Genre: Fantasy, romance
Summary: You had to get it no matter the cost.
A/N Here is a continuation cause I'm a sucker for not stopping! :) I am in the process of watching KCON NY Live, so sorry if this kind of crappy. Again apologizing for not uploading in the same day, lots to do lots to do.
Wanna start from the beginning? part 1
Missed the last chapter? part 5
I woke up to a stack of apples in front of me. I looked around; Hongbin wasn’t sitting near the fire pit where I last saw him. Maybe he left them for me to eat for breakfast. I sat up and grabbed one.
The juice from the apple ran down my throat. It felt cold going down. I didn’t fully get to see where we was at, or what our surroundings looked like. There was the lake in front of me with the waterfall. But behind me was something totally different, it wasn’t a forest, but it wasn’t a field either. It had tall grass like a field does, but then had lots of trees like a forest does. It was mesmerizing.
I wanted to run through it and fall into the tall grass, that way no one could see me. I dropped my apple on the ground and ran. Through the trees, and through the grass. Every step I made felt more and more like freedom. I looked for a big patchy grass area. I found one. Ran to the center and fell down.
The wind was blowing, making a nice cross breeze. The grass swayed in the wind, and I felt like a bird that had just learned how to fly. Free.
I lay in the grass long enough to completely relax. A light breeze blew my hair and I forgot about everything that was wrong in my life. And it felt good to let everything go. I opened my eyes to look into the sky. The clouds were making little shapes. I found a piggy among the shapes. Cute baby pigs, those are my fave.
There were other animals up in the sky too, but they got blocked by a huge shadow. I put my hands over my face to see what was shadowing my sun and the pretty clouds, when I heard a voice.
“So there you are.”
“Yeah silly. It’s me.” he said sitting down next to me, “I’ve been looking for you all over, until I saw the trail you made through the grass.” He smiled.
“Oh.” I said looking back up into the sky. We didn’t say anything for the longest time but I kept thinking about last night. Was I dreaming this whole thing up again?
“Look.” I said pointing up at a cloud shaped like an elephant.
“What am I looking at?”
“That cloud over there. It’s an elephant. I think it looks cute.” I said putting my hand back down, “Don’t you think so too?”
“No?” I said, "Why isn't the cloud cute? It's all puffy an-"
"Because I think you are cuter that a stupid cloud Y/N" I finally looked at him. His face was all hot and he had scratches all over his face but he was staring at me and not even looking at the sky. Blushing I reached up to touch his face “Where were you?”
“I was looking for you.” He said looking away.
Those scratches couldn't have been from running through the trees. I didn't have any, did I? “Don’t you dare lie to me Hongbin.” I said sitting up and looking at him. “When I woke up, you were no where around.” I pointed my finger at him, “So where were you?”
“I was looking around.” He said facing me.
“I’m not lying. I was looking around for a way out of here.”
“And that’s how you have scratches all over your face?” Hongbin just turned his face away.
“I was looking for it.” I heard him mumble.
“No you couldn't have?” I said looking at him and looking back up to the sky, “Why?” I mumbled.
“Why?!” he said really loud, and I faced him, “Because you can’t do it by yourself. Because you need help. Because you need to get back home.” He stood up blocking the sun from me again, “Are those enough reasons!”
I got up ever so slowly, looked him in the face and said, “Maybe I don’t need help.” I was pushing him away.
“You don’t need help, huh?” he walked closer, “Who helped you from the house? Who helped you from drowning? Who helped you get food to eat?” I didn’t say anything, “I did. I helped you out with all of those things. And now you tell me that you don’t want any help?”
My hands were balled into fists. I stood up straighter and said, “No I don’t need your help. I never asked for your help. I could have done everything all by myself.”
Hongbin was just inches from me. His eyes were lit with a fire. I had upset him and I could do watch stand there defending that I could do things by myself.
“Fine. I’ll leave you be to find whatever you need to find. No more help from me.” He turned around and walked away throwing his hands up in the air.
It was better that I pushed him away any way. I didn't have time to be dealing with my feelings for him. I didn’t need him. I could do it by myself. I watched him go, then I looked up at the sky. It was so beautiful. I had to start going or the sun would set before I made a place to sleep. I walked out of the field and back into the trees.
