I got to the caves as the sun began to turn the sky pink. I needed to get out of sight fast. Luckily, that just meant finding an unoccupied cave and going in. The first cave I came to looked unoccupied until I went a little ways in. There was a sleeping bag and a lantern. So someone had had this idea. I heaved a sigh and headed out to go to the next cave. And almost ran into the man standing there. He was tall - taller than me, with dark eyes that were almost invisible in the darkness of the cave. His hair was a dark color as well. His skin was light and stood out in contrast to his hair and clothes. He held some fish in one hand and a knife in the other.
"Is The Council sending girls to find me now?" He asked, a hint of sarcasm in his tone.
"I don't think they'd trust me enough to let me have that particular task, even if I had accepted that job they offered me." I replied, keeping myself standing straight and tall, although I wanted to throw myself on the floor and go to sleep.
"So they took you for the executions and got more than they bargained for?" He asked, the sarcasm gone, replaced by a knowing tone.
"How do you know--?"
"How do I know what they do with the tough girls? I'm a Guard gone rogue. I know everything. I just wanted out when I learned all the ins and outs of being a Guard." He walked past me to his little camp in the back of the cave. I turned to face it. He tossed the fish on the ground and stuck the knife in his belt.
"You're welcome to share what supplies I have." He said as he turned to me.
"I don't need anyone." I glared at him.
"I didn't say you needed anything. I just thought you might be able to use some of what I have." He said.
Enter third staring contest of the day. Except I ending this one by fainting.