Leo didn't see anything too far out of the ordinary. He quickly did his rounds, setting traps and checking that everything was clear. He then went back to camp, his guard lowering slightly.
Falon nodded half heartedly, looking the boy up and down for a trace of blood, and finding none. He seemed especially lost, even more so then her, and Falon felt an overwhelming desire to help the boy. The took the meat off the fire and dusted off her hands as she stood up. "That's strange." She said. "What's your name?" The boy hadn't moved from his spot in the shadows, and his expression was utterly blank and empty. Maybe he was traumatized. With a kind smile, Falon approached him slowly and reached out a hand. Then, before she could even react, the boy snapped forward, features shifting into something much more sinister, that Falon was surprised she couldn't see it before. With shining, gaping black eyes and a ghastly set of teeth, the boy latched onto her shoulder, sinking its jaws into her neck and clawing at her sides like an animal. Falon shrieked in surprise, and started to struggle against the creature, finding it to be a lot stronger then it looked. She tried to grab her dagger, how could she have been so stupid and let her guard down!
Leo heard Falon's scream and broke into a run, coming back to the camp in seconds. He snarled. "Get off of her!" He shouted, drawing his sword and quickly assessing the situation. How best to kill the beast without harming Falon? And before it could kill her...
Falon's struggles grew weak, as the beast started to drain her. She noticed with relief that Leo had returned. Her neck was numb where the beast's fangs had pierced her artery and her limbs felt cold with blood loss. It didn't even seem to notice the knight standing in front of them. Falon had heard tales of this kind of beast before, unconsecrated dead... "It's head!" She gasped out.
Leo already knew. He swun his sword expertly, cutting its head from its body. He managed to avoid harming Falon in the process, relieved at that fact.
Falon gasped, blood splattering across her face as she fell to the ground with a hand clasped over the sluggishly bleeding wound on her neck. "Thanks." She sputtered. "He wasn't human, I'm sorry..." Falon's felt a little dizzy and lethargic from blood loss, but was fine for the most part. "Dinner is ready." She added weakly. "If you still have an appetite that is."
Leo shook his head, putting his sword away and kneeling by her. He took out a cloth and dabbed at the wound before applying pressure to stop the bleeding. "You need to make sure to drink plenty of water. It'll help with the blood loss."
"Right, of course." Falon said, placing a bloodied hand over his own on her neck. "Do you, run into these things often?" She asked him curiously, as if she didn't even realize she was bleeding. "I've lived in these woods my entire life, and I've never seen a monster." She added with curiosity.
"I..." Leo bit his lip, afraid to tell her the truth. He attracted monsters. "I run into them fairly often..."
"Hmm, do they always look like humans?" She asked him. "I thought demons were supposed to be more... horny and scaly and such. He didn't even seem to mind my cross." Falon said, taking her hand off Nathan's to reach in her shirt and pull out a silver necklace.
"Hmm, do they all look so human?" She asked him. "I thought demons were supposed to be more horn.y and scaly and such. He didn't even seem to mind my cross." Falon took her bloody hand off Nathan's and reached into her shirt, pulling out a silver necklace.
"That only works if it touches them directly." Leo mumbled. "Next time, press it to the thing's face and then see how it likes preying on 'helpless' damsels." He shook his head. "And that's just myth. Demons can come in all shapes and forms."
"Good to have that cleared up." Falon says with a smile. "Thank you." She adds, pulling away and struggling to her feet. "For saving me again, I'm really beginning to wonder if this is the world's way of telling me I'm being ridiculous. In the future, I'll show that he.ll spawn I'm not as tasty as I look."
"Try it with any monster." Leo added. "Two out of three times, it'll deflect them. Usually makes them angrier, but it'll still deflect them." He sighed. "If you want, we could take the necklace to an enchanter, have it enchanted to deflect monsters better so they won't even be able to touch you." He knew that might make it deflect him as well though.
"What?" Falon demanded in both excitement and curiosity. "A witch? Those exist as well?
She remembered when she was younger, a widow had been burned at stake in the village square for witch craft, but it made little sense to Falon. She clearly hadn't hurt anybody, and would fire really be able to hurt a witch anyways? "You know a lot about this stuff, don't you?" Falon asked Leo. "Wait... You're him, aren't you? We've heard stories, about the knight who fights evil, works for no lord, except for God."
Leo blushed and nodded weakly. "I am...the one the stories are about." He told her. "although how many of them are true is a different matter."
"It's always like that isn't it?" Falon said with a shrug. "People love stories, the grander the better." She started to wipe her hands clean with moss. "But from what I've seen, I know you're a good man, and isn't that all that matters?"
Leo sighed, shaking his head, guilt seeping in. He was a terrible man. He killed without remorse. He let everyone believe even the stories that weren't true. Falon was the first he admitted the truth to.
Falon hardly noticed Leo's stone cold silence, as she was already on to the next task of getting them both fed. "Luckily, the blood missed the roast." She observed. "I doubt it's all that healthy to consume demon blood, so there's at least some luck on our side today." Using a flat stone as a plate, she pulled the beef to a section of grass and sat down cross legged.