Ch. 4.5 LeviMature

"Um... Are you...Okay?" I had seen the girl coming from pretty far away, but hadn't said anything. It was easy enough to spot her, given her bright white hair, and it wasn't like she was trying to be quiet, either. Though, her falling on me was definitely a surprise...

She stays frozen, "Uh, yeah... F-fine." She says, half sprawled across the forest floor, looking as surprised as I feel. Her face is smudged with dirt and and there are leaves and twigs sticking out of her hair. While pondering the circumstances that could have possibly brought about a situation like this, I look away, realizing that the doe I had been hunting had run off.

"Aw shit." I mutter, laying my rifle down on its side. I look back at the girl, who still can't seem to figure out how to react. "Um... Do you mind?" I say, nodding my head towards her feet that are still lying across my back.

She gives a small jump, as if she had forgotten, and carefully moves her legs to sit in a cross-legged position. "Sorry." 

I sit up, brushing off my camouflage jacket while she combs the leaves out of her hair. The awkwardness has not dissipated. I give a nervous laugh, "So... Uh, bad day?" I say, referring to her seemingly aimless wandering.

She looks away, cracking her knuckles nervously. "Yeah... I guess you could say that." Her ears turns red, "Sorry for, you know, falling on you... And all that..."

"Yeah, no problem." I wave my hand, as if trying to sweep away the tension. "Sorry I didn't say anything earlier... I saw you coming, but I didn't really know how to react."

"Well, I don't think anyone would. This is a pretty weird situation." A s she talks, a small smile creeps onto her face. Neither of us can help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. 

I stand up, shouldering my gun and offering a hand to her. "You sure you're okay? Not gonna run into a tree or anything, are you?"

She takes accepts it and pulls herself up. Suddenly standing so close to her, I'm surprised by the color of her eyes. Someone may as well have replaced her irises with emeralds, studded with shards of silver.

She takes a step back, her ears turning red again. "Yeah, I'll be fine. I was just a bit... distracted." She looks at the watch on her wrist and swears under her breath. "I gotta go. Again, sorry for falling on you."

"Don't worry about it. Just, be careful on your way back, it's getting pretty dark." The earliest stars are already coming out. I should be on my way, too. As the girl turns and begins to make her way through the woods, I again wonder what on Earth she could have been thinking about that would make her so unaware of her surroundings.

I've almost lost sight of her when I remember something. "My name's Levi! What's yours?

She turns back and yells, "Holly!"

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