Catalina is a 23 year old female living in a small village just outside the Northern Kingdom. Since she was young, stories and folk lore spread about mythical beings whose lives well surpass the age of humans. These beings being Elves. Living in nature they aquire special abilities and rank themselves higher than any other living beings.
Because of this, interacting with them is taboo, and punishable by death. However, one night Catalina was picking flowers when she fell, twisting her ankle and unable to make it back home. Suddenly out of the distance a tall figure came looming. His hair was long, face filled with delicate features and glowing green eyes that could take anyone's breath away.
He mended to her and after a few days released her back to her family. When she told her parents they quickly dismissed her, thinking she suffered a fall. Yet, since her injury she returns to the forest to meet with her mysterious savior. A love affair begins to develop between the two, starting a chain of unforseen events against the couple.
We will start of with an already well developed relationship. Flirting and deep emotion present. I see the Elven man as someone of high rank, a noble man or a prince. This making it very inappropriate for him to be having relations with a human.
Anwin only looked further disgusted. [i "You love that stupid girl, don't you?"] he asked sharply. Rhys said nothing as he continued to work.
[b "Catalina, you may need to close your eyes,"] he warned. [b "I can pull the arrow out, but it will be excruciating."]
Anwin finally relaxed his grip on the blow, allowing slack so he would not fire the arrow. He had no plans to kill Rhys or Catalina now, but he was not going to let them go either. He took a seat far away from them to watch.
Rhys had seemed to only enhance his skills as a healer. The traveling had allowed for him to learn more. As soon as he removed the arrow, he started to bandage the wound with bandaging from his pack. Sadly, he had nothing to clean or protect the wound, which meant he would need to move fast to make an ointment with what little he had.
Rhys balled up his cloak and placed it under Catalina's head. Then he placed his pack under her leg to keep it elevated. [b "Rest. I'll have to boil some water to clean the wound, but for right now, I want you resting."]
Rhys froze as Anwin started to move again.
[i "She can travel with us to the alienage,"] Anwin said. [i "Her wounds will be tended by a healer there until the remaining village elders can gather and decide what to do with you."]
Rhys looked horrified. [b "Anwin no! Her leg is too injured. I'm not moving her."]
Catalina''s eyes grew wide seeing a stern faced man point his weapon to his back. [b Rhys....] she whispered keeping her eyes on the man before them. Her heart felt as if it was slowly stopping. Not only did she fear for her own life, but sternlowly Her couldn't bear to see her dear friend killed in front of her.
Just as she was about to speak a sudden jolt of paint flowed from the tip of the arrow throughout the nerve endings of her thigh. Leaning her head back, she gripped Rhys''s pant leg from the pain. As the elder male continued his conversation with Rhys, Catalina looked around her for something she could either defend herself with. [b Rhys! Don't. Don't let him trick you into giving your life.] As she spoke Rhys cut deeper into her leg and she screamed before clenching her jaw together. Tears ran down her cheeks in both emense pain and fear. [b Please....don't hurt him. Let us go....we won't harm you. We won't even tell a soul about what happened] she pleaded. [b I can't see my life without him, don't hurt him....]
Considering the arrow was made by a hunter, Rhys had very limited time. The poison was meant to kill smaller animals, but it could seriously infect flesh if left in the wound of a person too long. Rhys carefully lifted Catalina's leg... Damn. The arrow hadn't gone all the way through, but it appeared not to have been buried in the bone either.
Rhys still needed to check. As he was about to reach for his bag for a blade, sadly, to check, he would have to widen the incision just a little, he felt a poke in his shoulder.
Anwin had the arrow pointed at Rhys' back.
[i "Let the girl die, Rhys. You are coming back with us to face your crimes in the alienage."] Anwin had come alone, telling his family to wait in the alienage, but others from the old village were there too.
Rhys shook his head. [b "I'm sorry,"] he said. [b "I couldn't let her die when I met her... I can't let her die now."]
He opened his bag anyway and pulled out the blade while Anwin kept his arrow trained on Rhys.
[i "Why would you die for one of the humans who would rather see us dead?"]
Rhy looked away. [b "Catalina... she's a dear friend of mine. Someone I could never imagine my life without."] He held her hand. [b "Close your eyes and think of something pleasant. I have to widen the incision to check where the arrow stopped... And then I'll have to carefully pull it out to with the head still attached."]
