A/N: Short chapter. Sorry for not being great on updating. Going through chemotherapy right now.
Almost as if she hadn't heard Kass's question, Karma continued to speak. "I don't understand why the gun didn't work. It was loaded. It was clean and oiled. It should have worked."
"Sometimes…Karma, sometimes, there's a higher power out there that wants something different of us. That expects something different of us." Kass tried speaking softly, and put her hands on either side of the other girl's face. "I have had horrible things happen to me. Horrible things that I never thought I'd get past, but I have. Please, tell me why you wanted to die?"
"I'm pregnant…I'm pregnant and I tried to have an abortion and I just couldn't go in there and do it. I don't know why."
"Okay…were you just not ready to have a child?"
Karma swung her head back and forth almost violently. "No, no, that's not it. My stepfather, he…he made me, and then I got pregnant."
"He raped you?"
"Yes." the girl whispered.
"I'm so sorry." Kass murmured and pulled the girl into her arms. "I'm so sorry."
"No, I'm not a good person Kass. I killed him. Afterwards. That's why I know the gun works, it should work. I shot him after he did that." Karma began to hyperventilate as she said it out loud. She hadn't spoken of the night her step dad, Roy had come in drunk and ripped her from her bed. She hadn't spoken about him throwing her into his own bed, or how he'd placed the cold metal along her bare skin. Now she did. She told this girl, this stranger everything, including how in the end, when he'd been laying on his back, laughing and smoking a cigarette, she'd picked up the gun and shot him. After that she'd run from the house and never looked back.
Gawain finally pulled back from Dani's kiss and looked into her glazed eyes. It appeared she was as affected by their intimacy as he was. "You are so beautiful." he murmured.
She blushed and ducked her head to lean under his chin.
He laughed slightly and held her tighter. "It is too late in the day now, but perhaps tomorrow you would consider taking a stroll with me? We could go and stroll through the meadows, perhaps gather some wildflowers?"
Dani nodded enthusiastically.
The doors to the kitchen opened and Bri stuck her head in, "Dani, come on, we have to go to the infirmary. They found another girl in the forest!"
Dani and Gawain exchanged startled glances and then stood together. Dani headed off with her friend while Gawain went to find the other men.
It didn't take long to find Arthur, Creed, Haven, Bors, and Lancelot. "Arthur, is it true? You found another woman in the forest?"
"It is true Gawain." Arthur nodded. "It appears she was trying to hurt herself when we came upon her. Lady Kass is looking after her."
"Bri and Dani were on their way to see if Kass needed any help." Gawain offered.
"I am thinking it is time we told our new friends about the treasures our forests keep bringing to us." Arthur shared a look with his men.
"Yes, when one shows up just as they join us, it would seem to mean something I think." Bors nodded.
"Come my new friends. This is a long and strange tale, and I'm thinking it should be one with some good mead involved."
Terri made her way from the overheated tent and blew out a sigh of relief. The air was cooler outside and it felt good on her skin. She stretched and took a long drink from her waterskin.
"Will the child live?"
Terri turned to see Tristan watching her. "I think so. Poor little thing was pretty sick though, and he's still going to be in for a rough spell for a little bit, but I think we got here in time." She pulled her hair up and off of her shoulders to allow the breeze to caress her neck. "Thank you for bringing me."
"I am glad you could save him."
His voice was closer and she looked to see him right behind her now. She found herself staring up into his dark eyes, and didn't really know what was going to happen.
"You are unlike any woman I have ever come across." He murmured. "Not only lovely to look at, but also vibrant and passionate."
"I guess I could say you're different than anyone I've ever known too." she whispered, still caught in his stare.
Tristan put his hands on her shoulders and brought his mouth down to hers. As soon as their lips touched Terri thought she'd been shocked by lightning. It felt as if a million volts swept through her body, but it was the best feeling she'd ever had.
"I should leave you be." he muttered.
"I think you should join me in my bedroll."