Chapter 44~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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Koda, has changed. Something’s off about him. Every time he wakes up, he wakes up screaming. Then he becomes distant, asking me not to talk, asking me to leave the room. I always obey, hoping it’ll help. I just don’t know how to deal with this. I send a message to Jethen. Maybe he’ll know how to fix this. I get a reply a couple days later, he’s going to come over. When Koda sleeps, it’s restless. He tosses and turns. Then he’ll yell out warnings to people. People I can’t see. He’s been able to get up and walk around, if he uses crutches, but he often stops and stares off into space and doesn’t realize I’m still there until hours later. I try to help him but everything has fallen apart. I’m starting to fall apart too.

***

“Hello? Flower?” Jethen walks in, I smile when I see him. It’s good to see a similar face. “I’m here.”

“Thank you.” I walk up to him and he wraps me in a hug.

“No problem. Just hang in there, ok?” He pats me on the shoulder. I’m honestly surprised with Jethen, he’s taking something seriously. “Oh, and I brought you some presents.”

“Really?” I ask, doubtful. Two people walk in the room. Remi and Solstice. They wave. I smile. Solstice looks over at Koda, her face falls.

“What happened?” She asks, voice a whisper.

“I don’t know. But it was something bad. He’s a different person.” I rub my arms, trying to create some warmth in them. Koda’s asleep right now, I’m not sure when he’ll awake, probably soon though. This is the longest he’s slept peacefully. Remi walks up and gives my hand a squeeze. She gives me a sad smile. “He doesn’t even talk to me anymore.”

“Oh. Well. We’ll figure how to fix him.” Solstice’s bottom lip quivers, I walk up to her. She grabs my hand. She squeezes it, not a comforting squeeze but a ‘help me’ strangle. She’s trying not to cry. “I just got him back.”

Her words are raw, her voice cracking, she’s breaking on the inside. On the outside, her face doesn’t show any emotion, only the smallest quiver of her bottom lip. I look at Jethen, he’s in pain to. Remi hangs in the back, she never got to know Koda very well. Jethen wraps Solstice up in a hug, his strong arms covering her.

This is going to be hard on us. We’re going to suffer together.

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Chapter 42~As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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I gallop with Champ, following the tracks left by the truck. I need to get him back. I need him to love me again, if he ever stopped. Champ starts to tire but I push him on. I can’t be caught by anyone, foxes or dogs. I need Koda to forgive me. Pictures of my first friend appear in my brain. Zellie, dead, hit with a flying piece of debris. I shake it out of my mind. Koda will still be alive, I’m going to save him. Or at least try to. I almost fall off so many times. For some reason I can’t flow with his pace. I try to calm my mind but it continues to race. Like my heart. I just have to follow these tracks.

I’m at the camp. I’m here. I find the man in charge and ask him where Koda is. He says the hospital. I almost start crying again. I run to the tent where the hold the injured, sick and dying. I find Koda there, lying on one of the beds. I inhale. Is he ok? Please let him be ok. My throat clenches and my lips tremble. Blood is everywhere. Why didn’t they clean it off him? I walk closer. Begging, praying, pleading. When I get to the bed, he’s not dead, but he’s not alive either. It was like when we were in that cell together. When he was so drugged he was in that in between state. I grab his hand, his bloody hand. I massage it, like I did in that cell. All we need is a miracle like Jethen to help us.

A nurse appears, a smile on her face, a stain on her dress. Blood everywhere.

“Can I help you?” She asks.

“Um. What happened?” My voice is hoarse, “To him I mean.”

“Ah, got caught in the cross fire. Bullet to the knee cap. And he hit his head, he hasn’t woken up yet so we’re not sure how bad the brain damage. And he won’t walk again. Not with his leg like that.” My eyes fill with tears, yet again. This isn’t fair! I just wanted one bit of happiness. Just a little bit. Why can’t I have that? “Did you know him?”

