Her lips trembled. It was a nervous habit that peaked every time she waited, with eagerness, for an item.
A twig snapped. It made a loud crack for such a little branch and it was enough to make her jump in unease. Her fingers prickled, sweat beaded at the tips.
“Why do you have to be so loud?” She scolded.
His ears lowered, a blush obviously began to devour his face. “I’m sorry Keina.”
Keina raised her hand to silence him, “You would think with being half deer, you would be exceptionally stealthy.”
“Well, I’m still half human and deer are notorious for being timid. So, you can’t blame me, it’s in my makeup.”
Keina rolled her eyes, “Sometimes you bring out the worst in yourself, Haru.”
He didn’t respond. They just stood there with silence between them. There was a small movement across the way, revealing a rather cute cat. Its brown fur blended in brilliantly with the environment. The felines gold ears even matched with the sun’s rays.
“Is that it?”
Keina hushed him, “You see what’s around its neck?”
Haru zoned in closer towards cat, seeing a collar gleam with the same golden hue.
“Yeah, I see a collar.”
Keina walked a couple feet closer, making no noise with where she placed her toes. She had been waiting for this moment. This cat had evaded her grasp for too long. It caused too many failed attempts and dry hunts. This time, oh this time, she would catch this creature.
She glanced back towards Haru, noticing him staring blankly at the cat. She didn’t want to lose this treasure just because his hunting skills were not up to par with hers.
So, she left him.
Keina sprung towards the animal with ease, making as little noise as one would expect from a vacant forest. The cat still heard her, its ears perked up and it bolted in the opposite direction. A brilliant diamond swung back and forth against its collar and Keina’s eyes never left it.
Haru called out piercingly, “Wait for me, Keina! I’m coming!”
Keina didn’t want to wait; actually if she was to be honest with anyone in particular she would state that she wanted to get this object on her own, without any help.
She whipped her head around, “Just stay put! I’ll be back shortly!” She was shocked to see however, that Haru was steadily picking up pace and catching up with her. She grew annoyed at the fact she forgot he was part deer, so he would be quick enough on his feet to swiftly catch her.
She turned back ahead, watching as the cats figure blended into the shrubs, bursting out of the foliage at random locations that made her feet almost buckle underneath her weight to make the change in direction as speedily as possible.
Haru was now at her side, “If you want, I am built for these types of movements,” he kept his gaze on the fleeing cat, “I can lead the way and you follow.”
Except, he didn’t really ask a question and instead more so made a statement because he didn’t wait for Keina to answer and instead jumped out in front of her and sprung faster towards the feline, making Keina look like a sloth.
She narrowed her eyes, upset at the fact her airway was closing and it took a lot in her power to not stop and take a couple long inhales to catch her breath. She was a very competitive person and if anyone was going to fetch this object first it was going to be her.
Keina picked up her pace, chasing the aroma of Haru who was now so many feet in front of her that it made it difficult to see him.
“Haru! Slow down!”
A yelp was heard, and with enough volume that it made birds flee from their nests up within the trees.
Keina halted in place and tried to control her breathing. Something wasn’t right. She moved her head slowly in different directions, sniffing the air and indentified something. It was smoke, not of a wildfire but of a camp. The hair upon her arms stood up. There was no more sound of Haru or the cat running, so either they were far too ahead of her, or they ran into a trap.
She cursed and began to walk slowly and quietly towards the direction of the chase. The smell of the smoke thickened and coming upon the edge of a hill, she shrunk near the concealment of a shrub and knelt down. She could see Haru laying on the floor about thirty feet in front of her, and the cat that had been chased was now within a small town of hunters. Hunters who, if they got such a chance, would be paid quite a sum for attaining both Keina and Haru for the theft that they had done. She would also be repaid quite handsomely for outing some of these men on their own wrong doings. She could already begin to feel their fists against her face for betraying their loyalty.
She lowered herself onto the floor and began pulling herself forward. There was no way she was going to walk upright towards a group of people who would love to skin her.
“Haru!” She whispered harshly.
His ears perked up, so she knew he had heard her. He didn’t move and Keina began to wonder if he had been injured. She bit her lip for allowing someone in with her on her travels, because that just meant there was another person to look after besides herself. Yet, this man was a comrade, someone, although annoying, she found comfort in.
The soil smelled from the rain that had fallen earlier, and it dirtied her clothes as she pulled herself over it.
It wasn’t long until she made it to the side of her friend. “Let’s head back.” There was no point in chasing the animal down there. Far too many enemies lurked, even for a seducing amount of gold and diamonds from that cat’s collar.
Haru shook his head, “No, the cat,” he pointed and Keina followed his gaze and noticed the cat stealthily making his way out of the camp, “He is almost out of the camp, if we turn back now we won’t catch him. If we go around we will lose him. We must go straight.”
Keina widened her eyes, “I fully appreciate your enthusiasm Haru, but that is suicide. We will catch the cat another day. He isn’t worth getting killed over.”
He didn’t listen and instead jumped up into the air and ran as fast as he could through the village, which, by deer standards, was incredibly fast. Keina yelped and took off after him into a
This is the end, she thought.