Anwin looked disgusted. [i "When you fixed the human, send her back home, Rhys. You have responsibilities to answer for."]
Rhy scoffed. [b "You might as well kill me then, Anwin, because I'm not going back without Catalina."]
He carefully widened the incision, set the knife down, and slid his finger along the shaft of the arrow. To his relief, he could feel the head of the arrow still attached. It even felt secure. He would need to pull carefully, but he could remove the arrow from her leg...
[i "Rhys, you will not abandon people. I will not allow you, and if I have to, I will kill the girl."]
[b "Then kill me too!"] Rhys snapped. [b "I'm not leaving without her!"]
Catalina's heart pounded as he embraced her in a warm inviting hug. It felt like years had gone by since she had seen him, let alone feel his embrace. She had felt like a piece of her was missing, a part of her that was never complete till this very moment. When he finally pulled away, his smooth gentle hand wrapped around her own and her cheeks reddened from his touch. [b Yes, I think we should too. I have been getting odd looks from some of the older Elves in this area. I'm sure if we were seen together, things would worsen for us.]
Suddenly a sharp pain filled her leg. Her dress began to feel heavy and wet. As she looked down, a thick wooden shaft protruded from her thigh. Quickly her legs buckled and she fell to the floor. Rhys was at her side at once and helped her down on the dirt filled ground beneath. [b You need to run...] She mumbled through the pain. The flesh around the arrow began to swell and she looked toward the direction where the arrow had been shot. She didn't want Rhys to be caught in the danger she had already known she was in.
Catalina knew he would not leave her side. He was a man of healing, of science and nature. He would stay by her side till he knew that her life was no longer in danger. He had done so the first day they had met, she should have known nothing were to change now that they had grown closer. Looking up towards him, Cat winced as he worked around her leg. [b I feel tired] her eyes were starting to close as she struggled to keep awake.
Rhys felt his fear melt away, and he was grinning as he returned Catalina's embrace. He held her tight for a moment, and then pulled back to examine her face as well. She seemed to fair better than he had. His eyes lingered over her lips for a moment, and then snapped back up.
[b "I'm alright,"] he promised. [b "In fact, I feel better right now than I have these past few months. Seeing you does wonders for me..."] He hugged her tight again. [b "We should move on to Marx. If too many see us together, it could bring some unwanted attention. I also want to introduce you to Mr. Fontaine as soon as possible."]
He looked at Catalina's small camping spot. Had she been alone the whole time? He felt a bit guilty asking her to come out so far, but it was the safest way.
Outside of their view, the elven father watched. Disgust boiled under his skin. This is why Rhys left them? A [i human]!? He tightened his grip on his bow and held it up to aim.
How could a human cause an elf to stray so far from their home? Their family? All they had ever known? Anwin couldn't imagine it. He pulled the arrow back, and released it. The piece soared, and it sank into Catalina's leg.
For a brief second... Rhys felt like shattered glass. Then the pieces snapped back together, he knelt by Catalina's side. [b "Try not to move,"] he instructed calmly, familiar enough with such an injury.
In fact, the injury was painfully familiar. When a stray arrow missed its mark, it would hit another hunter. That was a hunter's arrow... Rhys looked around.
[b "Come out!"] he shouted as he opened his medical bag. Then he said calmly to Catalina, [b "All of this is going to be extremely painful. Let me know now if I need to give you something to bite on."] He normally had something to soothe pain, but time was of the essence. Lord knows if that arrow was tipped with anything like poison either! He wouldn't' be able to check until he removed it from her leg.
Hearing the loud flapping of large wings, Catalina looked forward to see a fast moving bird fly straight for her. As he landed on her shoulder, nipping at her hair she laughed. "Burst, what are you doing??" Her smile was bright, a strange sight to be seen from many of the traveling villagers . Soon her eyes moved to a figure in the distance. Her heart suddenly jumped to her throat, feeling as though her heart had stopped beating all together. It was Rhys. A warm tingling sensation filled her cheeks. Her knees felt weak and it was as if every worry she could think of came forward in her mind.
Suddenly without warning, hot tears fled her eyes as she started to run toward the man she had missed so dearly. Finally she made it. He was in front of her again. And like magic she felt her heart swell will happiness. Then, without warning she wrapped her arms around him in a tight embrace. [b I missed you] She whispered as tears of happiness continued to fall. [b Are you okay? You look thinner, have you eaten?] Quickly she looked him over, taking in every cut and bruise she could see on his exposed skin.
