Cheren and Ruby
Ruby opened her eyes. She looked around. Where am I? she wondered.
She remembered the crocodile grabbing her from behind and saying that his name was Cheren. She winced as her head started pounding. She then remembered getting hit on the head and being knocked out.
She saw she was tied up. She couldn't get out. It was dark and she could barely see anything.
She tried to roll some place and hopefully run into something. And she did, but it wasn't someone she wanted to see.
Cheren lifted the dark green worn out blanket that covered the waggon. Cheren was trying to get back to the bamboo forest hideout, so he was going to sneak onto another person's supply waggon.
Cheren felt something run into him. A little bit of the sun's light poured in and Cheren could see the red fox rolling around. Cheren narrowed his eyes and said, "Settle down kid."
"My name is Ruby," she growled.
"Whatever," he said, lowering the blanket.
"Get me out of here!" she shouted.
Cheren was about to yell back at her when he saw the owner of the waggon coming back from the shop. He quickly got out his dagger and held it at her throat. "Make one sound and you'll get it," he whispered.
Ruby was silent. She barely had any idea where she was or who she was dealing with. She decided that it was best if she just remained silent for that moment.
The two heard the wheels start rolling and they tried not to fall off because of the bumpy ride. Ruby tried her best not to fall forward at the dagger by her throat.
She felt nervous. She shut her eyes and felt a shiver up her spine. She felt the fear inside her build. Soon, her mind was only filled with the thought of what might happen if no one came to save her.
After awhile, Ruby was almost at the point of tears. But luckily, the waggon stopped.
Cheren slowly raised the blanket that covered the items. He soon lifted the whole blanket off once he realized that the driver had gone off to eat. He looked around and saw that they were close to the city. Ruby was lifted up and thrown over his shoulder.
Her eyes were wide once she saw that it was the city her brother and parents were going to. She squirmed, hoping to break free and make a run for it.
But Cheren kept a firm grip on her. He went inside the forest to take her back to the wooden shack. He knew the woods like the back of his hand.
Ruby's depressing thoughts washed away as she thought of her escaping and reuniting with her brother and parents.
She could just imagine her mother giving Ruby one of her kind and gentle hugs that always warmed her. Ruby's father would hold her close and say that she was his little girl.
She thought that maybe her brother would be neutral seeing her.
Cheren felt Ruby stop struggling. She was lost in thought.
He opened the door and threw her in. Ruby snapped out of the daydream and looked around in a panic. Where was she?
She watched as Cheren stepped in and he closed the door behind him. "Now, you're going to keep quiet. I have something very important to do," he said.
"Sure, because we all know captives love staying with a total stranger who probably wants to strangle them," Ruby said sarcastically.
Cheren ignored her statement and continued on. He looked over to the left side of the room. A sturdy wooden desk stayed by the dirty window.
He opened the drawer and took out the paper and pencil. He started writing his ransom note.
Ruby wondered what to do to get herself out of there. She had an idea. "What's up croc?" Ruby asked teasingly.
Cheren rolled his eyes at the pun and continued writing. Ruby needed to think of something. "Hey croc, wanna play tag?"
"No, now be quiet before I knock you out," Cheren threatened her.
Ruby just said, "Oh, so you're too slow?"
Cheren was starting to get irritated by this fox. He quickly spun around and pointed his dagger at her. Ruby looked at the dagger that pointed at her.
She continued with her idea, "Pretty, pretty, shiny, shiny."
Cheren moaned as she repeated it multiple times. He raised his hand and got ready to bring it down onto her, but she rolled to the side. His dagger cut through the wooden floorboards.
He tried to pull it out, but it was stuck. Ruby laughed. Cheren felt anger surge through him.
He then pulled it out and tried to hit the red fox. She dodged every time. Then, she managed to stand up. She hit her head with his and he was blown back.
Everything was spinning in his sight now. Ruby saw he was still going to try though. This croc just doesn't give up now does he? she thought.