"Girls here are taught to run, and hide behind the boys because 'They'll mal.lest you! Take away your virtue and murder you and your family!'" she said, laughing to herself at her mothers infamous speech.
"I wonder if they have a sign. Maybe a mark on their skin, as if they were a cult.",Jared said putting in his imagination,"I doubt it, but it'd be a lot easier to spot them." He chuckled as he picked an apple off a nearby tree and started munching on it.
Heather nodded, "That would be too easy. Nothings that easy."
"Huntings that easy.",Jared said throwing his rifle over his shoulder like a true hunter would. "I dropped my food today though."
"Nice." Heather said, stressing the I. She giggled girlishly and said, "Then I guess it really isnt that easy."
Jared pointed a gun directly at a bird up in the sky and shot it making the bullet pierce through it. The bird was sent in a downward spiral and landed in between the two. "You were saying?",He snickered.
She clapped mockingly, "I must ammend myself! Is seems extremely easy, and so..." quick as lightening, she grabbed his gun, aimed, and shot two squirrels off a tree. "Your right. That really was easy."
"I don't trust you with a gun any time soon.",Jared said taking his gun back from her,"We have to catch dinner soon though, before the sun runs out."
"Shouldnt we be more worried about getting out of the woods before the sun goes down?" Heather said, continuing to walk.
"Boys have to eat.",Jared said,"But I suppose you're right. What do you think is on the outskirts of this town anyway?" His mind wandered, what was there other than werewolves and hunting and farming? There was something more. He knew it.
"Something wonderous...." she said quietly before turning abruptly, mere inches away from Jared, "And why would you think girls have no need to eat?"
"Well no girls pig out at festival, and their dresses pile over their bones like curtains.",Jared looked at the ground like a puppy trying to decide what had come out of his mouth was offensive or not.
Clementine laughed, “Well I suppose thats true!” she declared, turning back around and continuing to walk, “Mother always said women must look their best in order to find a suitable companion.”
"If you wish to find a suitor, be yourself. No one likes a girl who plays pretend because in the end it's who has the most laughs and love, not the most looks." He paused to look up from the ground and added,"Remember that."
Laughing some more, Heather said, only partly joking, “And who’s to say thats what I want? Because I’m a young woman? I think not!” Sure, getting married was something she wanted in the future, but only if she found the right person. Not just for the sake of getting married.
"Well I- uh- I was just guessing because you said that- that was your parents wishes for you. A-And a parents job is to take up their sons or daughters best wishes.", Jared stuttered and stumbled in his step trying not to lose his words in his train off thought.
“My parents created their own wishes for me. I mean sure, getting married someday would be nice, but only if I find the right person. I dont want to get married for the sake of getting married. I want to get married for love. I know, a silly wish, but its what I’ve always wanted since I was a little girl and I picked up this fairy tale book. Inside there were dozens of stories about people in love, fighting strange circumstances....” She said, wondering why she was pouring out her secrets to this stranger. Perhaps he made her feel like she had a right to these secrets.
"Meanwhile you got fairytales I got ghost stories.",Jared shivered at the old stories his brother and father would pass down to him in hopes of scaring him into safety. "'And that's how your uncle who you never met before got eaten by a bear, sometimes you can still hear him on nights like these!'",He said mocking his dad. "Boys are supposed to choose their woman at my age as well as girls parent's finding their suitor. I don't want to worry about women for a long time, because after that they'll be expecting kids." It's not that Jared didn't like kids it's just that he could not stand the idea of him being a dad one day.
Heather smiled devilishly, "Oh but Im sure you wouldnt mind the process for making children." she really wasnt as innocent as everyone made her out to be. It was a relief to act like herself, not worreid about being proper or lady-like, "Personally, I like kids, but yeah... Dont think I want to put my body through that type of stress for a longggg time."
"Well, I uhm....",Jared's face turned numerous shades of red at once and then he decided he didn't need to answer to a stranger,"My children are gonna be the happiest kids in the universe, I'll make sure of it." He wasn't going to raise them like he was being raised, he'd allow them to make their own choices in life.