Hands pinned either side of my shoulders, sticking me against the ground. Capturing me, immobilizing me. Knife seared against bone causing the screams to flee from my lips. Why? Why did you do this…
I struggled. Fought. Ripped at the air in desperation. Anything to get free.
“Calm down! Captain! Calm!”
Lights flashed, banishing the darkness from my vision. Elias’ face fades into the fragments of my troubled mine. Bringing into the light of the face of a troubled blonde woman.
Ylanna glanced down at me with concern; her hands pinning mine but not to hurt me. A bolt of pain lanced down my back as I felt my protesting muscles fight against my own struggles.
“Wh-what happened?” I finally managed a breath.
“You were having a nightmare. Screaming and writhing.” Ylanna shook her head. “I was afraid you would undo all the stitches and hurt yourself more.”
“I-” I took in a deep gulp of air in the attempts to calm my rapid heartbeat. “I’m fine now.”
Just as her face calms, the door bursts open and I jump.
“Is Mister okay?” Sariah’s voice called from behind Ylanna.
Whirling around, Ylanna snatches up her daughter and rocks her against her hip. “He’s fine just had a bad dream. Remember when you have bad dreams.”
“Uh-huh.” Sariah giggled then flashed me her most brilliant smile. “Don’t worry, Mommy will protect you from the bad men.”
I couldn’t help but smile at her innocence. That her Mommy was such a hero as to chase all the evil from that little girl’s world. Hell, the woman probably did.
Ylanna kissed her daughter on the cheek then set her down, nudging her back gently. “Why don’t you go outside and play.”
“Okay!” And Sariah bounded off just like that without a second word or glance.
“Still don’t trust me yet around her.” I grinned. Could I really blame her? Her child was a half-breed, sired by a Kakodaemon.
“I don’t trust any of my kind nor other Kakodaemon I do not know.” She shifted her hip against her desk, folding her arms over her chest. “In this war, you never know who is friend or foe.”
She couldn’t be closer to the truth.
Still my smile held fixed in place. “Now that we’re alone again… do you mind enlightening me to this type of facility?” Staring up at the cloth high vaulted ceiling of the tent, I recognized it as a nomadic tent designed for quick set up and take down. Common among scouting groups in both armies.
“You won’t get much out of me. All you’ll get is that this is a sanctuary for those weary from this obscene war.” She placed her hand on the desk. “We’re here to protect.”
“Why hide – ”
“Rest Captain. Soon you’ll know everything. Captain Kel will inform you more than I.” A smile finally reached her lips. “All you need is to rest and heal.”