A Bleeding Rose

Rose Kennedy lives in Azeroth in the region "Gilneas" Where her best friend Gabriel also lives. Rose's life isn't perfect though, she's lonely, desperately in love with someone who doesn't love her back, and loses pretty much everything to an unknown person. How does she cope?

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6. The return

After a whole year; not much has changed. Rose was renting a room at the local inn for the past year; she became fond of Engineering, and forgot to mention, she was extremely lonely and depressed. She was missing Gabriel so much that he hair had blackened in color and she spent her days in the bar drinking away her sorrow. Until one day that is, she was down at Stormwind Harbor for some fresh air when she noticed a familiar face climbing off a boat and walking past her. The face she recognized was Gabriel’s. She wasn’t completely sure though. So she followed him. Quietly she tip toed along trying not to look suspicious. The stone paved pathways helped her accomplish this as she continued to follow him. The man walked into the Mage District of Stormwind and wandered into the bar Rose was fond of. She watched as he approached the bar, chatted to some pandaren women, and sit down at a table. As nervous as she was she ordered as much as she could drink and swallowed it within 20 minutes. Feeling intoxicated, she wandered up the staircase, stumbling and wobbling. When she reached his table she set her elbow down on the table for balance but still fell over. He noticed her and simply said, “Whoa are you alright there toots? Why don’t you take a seat, I will order you a drink.” Obeying, Rose took a seat across from him and felt the effects of the alcohol once more.

“Say, how drunk are you?” He asked.

Rose felt so drunk she was struggling to sit up straight, “Extremely.”

“In that case, no more drinks for you, we don’t want you to get too drunk.” He nodded.

“Fine I guess.” She sat stationary when her locket fell out of her pocket, the initials R.A.K. were revealed easily as the letters faced up.

“I’ll get it.” The man reached over and picked up the locket seeing the R.A.K. engraved into the surface.

His eyes widened as he stood speaking, “Come with me.” He headed towards the door gesturing for her to come along. So she did, she followed him outside and lead her to small crate not too far from the bar’s entrance. He stood in front of the crate and looked her up and down. Finally he spoke,

“Rose?”

“Gabriel?”

He seemed as if he had a loss for words,

“Rose, I thought you were... Dead.”

“No, I left Gilneas about a year ago.”

“Is everyone we know, dead?”

Rose nodded, “Most of them.”

“Timmy? Cindy? Billy and Steven?”

“Timmy was killed by forsaken, and so was Cindy, Billy and Steven were abducted by Worgen in the middle of the night and now roam as feral Worgen.” Rose looked down at her feet solemnly.

“I’m just glad you’re alive.” He walked forward and wrapped his arms around her smiling and almost tearing up.

“I’m glad you are alive also.” She returned the embrace and asked,

“Where did you go?”

“Well my family fought and I was sent to a boarding school and then I went off to war in Pandaria.”

“Well I missed you.” She looked up into his eyes and then took a seat on the crate. Gabriel sat next to her.

“This reminds me of when we were children and we would eat ice cream together. Do they sell ice cream anywhere near by? I haven’t had ice cream since my 10th birthday.”

Gabriel nodded, “Of course they do, and the stand is this way.” He stood gesturing her to follow and started to lead them through the mage quarters. Rose peered around to see squirrels and all sorts of small critters frolicking across the grass. She took a deep breath and inhaled the sweet scent of flowers and baked goods. They exited the mage quarters and continued down a cobble stone path that made clacking noises as their shoes hit the surface repeatedly. They approached an Ice cream stand that sat at the corner near the Stockades. Rose watched as Gabriel pulled out a satchel of gold to pay the vendor as he ordered them ice cream cones, “One chocolate and one vanilla cone please.” He handed Rose the vanilla cone as it was her favorite. He grinned at her as he placed a gold coin on the stand’s counter and took a bite out of his chocolate ice cream cone.

“So how have you been and all Rose?” He asked.

“Well considering I’ve spent the past year in and out of the bar drinking my heart out. Wonderful.” She spoke sarcastically.

“Sorry.” He spoke with sympathy.

“Don’t worry about it; it’s not your fault.” She sighed placing her hand on the side of her cheek and elbow on a table she took a seat at. Her engagement ring was visible on her left hand and shimmered brightly.

“Is that what I think it is?” He frowned.

Rose nodded, “Yeah.” She looked as she was filled with despair.

“Did you lose him in Gilneas?” He asked.

“Mhm.” Her eyes watered.

