Hi people. Next chapter of this fic coming at ya.
Disclaimer: I own Mac.
When Pohatu finished, I was astonished. Five siblings? Wowza, that's a lot. So, four brothers and one sister. The oldest is Tahu, the Toa Nuva of Fire. After him is Kopaka, Toa Nuva of Ice. Then it's Onua, Toa Nuva of Earth. So then it's his sister, Gali Toa Nuva of Water. Lewa's the youngest, Toa Nuva of Air.
Pohatu is second to last for youngest, which I find odd. All of them seem like they'd be the same age. Pohatu sat back, a content smile on his face, and said,"So, do you have any siblings?"
I nodded and tipped my hat back."I have a little sister named Cecile. She's a darlin angel. Then there's Henry, he's alright. I'm the oldest, Cecile's the youngest, and Henry's caught in the middle."
Pohatu nodded and thought a moment. I sighed and fingered the small brown bead. A sudden pain flared in my chest and I gasped, doubling over as I gagged. Pohatu rushed over and placed a gentle hand on my back as he said,"Mac, what's wrong?" I pointed at my chest which was hurting like crazy. Bile rose in my throat, and I hurriedly swallowed it down. The burning substance left a dry trail and made my mouth dry.
Sweat beaded across my forehead as Pohatu panicked, rushing about the hut as he murmured to himself."Pohatu... Stop yer... panicking... and get help." I panted as my lungs burned and felt my stomach twist in knots. It was so painful, I just wanted it to end.
Pohatu gave a rushed nod and ran out of the hut, zipping towards Turaga Onewa's hut in under a second. I fisted the blankets into my hand and squeezed my eyes shut tight as I coughed. Everything was getting blurry... A splitting headache thundered through my skull like a wild herd of horses and without mercy, left me whimpering on the bed.
What the frag? Something cold brushed against my forehead and I glanced up through watering eyes to see Pohatu and Onewa standing there. Pohatu looked throughly concerned as he took the wet cloth and wrung the water out over my burning body, only helping to cool it slightly.
That furnace feeling was back and with a vengeance. Turaga Onewa's mouth piece flashed on and off, showing that he was talking, but I couldn't hear what he was saying. A warm hand landed on my shoulder and I groaned.
"Mac, can you hear me?" That voice rang out like a bullet shot. True concern laced Pohatu's voice as I lay there, shivering and whimpering while drenched in sweat. A flash of pain flared through my being and I sucked in a breath. Pohatu squeezed my shoulder in reassurance and tilted my head up slightly, removing my hat from around my neck.
Turaga Onewa tapped the back of my hand and I glanced at him, exhaustion washing over me like a tide."Mac, try to keep your eyes open. I will send Toa Pohatu to retrieve Toa Gali."
I gave a half-hearted nod and took a shaky breath, reaching my hand up to grasp Pohatu's. He was the closest one I had right now, and I needed comfort from someone close. A spasm wracked my body and I inhaled painfully, my vision blurring even more. Pohatu pulled his hand away gently and I groaned.
I wanted my little angel, she could make anything feel better. Turaga Onewa wet another cloth and laid it over my forehead, in a desparate attempt to cool me down. My body gave another painful spasm and I grit my teeth. A soothing hand touched my hand and I opened my eyes to look into gold.
"Hello Mac, I'm Gali. Pohatu told me all about you. Now hold still and let's see what I can do." I watched as Gali cupped her hands together, a small bubble of water forming between them. She took it and pushed it over my chest. When it touched me, the water spread out to envelope my entire being.
The burning sensation washed away, but everything else stayed. When the water disappeard, I was almost sorry it was gone.
Gali swayed on her feet and almsot fell, but Pohatu caught her and helped her sit down in a chair.
"Mac, do you feel better?" Turaga Onewa asked, looking at me intently. I shook my head and another spasm rocked my being. The only relief was that the burning had disappeared completely. A flare shot through my chest and I sucked in a breath, coughing at the sharp intake.
Pohatu took my hand and said,"Don't worry Mac, you have support from us. We'll stay by you."
I smiled a little and the pain subsided slightly."Thanks, Pohatu."
Pohatu gave me a warm smile and I shivered, if it was from the pain or something else, I didn't know. The pain inside my being began backing off and soon, I felt better, but exhausted. Turaga Onewa wet the cloth yet again and let it rest on my forehead, the healing herbs that had been soaking in the water calming my throbbing head.