Rhys was on his way back out of the city. He had planned to meet Catalina, and his steps felt light again. He had almost forgotten the elven girl he had seen... Until she found him again.
Rather, it was her father and mother, a pair who also carried a young boy with them. They stopped Rhys and blocked his path out of the city.
[i "Why did you leave, Rhys?"] the mother asked, her eyes pained. [i "Without you... Our village has started to fall apart. Humans found it, and they attacked brutally. So many of us died..."] Tears were in her eyes, and Rhys felt pain. It was the father who spoke next, more stoic than his wife.
[i "You would have been an asset. You could have saved many lives if you had stayed... We just want to know why you left..."]
Rhys looked at the edge of the city. [b "I could no longer stay,"] he said. [b "You would not understand. Please... excuse me."]
The stoic demeanor broke, and the man was now holding a hunting knife to Rhys' throat. Rhys was no warrior. He was a healer. He had fear in his veins again, and the old hunter's face showed a pain.
[i "I do not understand why you left at all! That was your home! Your village. You have an obligation"]-
[i "Daddy..."] the little girl whispered. [i "You're scaring me."]
The man's face melted into something like grief. He dropped his aggressive stance and stomped away. The family followed behind him, and Rhys left the city in a hurry. He sought Catalina out, and when he saw her from a distance, he froze.
Everything in him felt like it was on fire. He was thrilled to see her... yet he couldn't make himself move. What if she no longer wished to see him? Perhaps she had felt too troubled or abandoned...
Burst crooned loudly and flew to the woman, though, recognizing her. He landed on her shoulder and tried to preen her hair, and Rhys finally started to walk toward her.
Burst had flown high in the afternoon sky. Attached to his leg again was a letter sent by catalina. Circling Rhys for a moment he finally swooped down, landing in his leather cuffed forearm.
I have waited many moons and many suns to see your face again. I have wondered lands both friendly and no so friendly. All this just to be in your company. I miss you dearly, and I am glad to hear of your ever improving skill in healing.
I'm here, at the edge of the small town you reported of. Many here are travelers like I, I have met both my kind and yours. You were right, the deeper we were to travel, the more accepting of our relationship people become.
I believe fate has brought us together for a reason. I also believe this be the reason why we left our previous dwellings. The thought of never seeing you again has filled my heart with pain and sorrow, yet, each letter has healed it 10 times over. I will wait patiently till the moment I can run into your arms in greeting. Till we meet again,
The young woman made camp at the edge of the reporting village. She was beginning to run out of food, but hope had her spirits high. The thought of Rhys, kept her going. She had never experienced nature and it's elements like she had during her trip to Rhys. Mother nature wasn't as kind as stories made her out to be. But in every tree, bush, and meddow, she saw beauty and only now could she understand elven beliefs. Sitting under her handmade shelter she waited not knowing just what was about to happen to the couple next.
The last letter found Rhys as he neared the aforementioned city. Each step felt lighter than they had in months. He had finally found a place for he and Catalina, and with the experiences he had from traveling, the journey to her felt easier than traveling had in the months that had passed. He had sent a message ahead.
[i Dear Catalina,
I am mere days away from you. I can't stop thinking of you, and my heart is so full of excitement. I haven't been able to stop thinking of you all the way back, and when we meet, I feel like it might spill over. Send burst back with where you are staying, and by the time he gets to me, I should be in the alienage.
I have more beads for you, to give you in person. There is a jewelry maker in Marx, and they were seeking an apprentice. I showed him the bracelet you made me, and he seemed interested. You should be able to learn so much from him, and he says he would like to meet you in person when we return. You'll be able to learn so much.
I have found a little work on the road, and I've expanded my own knowledge. I can treat patients much better now, and I'll be able to find work when we get to Marx. Then I can take care of you... You deserve to be taken care of, Catalina. You deserve to never feel afraid again, or lonely or sad...
I miss you.
He had sent that letter, feeling something more for Catalina than he could easily explain. As soon as he reached the Alienage, he made his plans to meet her just outside of the city, waiting patiently for Burst to return so he could give her his location.
But something seemed to change. A little girl, one Rhys was shockingly familiar with, was also had the alienage. She recognized Rhys too, but said nothing to him. The pair passed each other as Rhys left the city, and he felt... uneasy over it. Something felt wrong.