“Yea. Yea, I knew him.” I mutter, wishing those brown eyes of his would open. Wishing those lips would part and call me Flower once last time. Wishing his rough calloused hand would hold mine back. “Come back Koda. I love you, I’m here. I still love you. Please come back.”

Chapter 40~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees

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“What?” I lick my lips, “What’s so amazing?”

“They need me on the front!” He grins and I sit back down with a thud.

“They need you… They need you one the front?” I feel despair trying to push me under. “They need you to fight? I thought I thought you hated fighting?”

“No, I’m fighting for the right cause now, we’re the good guys, we’re going to bring justice to the land and peace to the people.”

“Wow man, did you get that from a poster?” Jethen smirks and I try not to let anyone to see my fear. My fear of losing Koda. “Good job man, for getting back in the whole fighting thing. I really don’t feel like doing that.”

“Really you seem like such a war guy to me… And no I got it from the little brochure they pass out at training.” He smiles a little and I snap.

“No. No. NO! You’re not leaving, you can’t leave me. You just can’t!” I jump up from my seat and yell, making the whole room stare. “We just got here and if you leave I’m going to be alone and- and.”

And I make a total fool of my self by breaking in tears. I sit back down, trying to control myself.

“Poppy, I have to do this.” He says, sitting next to me, “You don’t know what it means to me.”

“I thought I meant something to you.” I whisper. “I need you to stay. You’re all I have left.”

“I’m going to come back. You know that, we just have to win and then I can come back.”

“You know what? Whatever. Have fun. Make sure you don’t forget about me, I’ll be here. Probably making bandages just in case you blow off your leg or something! See ya later! Go be a super hero!” Bitterness surges through me, anger follows and soon I’m shaking with rage.

“No. Poppy, it’s not like that.” He looks hurt. Good. I want him to know that he’s making me bleed inside, that while he’s gone I will probably die without him. “I need to do this. You wouldn’t get it, you’re a girl.”

This is where he makes his fatal mistake.

“Right. Just a girl…Just a girl.”  I muter. I walk away, my whole world has fallen apart in the course of five minutes, I just lost the most important person in the world to me. I storm into the room that me and Koda were sharing I grab all his stuff and throw it into a back. By the time I’m done someone’s at the door. “Come in.”

“Hey. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that. I swear.” Koda stands in the door, an apology on his face.

“Sure you did. I’m just a girl, it was dumb to think I meant anything else to you.” I hand him the overstuffed bag. “Here’s all your stuff, have fun. Goodbye.”

Then I close the door in his face. Tears spilling down my face, I still love him, I don’t want him to go. I sit with my back against the door, sobbing. Remi was right, I suck with this whole relationship thing.

***

It’s late in the afternoon, Koda’s leaving. I walk outside, pretending that I’m going for a walk, that I don’t care. But I really do, I really care quite a lot. Maybe I’m being selfish? But I something’s holding me back from saying sorry. I don’t know what though. So I act like I don’t care, I’ll get over it soon. Koda runs up to me before I can get to the tree line. We’re at a different doorway than the one we found when we first got here.

“Look I already said I’m sorry. And I still love you. And you’re not just some girl. And I’m sorry I hurt you. But if you can’t forgive me, then fine. I can’t ask that of you. I just want to give you this.” He hands me an old blue pencil, it’s dented and dull and really small. “I gave it to my sister to remind her of me. Just don’t forget me. That’s all I ask. And your still my flower, and you were right. You look a lot prettier when you don’t look like an animal.” 

