I reached up to press on the area of my skull that hurts like hell, and discover that I'm tied up. I can feel a slash of stabbing pain across my stomach too.
Then I look up straight into the eyes of the female Night Crawler. Memories rush into my head.
"You.. You kicked me!" I meant to shout but my words came out barely louder than a whisper.
"You tried to kill me," she replies, standing and staring a me. She knows I'm in no fit state to do anything but try and not faint again from the pain.
"Yes, but... You're one of them," I say.
"I was a human once, you know."
"I do know, but you're not anymore."
"The way I see it, you have two options. One, you agree to stop trying to kill me, I untie you and see to that nasty wound on your stomach and we go together, or two, you don't agree to stop trying to kill me, I leave you here and you die from said wound getting infected and such and then your remains get eaten by such people as that guy back there."
I glare at her, or at least try to. My stomach really, really hurts and I don't really have much of a choice, even if it does mean making a deal with a Crawler.
"Fine, crawler. One."
"My name is Autumn, thanks. And you are?"
I automatically clamp my jaw shut, but then I see I might as well. I have nothing to lose.