Catalina smiled seeing the hand writing of the man she so dearly missed. Sitting in the inn where she now resided the young woman tediously wove bits of string with colorful beads, creating an abundance of brackets for future sale. Sighing deeply she lifted a bag around her shoulder and back. Inside it was filled with a weeks worth of food and a few articles of clothing. She told no one as she set off for the unknown. It was better that way. She had never left her place of dwelling farther than the field of charming blue flowers. However that was all about to change.
[i My dear Rhys,]
[i I set off on my voyage not yet a week. I have never been so far from home yet never felt so free. I have encountered some of the villages you spike of. Some not too friendly of Mt kind. Even so, I find the experience feeeing. ]
[i The days are long, and I find myself thinking about you more and more. Even in my dreams I see you. It may sound strange, seeing you as I sleep, but I find myself feeling saddened to find it was all just wishful thinking. ]
[i I've started to sell the bracelets I've crafted from the twine and beads you so generously sent to me. The trip has been difficult. And rhe more I experience and see, the more I worry for your own safetyand security. I dream of the day we meet again, a day where we can be together and not have to hide. I miss you dearly and my words cannot explain the pain iny heart from having to leave your side. I'll wait for your message with your next set of directions and hopefully soon we will be together again]
When Rhys received the next letter, he felt a small pain in his heart. By then, he had become more comfortable with traveling. He was able to tell when someone was lying to him better. He was ever stronger and able to defend himself now. While he was no trained fighter, he knew how to keep himself alive and not merely survive anymore. He could almost thrive.
His luck never seemed to improve though. No one was comfortable with he and Catalina being around and together, human and elven cities alike. The only good thing is the farther he seemed to travel, the less hostile those divisions seemed to be. The boundaries became more and more malleable until finally...
[i Dear Catalina,
I have received your letter in the village of Marx. It's an elven village, and they seem to... tolerate the human city the reside by. In fact, I frequently see humans coming and going, and a representative from each city lives between the two to try and keep the lines of communication open. Sometimes, there is tension. It is obvious there are a lot of hostilities to overcome some days, but they haven't stopped trying.
I am resting for another month, then I will be coming back for you. I'll send you another message as soon as I am close.
I know this letter is short, but I want you to come and meet me half way. The travel is long, but there's a small human city North of you that allows temporary asylum for elves so long as they stay to the walled off section of the city. Humans aren't allowed there, but I will send a message from Burst as soon as I arrive with a place for us to meet.
Catalina I have missed you! It pains me to hear you have been so alone. I would never leave you alone. I only wish to protect you, for us to remain together... I might sound a little strange. I have been wearing the bracelet you made every day. Attached to burst is a small pouch with a ball of colorful string and some beads. You could use them to make more things to sell on your journey. I will be with you soon.
It had been a couple weeks since Rhys had left to find themselves a better life. Every few days she found herself in the field where they first met, picking flowers, or sometimes just laying in the flower beds looking to the sky, waiting for a message she was scared would never come.
Soon, from the distance the sound of heavy wings echoed through the trees. Covering the sun was a birds torpedo like body. Swooping down, it landed just a meter away. Attached to his talon was a capsule and inside a letter. For days she would find herself reading his words, and sleeping with his writing beside her pillow.
A day passed and she again was picking flowers. Her new friend flying circles waiting to send her message out.
[i Dearest Rhys,]
[i I've waited many moons to hear from you since your departure. I'm happy to hear you are well, and that the world around you is more beautiful than you previously thought. I still spend my days weaving crowns of blue, and every several days I come to the meddow to pick the flowers I adore so much. Attached to Burst is something I made for you, I hope you wear it andoesn't think of me during the difficult times as well as the happy ones.]
[i My father has become less and less of a father, the taste of alcohol has totally consumed him. I found myself staying in the towns inn with the money I make. It's not the most ideal situation, however what keeps me happy is the thought of one saying, finding ourselves a beautiful place where we won't have to hide our friendship any longer.]
[i The night you left, I remember your embrace. It was so soothing and warm, when I feel afraid, I think of this moment and all my fears fall]
[i Learn all you can, I'm happy to hear of your new achievements. Write back soon, I'll wait for you. ]
[i Truly, Catalina]
Attached to the foot of Burst was a long beaded blue chain, embedded in a crystal pendent were two small blue flowers. Catalina had used resin from trees close by and tiny stone beads the color of onix. She hoped he would think of her with every glance.
