"Hey" said a soft, female voice. I felt myself being shaken.
I jolted up and scampered away from her until i hit my back against the wall. I pulled my knees to my chest, lowering my head and let my light brown hair fall across my face. I took deep breaths, trying to calm down. Where am I?!? I looked up slightly and saw a weathered woman sitting across a small fire, looking at me. She had kind blue eyes and dirty blond hair that was put up in a bun. She smiled, crows feet etched next to her eyes.
I lowered my head. How did I even get here? Last thing I remember, I was plowing through the snow and my vision was going black... Well, she must have found me somehow and dragged me back here.
So, umm what do I do? Say hi? Or thank you? Or...
I raised my hand in an awkward wave. "Umm, hello..." I said.
"Hello dear." She responded.
We sat in an uncomfortable silence
She broke it. "You are a strange one, aren't you. Well, I've got a bowl of stew over here if you are hungry." She paused as if waiting for me to come over. I didn't take her up on the offer. "Ah," She said, getting up. "I have to pack some of my things onto the horse. You are free to look around if you like. Just be careful with the bowl, I wouldn't want you to burn yourself." I felt her smile and heard her walk out.
I let myself relax and looked around myself, trying to get a bearing of the situation. I was sitting in a fairly large cave with a fire directly in front of me. Cooking supplies were neatly organized on a leather and a wooden bowl was sitting on a couple of rocks, steaming. I looked down at myself and realized that my legs were covered in sand. The floor was practically made of the stuff with the occasional smooth rock protruding. I wondered how that happened. It reminded me of my old town, where a river ran through the center. Me and my friends used to go swimming in it when we were young... I shook my head. No point in getting all nostalgic.
Above me, a hole in the ceiling let some daylight through and I could see a clear, blue sky. The smoke from the fire trailed lazily through the hole and out of the cave.
It was overall a pretty pleasant place. I let myself lay back and enjoy it.
Wait. Damn, she must think I'm an idiot, trying to cross through the mountains all alone without a horse or adequate supplies.
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