, tightly. We’re tied together, also tightly. Chase and Jethen sleep further away, not tied at all.

“I tore it apart, I have it memorized.” His eyes stare at me, I wonder if he’s looking at my eyes. My amberish eyes that are nothing close to his amazing chocolate ones. I wonder what he thinks of them.

“That’s good. Now they’ll just be wandering aimlessly. We need to figure something out.” I pause, thinking, “Are you’re cuts ok?”

“We do. My cuts are fine, just annoying scabs.” His face changes in the slightest, something someone would usually not notice. But I notice, his face changes from worry to anger.

“What?” I ask.

“Nothing, it doesn’t matter.” He shakes his head then closes his eyes as if to shut out an image.

“It does to me.” My voice is softer than I could have ever imagined, I care too much. If Koda were to ever be taken away from me I wouldn’t be able to cope.

“I’m just mad. First my sister was taken and soon, you will be too. I can’t let that happen, I just can’t.” His voice is soft too but it’s a different kind of soft. It is a dangerous soft, he is going to snap soon, his anger was going to be let out. And he’s going to hurt himself.

“Hey, remember when you told me to chill?” I murmur with a small smile.

“Yea, that was what? An hour ago?” He strokes his hands through my hair, my matted ginger hair.

“Exactly. We’ll figure it out AND we’ll stick together in the process. It’ll be like a win, win.” I reach in to kiss him. He doesn’t kiss be back at first, I pause watching his furrowed brows. Then he closes the gap and kisses me back. And all the happiness in the world swarms in my heart.

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“Wakey, Wakey.” Chase says, I blink my eyes open. I don’t remember falling asleep. “We have work to do.”

“Do we have to do this now Chase?” Jethen asks, he voice filled with desperation.

“Shut up and watch how it’s done little brother.” He winks at Jethen.

“If everyone winked as much as you did, the world would be a scary place.” Koda states, Chase just grunts.

“If everyone made as many comments as you the world would be an awful place.” Chase rolls his eyes, “Where’s the map?”

“The world already sucks. The map to what?” Koda gives him a bored look, his anger covered beneath a thick mask.

“Oh please.” Chase scowls. “Fine. If you don’t want to talk. I can make you.”

“NO- Don’t Chase. Please!” I beg him, already knowing what he’s going to do.

“Oh my word! Just shut up!” Chase gives Jethen a look and the blue eyed boy sighs. He grabs me and unties me from Koda. I lunge at him, he pushes me into the snow and while I’m down he ties me down. I feel like an animal, trapped. Just wanting to be free. Chase and Jethen tie Koda to a tree. His face still maksed, except for his eyes. His eyes show pure hatred.

The Outsiders~ Book Review

Ok guys, from the post title, you will be able to deduct that I’m doing a book review!

 

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Yay! I really only be doing this on a book that really interests me or that I really loved. Today, I’m doing a book called The Outsiders. I really liked this book (I might have stayed up way too late reading it ;)) Anyway, I really liked this book because it was real, it was believable. It didn’t nessiscarily have this amazing happy ending with rainbows and whatnot but it left me with a lesson. I learned something from it, lots of things actually. And I also loved the style of the writing, it was casual and I pretty much melted to the character by the first sentence. The was S. E. Hinton wrote this book is really great, I felt like I was there which doesn’t always happen in books. Anyway, I don’t want to give any spoilers by telling you the plot but you guys should read it and comment below on what you think of it. Or if you’ve already read it, then you can comment there also. 🙂

See ya later~ Winter Woods~

Chapter 31~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

“You guys are ridicluos.” Chase smiles at Koda and I. Our hands are tied and we’re on top of a horse, of course we look dumb, you try balencing on a barrel shaped stomach whithout using your hands. Chase has switched out Champ for a old, slow mare. She has scars all over her and she stumbles every two steps. We ride the mare and he rides his war horse. The horse is terrifyed of him, I realize this now. Champion of Troy, the best horse I’ve ever ridden (OK well, I haven’t ridden very many horse but he’s a great horse) is horrible working with Chase. I think the horse is used to my gentle urging but now he has to readjust himself to the harsh cues given by Chase. Chase told me the horse is named Methuselah. For some reason I doubt that. In my head, her name is Blossoming Gold. In my head, I need to figure out a way to escape.

