Dangers of Hide-n-Hunt

Teaching Jennifer how to avoid being captured by an enemy was the purpose of the simple training session. But when was anything simple involving Jennifer Keller. When unforeseen forces come into play, it will take all Ronon has to get back what is rightfully his.

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12. Chapter 12

Traversing the forest in the dark was dangerous but Selena knew these woodlands like the back of her hand. She had played throughout the forest and around the ruins with her childhood friends for years - even though they all knew it was forbidden. Nothing had ever happened to them. It was a fairly safe place. Why the area was prohibited was a puzzle to most of the townspeople. The ban had occurred immediately after she was born - 19 years ago. Trudon had decreed the ruins dangerous and completely off limits. The town accepted the new law without qualm and obediently stayed away.

When the elders and the Atlanteans had entered the council hall earlier in the evening, Selena sneaked around to the back making sure that the angry looking man pacing in front of the building had not seen her. Crouching down underneath an open window Selena eavesdropped upon the meeting.

She heard the leader of the soldiers, Sheppard, declare that they needed to get to the ruins immediately to investigate the disappearance and abduction of Dr. Keller. Ariana, Selena's mother, interjected adamantly - nearly to the point of hysteria - that it was forbidden to go there. That their doctor should had known better as not to wonder so far away. It was forbidden territory!

Both sides erupted in arguments and in between the bickering and arguing, the Atlantis woman, called Teyla, spoke in a calming, soothing voice quieting everyone down. She spoke of a creature resembling a Wraith with red eyes and long black hair. That this creature had taken their friend and they were very concerned for her well-being. Precious time was being lost here arguing.

It was dark by the time Selena left the meeting place just as they were finishing up. She had made the decision to go and find Drakari and to warn him about this dangerous enemy. She did not want him to get hurt. She had to make it to the ruins quickly before the others!

Selena was almost there. She kept to the shadows. When the moon would shine down illuminating the area, she would stand next to trees or bushes and practically become invisible. Her dark cloak blended in perfectly with the shadows. She did not think anyone was following her but she could not take that chance. She would stop every so often to listen. Nothing! Good! Just a little bit further! A little bit further until she could see and hold her love.

She smiled softly at the thought of him. They had met a couple weeks ago and that's when she fell madly in love with him. Her mother had sent her off to go pick dewberries for a pie she was planning to make. When Selena stood up to stretch her back, there stood Drakari - the most handsome man she had ever seen. He had startled her at first, but then she rewarded him her brightest smile; which faded abruptly because he had turned and walked away.

After running and catching up to him, he would not look at her. He kept his eyes closed; his head turned away. After introducing herself to him, she sweetly begged for him to look at her. He refused. But when she had said in a despondent voice, "Is it because I'm too ugly. What with this stupid red hair and all." His eyes flashed open and her breath caught in her throat. He had the most gorgeous pale blue eyes she had ever seen! That with his jet black hair with cyan hues shimmering through it - such as a raven's wing - he was spectacular.

He assured her that she was far from ugly. All that day he helped her pick the berries, they talked and laughed - she talked and laughed mostly; he just could not take his eyes off her.

On one of their meetings, Drakari had told her that he had a surprise for her. Excitement brightened her face, "Oh what is it?"

"You will have to close your eyes first." He had instructed her.

When she did, he stepped behind her and held in front of her a jewel suspended by a delicate golden chain.

"Oh! Drake! It is beautiful!" She held up her hair so that he could fasten it around her neck. The jewel nestled between the valley of her breasts. She had lifted it up to get a better view. It reminded her of a moon stone. She threw herself in his arms, hugged him and thanked him. That was when he first kissed her. The electricity from that kiss flowed through them both. It left them speechless, breathless and wanting more!

She had wanted him to go home with her to meet her parents but he refused. He reminded her of the mission that he was on and that he would see her tomorrow if she so wished. She would had come to visit him in the ruins but her parents had found the necklace.

Her father turned very pale and her mother just held it and stared at it for the longest time. They hadn't asked where she had gotten it nor did they inquire who had given it to her. All that was said was that she was not to leave the house without one of them accompanying her. She was heartbroken and even more so when she realized that her father had given the necklace to the Doctor - for help in treating the sick. Selena was crushed. It had been given away! It felt as if her soul had been ripped from her.

Finally she came to the clearing where the ruins were and hopefully Drakari waited. She had to warn him about the Wraith and also had to tell him that she had lost his grandmother's necklace. She hoped that he would forgive her. She slid the hood of her cloak back and looked around the area. She concluded the ruins at night were a bit eerie.

Suddenly she heard a noise to her left. She drew her dagger from the sheath at her waist and whispered, "Drakari?" Nothing. "Drakari is that you?!"

Suddenly a strong hand fisted in her hair. Gasping at the unexpected confrontation, she reached up behind her with her left hand to claw at the intruder and to get whomever to release her. With her right hand still holding the dagger she was about to plunge back with it in hopes of connecting blade with flesh. The fist in her hair snapped her head back even further. Her neck was arched back and tears pooled up in her eyes. Her wrist holding the dagger was now in an iron grip - squeezing until a small cry of pain escaped her lips. With the intense pressure on her wrist, her hand opened and the dagger dropped to the ground.

Through the tears, the pain in her wrist and her head, she heard a deep voice say close to her ear, "If you want to do some major damage with a knife you need to leave the kitchen knives at home and bring something like this to the fight!" Ronon released her wrist. Reached behind him and pulled out the large Satedan blade from earlier this morning and turned it slowly back and forth in front of her face. Selena gasped and tried to swallow her fear.

"Now this can cause some serious damage! Guaranteed!"

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