The captain clutched his fist where the diamonds lay. He bit his lip, slowly working out what tiredness was worth compared to an instant fortune. Amazing how such simple stones could corrupt even the most innocent.
Was this a good idea? Or terrible?Jethro stumbled beneath his dead brothers weight.
Dashing forward, I reached out unthinkingly. My hand touched cooling flesh. I swallowed the urge to retch. Let me help.Jethro shook his head, pain scrunching his face. I can manage. Just stay close. Blood trickled down his side where his gunshot wound had torn. The heat in his eyes wasnt just from rage but fever. As much as he would deny it, he wasnt fully healed and should be resting.Instead, hes out here…saving me.
We were both in pain. The kick from Daniel throbbed and the hits and scratches didnt appreciate being ignored. Even the slice on my palm from the ceremony still stung. We both needed to be held together with stitches and bandages.Jethro, please, youre not well. Let me help. Were in this together. Dont carry this burden on your own. By burden, I didnt just mean Daniels death, but the entire situation.
He smiled softly. Nila, I can feel your urge to help. I feel your love, your fear, your uncertainty. He sighed. I even feel your confliction about saying yes to marrying me.
I sucked in a gasp. His condition gave me no room to hide. No secrets.My jaw locked, and I stormed toward Wings. He stood obediently, hidden in the tree line. Neither tethered nor saddled, he looked up when I got closer. His black eyes gleamed with ancient knowledge, so smart, so empathetic. He sensed my turmoil. He knew what I was about to ask him and he didnt hesitate.
Moving toward me, the giant animal placed himself sideways for me to mount. No rope or bridle, just a bond between man and beast.I dont care if theyre at the ends of the earth. Im going after them.
Grabbing a fistful of Wings mane, I tucked the phone under my chin. In a practiced move Id done countless times, I leapt upright and swung my leg over Wings back.My side bellowed, but I ignored my discomfort, focusing on the pain Id caused Nila by making her return to the Hall without me.