Rhys kept his back turned to Catalina so she could redress herself. When she was done, he faced her again, a sad look on his face. He would miss Catalina dearly, but if she came with, there was a risk she could be harmed. Rhys was no warrior. He couldn't simply protect her from every human or elf who threatened them.
[b "You're safer waiting here,"] he said. [b "I'll make sure the messages reach you, though, but be careful. I don't want anyone to suspect what's going on."]
He looked outside. The rain had long-since stopped, and the fire was starting to die out. [b "I'll leave tomorrow morning, and I'll send you a message as soon as I can."]
Rhys looked a bit excited, despite the anxiety. [b "Catalina, you're so important to me. I'll try and be back as soon as I can."] He hugged the woman close, a sudden contact he was not accustomed to sharing. His personal space was very important to him. The fact that he let Catalina so close at all was startling.
He walked Catalina back home as soon as both of them were presentable for it. When he returned to his village, he packed to leave immediately, giving little warning. All he did was state he was retiring his position, and then he was gone as soon as the sun started to rise.
Travelling was arduous. Rhys wasn't used to it, and he was clueless to the ways of deceit. A few times, he ended up robbed or tricked or harmed. He had several bruises by the time he wrote his first message to Catalina.
[i Dear Catalina,
I have found a few villages since I left the cave that night. Most of them are roughly as unwelcoming as mine, but I was surprised to see how many humans outside of our small homes knew about Elves still. There are more than just the elves as well. I have lived so isolated, and I never even knew. There is more out in this world than I could ever write in a letter, and I hope to show it to you all.
I have learned several new ways to nurse bruises, and for medical aid, I have been able to make some money to get by... I trained an eagle to carry our messages back and forth too. His name is Burst.
I miss you dearly. I have so little from you to remember. I think about you all the time, so at the very least, I remember your smile or how much you love the blue flowers that grow in the forest. Will you pick a few for me? Keep them safe.
Thinking of you always,
The first thing that Catalina heard come from his mouth was the fact he was going to leave. Leave his people and leave his position to find a new more inviting village. She wondered where he would go, if he knew what direction to travel, and if there was even another village to travel to. When he turned to look at her she did the same, still covering herself with her now dry clothing. Her cheeks reddened seeing how bashful he had become as his eyes gazed upon hers.
[b You wish for me to be with you?] Her voice was small, but her mind was busy with thought. She wanted to say yes, shout it from the mountains and leave with him that very moment, yet, she had her father, and a village that had always been know to her as home. Even so, she knew deep down there really wasn't anyone here for her. [b There''s no way I could come with you in your search? Being without you, would be the most difficult wait I've ever experienced.]
Catalina sighed and waited for him to turn from her direction. Quickly she slipped on her dress and tossed his cloak over his lap before turning back around fully to see him face to face. [b I'll wait for you...wait for any message you may send, however I would be willing to go wherever you go] She was surprised on how she was so willing to change her life for this man. Of course their friendship meant the world to her, and perhaps he was the only person she truly cared about and had her best intentions. Exactly what did this mean? She didn't know, however she wasn't about to lose the one person she cared so much for.
Rhys felt... Strange. It could have been the heat, but when he heard Catalina speak so highly of their encounters, it made him a bit... giddy... So why couldn't he leave? It couldn't just be the fear. There had to be something holding him back, tying him to the hidden village of elves that not only shunned but acted aggressively toward humans. Perhaps it wasn't like that at all villages, though...
[b "Catalina... I have an idea,"] he stated. [b "I have only ever known my village, but maybe there is another that will have a softer view on our friendship. I would need to travel there, but it means you wouldn't see me for a few weeks."] He turned a little, peering at her shoulder behind his. [b "I don't think I could even safely send word to you. It would be a danger to us both."]
It seemed like a desperate plan, but it wasn't fair to either of them of Rhys tried to keep hiding or sneaking. Catalina wouldn't be safe either, and the possibility that they might be able to find their own place... What a funny thing to think about?
[b "If I find someplace for us both, would you come with me?"] he asked. It occurred to him that Catalina also had a life. She had mentioned that she was hardly noticed, but this was her home too. He needed her to be sure about leaving it behind.
Rhys held his breath, hoping for a positive answer. It was the hardest question he had ever asked, and it caused more anxiety than he was prepared to handle. All of it hinged on one stupid word, too.
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