“I’m sorry.” Gabriel embraced her soothingly.

They sat quietly for a while; Rose stayed in his embrace and cried softly.

“I have a feeling that he is still alive and back in Gilneas. I need to go there and make sure.” She finally spoke.

Gabriel gently released his embrace in order to look Rose in the eyes, “How do you know? What if you find...” He paused solemnly, “His corpse.”

“Then I’m going to have to accept that and bury him. Although I don’t have a clue how I’d get there.” A man approached them suddenly; he was a sort of warlock it appeared.

“I happened to overhear you were trying to get to Gilneas, I would be happy to transport you there.” He spoke.

Rose felt shy as she wasn’t used to people, “That’s really nice but I probably won’t go and I am not really used to people.”

“Okay, well if you change your mind, whisper into the void and I will be there.” He wandered off.

Gabriel looked to her, “If it makes you feel better, I will go with you to Gilneas if you want. If you’re going to go, why not bring someone you haven’t seen in a long time.” She nodded.

“I have been craving adventure lately.” She noticed Gabriel staring at her cleavage and felt uncomfortable.

Gabriel noticed that Rose knew he was looking, “Sorry, your dress is very low cut so I can’t help it.”

“Do you have a coat then?”

“Not on me. I might have one in the bank.”

“Alright, then to the bank?” She asked.

Gabriel nodded and stood leading the way to the commons’ bank. They started down the cobble stone path again and across bridges and through a tunnel until they reached the commons. The commons was packed with people; they could hardly walk through the tightly packed area. Gabriel swerved and weaved through the people guiding Rose along until they reached the bank. They walked into the bank and Gabriel headed to the counter to access his personal bank. He spoke to a bank teller and browsed his bank. A few moments later he shrugged and handed Rose a crimson suit. Once she took it into the palms of her hands she could feel that it felt like crushed velvet. Gabriel just stood there as she held it. Rose figured that he wanted to her to change right then and there so she outburst with, “I am not changing in the middle of the bank!”

Gabriel looked confused, “Then go change somewhere else!”

“No need to yell.” She rolled her eyes and pouted playfully as she walked out of the bank and into to the nearest Inn, she then went to a private room to change. Once she was changed she walked out of the room and examined herself.

“Not bad.” She smiled and walked back to the bank. Gabriel was standing right where she left him with a grin on his face, “Good it fits you.” He smiled and led her outside.

“Okay here’s the drill.” He paused to make sure she was listening, “We are going to go by horse. Where is your horse?”

“Um, about that… I sold it so I could afford to stay at the Inn.”

Gabriel sighed, “Well we can go buy a new one.” He pulled out a satchel of gold from his bag and handed it to her. “This should be enough for a horse.” He nodded and guided her along to the stables to purchase a horse. They approached old town district pacing themselves and chatting about various subjects. The two of them seemed to be perfect for each other. Once they reached the stables they had shifted the topic to Gabriel’s sex life. Rose laughed at the stories she heard and handed gold to the horse merchant and mounted her new horse. Gabriel walked over and found his horse and mounted it and pulled up beside her.

“Shall we head off?” He asked.

“Definitely, I am excited actually. I was thinking, maybe we should take the tram and ride the rest of the way.”

“Ingenious plan; we shall do that then.” So the two headed towards the dwarven district mounted on their horses that trotted along the path smoothly. Click clack. Click clack. They reached the underground station and took a seat in the chairs that were along the rail. They didn’t wait for long as the tram sped down the rail and halted. They swiftly moved their horses onto the tram as they fit well and stood beside them as the tram departed the station.

“Are you afraid at all Rose?” Gabriel asked.

“Fear is one way to describe what I am feeling.”

“Well don’t be, I am here. Since I am here, I doubt anything bad can happen.”

Rose smiled, “Maybe a Worgen woman will approach you and…”

Gabriel laughed and shook his head, “Aw c’mon I am not that good.”

“Or are you?” She giggled.

The tram arrived in Ironforge as quickly as it departed Stormwind. They pulled their horses off the train by the reins and walked them outside to Tinkertown of Ironforge. They climbed into the horses’ backs and broke into a gallop to the main gate of Ironforge.

“I’ll race you!” Rose giggled speeding up her horse.

Gabriel smirked, “Is that a challenge?” He sped up his horse to match Rose’s horse’s pace.

“Let’s make it a contest, if I win, you have to pay me 100 gold. If you win…”

“Then you have to buy me a drink.” He winked.

