Running scared

Nearest to Camelot, The Dark forest is a large thick canvas of trees and shrubs, hard to find your way around. Beware.

Running scared

Lily Culnor
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28 Jun 2012, 23:02 #1

Panting Lily finally dropped to her knees, she couldn't believe that she had actually done it ... just left Ruari there, but he had told her to run and she had been unhappy to leave yet if she had stayed behind then her presence would have been more of a hinderance than a help in the probable fight.

Feeling wretched Lily barely noticed the bitter tears that rolled off her cheek, what if he was hurt? Or even worse dead? Then it would be all her fault, Lily barely knew the man but still he'd evoked such feelings in her and now her young, brave friend might be dead and all because of her.

Should she go back? But that would mean risking missing him if he did reach it to the forest, after all Ruari had told her to meet him here. But what if 'here' wasn't the 'here' he'd been referring to? What then?With the blood still pounding in her ears it was hard to think, but finally coming to a decision Lily reluctantly chose to wait.

Making herself comfortable by the base of an old oak tree the young beauty settled down to wait for Ruari. Picking up a rough edged rock the ebony haired woman was determined to be ready and waiting for him when he arrived, if he arrived.

From somewhere overhead an owl hooted breaking the silence of the forest, leaning back against the tree Lily searched the heavens marvelling at the beauty of the stars, well at least there was one thing in their favour: it was a full moon tonight. Hopefully the glowing orb would provide some light to help guide the way for her friend. Without even realising Lily slipped gently into a dreamless sleep, curled up in a pile of leaves she looked fey in the ghostly moonlight. Sleeping soundly Lily was seemingly at peace but also entirely vulnerable if Ruari didn't arrive soon.
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29 Jun 2012, 15:08 #2

After having looped around the streets for a while, Ruarí finally felt that the coast was clear and had set off towards the woods.

Knowing that the forest was rather extensive, some men might have thought it would be impossible to find Lily, but not Ruarí. He was familiar – to some extent – with the area, and he was optimistic that he would find his companion again – that is, if she actually did flee to the woods.

Luckily, after only a short bit of wandering, he spotted her rested against an old tree. His heart caught a little in his throat for a brief moment. She was so still he worried that something bad had happened to her. Yet, upon closer inspection he could see the soft rise and fall of her chest. This calmed him, to know that she was simply sleeping.

She looked beautiful, lit up in the moonlight, completely relaxed in slumber. He wondered what she might be dreaming about. Pleased with the thought, he smiled, softly, and settled down at her side, careful not to disturb her.

Sitting there, allowing himself to relax, he couldn’t stop tonguing his lip where it had been split by his earlier fight. He could feel a few other small cuts on his face, and it was quite likely that he would have a bruise or two come morning, but he wasn’t in any real pain. He’d had far worse over the years. He was more preoccupied thinking about the fact that he’d fought for her.

With the brawl now over, he could finally take a moment to consider his actions. Why had he stayed and fought? Why did he want to protect her? Turning, he watched her again. With his mind all aflutter with different thoughts and feelings, he quickly tired himself out and drifted off to sleep next to her.

Perhaps everything in his head would sort itself out in the morning. For now, what he needed most was rest.
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29 Jun 2012, 17:33 #3

Dawn came swiftly for the slumbering pair and as Lily's sleeping form began to stir she became aware of something warm and firm beside her, snuggling closer to this soothing presence Lily woke with a start realising that it was a person she was snuggling into.

But then as her foggy mind cleared she saw that it was her dear Ruari who was most definately not dead! But he was hurt. Observing the sratches and bruises that graced his sleeping face Lily bit her lip anxiously, strange emotions coursed through her, nobody except her brother had ever fought for her before.

She stroked stray hair back from his face, even with the cuts he was still handsome, but it felt strange seeing him so vulnerable like this she could have slit his throat and he would have no defense against her. Lily wanted to thank him to ask him what had happened after she had ran but she couldn't bear to wake him.

Stiffling a yawn Lily moved to an upright position, she would keep watch over him whilst he slept.
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30 Jun 2012, 04:18 #4

It was somewhat strange how well Ruarí slept that night. Surely, the fact that he was on grass rather than stone was a factor – one he’d observed before – but he couldn’t help but wonder if Lily’s presence beside him also had something to do with it.

