I stared at her blankly, unsure of what to say. Autumn leaves dropped down on us like rain, the colors varying from yellow to red. I picked up a flaming orange one, twirling it slightly, not looking her in the eye. 'What do I say to this strange girl?' I wonder. Before I could open my mouth to say hello, the girl spoke.

“I’m Ailith” She says. I nodded stiffly. “My name’s Dustin.” I mumbled in response. I avoid looking her in the eye due to being nervous and instead focus my attention on the orange leave I hold. 

“Thanks.” She said, looking me up and down when she thought I wasn't looking.

“Where are you from? I’ve never seen you here before.” I asked, finally forcing myself to look up at her.

“I’m from down town.” She replies, sounding as if that was obvious. “I don’t like it much there. I like nature, not cars and buildings. I’d much rather live here. By myself... with no-one comparing me to other people..." She adds quietly.

I looked around, at the trees, the leaves, the overall peace that the woods always showed. “Yeah. I’ve always lived here... I’ve never been to the town before.” I say, looking once more down at the leaf. 'Why is there a town girl here?' I wonder suspiciously.

            “So... you seem to be unhappy. May I ask what’s wrong?” Ailith frowned when I asked that. “I got in a fight with a classmate of mine, Chase. When I came home my mom was disappointed in me, and asked me why I couldn’t be more like my sister.”

I nodded, my blue eyes flooding with memories and understanding. "Yeah... I get that." I mumbled distracted. She gave me a weird look when I said that, but she didn't push for answers.

            “I understand why you ran away.” I added in a quieter tone. “I ran away from my parents, too. Though... I didn't leave alone, like you did. My brothers Finn and Odin came with me. After a couple months, we had built the house we live in now. Would you like to stay with us for awhile?”

She nodded excitedly at the suggestion and said, “Thank you for the offer. I would love to stay with you, and meet your brothers.”

With that, I lead her off down the clay path at the end of which, my cabin sat.

The End

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