“At least we still-” I get cut off as Gold trips again and I fall on top of Koda. “Sorry.”

“Don’t worry. Just don’t fall off or we both will.” He’s right, we’re tied together. I almost start growling at Chase, I’m just so angry. “You need to chill a little.”

“I’m sorry what? Chill? I was thinking a lot of things just then and chilling was not even close.” My voice is an angry whisper. Koda smiles at little at my frustation.  “Why are you smiling? He’s going to kill you.”

“We can’t let him get to us. Pretend we’re having fun, pretend we don’t care. Then he’ll get angry and we can use it against him.”

“Oh, ok, that makes sense.” I plaster an amused smile on my face, “We’ll beat him at his own game.”

“Right. You can do it. I believe in you.”

“Do you know why Jethen is following Chase blindly? It’s doesn’t look like he wants to.” Koda glances at Jethen realizing what I mean. Jethen looks sad, scared and most of all angry. And I’m not sure why.

“Chase is bribing him. I might know what.” I furrow my brows at this, how does he know?

“What?” I pretend like I’m having fun, I nudge him and laugh a little. “Tell me!”

“I think it my be my sister. At the training base, Jethen and her were really close.” He bites his lip, “I think Chase knows where she is, or has her somewhere.”

“Solstice? What was she like?” I ask, my voice soft. I’m not pretending anymore.

“She was beautiful, but not a pretty as you. I swear.” He blushes slightly there and I love him for it. “She had these blue eyes and long black hair. She was an amazing soldier and spent a while hating me because I wasn’t a good student there. But we made up, right before I went to war. I thought she died. I loved her.”

“Sorry. For making you bring up memories.” I remember Zellie, how she was taken from me. My only friend was stolen. I hug Koda a little tighter. I hold him tighter because, war rips everything apart and I want us to stay together.

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My breath catches as Chase smiles. The scars from Tesla’s teeth are horrid, I’m glad I’m not good at sewing. Jethen’s face turns into horror and fear when he realizes who I am.

“Poppy.” Chase’s voice cruls around my name like a snake. “It’s been a while. But I’m glad we can meet again.”

“If only the feeling was mutal.” I mutter, “What do you want Chase?”

“I need a map.” He smiles, his lips turning in a sick way. “One that you have.”

“I don’t have it anymore.” I’m not lying, I gave the scrap of paper to Koda. I feel a jolt of fear when I remember Koda, still sleeping, still unaware. I don’t call out to him, Chase may not know about him. I never told Chase about him. I remember the knife tucked into my belt, Jethen had a couple extras and I stole one from him. I slowly reach back to grab it but Chase notices. He’s on me in a second and pulls the knife rom my belt.

“Jethen, hold her for me.” Chase commands, Jethen doesn’t move, “Do it! You know what’s at stake.”

“Jethen, don’t we can beat him, if we both go against he won’t stand a chance.” I whisper as Jethen grabs me. He holds my arms behind me loosely,as if he’s scared of touching me.

“I’m sorry Poppy. But you don’t understand.” His voice is filled with such pain that I barely recongize it.

“You’re right,” I go with a often used line, “I don’t.”

“I’ll be right back.” Chase flips the knife in his hand then disappears in the trees. I feel panic swarm me.

“Koda! Koda wake up. He’s coming for you! Wake-” Jethen clamps his hand over my mouth. I clamp my teeth down on his skin and try to tear it away, blood fills my mouth. He doesn’t even flinch. I struggle, trying to escape his grip. But it tightens and I can’t get away. I wait, the silence defeaning. I strain my ears, listening for anything. All I find is a head ache. Then, a sound, boots tramping on the snow. My hopes soar when I hear two sets of feet, Koda’s ok. Most likley. Chase appears a second later and my hopes crash when I see what he has. Koda, his throat at the end of a knife. A thin line of blood trailing from the point of the knife. His brown eyes are strangly calm, his shoulders relaxed but his jaw is slightly clenched. I’ve only known him for a short time andyet I know him so well. I can read him like a book. I try to tell him everything with just my eyes, I try to explain everything I can with just my two eyes. If he understands, he doesn’t show it. Jethen takes his hand off my mouth and shakes the blood off it, as if it was nothing. It makes me angrier than anything.