Finally waking from his slumber, Ruarí startled briefly seeing that Lily was no longer at his side. However, he quickly saw her sitting mere feet from him, and his nerves were calmed again. “Morning”he said, pleasantly. His mouth and face felt tighter than usual – likely due to the already healing cuts. Awkwardly, he stretched his face, moving his lips, jaw and cheeks as best he could – something that surely looked very odd.

Feeling more awake now, he turned to face his companion with a smile. And it was a proud smile at that, not one of his usual more timid ones. “I’m glad you made it here alright and I’m glad I was able to find you again.” Ruarí dropped his gaze slightly as his cheeks began to flush. He still didn’t fully understand why he felt the way he did about Lily, but there was no denying that it made him very, very happy.
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30 Jun 2012, 09:23 #5

The sound of Ruari's voice brought her attention back to him and his smile was easily infectious. Lily moved to sit beside him, "as am I" stroking one side of his face gently she asked, "does it hurt much?"

And then before Lily lost her nerve and changed her mind she wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him, "you saved me, thank you"Pulling out of the embrace Lily tilted her head to the side and looked at him.

"It was a very brave thing you did, nobody has ever fought for me before - well except my brother, oh Ruari I was so worried about you after I left. I'm glad you're alright, you're not hurt worse anywhere else are you?" The idea of a hidden gash or a broken bone made Lily's stomach turn, but she didn't just want to assume that Ruari's injuries were limited to his face and then have him keel over unexpectedly later.

"I wish I could do more to help you but all my herbs and ointments are back in my room - but there is a river near by some water would help you to clean your wounds and it's coolness might soothe any hurts." Looking at him now Lily's heart swelled with pride. She was beginning to understand how she felt about him now, someone had once told her that only fools walk blindly into love but then again somebody else had told her that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all and right now it seemed that her notion was to agree with the latter.
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30 Jun 2012, 21:56 #6

A warmth passed through him as she stroked his cheek. “Not too much, no.”

Ruarí’s eyes went wide as she threw her arms around him. Shocked, and yet pleased, he’d been unable to reciprocate the affection before she’d pulled away again. Separated, he instantly wanted her to hug him again. His mind was consumed with thoughts of holding her close to him – among other things.

In response to her question, he felt around his torso and found a few tender spots. “Not worse, no, but I’m probably going to be sore for a few days.” He shrugged his shoulders, unconcerned by his minor injuries. He was no stranger to bruises or cuts. Last night had not been his first fight. In fact, even since being in Camelot he’d had worse. He’d nearly broken his leg several months ago when trying to escape a bad situation. Now, that, that had hurt.

“I’m fine” he said with a smile. “Give it a bit of time and I’ll be good as new.” He found it amusing that he was in such a good mood. Though he normally had a fairly pleasant disposition, he’d usually be more preoccupied with his wounds. Yet, with Lily, all else didn’t matter.

“Are you okay? You didn’t run in to any more trouble, did you?”
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06 Jul 2012, 09:00 #7

"No, I got here without further incident" rising to her feet Lily dusted down her dress, she could only hope that she didn't look as dishevelled as her imagination led her to believe.

"Come on, there's a river nearby and we could both do with some cleaning up after last night" smiling at him Lily led the way. "So what happened after I left?" the question was said casually enough but inside she was burning with curiosity.

It didn't take long to reach the river and in the light of the new day the water looked beautiful, sun beams bounced off it's clear surface and peeping at Ruari through the corner of her eye Lily couldn't help but smirk mischievously.

"Do you see that willow tree there? Well I'm going to slip out of these clothes and get cleaned up so I won't be far but please don't look. I'll stay under it's branches so you shouldn't be able to see" Was it wrong that part of her wanted him to look? It was a good job that her dear brother was no longer with the living or he'd have blown his top at her antics, even though Lily had no intention of letting Ruari see her, she had a feeling that being nude only a few feet away hidden by willow branches would have not gone down well with her kin.