Before I have time answer, he runs off and hops into the truck with the buddies he’s going to war with, I clutch the pencil with my hands. I had bathed after getting to camp and I guess he did notice. I feel tears coming again so I walk into the tree line, where I watch the truck leave with the soldiers. I watch the truck leave with my world. pretty-girl-with-very-sad-facial-expression-wide

Chapter 41~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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I help Remi with her job, guarding the door, to get my mind off Koda. Not that it works or anything. He’s still on my mind every second that I’m awake and while I’m asleep. If I do sleep, usually I’m up all night thinking about how stupid I am. I stop coming out of my room. I don’t eat, I just think about how I could’ve just said sorry and he would’ve forgiven me in less than two seconds.
“Hey. Poppy?” It’s Remi, “I have food for you. You’ve been in here a while, you coming out any time soon?”

“No.” I say, my voice hoarse from not using it,

“Gosh, I’m never going to fall in love. It seems way too risky. Good thing I took your advice.” I hear the relief in her voice, “Oh. I mean, anything I can do to help?”

“No.” I answer.

“Is that all your saying now?” She sighs.

“No.” I reply.

“Can you at least let me in?” She sounds exasperated so I open the door. “Thanks. Here’s your dinner. So, you at least want to try to be helpful around here. You could help with cooking, it would make these mashed potatoes way better. Why is it always mashed potatoes? That’s what we have every meal!”

“I’m no good at cooking.” I say sitting on my bed, playing with the blue pencil in my hand. Rubbing the dented spots, trying to wish a genie out of it.

“And she can talk!” Remi sits next to me, “Sorry, I kinda suck at this friend thing.”

“Nah, you just picked the wrong person to be friends with. And the wrong time.” I sigh.

“Well, tell me if I can help. I’ll still bring you food, whether you like it or not.” She walks out and I half heartedly say goodbye.

***

I sit up in my bed with an idea. I need to go to the front. I fling open the door and run down the hall, my boot clamping on the floor. I know exactly where I’m going. I walk down the halls until I find the Captain’s quarters, at least that’s what they’re called. Of course it’s not an actual captain, I guess you could call her the President of the Revolution but I dunno. I rap on the door quickly. I hear rustling then the door opens, here stand Miss Lilling, the person who basically runs the revolution. She looks at me with interest, not annoyance like I expected.

“Can I help you Poppy?” Her voice is smooth and her words carefully chosen.

“Send me to the front. Where Koda is.” My voice is firm and my words stern.

“No.” She says.

“Why not? I’ll fight. I just need to make up with Koda, it’s important.” Her mouth is in a thin line.

“Poppy, you’re going to die out there. You’re not built for war, you’ll be of more use here. Good night.” She closes the door before I can protest. I lick my lips and start to knock again but I pause. I know something better I can do. I go to that room Koda showed me, the armory. I grab a dart gun and a bunch of knives, avoiding the gaurds. Then I grab my clothes and shove them in a bag. Then I steal some food from the kitchen, then I creep into the stables. I sigh, the stable is one of the most guarded areas because it has a escape route. I grab the dart gun and blow it at the two front guards before they see me. They crumle to the floor and I smile in victory. The darts only knock them out for a few minutes. I need to move. I take out a few more as I go, never missing, never stopping. I work my way to Champ’s stall. He perks his ears when he sees me. I kiss him on the nose then we escape through the small tunnel that leads outwards. The truck that Koda was on left tracks in the snow and they are still there. I make The Champion of Troy goes his fastest and he does. We cover ground quickly. I’m getting closer to getting my world back.

 

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Chapter 37~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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Koda leads me through a hall his hand holding mine. I relish the fact that he’s mine, that I’m his, that we belong together. That nothing will pull us apart ever. I smile a little as he looks back at me with those amazing brown eyes. Those eyes that I’m so in love with.

“What?” He asks with a smile.

“Nothing. You’re just so perfect.” I try to make the smile go away but it comes back larger.

“You too.” He smiles back and my heart melts. When did I become so sappy? “Come on.”

We come to a door and Koda types in a password and the door promptly disappears. We walk through it and come into a weapons room.

“Isn’t this great?” He asks.

“Um. What is all this?” I try not to disappoint him.

