I woke to the stinging pain coming from where I'd hurt myself. My eyes opened and went to where it hurt, but I then saw numerous bandages over the wounds. Even though they still stung, they felt a lot better than yesterday. I sat up slowly and looked around the room. Black was sitting nearby, looking through the magazines. She didn't seem to be reading them, rather she was just staring at the pictures and I could see a bit of frustration in her eyes when she glanced to the words.
“Hey, did you do this?”
“Yeah.” She replied simply, still looking through the pictures.
“You didn't have to. I would've been fine.”
“You're not going to hurt on my watch, got it?”
“Fine. What're you reading there?” I asked in attempt to change the topic.
“Not too much, I'm afraid.” There was frustration in her face again.
“Sorry, did I make you lose your place?”
“Lose my what? No, I just...am not too good with this whole reading thing.”
“Then, why are you?”
“To understand those plans of yours better. It doesn't help when you use words I don't understand.”
“Maybe this isn't your first language?”
“Who knows? I can't remember that far back. Hawk can't either. Seems not much happened before things went to shit, but we like to think it was a paradise.”
“You can always ask whenever I use a word you don't know.”
“In front of everyone? I don't think so.” She set the magazine down and stared at me.
Black then sat close beside me and I got nervous again thinking that she'd do the same thing from a while back. She seemed to pick up on my disposition.
“So, did you sleep well?”
“Yeah, I think so.” I mumbled nervously.
“That's good. There's something I'd like to show you, by the way.”
“And what's that?”
“Well, are you willing to go outside?”
“Isn't it still dark?”
“A bit, yeah.”
“I don't know, then.”
“You'll be fine, really. You've got me with you, after all.”
“Alright. This better be worth it, Black.”
“Trust me, you won't be disappointed.” She smiled before going up to do door.
Several minutes later, we were walking around in the streets of the city that were still dark even though I was positive we'd been out here for an hour already. She had me follow her to an area of which I hadn't been before. Black came to a stop in front of me and I almost ran into her out of how distracted I was.
“Here we are.” She stared out in front of us.
I walked out from behind her to take in what I saw. A bit of the morning light was in the sky near the horizon. From up here, the city was quiet and I'd never even thought that it could look this way. It was like nothing had ever happened. The few sounds I heard either came from birds or a passing car. Nothing I heard or saw reflected the state of what this place was in.
“This is what we're fighting for, White. To bring light back into this world.” Black said quietly.
“I've never seen it like this.”
“Many are too distracted by what's going on. I know I was for a while. Then some lady came along and threw some dirt into my eyes.” She laughed.
“Err, yeah. Sorry about that.” My thoughts went to wondering how she'd received the scar over her eye.
“Do you like it here?”