I woke up to find myself sleeping against the wall in my blanket with my little brother. ¨ Takeshi must have put me here.....¨ I said to myself looking outside at the damp atmosphere as Takeshi sat down on the edge of the porch rather attractively, hunched over with a bow slung over his back. I smacked my wrist knocking the thoughts out of my head.
I got up, my muscles sore from running yesterday and tapped Takeshi on the shoulder. " Thanks for making me comfy.....are you ready to go? We shouldn't stay here for much longer....¨ I said to him quietly as he looked up at me. He paused before nodding and grabbing his things. ¨ Are you okay big brother? ¨ I asked him trying not to show much concern in my voice knowing he didn't like that. ¨ Fine. ¨ he said grabbing my backpack and his things. I blinked at the fact he decided to carry my things out of free will. I carried my brother on my back and chased after him. ¨ Maybe he just needs some space for now...¨ I muttered walking behind him.
I didn't bother asking him where we were going. Probably to some place he knows of to keep us safe. I stared at my feet the entire time as we walked threw the wet grass. I even walked past Takeshi once or twice until I finally ran straight into him. I let out a little exclaim and looked up at him. I was still getting used to the whole " him being tall ¨ thing. I thought he'd get a bit mad, but instead he gave me a grin which embarrassed me quite a bit. ¨ That's a new response...¨ I said to him teasingly.
He ignored me with a shush, listening to a high pitched screech. ¨ Bingo. ¨ I said quickly grabbing Takeshi's bow, lighting an arrow on fire before shooting at what people have now named the anomalies ¨ Hounds ¨. I cursed a bit in Japanese not realizing it. I had shot the few hounds, but still had to be quicker at lighting the arrows. Takeshi stared at me as I turned around and gave him his bow back. ¨ I don't mean to get you mad dear brother. My father taught me how to use a bow, too. I just didn't have enough time to set my own bow up again. It comes apart yet it isn't cheap. That way I can keep my bow discreet and it's easy to carry. Why did I light your arrow up? 'Cause that's the way to kill them. I learned it from reading a few articles of people online who are on the run as well. ¨ I said to him picking my brother back up onto my back. ¨ At least I don't have to teach you. ¨ he said nonchalantly, walking off without me.
We walked a few more hours, my back aching from the weight of my brother as we arrived at a vacant warehouse. ¨ We'll stay here. " he said making the area a bit more comfy. I had to say he was surprising me. Since when did he do things for others without being told?
" Takeshi, " I said kneeling in front of him. " what happened? " I said. He looked at me dully.
" I already told you. "
" That's not what I mean. You changed, Takeshi. You aren't as crabby anymore. And I'm not saying you should be crabby! No no, not what I meant. I just....yeah. You get it. "
" No I don't. " he said smiling and messing with his bow.
" Ugh. You just are nicer and stuff! " I said trying to keep myself from blushing. I set my brother, Jay, onto Takeshi's lap. " I know you don't know him well, but trust me. You'll like him. He reminds me of you. " I said quickly to Takeshi as I fumbled for food in my bag. Takeshi smiled and rubbed Jay's head a bit. " Hi. I guess you're the new little brother, huh? "
" Don't touch my hair. " pouted my brother. I laughed, remembering that they both don't like it when their hair is messed with. " S..sorry..." Takeshi said to him a bit surprised. Once my brother was asleep I came over to Takeshi's side and asked " Will we find a better place to accommodate us all so I can take a shower, too? " He looked at me and chuckled, again throwing me by surprise. " Yeah. I'll try. For now you should be fine. You don't look bad so don't worry about it. " he said making me blush. " Okay...." I told him, getting some shut eye and preparing for more running tomorrow.