"Oh, that's bull." Jess said. "Everyone can swim, and those that drowned are pulled under by monsters." Jess looked around and then back up at the window. "Come on, you can't stay up there forever, just jump, I promise you won't drown." She insisted.
"I seriously can't, Jess. I'll sink like a rock." Nathan called, shaking his head. "Right now I'm a lot heavier than I look. Dense. I don't naturally float. I'm heavy and can't keep myself up the same way you do."
"What do you expect to do? Die up there?" Jess says indignantly. "Seriously, Wolf boy, don't make me come up there." She reaches into her bag and pulls free a cord of rope. She starts to pull off her clothes again. "Just jump, I swear I won't let you drown."
Nathan gave a wolfish whine. "How do I know I can trust you?" He called. "How do I know that you're not just going to let me drown now that you know this place?"
"Hey, call me a bi.tch all you may, but I don't break my promises." Jess says. "Ever." She plunges into the water again, rope in tow, and lashes on end to a heavy boulder, and then she swims out to the center, beneath the window. "Come on, try me." She insists.
Nathan forced himself up and to the window, leaning heavily in the frame and looking down at her. "Alright, call me a whimp but I'm scared as he.ll to do anything like this."
"Not so tough without your wolf skin, huh?" Jess mocked with a grin. "It's alright, we all have our fears, it's only a real problem once you don't have the desire to conquer them." Jess says, treading water. "Mine is corporate advertisement and Japanese cars." She adds as an afterthought.
Nathan scoffed. "Yeah right, who in thw world really has those fears?" He shook his head. "You're not really helping, you know. You're just making me feel worse but that's not getting me any closer to jumping to possibly my death."
"Those are legitimate fears, more so then heights." Jess snaps. "They use mind control and conditioning in ads! And haven't you ever seen Transformers? What ever..." She said with a sigh. "You waste one more second arguing about this, I'll come up there and push you."
"You wouldn't dare..." Nathan growled, eyes narrowed. If he had hackles they'd be up.
"Try me, wolf boy." Jess said with a smile. "I'll give you one last chance. Jump." She said.
Nathan scowled, thinking it over. He seriously considered jumping, but he was scared, and he didn't feel too strong, meaning Jess could easily have him dead on so many levels. He finally jumped, splashing down into the water. As he predicted, he was sinking like a rock, unable to get his head above the water.
Jess quickly ducked under and grabbed a hold of Nathan's arm. He was pretty heavy, but the water made him lighter. Jess also had the help of the rope. She dragged him back to shore and slid out of the water, panting. "See. I told you." Jess said.
Nathan coughed a little, shaking his head. "Yeah, whatever. That doesn't mean I can trust you."
"Get in line, buddy." Jess said rolling her eyes and getting dressed again. "I'm going home now, before Rose has a heart attack. You need a ride?"
"Well I can't shift." Nathan muttered. "That means I can't travel, can't hunt, can't go curl up in a cave like usual..."
"Yeah, woe is you." Jess said, walking towards the entrance. "Seriously, stop brooding." She added, turning to look back at Nathan. "It doesn't fit you. You can stay at our house if you want, typically Rose wouldn't allow animals inside, but I'm sure she'll make an exception."
Nathan rolled his eyes. "Hey, I don't complain often. This is my chance to." He told her, before grunting and sinking to the ground. He gripped at his thigh, although the pain was all over.
"Ok, come on, wolf boy." Jess said, adjusting her bag and then hauling Nathan to his feet. "If you die fore we destroy all these mutts I'll kick your ass." She walked back to her motorcycle and put her bag in the trunk.