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“Why did you disappear last week?” I asked her out of the blue.
“I had something to sort out” she tried to explain.
“So, when I found you passed out in the woods, it had just happened?”
“Yeah, well, I guess I had been there just for a little while”
Indeed, I guessed she wouldn’t be there talking to me, if that happened days before. She would have been probably dead.
“You are feeling good, right? Nothing is hurting”
“I am fine” she nodded. “Apart from some bruises, I feel just fine”
It occurred to me only then that there could have been a risk of a more serious injury, a cranial trauma, maybe. I had been such a fool, letting her sleep, without being sure she hadn’t hit her head. “You didn’t hit your head, did you?”
“No, I didn’t” she chuckled. “I’m fine, really. I fall often, sometimes I forget I am not a little girl anymore, and branches can’t always hold up my weight. I guess I kind of fell asleep”
“You fell asleep after the fall” I said flatly, with little amusement in my voice.
“Yeah, well, I haven’t been sleeping in a while” the brunette hesitated, “I took it as a chance just to go and sleep”
“You surely are a strange individual”
“I am, aren’t I?” she chuckled, raising an eyebrow.
I don’t know why but that action made me blush, I could feel the heat invading my whole face and body. Ignoring the sensation that I was feeling, I kept going with our conversation.
“Are you going to tell me what you were up to, this past week?”
“I told you, I was dealing with something” she was vague, “Nothing really important”
And with that I understood that she was hiding something from me, but I didn’t insist, making a promise to myself that I would have asked her again in a couple of days, hoping in a change of mind. What really shocked me was the fact that she didn’t seem the person I met months ago.
I only then realized I was thinking out loud, “Oh, I mean” I stammered, “It’s strange how you couldn’t understand me some hours ago, and now here we are talking, and talking”