Sprint watched her silently, nervously. He wrung his hands together. Usually, newcomers left him alone and he left them alone. That was fine with him.
But Cage...For some reason he didn't mind her. She didn't hurt him, she didn't even try.
It had been so long since he last talked to someone, so long he couldn't remember. It had been in the lab. Maybe. His time in the lab blurred together, and he didn't want to smooth it out.
He watched her for another moment before starting to follow her silently, staying far behind her.
Cage couldn't climb, she'd tried but she wasn't strong enough to pull herself up, she manage dto get to low branches, but that wasn't very used to. She tried to climb a tree, but fellback, she'd ried a few more times but realized it was a futile attempt. So she kept trudging on, she came to a place that was rocky, maybe there was a cave here, she started searching. Cage felt like she being watched, but tried to ignore it, she climbed the rocks a bit, scraping her shins, hands and forarms as she struggled up the rocks. Cage wished they'd been allowed physical training in the lab, then she probably would be so weak now, it would be easier to survive. Not that the 'doctors' cared if the lived or died out here.
Sprint watched in silence for another moment. He flinched a little inwardly as she struggled, but he kept quiet. He watched as she scratched herself up.
Finally, he stepped forward slowly and carefully, still staying back.
"Y-you...you...You're looking for a cave, aren't you?" He stammered quietly, cautiously.
Cage, who was up on a rock spun almost too fast and nearly fell, but amane to keep her balance. sh elooked down and saw Sprint. He was back, he probably was going to attack adn kille dher now, out here where he coudl eaisly dispose of her body. She looked down nervously and listen to his question. Cage paused, and thought, she'd always been very slow,
"Y-yes." she whispered, looking down at him from her rock, her shins, forearms, and hands were bleeding adn stung, but she was used to that type of pain, the labs didn't exactly use pain killer when the 'worked' on you.
"There are caves farther that way." Sprint pointed, his hand shaking. He stood still, flinching away a little as he looked up at her. He shuffled back cautiously, taking a few slow backwards steps.
Cage nodded, but didn't move. She didn't want to move to soon, she didn't trust him that well, but she really wanted him to stay, maybe she could learn to trust. Cage really didn'tw ant to be alone again. She wanted to trust, but couldn't bring herslef too.
Sprint watched her nervously, waiting for her to say something, to do something, leap out at him, anything. His fingers twitched as he watched her, shuffling his feet. He wanted to keep talking to her. It had been so long. But she was still dangerous. Hanging around danger generally got him hurt. He took an uncertain step back.
Cage looked up the rocky cliff like mountain and then back at Sprint. SHe took a deep bretah, mustering her courage, hoping she could spit out what she wanted to say before he left,
"Don'' go." she muttered, she still stood adn watched, and then squinted, something was moving behind Sprint, something in the bushes.
Sprint stopped where he was. He stayed tensed, braced and ready to run if he needed to. But he couldn't bring himself to. He stayed where he was, looking up at Cage.
Cage pointed behind Sprint, a large what look like use dto be a boy rose up behind him. The creature was half bear half human and was snarling. Cage did teh first thing she could think of, she grabbed a largish rock and lobbe dit at teh creature,
"Wa'ch ou'!" she said as she trhew the rock.
Sprint instantly ran. And not just a normal slow dash. He Sprinted, going as fast as he could, blurring past the creature in the blink of an eye. He swiftly climbed up the rock where Cage was, panting hard already.
The rock hit teh creature in the head, though it didn't kill it, only stunned it. Now it was coming for the rock and scratching at the rock and roaring in rage that he'd missed his prey. Cage jumped back form teh edge and looked at Sprint, who had appeared next to her in what seemed like a split second. Cage swallowed, the bear creature was frightening her, she wanted it to go away. Sh eknew a away for it maybe to go away, if she could get in it's head, but then her vody would pass outa dn she'd fall off of the rock, so she wans'ts ure that was a bright idea.
"C-c'mon!" Sprint reached out without thinking, grabbing Cage up in his arms, hefting her with a little difficulty despite how small she was. He felt a little weak from Sprinting, but he still had some energy left. After grabbing her up, he didn't even pause for a second before dashing away, Sprinting again to get away from the beast.
Cage was surprised when she was picked up, adn struggled a bit, unsure of what was happeninga nd frightened. She iddn't now where Sprint was taking her, or why he'd grabbed her. She just kenw that suddenly she wa sin SPrint's arms and the wind was whipped past her face very fast.
He couldn't keep running for long, especially not with someone in his arms. He came to a stop, nearly dropping the girl in his arms as he did so, panting hard. His legs felt weak and his lungs felt tight as he gasped for air. He looked over his shoulder, hoping he had covered enough ground to keep them away from the beast.
Cage hit the ground and rolled away from Sprint, she sat up and presse dher back to a tree, watching him pant and wheeze. She guessed that everyone in this forest who were 'human' or once human had been to the labs once. Sprint must've have gotten extreme speed or something like that. She continue dto watch him, and the looked back the way they'd come, hoping they were far enough away from the creature so that they'd be safe.
Sprint closed his eyes, doubling over as his knees buckled. He kept gasping for breath, swallowing in air as if it was water. He stayed bent over, crouching on the ground for a moment before straightening shakily.
"I-I've never...carried anyone before..." He panted, wobbling back a step.
Cage stood up and walked nervously over to Sprint, "Th-thanks." she whispered, unsure of what else to say. Sprint looked like he wasn't going to be able to walk without help. Cage looked around and picked up a tallish, rough broken branch that would be a goos walking stick. There's were still twigs adn leaves on it and it didn't look pretty, but other than that.
Sprint blinked at her and the stick. Cautiously, nervously, he reached out to take it, his fingers shaking slightly.
"Th-thank you.." He mumbled, testing it in his hands for a moment before using it to lean on, walking a few slow steps.