Through the trees it was so peaceful. I walked around the trees looking at them. Leaves scattered the ground crunching with every step I made. I kept looking for anything that would lead me to a cliff or something.
I finally found rocks. They packed up against each other. Some making faces. One looked like a butt. It was kind of funny. I started laughing. I kept walking around the rocks. Some of them were on top of the path I was walking. There was no way around them, so I had to climb over them.
After a while of climbing over rocks I slipped on a few but got back up. Surprisingly there was water under the rocks. I noticed it when I slipped on a rock. The water could lead me to where I was supposed to go. I followed the sound of water. It was little stream under my feet.
Further down the “rock path” the stream got bigger and bigger. The rocks became smaller and smaller. I was basically walking in water. I didn’t care anymore if I got wet. It would end up happening anyway. I walked through the water till I came to a waterfall. It wasn’t as big as the one I fell down.
Behind the waterfall were stone steps. They were leading into a type of room. I walked through the water to them. The first step was all the way up to my stomach. How was I going to get up there? I reached for the other side, thinking I could pull myself up. That didn’t work. The step was too large. I ended up falling in the water. It’s like you needed two people to get up just one step.
Right now was not the time to be thinking of Hongbin and how he could help me. Right now I needed to get out of the water and think. I walked back to the rocks; I knew where the waterfall was. I climbed the rocks to land. I camped out right in front of the rocks.
As soon as it got dark I couldn’t go to sleep right away. There were noises all over the place. It was either flapping or running. Some kind of noise. It kept me up during the night. While I was awake I thought about how I was going to get up those steps. I could use other rocks. But then it would just take days, lifting rocks and dragging them through the water over just to drop them in the water again. There was no way I could get up those steps, unless I could walk on water. Now that was an idea.
I would make a float that I could stand on. It would have to be out of wood. But I had nothing to cut wood. I would have to wait in the morning to find what I will need.
I awoke the next morning to a bright light. It was the sun shinning through the trees. I had to cover my eyes it was so bright. Then just like that it disappeared. The light went black. There standing in front of me was a gigantic brown bear. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to scream or get eaten by the bear.
I didn’t move or even try to breathe. Any sudden thing could make it attack me. The bear just grunted. It had walked around where I was sleeping. Smelling everything I might have had. I had no food with me, so that was a good thing. The only bad thing was; I might be the food.
I quietly took a deep breath. I watched every move of the bear. Keeping as still as possible, I found a stick. I reached for it. If I threw it without the bear seeing me; maybe I could get away. I grabbed at the stick. I got in my hand, and waited for the bear to turn. When it did turn around I threw the stick as far as I could towards my right. It ended up not going very far. The moment the bear heard it hit the ground he charged for it. I got up, climbed the rock, and ran. I slipped but got up as fast as I could.
I looked behind me and saw a big brown figure chasing me. I started screaming. I ran my heart out. I got to the water’s edge and jumped in. I ran and swam in the water. Each move I made the bear got closer and closer. I had to get out of the water quick. The rock steps were in front of me. I ran to them. I had to get up those steps or I was toast. I jumped up and up. Each time I pulled myself up the rock. The bear was in the water and heading straight to me.
I kicked against the wall trying to give me support. It worked a little bit, but not enough. The bear was about five feet from me. I did one hard kick against the wall when I jumped. I managed to crawl to the first step. I jumped to the next step. When I looked behind me I saw hat the bear was climbing the steps too. I screamed again. I had to get to the top of the steps. Maybe something up there would help me fight the bear off.
I jumped to the third step and about slipped. I was grabbing for anything to pull me up. The bear was just one step behind me, and he had a better time getting up the steps. I pulled and kicked my legs. I had to get up this step. I was, finally, able to get myself up the step and saw the bear was on the step behind me. One more jump and he would be right next to me. I ran to the fourth and final step. At the top of the step was a cave. It wasn’t very far but it was good enough. I ran inside, not being able to see anything.
I found a rock and hid behind it. The next thing I did was the stupidest move ever, I peaked over the rock and gasped. The bear was at the mouth of the cave and heard me. It came charging at me. I screamed like I never screamed before. I put my hands up in surrender. Behind me I heard flapping. I didn’t care what the noise was; I just ducked behind the rock again.
