It's early morning. Diego just left to go and hunt, and I'm now sitting in front of the ashen bonfire from the previous night. I'll have to admit that the head on shoulder thing was a first step, but now, as I sit here alone, it doesn't feel like anything.
I wonder what Diego thought.
But honestly, I can't go on like this. I can't just live in the herd with Diego, and we'll forever be friends. I know that option does sound reasonable, but I haven't seen any other saber around here.
What will I do when I'm in a heat? When I'm in season? Diego can surely tell when I am. How will he react? He'll probably keep his distance from me.
I'm hopeless. Defenseless. There's nothing I can do.
So, I am in love Diego. Hopelessly in love. But I just don't know how to tell him so. If he doesn't return my love, what happens then? Life would just be indescribably awkward in the herd.
I hear Diego's footsteps draw closer and louder. He's carrying a deer in his mouth. I can tell he's washed it- the deer is dripping wet. The herd hates it when he brings back bloody animals for his meals.
'Hey,' I say quietly, cautious not to wake up the herd.
He smiles with his mouth full. He drops the deer to the ground. 'Hey,' he replies, and lies down beside me as I start to gorge on the deer.
We sit there eating the deer in silence. How shall I bring up the topic?
'Shira,' Diego begins. He says my name so quietly, it's barely audible.
'Mmm?' I reply, chewing on a piece of deer flesh.
'I've been wondering for a while…'
My chance. This is it! Thank you, thank you, Diego!
'What did Gutt do to you after we left?'
My hopes sink to the ground.
'After I pushed the ice?'
I try to recall what happened. And when I do, I describe in detail.
'What the heck?' Diego questions. 'He climbed in between two glaciers and split them apart, to make a ship?'
'Yeah, 'I laugh, realizing how odd it was.
'If it took less than three seconds to do that, why didn't he do it beforehand? Like, instead of the making the hyrax do it for him?'
I hesitate to answer. Why didn't he? I then realize what a freak that overgrown monkey was.
'I don't know.'
There's another silence between us, and I realize I haven't answered his question.
'We got aboard our bird- err, new ship- and I told Gutt that I would explain. But I really should've kept quiet,' I begin. 'He grabbed my throat and threatened to have tiger skin on his wall, and he didn't care whose it was. After that he threw me across the ice…'
'Is that how you hurt yourself afterwards?'
There's another silence between us, but not so awkward. We're sitting, pondering on the thoughts. I realize that I have a question for Diego.
'What happened to you after I stayed behind?' I ask curiously.
Diego gives me a long, long stare into my sapphire eyes.
Going to end it there! Hope you liked it! If you've seen the movie, you'll laugh as you recall what DID happen to Diego after they left Shira behind! I was super excited to do the next chapter since so many people liked it! Thank you, everybody who reviewed the previous chapter! You make my life better!
Diego: Do I HAVE to tell Shira what happened? You know, with all that kiss-
Shira: KISSING? WHAT THE HECK!
Diego: No, really, I can explain, Shira…
Shira: Kissing? *Squeal*
Diego, rolls his eyes: Girls. *in a mocking tone* Hehe, I'm so preety! Oh me gosh, it's a BOY! EEEEEHEHEHEHEHEHE! OH ME GOSH IT'S A-
Shira *death stare*.