She followed him through the dense foliage of the forest, her heart thumping with the passion of her innocence.
One question burned through her mind, What is going to become of me?
But she knew that the answer to that question, whatever it was, was not good for her to think about.
The escorter led her through, guiding her way. He knew she was already lost, in a sense, but there was no way he was going to let her get lost physically through the dark woods, clad with twists and turns.
“Atticus, you may leave me right here, I can find my way on my own.”
“No.” Atticus replied simply, no matter how much it pained him to say it.
“Oh, it’s against the rules, isn’t it?” Eve sighed with a heavy heart.
Actually, her theory was quite contrary to reality.
“Uh.. Yes, I am required by the nobility to lead you father in,”
It’s not. I knew I should’ve dropped her off ours ago… But wouldn’t that mean losing her… forever? his mind raced with thoughts, as he drifted off to the past.
5 years ago
As the rest of the students frolicked on the playground, socializing with one another, she sat in the corner of the school yard, and read, paying little attention to the devious stares directed at her, and the pointing of fingers.
“What are you doing here, Eve?”
“Um,” Eve’s expression grew nervous as she stared into those of the other 2nd grader’s eyes.
“I’m reading, Andromeda.”
“I didn’t know you even could read.” Andromeda snarled,
“Well… I can.”
“I didn’t know that your kind could do anything!”
“I am your kind! I’m a loyal citizen of Equinox! I promise!”
“Eve, you just aren’t like me. I’ll have you know that my father, the most powerful Baron in the land knows what you are. And he knows what you’ll do to us too. Everyone knows that you’re nothing but an unlucky little Solstice Child. Nobody will ever love you Eve.”
Tears threatened to flood as Andromeda went on her way. But she held them back, as always. Because who knew what else they would whisper behind her back if she did…
But little did she know, someone did love little Eve.
Atticus darted back to reality. He had a job to do.
“Do you like what they assigned you?” Eve asked as the two trudged along the underbrush,
He sighed “You mean the occupation of an Escorter? No. I would much rather be a doctor. Anything, really, than this.”
“Oh, well I’m sorry about that. But you should feel lucky that you even got assigned something.”
She was right. He was just so, utterly Lucky, yes that was definitely the correct word to describe his life.
But he had a job to do, and it was not an assigned one. And he had to do it fast.
“Eve, listen to me. I shouldn’t be doing this, but this is ridiculous.”
“Atticus, what are you doing? What do you mean, what is ridiculous?” Eve’s innocent face broke his heart, but this was what he had to do.
“The way they treat us.”
“What the nobility?”
“Yes, them and the Queen. All of them You should not be out here, and if I get caught doing what I have to do right now, I can get killed, would you like me to get killed?”
“No! Of course not!”
“Good, then not a single word of this will be spoken of this from you. Understood?”
“Yes, understood. But anything that can get you killed is not worth doing, Atticus. Especially for me!”
“Oh, but it is Eve. You are the beginning of my revolution.”
“What do you me-”
He dropped his bag with a thump onto the forest floor. Eve’s eyes widened with worry.
“No, Atticus, no.”
“You can’t do this, you shouldn’t! Just leave me here, just continue on with you life! Forget about me!”
“I will never forget about you, Eve. There is something in that bag that you must wear, to remember me… and what I just did for you. Eve…”
“This is absolutely insane! I can’t let you-”
“You have no choice, Eve. Goodbye Eve, and most importantly…”