Then I heard a thud, I looked up and saw another gigantic animal, but this one had wings. It was fighting the bear and pushing the bear out of the cave. The bear was groaning and attacking the other animal. The other animal pushed the bear out the cave and down the steps. I guess it stayed there until the bear was gone. When it was gone it looked in my direction. I bent back down behind the rock. If I were quiet maybe it wouldn’t find me. Wrong!
The animal did just the opposite. It picked me up with its mouth and carried me over to a giant nest. The large animal was a bird. Not just any bird, it was an Eagle. The same eagle that I was looking for. So that meant that this eagle was holding the Milly flower. It dropped me in the nest. The nest was so bright. I opened my eyes and found the reason why, the Milly flower was in the center of the nest and it was glowing.
I was so happy that I found the flower, I started jumping up and down. I looked at the eagle and wanted to hug him. I didn’t think he could talk like Mang. So I waved at him, he looked down at me. I went to put my hand up to his beak when I heard someone say my name. I looked around. The nest was so big I had to climb to the edge to see who it was. When I looked over I saw Hongbin at the mouth of the cave.
I started climbing out of the nest, “Hongbin?!” I yelled at him. I was so happy to see him I ran into his arms hugging him tight until I remembered what I said. “Why are you here?” I asked him still in his arms.
“Well for one I heard you scream.” He said nuzzling his head on mine.
“And number two?” I said stopping him looking up at him.
“Number two? Oh, well I wanted to see if you were alright. Being by yourself and all.” He pulled away and patted my head.
“Yeah well I’m doing fine. The bear is gone.”
“The bear!” He shouted.
“Yeah that’s why you heard me scream, a bear was chasing me. And my buddy this eagle here took care of it.”
“Yes an eagle, Hongbin.”
“A giant eagle.” He said laughing.
“Are you done?” I said stepping closer to him.
“Yeah, I am.”
“Good. Because I also found the Milly flower.” I said turning around.
“You found it?” He said coming closer.
“Yes I found it. Without your help.” I said. “Now you can leave.”
“But you found it.” He was in front of me, “We should go celebrate.”
The thing about celebrating was that I didn’t have the flower. I just knew where it was. And I sure knew that I would have to coax the eagle to give it to me. I wasn’t sure how this was going to happen.
“No, I don’t want to celebrate. I just want to get some sleep. I was chased by a bear you know.” I said.
“Okay, well we can go back to the camp.” He said grabbing my hand.
“No, I don’t want to go back there. I want to stay here.” I said pulling my hand back, “You go back. I’ll meet you there tomorrow.” I started walking back to the nest. The eagle was already in the nest sleeping.
“Are you going to keep doing this to me?” Hongbin said at the mouth of the cave.
“Doing what?” I turned around and he was gone. I ran to the mouth of the cave, “Jake!” I yelled. My voice was covered up with the sound of the waterfall, so he didn’t hear me. I turned back into the cave and saw that the eagle had its head raised.
I walked over to the nest and looked up. Now I had to find a way to get the flower out with out the eagle getting mad. I guessed that the eagle saw me looking up, because he picked me up and dropped me in the nest. He laid back down. This whole time I thought he was lying on top of the flower like it was an egg. But it was still in the center of the nest untouched. I walked over to the flower and just stared at it.
The eagle nudged my back. Did he want me to go to the flower? He kept pushing me forward. I looked up at him, “Fine.”
I walked up to the flower. Its shine was as bright as before. A warm yellow glow. The glow was so bright that it was heating the air around it. I fell down to my knees. Warm tears were rolling down my face. I missed my mom and my dad. I was wondering how they were doing. My mom in particular.
I ended up crying myself to a lit sleep. I cradled myself around the flower. Every now and then I would open my eyes to check that the flower was still there. The last time I opened my eyes the flower had shrunk in size and was no longer glowing. I thought it was a dream. Then I realized that it wasn’t. I opened my eyes and looked at the once big flower.
The flower was half the size it was to begin with. I looked back at the eagle. He was still asleep. What was I supposed to do now? I basically killed the flower. I kept freaking. Standing there moving my hands around and around.