“It’s a armory, all of these are for the war. And there are at least 20 other rooms like this. We’re going to win.” I feel a fear rise up in me.

“You’re going back into war again aren’t you?” I murmur, trying to keep my voice steady.

“Well yea, aren’t you?” He looks at me with question.

“Um, I was hoping we could just, you know. Let the foxes do that.” I shrug. The thing is, I can’t go back into war. Because now I have even more people I care about. I mean, there’s Livy or Solstice or whatever, we’re friends. And Jethen, yes he’s annoying but I still care about him. And Remi, she seems like someone I would like to get to know. Ad there’s all those people from Koda’s group, we’re close. And Koda. I can’t even think about it if something happened to him. If I went into war, I wouldn’t be able to deal with it if I lost them. I just recently got over Zellie, I can’t lose anymore people I care about.

“We are Foxes now Poppy.” He says with something like passion in his voice. “We need to fight back or else will be in hiding our wholes lives. We need to reach this country so that this won’t happen again. We need to do something. I can’t just sit here anymore. Cn’t you see that?”

Before I can answer a woman sticks her head in the door.

“Poppy, Chase is awake and he’s asking for you.”

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Chapter 35~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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I feel the grass under my hands, its soft and it smells of bread. And it’s not cold, which is almost strange. I check myself and make sure nothing’s broken. Only a few cuts and bruises, nothing horrible. I get up and walk towards Koda and Jethen. Koda’s leading all three horses down (including Gold who’s having trouble with Chase on her back), trying not to fall and Jethen’s practically running ahead, doing nothing.

“Oh man, this better be it!” Jethen smiles, excitement spreading on his face. “I can’t want to have some real food, sorry Flower the squirrel you made doesn’t cut it. Oh and shower, and it’ll be nice to you, talk to people who aren’t too busy kissing.”

“My name isn’t Flower, and we’re not always kissing.” I remind him for the millionth time. He waves me off and runs ahead. I grab one of the horses from Koda nd look at Chase, he still looks dead. Whatever, I like him better that way. We walk further and further into the sunny canyon. “Is this it?”

“Yep. We’re here.” Koda smiles with relief. I grab his hand and lean in and kiss him on the cheek, ok maybe we are always kissing. “They have a shield that keeps out the snow and lets the sun in. That’s how you find it, you have to look for the right things though.

“Good job, super hero.” He looks over and we kinda just look at each other a moment.

“Thanks Flower.” He winks as I elbow him and roll my eyes. We walk for a while and Jethen starts to get grumpy.

“I thought you said we were here.” He pouts.

“No, you’re the one who said that.” Koda says, “And why are you acting like a two-year old?”

“I am not!” Jethen scowls.

“You really are, now help us with the horses.” I give him his horse’s reigns and he slows down. After walking for another thirty minutes we run into the door. Literally. It’s transparent. Koda finds something on the door and presses it. A wall appears in front of us with a door on it. Koda knocks on it loudly. Then he murmurs something and the door opens, just like that. I nod, pleased and we walk in. There’s someone there in an instant. A girl with spiky brown hair and hazel eyes is standing in front of us.

“State your name.” She says, almost sounding bored.

“Um, Koda, this Poppy and Jethen and the dead looking guy is Chase. What’s your name?”

“Uh, I ask questions.” She rolls her eyes, “War numbers? My name’s Remi.”

“I’m 202, and Poppy’s 509, I don’t know what Jethen is?” He looks at Jethen, who is frowning at the girl.

“I’m 304.” The girls grabs Gold’s reigns and starts walking down the hall.

“304 and the dead looking one will come with me and Solstice will show you two where to go.”

“What?” Koda’s eyes widen. “What. Did. You. Just. Say?”

“Um. I said Solstice will show you to where you need to go.” Then Livy appears almost out of no where and Koda almost collapses in my arms.

 

Chapter 34~ As the Sun Peeks Through the Trees~

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“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.