"So you just stay around here ok?" She smiled sweetly at him before heading off and disappearing under the boughs of the old willow tree at the water's edge. She waited there a moment to make sure that he hadn't followed, then once convinced that she was alone Lily slipped out of her clothes and into the cool water. The coolness of the river made her gasp at first but it didn't take long for her to body to adjust and before she knew it she was darting through the water like a fish.
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07 Jul 2012, 19:59 #8

Rising with her, though slower than she had (seeing as he was rather stiff), he happily accompanied her to the river. “Well…” he hesitated answering her question, not because he was embarrassed, but because he had just assumed that she would have known what had taken place. To him, it didn’t seem like there could have been many outcomes considering the situation he’d been left in. “We fought a bit and then I ran. I made sure he didn’t follow me here though.”

Reaching the river, the last bit of grogginess from his sleep quickly faded away. The cool breeze coming off the water helped him clear his head and make him ready to face whatever the day would bring.

He glanced over to the tree she indicated, though, his gaze shot back to her face immediately when she revealed what it was she planned to do. Stunned and a little flabbergasted with mixed feelings about what he should do, Ruarí froze in place, his eyes growing wide.

Once she was behind the tree he turned and fixed his eyes on the flowing water, still unable to move. His chest was aflutter and his heartbeat had picked-up. Despite it all he would try as hard as he could to do as she’d said and give her her privacy – even though, a part of him yearned to look.

When he heard a nearby splash, instinctively he looked for the source of the sudden noise – always alert for potential predators. Yet, it was no beast or villain splashing through the current to come and attack him, no, it was the beautiful and fair, Lily. Realising it was her, he quickly averted his eyes – though not before getting a brief peak at her lithe form darting through the water. Heart racing, it was all he could do not to collapse. Thus, trying to calm himself, he starred at his feet, and willed his body to settle.
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17 Jul 2012, 21:54 #9

Feeling free and alive Lily swam back and forth both above and below the glassy surface of the water, here like this she could almost forget that she wasn't alone ... almost.

She thought of Ruari as she swam and giggled at the memory of his suprised expression but in truth she was equally suprised at herself, this new devil may care attitude both excited and worried her, yet she didn't regret anything or at least not yet.

In years to come a far older Lily would sit by her fire after settling her grandchildren and reminisce over long buried memories, she always smiled when she remembered this day - how prudish she had been. But alas youth is wasted on the young and knowledge on the old.

"Are you still there ... don't come near if you are but I can't hear you?" the silence had caused her to pause, "you should go and get cleaned up, I promise I won't peak - much" the smile was evident in her voice even as she teased him.

"Besides I'm getting out now anyway" swimming back to the shallows and the cover of the willow branches she waded to the shore. Grasping her under dress she pulled the white material over her head not noticing the small grey creature until it landed with a thump at her feet.

The squirrel, knocked from it's perch, chuttered furiously at her; Lily recoiled in astonishment and as a result caught her foot on a root behind her. Shrieking as she lost her footing and fell rather ungraciously back into the river Lily spluttered as she struggled to get back to her feet.

The situation might have been funny if she hadn't been so wet and unhappy. Wading back to dry land she dropped to the ground and rolled onto her back panting. That just wasn't fair, "stupid demonic squirrel" she muttered darkly to herself.
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20 Jul 2012, 14:39 #10

Ruarí’s behaviour at the river that day was slightly uncharacteristic of him – to say the least. When it came to his own body, or his own nudity, Ruarí had no shame. He’d actually caused others to be embarrassed in the past because of his lightheartedness about being naked. Yet, in this situation, when it wasn’t him who was the one without clothes, he felt very different about things. Perhaps the fact that it was Lily, specifically, was also contributing to his unease.

Cheeks blazing red, and eyes still focused on the ground at his feet, Ruarí called out to her. “I’m here.” His voice squeaked a little when it came out of his mouth. Surprised, he quickly covered his mouth with his hand. What’s happening to me? he wondered.

She was probably right. It was likely a really good idea for Ruarí to clean himself up. As he kicked off his boots, Ruarí realised that on top of everything else – or maybe, because of everything else – his body just wasn’t working right. He was clumsy and slower than usual. A part of him was actually panicking a little – not liking the fact that he didn’t understand why he was behaving the way he was. Still, with some difficulty he managed to get his boots and socks off. Then, piling the discarded articles on the ground behind him, Ruarí started to peel off his clothes. He was down to just his pants when he heard Lily shriek.