“Grow! Grow!” I said. It needed to be the same size again. I placed my hands on my head. That’s it. I screwed everything up. I was never going to be able to help my mom out. Not ever again. Just one simple task and I messed it up.
I felt the nest make a sudden shake. I ran to edge of the nest and grabbed the side. The middle of the nest split. The flower that I once saw fell down the crack. I ran to catch it before it went too far. I failed at grabbing it. I almost fell in myself. My face was looking down the whole. The flower falling through the whole. I could no longer reach it. I was falling in, and I didn’t care. I needed to get that flower. No matter how small it was.
The ground shook some more. The crack grew bigger. I kept where I was. If I fell in, that would be great. It didn’t mean that I failed my mother. It would mean that I failed myself. It started cracking under my belly. I stayed put. As it started to split I felt my body fall. Then I went up. The eagle had me in his mouth. I watched as the entire nest disappeared into the black crevasse.
I was a little kid again, reaching my hands out for the thing I most wanted. My prize possession hand fallen right threw my hands. Gone. After all my searching I came to an end. There was a brick wall in front of me. I could not knock it down. I could not climb over it. I just ran right into it.
The eagle placed me at the mouth of the cave. I looked up at him, “Thank you.” I said and hugged him. I didn’t care if he was going to attack me; I wasn’t in the mood for caring. I pulled back and just sat at the edge of the waterfall. It rushed down in front of me. I guess I have to go back and tell Hongbin what happened.
I rose from my spot, said good bye to the eagle, and walked down the large steps to the waters edge and walked on through the water and climbed over the rocks. I walked through the trees, not knowing which way I was going. I finally broke from the trees to the field. I walked to the middle, and there in front of me, lying in the grass, was Hongbin. He sat up and looked at me. My ears were plugged up so I didn’t hear him but I saw he mouthed the words, “Are you okay?”
I fumbled for the words to say. I came up with, “It’s gone. The flower is gone.” I wiped my eyes, “I failed her Hongbin. My mother is going to die.”
From there I couldn’t move anymore. I fell to my knees and balled my eyes out. I didn’t care that I was in front of a cute guy; I didn’t care about anything any more. I just cried and cried. I felt him wrap his arms around me and cradle me. Rubbing my back saying, “It’s okay, everything is going to be fine.”
I eventually fell asleep in his arms still in the field. The sun was going down and I felt the temperature drop. Hongbin sat me up and whispered, “I’ll be right back. I’m going to get something warm.” He laid me down in the grass and left.
In my head I was coming up with a plan to get the flower. I was awake now. I rolled over and looked up at the sky. The stars had come out. I took a deep breath. I had to get the flower, and I had to do it alone. I could never let Hongbin see me fail like this again. I was going to have to leave him tonight. But when would be the best time? I could leave now. I rolled my head to look if he was coming and he was. If I left now he would follow me. I had to leave when he was asleep.
“Okay I’m back.” He placed something over me. I wondered what it was, it was my over-shirt. This whole time I had been in my undershirt. It never felt like that. I had it when I made my camp. I think I used it as a pillow. Then the bear came, and I left it when I ran. Then he took it back with him.
I rolled over and looked at him, “Oh your awake now are you?” he said.
“No not really.” I said smiling, “I just wanted to say thank you for bringing me my shirt that I left.”
“Oh yeah, your welcome.” He said lying down, “Now go back to sleep.”
He turned his back on me and fell asleep. I watched as he fell asleep. I knew that he really wasn’t asleep. So I had to wait until he was. It didn’t take him long to fall asleep. I peeked over and his eyes were closed. He was sound asleep I kissed his cheek, " I'm sorry Hongbin. I have to do this alone. I wouldn't leave you otherwise."
I stood up quietly, put my shirt on, "I think I love you." I whispered and walked away through the grass.
After I got out of the grass, I ran through the trees. Over the rocks I ran as fast I could without slipping. I trudged through the water and came back to the stone steps. Something was different about them. They were all cracked and bits of them had fallen into the water. I jumped on a big chunk and climbed up the steps once again. At the top I looked in. the eagle was no longer there. I felt bad for him. He lost his home.
I walked into the cave where the nest once sat. I peered down the crevasse. It was a long fall. I could do it, I told myself. I took one deep breath and jumped.