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Cage slipped into the cave, Sprint appeared to be sleeping, she turned to leave again, not wanting to disturb him. She didn't want to wake hima dn get him mad, she hated it when people were mad, it made her scared.
Sprint jolted out of his troubled sleep with a gasp, the nightmarish images still flashing across his eyes. He jerked up with a garbled whimper, pushing his hands to his eyes to try to press the memories away.
Cage turned when Sprint made a sort of confused whimper, he was awake now she could tell. She stepped back over to him,
"O got 'ome o''er berrie'." she said emptying her pockets to show Sprint. Cage wasn't sure why, but she desperately wanted for Sprint to approve of what she'd done, no one had ever really approved of her, or anything she'd ever done. At the lab 'approval meant you weren't punished.
Sprint blinked a few times, clearing his vision before looking at the berries Cage held in front of him. He looked back up at her.
"Y-you got these?" He asked, looking back own at the berries. "Th-that's...great! Th-they're even the right k-kind." He gave her a hearty nod. He was impressed. It had taken him much longer before he had been able to find food that wasn't poisonous.
"I jus' took the ty'e tha' look li'e the uns I a'e." she explained, she put the berries away, a tiny smile graced her face though. She'd done something right! Cage sat down next too,
"Ya OK? Ya look sa' 'en I come i'." she said.
"I-I'm okay." Sprint said. He yawned and straightened out his legs, uncurling himself even though he was still tired.
He was glad Cage had come back. He made a tiny little smile, the corners of his mouth just barely flickering up.
Cage nodded, not pushing it, she didn't want to get him mad. She was always afraid to get someone mad because she didn't want to be hurt or starved like at the lab. She fiddled with her ID bracelet, twisting it around her wrist adns atring nervously at the ground.
Sprint glanced over at her.
"Y-you okay?" He asked hesitantly. He scooted back nervously, somehow afraid that she might hurt him for talking.
"Yeah...jus' thin'in'." Cage mumbled, she was thinking, about what was past the forest, outside the lab and Wilds. Maybe she had a family somewhere, though probably not, maybe there was something else though. She wans't sure what to think about what would be passed the Wilds.
"W'a' ya thin' pas' 'e fores'?" she askedS print, not looking at him.
"I-I don't know." Sprint said, wrapping his arms around himself and nervously poking at a hole in his uniform. "N-never been able t-to go beyond." He said, absently running a finger over the scar that laid just under the fabric of his clothing.
"Well, I dunno I jus' wa' won'erin'." Cage thought. She pulled her knees to her chest and wrapped her arms around them resting her chin on her kness adn playing with her bracelet. Cage kept thinking maybe though, maybe there were just more labs and mor epain beyond the Wilds. She didn't want mroe pain, her whole life had hurt, she wanted to have someone who was nice or something nice happen to ehr in her life.
"I-It's not so b-b-bad here. Y-you get used to it a-after a while." He wrapped his arms tighter around himself. "Th-there are no doctors around, a-and no e-e-experiments." He said helpfully. "I-It's just kinda lonely."
'Opefu''y." she agreed, she didn't want anymore doctors and expeirements. Maybe she shouldn't trya dn pass the Wilds, what if there were more doctors? Labs? Or Expierements.?
Sprint folded his hands in his lap, silently examining a tiny rip on his sleeve. He glanced over at Cage. He wanted to talk to her, but he didn't know what to say. Conversation was not something you learned in the labs or here in the Wilds. So he said nothing.
"Bu' w'a' do ya thin' pas' 'd Wil's?" she repeated, looking at Sprint, she wanted an answer to her question, Cage was very curious about what was past the Wilds, even though it did scare her a bit, She wasnt sure if it'd be danerous or fun.
"I-I dunno. I-I've never g-gone past the W-Wilds." Sprint said with a nervous little shrug. "N-never dared."
"I dunno if I bra'e e'ough to explore pas 'e Wil's." Cage muttered, "W'a'...w'a' is i''s n'e 'ough, w'a' if 'ere's a pa'ce 'at'll li'e us 'ough?" she asked looking at Sprint, "I dunno if i''s wor'h goin' 'cross 'e Wil's..i'a bi' ris'." she muttered,like she was talking herself out of something.
"I-I don't know wh-what th-there is past the W-wilds." Sprint said with a little shudder. "I-I've always s-s-stayed here. I-I...I get scared." He said in a quiet whisper.
"I scare' too." Cage admitted, itw as true, she was frightened out of her wits or her new situation, of the Wilds, of everythinga dn everyone. Everything that had happened to her in her life had made her a fightened person, SH eguessed alot of people from teh lab would be scared though
Sprint sat silently, hugging himself. He could almost feel the old scars on his back as if they had just been made.
The labs had made him a scared person, a fearful little rock runner. He pulled his knees up to his chest once more with a shiver, even though he wasn't cold.