She awoke to whimpering. Lifting her head slowly, her hair obscuring her vision, she looked at the silver gray animal that nudged her side towards the one side of the bed. She was near the edge and had to drag her feet over it to touch the floor lest the wolf push her straight off (not that Luna would have done that). She held her head as a wave of dizziness clouded her vision. As it cleared, the food and tray floated into her sight. The wolf whimpered again and put a big paw onto the side table. Those amber eyes looked at the human expectantly.
The food so clearly in her vision now made her stomach awaken with new strength. She winced and held a hand to it as it growled as loud as Luna would sometimes. The wolf’s ears perked, and it nudged the girl’s hand with its nose.
“You’re not going to leave me alone are you?” Her quiet, raspy voice was foreign to her. With an unsteady hand, she reached for a date (the fruit). There were other fruits too, all small but whole. She reached for the water next and sipped at it. Kibum thought ahead, knowing her digestive system would be weak now and giving her uncut, unpeeled fruits since he didn’t know when and if she’d eat. The girl almost smiled at his foresight, but before the smile could tug at her dry lips, his dark visage as he choked the life out of Rin flashed across her mind. She chewed slowly, knowing vomiting what little she had in her stomach right now would not be good for her.
It was a day and a half later. Kibum blinked down at the near empty tray that was on the floor in front of him. He knocked on the door and called her name. No response. Nevertheless, a small bit of relief washed over him as he picked up the tray that had an empty glass of water and an old banana peel on it.
The girl sat up against the headboard of the bed. She looked at the wolf laying at the foot of the bed. “Don’t you need to eat?” Luna sneezed and then yawned. ‘What is that supposed to mean?’ “You don’t have to stay with me…” The girl stood up on unsteady legs and walked over to the locked door. She had removed the chair this afternoon, realizing she was being silly. A chair wasn’t going to stop them from breaking down the door if they wanted to get in. She listened carefully and heard nothing on the other side of the door. With a trembling hand, she reached for the doorknob and took a deep breath before turning it and cracking it open. She took another deep breath before widening the crack.
“There you go. You can go….get food now.”
The wolf just stared at her, and the girl fidgeted. She didn’t like keeping the door open this long. The uneasiness was threatening to engulf her. Luna stood up and padded over to the human. Pausing next to her, the animal looked up at the girl who gripped the doorknob so tightly, her knuckles turned white. Luna slipped through the crack and as soon as her tail was clear of the door, it closed with a slam. Luna stared at the door before running off to hunt.
The girl slipped down slowly against the door, breathing hard. She held her head as images of them turning their violent ways onto her assaulted her imagination. In a corner of her mind, she wondered what triggered her panic attack. The rational (well, as rational as it could get) part of her mind that was backed into a corner, caged by an imaginary wall of fire, wondered when and if she would ever heal. There were no scars. They were still open wounds.
She lifted her head as she heard scratching against the door. It was night now. The scratching against the wood that was to her back would not cease, and she heard whimpering. It continued. She reached up towards the brass handle, unlocked the door and pulled it open a bit. The wolf pushed the door open and slipped past the surprised girl. ‘She came back….’
Before the girl closed to the door, she saw a tray of fruit and bread and a glass and pitcher of water on the floor right outside the door. She paused, staring at the meal. Glancing down the hall in the direction she could see in without sticking her head around the doorframe, she saw nobody. Another pause. Her hand then dragged the tray into the room and shot back out to grab the pitcher before closing the door and locking it. She stared at the food for maybe a minute before whispering, “Thank you,” to nobody in particular. Luna lay in the moonlight that was shining through the window, her tongue lolling out of her mouth as she gave a wolfish smile, satisfied that the human accepted food and that the wolf herself had a full stomach.
Outside the room a little ways down the side of the hall that the girl did not check, Taemin stood with his hands in his pockets. He let out a breath he had been holding, turned around and rushed off to run back to SHINee’s dorm before he was supposed to wake up for their morning schedule.
She poked her head around the corner. She was coming back from running (literally) to the bathroom. Luna kept up with the girl easily. Just before she opened the door to her room, Jonghyun turned the corner down the hall. He panicked, seeing her out of the room and dove back the way he came before she could spot him. He winced as he hit the ground with a thud.
The girl tensed up before fleeing into the room. Luna’s tail just barely made it through before the girl slammed the door shut. The wolf just had to lick the fur of its tail as if making sure it was all still there. Inwardly though, the wolf was laughing at Jonghyun’s ungraceful movements.
Posted: 30 August 2010
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