Sprint watched the new arrivals silently from his new perch, high up on a rock formation. He was still breathing hard from his run to get to the top, but he stayed completely silent, trying to gauge the newcomers.
Hm...That one looks dangerous, best steer clear..Him too..And that one..
As he made the mental notes in his head, his eyes flicked over a particularly little and scrawny shape. He narrowed his eyes, leaning forward a little to get a better look.
The the new arrivals were splittng up and running off. Cage turned and started off through the woods, maybe she could fine somewhere to stay, a cave or something. Sweat ran down her face freely now, a cave would be cooler or maybe a stream to drink from, she was thristy. Cage felt like she was being watched as she pushed through the dry thorny shrubs that ripped at her clothes and skin.
Sprint finally looked away as they began to split apart. He started to climb down carefully, jogging slowly back towards his hideout, glancing over his shoulder to make sure he wasn't being followed back to his cave home by anyone. Or anything.
hearing a noise, Cage hide in under brush, she saw a scrawny teenager pass by where she hidden and after his foot steps had almost faded she crawled out from where she was hidden and followed him. walking softly and staying hidden. She wasn't sure why she was following this person, but she hoped to find some water soon, she was sweating alot, herr clothes were getting soaked. She wans't very strong so this trek was killing her.
Splint moved slowly, still feeling the effects of his previous run. He kept glancing nervously over his shoulder, constantly tensed, ready to flee.
Finally, still breathing heavily, he slid back into his cave home, squeezing past the small, tight entrance. He was just big enough to fit, his faded patched and worn uniform being scraped on the rock as he slipped into the coolness of the cave.
Cage saw the boy enter a cave, she wdnered if she should follow him, what if he hurt her? She didn't want to get hurt, but it was her only chance she could see to get out of the heat. She went forward and crawled into the small opening, it was easyf or her to fit because she was so tiny. She slipped into the dark cool cave and stood by teh enterance, waiting for her eyes to adjust, and trying to hear where the boy who'd entered here a moment before was.
Sprint moved to the very far end of his little cave home without a pause. He knew this place well enough to traverse it blindfolded. He walked back where he kept his little water storage. He gingerly picked up one of the battered canisters to take a few careful sips before setting it down.
Cage allowed her vision to adjust and then walked towards teh back of the cave, she saw the boy drinking something out of a canister, she stopped moving, trying not to make any nouse adn think of what to do. Her fingers, or what quialified for them went up to ehr collar again, maybe she should say something, so he didn't aattack ehr when he saw her? But what if he attacked ehr anyway?
Sprint sighed and wiped his mouth, straightening up and turning around. He jolted and leaped back with a yelp when he saw another figure in his cave with him, even though he had tried to make sure he hadn't been followed. He pressed his back against the wall, his eyes widening with panic. He braced himself to be attacked by the tiny, scrawny figure, bringing his arms up to his face.
Cage saw the guy jump back, was he scared of her? Why would he be scared of her? She was just a scrawny child, she didn't even look 10! She couldn't hurt people, not really anyway.
""ello." she whispered, her voice shaking, she was scared, the boy was bigger than she was, he could easily hurt her.
Sprint cringed at the sound of the voice, expecting to be jumped on at any second. He waited and waited, squeezing his eyes shut and bracing himself for pain.
But it never came.
Slowly, cautiously, he opened his eyes to get a better look at his intruder, still keeping himself pressed against the cave wall.
"Wh-who are you?" He stammered in a quiet, fear filled whisper. "Don't hurt me."
Cage stayed put, this was a trick, he was just pretending to be afraid! He was going to attack her when she let her guard down. She clenched ehr ishapen fingers or lack there of at her side,
"Cage." she answered in response to his question,
"You?" she whispered.
Sprint didn't move, still staring at this strange intruder. It was a girl, a scrawny little scrap of a child. She didn't look like she would be able to hurt him much.
But many of the most dangerous things in this place looked weak and helpless, luring you in.
"S-Sprint." He pressed even farther against the wall. "Y-you can take the water...a-and I have food further back...Just don't hurt me."
Water! She remembered how thirsty she was and wanted to dart forward, she slowly came forward though and reached out her right hand out since it was the best formed and easiest to grab something with and picked up a tin of water, she tipped it up adn started to drink thirstily, taking ehr gaze away form Sprint as she drank.
Sprint just stared fearfully, his eyes wide as he watched his water supply disappear into this stranger's mouth. He slowly scooted away, keeping his eyes locked on her.
"Th-there. Will you leave me a-alone now?" He asked in a tiny voice.
Cage didn't finish all teh water off, just enough to quench her thirst, if she took more than nessicary he might get angry,
"I ain't done nuttin' to ya, don'' 'urt me." she mumbled getting up and backing away, his voice maybe tiny, but she still thought she'd be attacked.
Sprint blinked at her in confusion. He kept scooting back. His hands trembled a little. He was starting to reach the entrance of his cave.
"I-I..I-I don't u-understand." He mumbled. "B-but you can take the f-food and water if you'll just leave me alone." He said quietly, gesturing to the back of the cave.
Cage studied Sprint, confussed, she wasn't going to hurt him! She couldn't hurt him,
"I ain't able to 'urt ya." she mumbled teh confession that seemed blatently obvious to her. She stood up, now he was standing by the enterance, Cage couldn't leave without going through him, she could try her power and scare or try and convince him to move, but she didn't want to, she didn't like using her power.
Sprint silently squeezed out of the entrance, moving quickly. He held his arms out in front of his chest protectively, hurrying to move out of the girl's way. He backed away as far as he could without backing into a tree or a bush.
Cage blinked when he left, and then signedand got up. She'd sort of wanted Sprint to stay, she didn't like being lonely, she'd always been lonely, at the lab they kept 'specimens' apart and in the transport everyone wa stoo angry, scared, or hurt to talk. And now Cage had probably just ruined any oppurtunity to get a friend.
Cage got up and left the cave and this time didn't follow Sprint, she turned and walked in a different driection, even though she'd cooled off in the cave she sweating in seconds outside. She crwled through the under brush hoping to find somewhere else to stay.