“Lily!?” His feet faltered as he weighed his concern for her with his wanting to give her her privacy (since, for all he knew, she was still undressed). Still, the decision wasn’t that difficult. Running over to where he’d heard her, Ruarí rushed around the willow tree to find her. And find her he did. There she was, lying on the ground, completely naked. Despite his best intentions, Ruarí couldn’t help but pause a moment to look at her before finally managing to avert his eyes. She was beautiful, the most beautiful woman Ruarí had ever seen. Cheeks burning again, Ruarí stuttered, “Are…are you okay?”
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26 Jul 2012, 00:09 #11

And then all at once Ruari was there and he was in his pants ... and she was naked!

"Ruari!" she squealed hurrying to cover herself with anything at hand, "go away!" it was not a request. Oh how mortifyingly embarressing, no one had ever seen her naked before or at least not since she had been a babe.

After redressing quicker than she had ever done in her life Lily wrapped her arms about herself, she was still reeling from the shock of having actually been seen naked. And then the image of Ruari in his pants came to mind sending shivers of pure pleasure through parts of her body that she had never previously known could feel such things.

His bare chest, strong arms and sturdy thighs had her feeling faint. Lily feared that she was losing control of her mind, was she bewitched? What had Ruari done to her? And on the subject of Ruari Lily reluctantly acknowledged that she would eventually have to leave the sanctuary of the willow tree to face him again after her shameful ordeal.

Drawing up a steely determination Lily gathered drew herself up and walked out from under the willow with her head held high; she would be as dignified as she could about it, despite her cheeks still flaming brightly.
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27 Jul 2012, 22:51 #12

Realising that she wasn’t actually in danger and that she seemed to be mad about him seeing her naked, Ruarí quickly turned and ran back to where he’d dropped his clothes earlier.

He’d upset her and that was the last thing he’d wanted to do. Though he knew that his intentions had been good – she’d screamed and he feared for her safety – he still felt awful for invading her privacy.

Ruarí was beyond embarrassed and he worried that once again he may have ruined a relationship before it even really got started. Gathering his clothes, though not bothering to put them on yet seeing as it was starting to warm up a little bit, Ruarí started to walk away, hanging his head. He figured it’d just be best if he left now, before he made things any worse.
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29 Jul 2012, 22:00 #13

Lily hadn't known what to expect an equally deeply mortified Ruari, or perhaps to find him laughing at her expense but what she didn't expect was to find the clearing empty except for the rather dejected figure walking slowly away.

Her own pride forgotten Lily immediately called out to him, "Ruari wait!", he was leaving her? No! She refused to let him. Hitching up her dress Lily raced after him as graceful as a doe.

"Ruari don't go - I don't want you to go, I'm sorry ... please, just don't go" her heart was hammering in her chest, why did she care so much?

Her eyes were wild as they franticly searched his, pleading with him not to go, in that moment she didnt care that she was clutching onto his sleave as if her life depended on it. Regaining some composure she reluctantly let go of his sleave and her eyes were downcast.

"Please don't leave me" she all but whispered.
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30 Jul 2012, 00:51 #14

Hearing her call out after him, he slowly stopped. Hanging his head, he took a deep breath before turning to face her. “I’m so sorry, Lily. I didn’t mean to see you like that. I heard you scream and I thought you were in danger, and I…I…I’m just so sorry.” Tears began to form in his eyes, and it took all he had not to let them fall.

He didn’t want to leave her. The small amount of time they’d spent together had meant so much to him – she meant something to him. Just how much, he wasn’t sure, but his chest grew tight at the thought of never seeing her again.

He barely heard the last thing she’d said, but when he did his heart swelled. “I won’t” he whispered, reaching out and tipping her chin up so she would look at him again.

“Do you want to go back to the city now? The coast should be clear and I’ll keep you safe if we run in to trouble again”.
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12 Aug 2012, 21:03 #15

His hand on her chin sent delicious shivers through her delicate body, Ruari's skin seemed rough compared to hers but he was so warm, when her eyes met his Lily could barely contain her joy at his words. Beaming from ear to ear she threw her arms around his neck.

"Oh Ruari, do you really mean it?"

Her heart felt as though it was doing somersaults as she reluctantly released him. For some reason having his word that he wouldn't leave her meant everything in that moment.

Listening to his suggestion Lily nodded in agreement, "I know you would - I trust you to keep me safe" and then before her courage deserted her she placed a hand upon his chest and leaning upwards she kissed him full on the mouth.
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