“So now that I have a chips to bargain I hope you’ll reconsider.” Chase winks at me as if we’re sharing a joke. I spit directly into his open eye, I have very good aim. His face twitches then he wipes it away. Koda gives me a look, a look that tells me to tred carefully. “You’ll show me the way or I kill your lover. Clear?”

“Fine.” I mutter.

“Ah, come on. Give me a little more engery.” He pushes the knife deeper into Koda’s neck.

“OK! OK! I’ll do it!” My voice fills with desperation that I didn’t mean in put there. I hate Chase, so much I’m choking on it. He knows how to make me do thing, he knows my pressure points. “Just don’t hurt him. Please.”

“Thought so.” Chase smirks as Koda gives me an angry look. He wanted me to not say anything. But I know I would say anything for him. I will always choose him.

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“Do we even know where we’re going?” I ask aloud after hourse of riding.

“OF course.” Jethen rolls his eyes. “I always know where I’m going.”

“Koda. Do you know where we’re going?”Jethen throws up his arms in surrender and I smirk. I still don’t trust him but I act like I do, I have to talk to Koda first.

“Fox camp.” The horses just walk. I told Jethen they wouldn’t be able gallop all day like in the stories. “There we’ll find the rest of our group.”

“Woah. Woah, woah woah. No. I heard nothing about a group. I don’t do ‘groups.’ Heck I’ve never even done a double date.” Jethen gives us an eyebrow raise.

“Yea,  that’s because you’ve probably never even been on a date. Well, after I was on to front I ran. Then I became a leader of this band of other run aways. We have to go back and check on them. And Poppy and I are staying there.” I want to scream, wy is Koda giving Jethen this information? He doesn’t know Poppy, you haven’t told him. I remind myself over and over again.

“Oh really? Just to let you know, I’ve been on a ton of dates. A ton. AND You forgot one little detail, Poppy’s going to elope with me.” He smirks.

“Poppy? You didn’t tell me I had competition!” I sigh and shrug as if I forgot but truly, this is the first I’ve heard of Jethen and me as a thing. And I don’t want it to be a thing, not with a triator.

“It must have slipped my mind.” I smile a little. “Are you guys hungry or is it just me?”

“Starving. I’ll see what I have.” We stop the horse and get down, then Jethen gives  us each a can of food. “That’s food for the rest of the day so no complaining.”

“Us complain? Never.” Koda is at such ease with Jethen. I’m barely able to talk to him, he’s going to betray us. Maybe I shouldn’t tell Koda, maybe I can deal with this on my own. Afterall, if Koda knows, he’ll wary too. Then Jethen will realize something’s up. So I won’t tell, it’ll be a scereat.

“Hardy har. Har. You guys are always complaining. Always telling me how you guys aren’t comforntable and what not.” We eat quickly and get back on the horses.

“Um. I think that’s you.” It’s my time to smirk now. We get back on our horses and continue to walk through the forest. The forest is beautiful, the snow makes it look peacful, sweet. But I know the truth, the snow is like a wolf. A wolf that looks graceful but is truly dangerous, it’s fatal.

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“As if!” Jethen throws up his hands in mock frustration.  We talk like this for hours, me pretending nothing’s wrong, Koda not knowing. When it grows dark, we stop to rest. Laying the tarp down, burrowing in blankets. I wake again, in the middle of the night. I find Jethen gone again. This time I do something. I get up out of the blankets without waking Koda and quietly follow the voices. I find Jethen talking to Chase. Chase’s face is different now, I once thought it handsome but now, because of the scars, it’s ugly. Something else shadows his face, haunting his eyes and making his mouth bend into a frown. It’s revenge, the thrist for it. The need for it. Suddenly his hungry eyes turn in my direction and  stare right at me.