I looked back. It's true, she had the most penetrating gaze I've ever seen, but I just looked back. Finally I jumped up, a sudden movement, into the branch above me. I grabbed the branch and swung around.

At the same time, she had to jump a step back to avoid my feet. I landed on top of the branch. I looked down. "You will have a hard time getting me up here."

"I could put out your eye, even if you're in a tree."

"Ha!" I laughed, and I quickly climbed the tree. Soon my vision of her was blocked by a large branch, yet the rest of the ground was plainly visible. I called down, "You can't see me. And I don't think he's dead. I can see him crawling away."

She looked around, and that's when I made my move. I nearly flew down, and landed behind her. I took my own knife from my belt where I carried it. She turned around and I stepped forwards. She stood her ground.

"Well, then, why don't I tell you something? One, I could drop a boulder from any one of these trees and kill you. Two, you are suprisingly bloodthirsty for a human. And three, I don't want to kill you. If you want, you can come with me. I think that talking to someone who isn't trying to kill me would be nice."

She snarled a little. Then a surprised expression crossed her face. "I am trying to kill you."

"Even so, if you would cease such efforts, we would both be better off." I sighed, and shook my head. "I think you've lived too long under the impression that everyone you are going to meet is going to try to kill you."

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