Raven bit her lip. "I can't steer a horse, Henrie." She said quietly, looking down ashamed. She was helpless without him, she realized, which she felt canceled out her helpfulness, meaning she was useless. As useless as a corpse. As useless as a broken arrow without a head.
Henrie looked back and smiled. He grabbed the reigns and the horse. "Okay, just ride and keep a look out."
Raven sighed, closing her eyes for a moment. "I'm sorry. I'm not helpful." She mumbled sadly. "I'm practically useless right now." She felt like she could cry. She hated it. She hated herself. She didn't know why she was feeling such strong emotions like this,
"You're not useless," Henrie said firmly looking at her. "My strenghts lie in these kinds of things and yours lie in another. Just because you can't do something doesn't mean you can't do anything."
He began to move forward. He went slowly because the trail was nearly invisible.
Raven sighed, falling silent and letting him lead the horse. She kept her eyes on their surroundings as best as she could, but she didn't think she'd be much help in the end.
Henrie finally found the small rcreek where the deer drank. He even spotted a doe and a fawn drinking water, but they bounded away when they saw them.
"This is it," Henrie murmmered. "We need to find a place to camp near here, where the deer won't see, hear, or smell us."
Raven was hesitant to suggest it, but she did anyway. "I could try my hand at a magical boundary." She said softly. "It'd block sight, sound, and smell. Although I fear if I closed the top to keep smoke from showing, we'd suffocate. IT blocks in the air too, if I recall."
Henrie bit at his lip. He'd always been taught magic was a bad thing. To fear it. This entire episode with Lupin and the curse only fueled that fear, but....that woman had told him that Raven not using her magic was killing her.
"Sure," Henrie nodded and smiled, what he hoped was an encouraging one. "That'd be helpful."
Raven nodded, looking down. "Then pick a place to camp. I'll see what I can do." She mumbled softly. She seemed very shy about it, and very softspoken. She didn't want to mess up, but she wanted to be helpful. Useful. This was a way.
"Sure." Henrie looked around and found a nearby spot with a good view. "Right over there will be us just fine."
Raven nodded again, getting off the horse and going over there. She closed her eyes, breathing the words of the spell which came to her quite naturally. Henrie was outside the barier, which made it look, to hime, like Raven suddenly disappeared entirely.
"Raven!" Henrie shouted in alarm. Where did she go?
He looked around frantically for her. Had Lupin appeared and used some magic on her?
Raven stepped out of the barier, giggling and taking his hand. "I did it!" She said happily, pulling him inside. "See? It's just a barier." You could faintly see from the inside where the barier stood, by a faint ripple that appeared here and there. "I did it!" She felt so proud of herself.
Henrie couldn't help but be impressed. He reached out to touch it, but his hand hovered uncertaintly. He could clearly see outside. It was like there was nothing even there.
"It is....beautiful." He whispered.
Raven giggled happily, extremely pleased. "That's what I'm useful for, magic." She kissed his cheek and turned, looking at the size of it. "It's smaller than I wanted..."
Henrie felt himself blush. "It'll be okay. There is enough room for us and the horse and a small fire. It'll be nice and cozy."
Henrie looked up at the sky. It wouldn't be too much longer befor e sunset. He tied to horse outside of the barrier and unsaddled her. After he was done he said, "I'm going to go and try to catch some fish. Could you get the wood for a fire?"
Raven sighed and nodded. "Of course. I'll see what I can find." She told him. Once he left, she went to gather the wood, She brought a few armfulls before she was satisfied, sitting down.
Henrie took his bow and arrow and attached a string to it. He then waded into the stream, after taking his boots off and rolling up his pants. He stood perfectly still for a long moment before he saw a large mouth bass swim by. He quickly aimed, being careful to remember the water would make his arrow go slightly off mark, and fired.
He speared the fish through the head and quickly pulled it in by the string. He strung the fish onto another string he had and waited again.
He scanned the forest around them between glances at the water. He knew Lupin would be looking for them. he also knew he'd be able to cover a lot of ground tonight as a wolf. He if found them would Lupin finally kill him?
Raven tried to start a fire, but she wasn't having much success. She pursed her lips, considering if she knew any magic that could do it. She mumbled the words of a simple spell, successfully lighting the fire. But suddenly she felt agony spear through her entire body, letting out a bloodcurdling scream.
Henrie jumped at the scream. He instantly loaded his bow again and sprang from the stream. The three fish he had caught slapped his thighs as he ran.
"Raven! Raven! Are you okay?" He burst through the barrier and looked down at her.