Chapter TwentyThree- How Bout Them Apples

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Alright so if I can get fifteen votes for this chapter I will post an extra one for the week! :D Oh and the date below is only changed to the 25th because technically midnight is the next day. Amanda and Jade are still in the forest with Snow! Just wanted to give a heads up on that! Also I am begging you all to VOTE! I am desperate for VOTES so please please please VOTE!

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Chapter TwentyThree- How Bout Them Apples

June 25th: Waxing Crescent

    Jade hugged me as if my life would depend on it. It was really starting to suck that the only real memory I had of her was of her saving my life so I wasn't able to enjoy the moment of being reunited with my friend like she was. Finally she released me and all the glee was suddenly gone from her face, lingering only slightly in her eyes. I was sure that we now were going to get directly to the point of why we were here. 

    "Did they make the bond today?" she immediately asked, her eyes flaming on the words. As she asked her hands hovered on my head which I thought of as strange but then again she was likely trying to feel for "the bond". 

    Not trusting my voice I simply nodded my head and Jade released me, saying a select string of words before beginning to pace. She ran her hand through what little hair she had and finally looked back at me. I took in her worried gaze as she stared into my eyes, seemingly searching for something in them. 

    "What do you know about it?" she asked, sitting cross legged on the ground, Snow coming to curl in a ball on her lap. I was jealous as he nuzzled his head into her hand, begging for attention.

    Taking a deep breath I told her all that I knew which in fact was more than I thought. I said that if the connection is broken we will both die and the same goes if one of us dies. I also thought that by what Zac had said about Lockheart staying healthy that I would as well, meaning my illness was gone so long as we stayed connected. It was all starting to sound bleak though when I realized his apparent need for a new connection. 

     From what I picked up on we'd already had a bond somehow and the only reason I'd been healthy before was because I'd been around Lockheart. Now that they made a new one Lockheart could go farther away from me and we would be fine but I had the distinct feeling that this bond was much stronger than the other. 

    Upon hearing these facts Jade dropped her head into her hands and sighed. I couldn't tell if she was crying or not but the slight shake of her shoulders was giving me a pretty good idea that she was. I wanted to comfort her somehow but I really didn't know what to do. I wasn't exactly an expert in the helpful category. In fact I was so chalk full of sarcasm that it made it really hard for me to be caring at the appropriate times. 

    "This wasn't supposed to happen," Jade mumbled, taking her hands away from her face so she could look at me again. Although her face was streaked with tear marks I could tell that she was trying hard to conceal them. "The whole reason I took your memory away was so that you wouldn't have to deal with any of this - any of Lockheart - anymore until I found the cure. Now you're caught in the middle of it and I don't know what to do."

    Once again I wanted to do something that showed her I cared, but I came up short. Any time I went it for a small pat or something I would just draw back and stare at her. 

    "Personally," I begin, clearing my throat when it sounded low, "I think this kind of thing would have happened anyway. He was hell bent on finding me so I'm not sure there would have been anything to stop him. What we need to focus on now is finding a way to break this connection without killing the two of us. He may be evil but I don't particularly care to kill off my own brother."

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