I felt the excess water trickle down the sides of my head and took a deep breath, closing my eyes. Maybe this is a dream! I just now realised that. Maybe this dream is so life like that's why I can feel the pain. Maybe when I open my eyes, little Cecile will be sitting there, smiling like the morning sun.
I blinked my eyes open, but it wasn't a dream. Pohatu, Onewa, and Gali still sat there. Pohatu had his amber eyes on me, full to the brim with concern and worry.
"Pohatu, quit yer worrying. I'll be fine." I smiled and placed my hand on his.
Pohatu jerked out of his trance for a moment and gave a small smile."I'll try."
I swallowed and relaxed a bit, closing my eyes again. I'm so tired right now... I drifted in and out of slumber, something that annoyed me beyond belief. It was like you'd have a thought one moment, just to have it disappear the next. A hand rested upon my shoulder and I opened blurry eyes to see that Turaga Onewa and Gali had left.
Pohatu was the owner of that hand as he seemed to say something, but I was too out of it to hear him. Maybe I'll ask him later. I closed my eyes one last time before going to sleep, weary and worn.
Pohatu watched Mac intently, listening to the quiet sounds of his breathing. He hoped Mac would be okay, he really did. In about three days there would be the big Kohli tournament, and he sincerely hoped he'd be able to take Mac along. It was Ta-Koro, Ga-Koro, and Po-Koro that were the ones playing against each other.
He knew Hewkii and Hafu would be playing, and he could take very close guesses at who would be playing for the other teams. Ga-Koro would most likely have Hahli and Macku, while Ta-Koro would most likely have Jaller and Takua.
Pohatu chuckled lightly and stroked Mac's shoulder, comforting him and himself at the same time. He really hoped everything would turn out smoothly. He really did. When Mac awoke again, he looked much better than before.
I yawned and stretched, sitting up in bed. I was surprised to see Pohatu still here, resting peacefully in one of the chairs next to my bed. I reached over quietly and shook his knee, startling him awake. Pohatu smiled a goofy grin at me and said,"Hey Mac. Morning. You ready to explore the village?"
I nodded vigorously, nearly jumping off the pallet. Pohatu steadied me and said,"Easy, we have enough time to see everything." I smiled and relaxed, still a bit anxious to go outside. I'm a farm boy, we're not very used to staying inside for long amounts of time.
Maybe for a break, but not for as long as I have. Besides, back in Texas I didn't get to travel all the time, mostly staying at home and farming. Ma always told me I was an especially hard worker. That's why little Cecile looked up to me a lot.
Pohatu pat me on the back, wearing my hat, and said in a fake country accent,"Howdy! I reckon this'll be one humdinger of a time!" I laughed and snatched my hat back, placing it firmly on my head. It's all I have left of my world; I'm gonna wear it always.
We stepped outside of the hut and into a blazing sun, so familiar to the farm. I smiled and took a deep breath of air, letting it out slowly. The heat didn't really bother me too much. Pohatu glanced around before saying,"Let's see the Kohli Field first! C'mon!" He grabbed my wrist and began dragging me along.
I laughed even though I didn't know what a Kohli Field was. Maybe it's a crop. On the way there matoran stopped and stared at us, some bold ones running up and saying greetings. Others would wave or do nothing at all. Pohatu kept talking on and on about something as we walked, and it was hard to stay updated with what he was saying.
But I followed quietly, adding my own comment here or there. Soon a giant circular structure loomed in front of us, looking nothing like a crop field.
Okay Mac, wrong term of field.
Pohatu lit up like the sun over the horizan, taking my hand and dragging me forward. I laughed softly and followed, still amazed at the structure. Pohatu began explaining Kohli to me, telling me that it was a game where you kick a ball into one of three goals. Of course, one of those two are your own so it's more into one of two goals.
We now stood in the stadium, which I thought was larger than our corn field. The walls were high with bleachers that went for hours. One little boxed area caught my eye and I pointed at it, asking,"What's that?"
Pohatu followed my train of sight and said,"That's the Turaga's special box. They sit there during games." I nodded and watched as a couple little brown figures ran by, kicking a ball made of rock. Ow. Pohatu waved as they ran by and one stopped, waving at him also.
An elbow nudged me in the ribs as Pohatu said,"That's Hewkii. Right hand to Onewa. He's great at Kohli." I studied the little matoran. He wore a strange mask, and he was pretty much a mini Pohatu. Mocha and brown. Nice.
Pohatu turned to me and said cheerily,"How about a game of Kohli?"
Oh dear God...