When I wake up I find another prisoner in my cell. Something
about her looks tells me she isn’t new to here. Her clothes are torn
and her hair cut short and matted. She has a fierce look on her face,
and her eyes don’t say otherwise.
I trust my instincts and walk up to her, but as I approach she
hisses at me and glares until I walk away and turn my head.
When the time comes to eat, I gather my courage and try to talk to her.
“So,” I ask “what are you here for?”
She glares again but still answers.
“I was once in a town where we lived a life away from the castle
and fought them ‘till I ran away and that’s when they captured me.
How about you?”
“I was the founder and one of the wariors in a town like your old
one except when I was gathering for the morning and keeping watch
the guards caught me.”
She suddenly asks me “I don’t think I caught your name.” as if
she knows I hate that question.
I come up with something quick because I know what to do
because I practiced for this situation. “I don’t think I caught yours
“So,” she says with a grin, “No learning each other’s names until
we can learn to trust each other? I’m liking you more and more by
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