Arabella felt a little shocked at this man's sudden outburst. Already she was berating herself for following him, a stranger, away from her new friends. But weren't they strangers too?

"What do you mean? What's wrong with them? And I know I'm not from here, but I'm here now, so you're just going to have to deal with it. What gives you the right to dictate what I do anyway?" She paused waiting for him to answer. It seemed she could agitate this stranger just by asking questions, so bombarding him with them would make it worse. Suddenly she regretted the onslaught of questions. He however seemed to find it quite amusing.

"That's a lot of questions to ask a guy in one go." He began walking, and Arabella followed. "Those creature just don't get it. They exiled me for surviving in the only way I know how, and they do not regret it. And as for what gives me the right," he paused here and then with quite a frightening and severe look on his face continued, "I'm the only one who can keep you safe, so why don't you shut up and do as I say?" Arabella was offended, but curious.

"Who do I need to be protected from?"

"Them." He gestures around him and then looked back at Arabella. "I can't even hide my thoughts from you now then?"

"What do you mean?"

"Never mind"he said as he stalked off, quicker than before.

"No wait! What did you mean?" She cried, grabbing his arm.

"I mean, never mind. It's getting dark, hurry up." He shrugged away from her and carried on walking.

"I'm not moving until you tell me what you meant." She sat on a tree root and looked away, hoping this would work. Suddenly, she felt herself lifted.  Just like the knife back in the tree, he was controlling her movement. Telekenisis she thought. Cool. Then she was angry again. "Hey! What are you doing? I need to get back, they'll miss me!" She hit his back. He didn't even seem to notice.

"You shouldn't trust them" he growled. "If they're the reason you're here, you can bet it's not for something good."

"And why should I trust you?"

"Have I done anything that would make you not trust me?"

"You spied on me."

"Observed. You disturbed the peace in my home and I investigated. Isn't that a normal thing to do?"

"Well...I suppose. But why can't you let me go back there?" She felt the power holding her up disappear, and she dropped to the floor.

"Fine, do what you want." He began to walk off.

"Can't you show me the way back?" When he turned she was looking meekly at him, actually quite scared of being left alone. He almost showed her the pity he felt, but decided against it.

"Fine." They walked in silence for a moment, then Arabella spoke.

"Well if you're so concerned, why don't you just stay nearby. Then you can observe me and make sure I'm ok."

"That may not be a bad idea." They reached the edge of the reeds and Arabella turned to the stranger.

"Thank you. Oh, I'm Arabella by the way." She stuck out her hand.

"Luca" he muttered, not taking her hand. She let it fall.

"Well, see you around, Luca."


The End

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