“Oh it’s on.” She sped up her horse as fast as it could go and crossed through the main gate first laughing.

“Damnit, I owe you 100 gold.” He smiled.

“Sure do sucker.” They galloped outside into the cold, the cold air made her shiver as she wasn’t wearing enough clothing for this weather. They rode down the path for a while till she saw a lone snow cub on the side of the road. The cub was all white and had no family. Rose stopped and dismounted briefly.

“Hold on.” She approached the cub leaning down and petting its soft fur. She noticed the cub was cold as she was and hungry. She picked up the cub as it was small enough to carry in her arms. She smiled and carried it to her saddle bag and gently placed it there with a hole open in the top for it to breathe.

Gabriel smiled as he knew she was doing the right thing.

They rode along for a while and she kept quiet to herself.

“What you did back there, was amazing.” He smiled.

“It was the right thing to do.” She smiled.

“What do you think happened to its parents?” He asked.

“Not sure, could be anything, they could have been hunted… They could have been eaten by larger animals or they could have just abandoned it because it appears it was the runt of the litter.” She looked to the sleeping cub in the saddle bag.

“Whatever happened to it, you did the right thing. It reminds me of you in a way. A small child whose parents were killed and then left all alone, but only the poor cub’s life was corrected. Since you took her in as your own I mean.” Gabriel’s horse trotted along the path as Rose’s followed. The weather was still freezing cold as earlier and Rose’s immune system was weak.

“It sure is cold outside.” Rose commented.

“Definitely, it could kill a man in these temperatures.”

Rose shivered violently, “Yeah. Especially those unprepared for the weather.”

They rode along for what could have been 2 hours without speaking a word.

“You know, it’s nice to be able to see you again.” Gabriel spoke with a voice of silk.

“Yeah it is.” Rose’s shivering continued.

“I never thought I’d get the opportunity to see you again Rose.”

“Me nei…” Rose was cut off from speech as she blacked out falling off the horse.

Gabriel halted his horse to a stop, “God damnit Rose!” He sprang from his horse running back to pick up Rose. He hoisted her into his arms to find she was ice cold and unconscious. He carried her in his arms and took hold of her horse’s rein attaching it to his horse’s reins in order to guide the thing along. He climbed onto his horse and sat Rose in his lap and forced the horse into a gallop as he could see a dwarven camp nearby. He had one arm around her to keep her stable as she was still unconscious. They approached the camp few moments later and he dismounted scooping her up in his arms. Next he tied the reins of the horses to wooden posts and rushed inside with her.

He dashed to a dwarf that appeared to be a doctor.

“My friend fell unconscious and is shivering, I think she has hypothermia.”

The dwarf who was very strong took Rose into his arms and placed her onto a cot.

He was very calm and resolute as he put his stethoscope to her chest listening very carefully.

“She has a minor case of hypothermia; she should be fine when she wakes up. Poor thing probably blacked out due to…” The dwarf continued to speak but spoke in very large words that Gabriel didn’t quite understand.

“Thank you sir, for your kindness.” Gabriel looked to the dwarf.

The dwarf smiled and spoke soothingly, “It’s no problem. We must help our fellow alliance. We must also help love birds.” He winked to Gabriel.

“No no no, we’re just friends. We have been best friends since we were kids.”

Gabriel smiled.

“A’ight if you insist.” The dwarf was now occupied as he was throwing blankets on Rose and tucking them around her to ensure she wouldn’t freeze. The dwarf also fed Rose a liquid on a small metal spoon that appeared to be medicine.

Moments later the dwarf walked off into the other room,

“Let me know if you need me, she will probably wake up soon, when she does she can eat whatever she’d like and you can leave at any time, but make sure you give her a coat.” He smiled.

“Thanks.”

About 30 minutes later, Rose woke up looking up to see Gabriel sitting on the edge of her cot.

“Good morning sleepy head.” He smiled.

Rose giggled, “Good morning fluffy head.” She looked to his shoulder length brown hair.

“How are you feeling?”

Rose sat up, “Fine? I’m just hungry.”

“Alright I will go get you something to eat and then you can take a nap and we will head off towards Gilneas in the morning.”

“Okay.” She watched as Gabriel headed towards the door to the kitchen in the building.

“I…” She stopped herself, “I am glad you’re here.”

Gabriel nodded at her and opened the door and closed it behind him. Rose sighed and leaned back against the pillow and crossed her arms placing them behind her head.

She looked to the ceiling thinking to herself, “Why can’t you be mine?”

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