Ben's smile faded a little bit, "Why don't you any more?" He watched her then added, "If you don't mind me asking." She was a little upset when she came from town, and now she says she use to go to the town events and ride horses - now she doesn't.
Hali bit her lip and looked down at the wooden stairs. "A few months ago my parents got into a car accident... they didn't make it." She inhailed a shakey breath, "Ever since then, when I go into town someone always has to bring it up. They ask me how I'm doing or they give me their condolences... tell me how wonderful my parents were and how it's a shame that they are gone." She looked up and watched the horses, "I used to ride the horses with my father."
Ben drew in his breath slowly then let it out, staring out at the feilds, his eyes pained. He didn't say anything knowing that doing that was exactly what she didn't want. Ben put his arm around her shoulders, his own way of offering his condolences.
Hali froze, body going stiff as Ben wrapped his arm around her shoulders. She sat there a moment, holding back the tears that clouded her vision before she closed her eyes and leaned into him. It was comforting.
Ben felt her lean against him, but didn't smile. Hali obviously had a lot more to her than the surface. He looked down at the top of her head, she sometimes was happy, and sometimes so sad, was this what causes the changes? "No matter what kind of pain, if given enough time, it will fade."
"I know." Hali mumbled before looking up at Ben. As sad as she may have been mentioning her parents there were no tears in her eyes anymore and the smile that spread across her face was genuine and happy. "My parents were happy people... it's hard to stay sad when thinking about them also brings the memories rolling around like a mini film."
Ben smiled back, she seemed happy now, "Good, sounds like they were happy their entire lifes." The way she was smileing was lighting up her entire face. "I'm glad." He had a sunden impluse to hug her, but he held himself back since he didn't know why he wanted to hug her.
Hali nodded and stood up. "I'll be right back." She told him before running down the stairs and to the stable. She called the horses back and locked them up in the stable, spending a few minutes with them before running back to the house. The sun was starting to set and the sky was painted with streaks of oranges and pinks.
The sun was setting and Ben gazed up at it dreamily. It was beautiful, and he smiled genualy. It wasn't long before Hali came back, he didn't watch her though as something else caught his eyes. It was by the far feild in the trees, something was moving. Ben sat foward watching it, but it drew back without doing anything. Ben watched the spot, straining his eyes but there was nothing to see.
Hali noticed Bens intense focus on something by the forest. She sat next to him and tried to figure out what he was looking at but gave up quickly, "What're you looking at?" She asked, raising an eyebrow.
Ben watched it for a second more, then turned to Hali, "Sorry, I thought I saw something." He glanced back at the forest, nothing was moing. It could have just been an animal, and Ben scolded himself for being paranoid. He smiled at Hali, "So how are the horses?"
"It was probably just a coyote." Hali told him. "They're all well and drained of energy." She laughed and glanced towards the forest. Damned creatures. "We should probably head inside, it'll get cold very quick once the sun sets completely. I'm going to order a pizza... any topping suggestions?" She stood up and held her hand out to help him up.
"It's probably just a coyote." Hali told him. "The horses are well and drained of energy." she laughed and glanced towards the forest quickly. Da.mned creatures. "We should probably head inside, once the sun sets completely it'll get cold very fast. I think I'm going to order a pizza, any topping suggestions?" She got up and held out a hand to help him up.
Ben stood taking her hand, and held on for a momment longer before letting go. "Hm, maybe just some unions an- Get down!" Ben tackled her, pushing her down on the steps, his body on top of her's as a loud bang filled the air. Ben held still for a second, then looked up at the forest, he saw the shaddow retreat back into the forest, and this time he was sure it was gone. Ben rolled off of her, really not able to stand on his own. Looking up at the house he could see a small hole in the wall approixmetly where he had been standing.
Hali gasped as he pushed her down, her back hitting the steps with an audible thud. She looked up at him, eyes wide as she heard the unmistakable sound of a gunshot. "Wh-what the-" She mumbled.
Ben finally was able to get to his feet, unsing the porch for support. He staggered up the steps and looked at the bullet hole in the wall, touching it gentally. The material was hot from the bullet passing through. Ben hung his head, then half turned to look at Hali who's were wide in a visible display of shock. "We need to get in the house. Now."
Hali nodded and scrambled to her feet, she went to Ben and helped him inside, looking at the hole in the wall as she passed. Once inside she shut and locked the door. "Ben... what's going on?" She asked calmly.
Ben didn't answer, with her help he sat down in a chair and closed his eyes. "They will be gone by now, they'll never risk more than one shot." Ben put his head in his hands. "I'm sorry, but you will want to stay close to here, don't go out in to town or anything."
Hali blinked and sat next to him, "For the most part I stay here anyways..." she muttered. "Ben," She put her hand on his shoulder, "What was that about?" She kept her voice steady, she wasn't scared, well okay she was a little scared but she was more along the lines of being confused and startled.
Ben shook his head, "The less you know, the better it is for you. I'll tell you if anyone does approach you and ask about me, tell them where I am please." Ben said it because if she didn't, the most likely thing would be that she would be killed.