16. The Escape
Sure enough, I woke up early. There was barely any light in the sky. The orc was still sleeping. I slowly pulled his arm off my waist, as to not wake him from his deep sleep. I slowly scooted away. Suddenly the orc started grunting. I froze as he moved around a bit and fell back asleep, not even noticing I had cautiously scooted out of his grip. I went over to the pile of leaves to get my bag. I moved the leaves around. There was nothing there. I looked back at the orc and slowly made my way over to him. I inspected his armor. My eyes wandered over his body until they lingered over a patch of green. My bag. "Oh just great." I said to myself as I knelt down and began to untie it. Little by little, for what seemed like an eternity, I spent trying to untie the bag. Eventually I got it loose. I rose to my feet. "Later. Or should I say goodbye. Forever." I said and walked down to the opening of the woods. I breathed in the air. Happy as ever. I could finally run back to Legolas. I would be safe again. I wouldn't have to worry about the orc. I did the first thing that came to mind. I flew. As fast as my feet could carry me. I ran and jumped into the air as I flapped my wings. I was free. Free at last.
When I woke up, it was early in the morning. The girl was out of my grasp. Maybe she went to get breakfast. She very well knows what I would do to her if she tried to escape from me. I built a fire to keep myself warm. I was sitting alone for ten minutes. I wondered what was keeping her. She was far too talented with hunting to take that long. Maybe she walked farther out. I decided to wait a bit longer. I waited a bit longer but she never showed up. I got up to search the woods. I spent maybe half an hour searching but I couldn't find her. I walked back to the camp and looked at the pile of leaves I made. It had been played with. I patted myself down in a panic. Her bag wasn't attached to my waistbelt! I ran out of the woods and scanned the sky. I just made out a small black dot in the sky. I growled and shook my head as I reached for a sword. I walked back to put the fire out and then walked back out to the woods. I stared at the black dot. "I warned you. And now you will pay." I growled under my breath and headed in her direction.
We set up camp in an area of the woods. I was sitting against a rock wall, playing with one of my knives. Kili was sitting with me. "Sorry bout your girlfriend. She was a hottie." He said. I gave him a 'shut the hell up' glare. I didn't want to talk about it. I couldn't think about anything other than Aquilia. She would be dead by now. I wouldn't blame it if it happen, but whoever killed her, whoever laid a finger on her, I would make them pay. "This is no fun and games Kili. I have no idea where she is or who she's with. She could be dead by now. She could have been dead a moment after the orcs entered that forest." I said, my voice shaking. My vision was blurred. I didn't make eye contact. I just stared at my blade, imagining how I would kill whoever killed Aquilia. I couldn't stop crying. I felt empty without her. I didn't feel like living anymore. But I knew she wouldn't want me to die. "If I die. I want you to keep living. Live as long as you can. Do as much as you can whenever, before that time comes." I could just hear her voice speaking those words. "Is there anything I can do for you?" Kili asked. I looked up at him as I felt multiple tears fall down my cheeks. I held eye contact with him for a few moments before I sopke up. "No. I don't need anything." I say. "Alright, but if you do need anything, let me know." He replies as he slowly gets up to join the rest of the group. My eyes follow him until he's out of my sight. I lean my head back to gaze up at the trees. "No matter if your dead or not, I will always love you Aquilia." I whispered to the trees and I shut my eyes, letting myself fall asleep.