“I never asked for it to be your duty! Never! I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself.”
“Yes, that’s why you have big black bruises on both of your thighs,” Erick quipped.
“No, that’s why I’m still alive!”
“Why would you be trying to get back in the castle?” He shook his head with obvious confusion.
Dei looked down at the stone ledge they were standing on. She could feel the bruises on her legs through the wet dress. They were swollen and hard to the touch of her hands. More than those, she was in constant pain from the salt water penetrating the wounds on her back. She was cold and barefoot, having left her boots in the upper cave. Her feet were scratched from climbing and pulling them both out of the water and up onto the ledge and he was mad about a couple of bruises! He didn’t know the half of what her drenched dress was hiding from view.
“What’s another beating, when you have had as many as I have.”
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