Leo rolled his eyes, grabbing her hand and tugging her to walk faster. "Don't concern yourself with it. Just keep close to me, keep moving, and keep your mouth shut. It's the safest way to travel.
Falon allowed Leo to lead her along, glancing back towards the camp a little wearily. She guessed she considered herself lucky nothing had happened to her so far, but the forest was her home. She had grown up in these woods and didn't want them to scare her, however foolish it may seem. A branch snapped ahead of them and Falon jumped, blushing faintly when she acknowledged her reaction. Likely just an animal.
"Scram." Leo growled to the young man. Something about his voice was just intimidating, and the man quickly darted off for his camp. Leo shook his head. "Sometimes being afraid is all it takes to be attacked, Falon."
((Sorry I haven't been on in a really long time. My laptop took a swan dive out of the window a few months ago. If you still wanna do this role play and the Hunt, that would be awesome.))
"Sorry..." Falon said quietly, falling into step as close as she could to Leo without being in his way. Her eyes had just been opened to the danger she had been in this whole time, and it was not a nice feeling. She dreaded to think what would have happened if Leo hadn't saved her from those men as it was. There were so many questions she wanted to ask, she had never met a knight before, or someone from a higher class then her own in general, but she assumed Leo wouldn't want to be pestered by her questions. Were all noblemen this cold, or was that just this one particular knight?
They came to the road, and Leo relaxed a little. "My appologies for my behavior. It's important to keep up both the right image and the right attitude if you want to avoid unnecessary fighting altogether. I do not mean to be so cold and distant to you." (I'd like to get back into them but it may be hard for me to get back into where I was. The characters may change)
"Oh, that's quite alright." Falon said with a genuine grin. "I don't think I'll be able to thank you quite enough." She added. The knight had interfered, when most men would've just kept on walking, and Falon felt that this said a lot about his character. She generally wasn't weary of strangers anyways, being naturally trusting and optimistic. It took a lot to get Falon's smile to fall short. "Night's nearly upon us." She observed, as the sun was low in the west. "I don't mind sleeping on the ground. I'm afraid if you had a bed in mind, you won't likely find one. There aren't that many inns, or anything for that matter this side of the river." Who would want to travel this far into the country anyways? Travelers were few and far between. Falon wondered what Leo's business here was, but decided it would be impolite to ask.
Leo shook his head. "Don't worry. I know. I've already got a place in mind to camp for the night." He glanced over at her. "Are you sure you're okay sleeping on the ground? I could use my reputation to get someone to let you stay in their home for a night, probably."
Falon's pale eyebrows shot upwards and she quickly shook her head, a faint blush forming high on her cheekbones. "No, no that's quite alright." She said softly. She didn't want to trouble Leo any further, and thought it would be incredibly unfair to spend the night indoors while he slept in his camp. Not to mention, after her earlier display of fear at the animal in the bushes, she was determined to prove herself. All her life, people had been trivializing her and making decisions for her, and all Falon really wanted to do was show everyone she was perfectly capable of everything life could throw at her, just like any man. "I'm used to sleeping in the woods, I like it. Are you hungry? I could prepare something rather quick, rabbit or squirrel, or maybe some porridge."
"I have food." Leo mumbled. "If you want to cook it over the fire, we can eat what meat I have left before it spoils." He stopped when they came to where he planned to camp. "Here we are."
Falon smiled warmly again and settled down beside the fire circle silently, coaxing it back to life with the pile of tinder and branches. The flames steadily grew and cast an eerie glow to her pale skin. She reached into her leather pouch and pulled out some herbs; wild onion and garlic, juniper, caraway, watercress and rosemary. "I don't have a pot, so I hope you don't mind if it will be a little dry." She said.
Leo shrugged, taking out the meat and giving it to her. "It's beef. Use it well. I don't get such good meat often."
Falon accepted the meat and placed it on a tree stump while she began to measure out handfuls of herbs and peel them apart. She rubbed them into the meat and arranged some of the larger stones into a platform on the fire. After tossing a few more branches on, she waited for the stones to heat up. Eventually, the silence became too much for her. Falon was used to talking, about everything and nothing, she was used to being around people, her joy an infection, and when she was alone, she sang. But that wasn't allowed, and she found herself beginning to get nervous from the silence. "So what brings you this far from the capital?" She asked Leo, setting the beef on the makeshift oven.
"Work." Leo answered. "I'd prefer us not to talk about it. If you must make noise, go ahead. But I'm not much for conversation, Falon." He tried not to sound hostile.
Falon nodded faintly, finding her ever so annoyingly eager curiosity piqued. Falon decided to drop it, as she would find out. Eventually. She flipped the meat over with a sharpened stick and sat back, cross legged. Wearing boy's clothing was a lot more freeing she had noticed. It was next to impossible to climb a tree with all those skirts catching on everything, the bodice strangling the very air out of her lungs, but with pants, she finally realized just how nimble she could be. She glanced back at her near silent companion and offered him a warm smile. "It will be ready soon." She said.
Leo nodded. "I'll be back soon. I'm just going to scout out our surroundings and set some traps for breakfast. Stay here and call for me if there's trouble." He walked off, disappearing. He could move almost soundlessly when he wanted.
Falon nodded again, but Leo had already left. She sighed, wondering what would happen next. Would she finally find the adventure and purpose she had been craving? Perhaps die an unmentionably grizzly death at the hands of man or monster? Or maybe, the strange knight might even decide he liked having her around, and she could travel with him, going around rescuing maidens and retrieving religious relics, slaying dragons and breaking curses. With these many twisting and interwoven thoughts in mind, Jess started to hum a little tune as the meat finished cooking. A rustle in the trees nearly made her jump out of her skin, reaching for her dagger. But it was merely a boy a few years her junior, paler then her with platinum hair and cold blue eyes. "You startled me, love." She said, with a good natured smile. "What are you doing out here all alone?" She inquired.
"I'm searching." The boy said, in a much deeper tone then she had been expecting. "Searching for something, but I can't quite remember. Perhaps you can help me, miss." Falon nodded warmly.
"Well, do you remember anything?" She asked him.
"Blood." The boy said. "A lot of it..."