Chapter 3

"Luna… wake up," Cadeyrn shook me. "Luna… wake up!" He shook me again. I grunted and opened my eyes.

"Sleepy head…," Kit mumbled to me. I playfully flicked him on the beak. "Ow…"

"That didn't actually hurt, did it?" I blinked. He chuckled happily. I smiled and rubbed his head. I looked at Cadeyrn. "Why did you wake me up?" I cocked my head. He looked at me solemnly.

"I sense something… and it's not good. It sounds like TH to me…"

"They could be anywhere, Cadeyrn," I looked around. I could still smell honey. "You want to get some honey, Kit?"

"Piplup!" Kit replied. "Yes please!" I smiled. I rubbed his head. Cadeyrn smiled and we walked off. We came to an opening in the forest… "That's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!" he seemingly gasped. The opening in the forest overlooked a canyon. In that canyon were rocks of all sizes and shapes. They were in shades of brown, red, grey, tan, yellow and white. Near the rocks was a small town. The houses were made out of rock, brick or wood. Some were painted blue or white. The roofs were either brown, grey, black or white.

"Come on, we need to get there before sunset. It's going to rain tonight and possibly flood," Cadeyrn looked at me.

"It is and how did you know that?" I asked, looking into his eyes. He cleared his throat.

"When you fell asleep at the Pokémon centre, the news came on, saying that there's a possibility of flooding."

"And when were you going to tell me this? I would not have slept on the damn ground! I could have been in a bed, FFS!"

"Okay… sorry, I won't do that again. I'll let you know next time I hear something like that."

"Thank you!" I said out of exasperation. I was exhausted. "Can't wait to get to the town…," I mumbled. I felt every muscle aching. I stretched slightly as we walked down the path, to the town. I twisted my neck, pulling one of the muscles. "Ow!" I snapped. Cadeyrn turned around and looked me funny. "What? I just hurt my neck." He rolled his eyes and turned back around. "I need a change of clothes, I smell funny."

"Who doesn't?" he replied wittily. "I could sure use some new shoes." I looked down at his shoes to see that they were holey. I sighed slightly, looking for something to do while we were walking. "By the way, the trail is about three miles, so if you need to stop for anything, we can stop."

"All right… did you have to say 'stop' twice?"

"Oh… sorry."

"Nah, it's all right," I nodded. I looked down at Kit (in my arms) to see that he was sound asleep. He looked exhausted and for a good reason. If I had lost more than half of my blood, I'd be very tired and anaemic too. I looked around and sniffed the air while listening closely. I could smell something, I don't know what was exactly but it smelled good and I could hear the sound of water. Kit woke up, squeaking slightly as he yawned.

"Hey, I'll be right back, all right?" Cadeyrn broke the silence. I nodded slightly. He set his backpack down and ran off.

"Kit… can you see his bag using your aura? I want to know more about this guy," I asked. Kit nodded and jumped out of my arms.

"Well, well, well… what do we have here?" I heard a familiar voice.

"Dixon… w-what are you doing here?" I asked.

"What are you doing here, all alone?"

"I'm travelling with someone! His name is Cadeyrn!" I snapped. He advanced toward me. "What are you doing?" He walked closer, not responding. Kit sensed something was wrong and immediately Drill pecked him in the leg. Despite bleeding, he continued to advance towards me. Smack! Dixon fell to the ground in a heap. My eyes focused on Cadeyrn, who had a pan in his hand. Where he got the pan, I have no idea. "Thank you, Cadeyrn…"

"You're welcome. Who exactly is that? It looked as if you knew him."

"It's my brother, Dixon…," I sighed.

"It looked like he was advancing on you. I don't know what he was going to do with you." I sighed again. "What's wrong?"

"Cadeyrn… I've only told this to a select few, but my brother sexually abused me. That's all I'm going to say…," I stared at the ground. "I thought he was over this by now. If you hadn't come, who knows what would have happened." He stared at me, unable to say anything. "…Where'd you get that pan?" I asked.

"It was in my bag. I was going to cook something until I saw that you were in danger. This should knock him out," he hit Dixon on the back of the head again.

"Okay… that's enough! I don't want him to die. I want him to seek help again! As soon as we get to the freaking town, I'm calling my mom and telling her that he sexually advanced on me. Come on; let's go. I'd rather eat at a restaurant than out here." Kit jumped onto my shoulder and chirped happily. He groaned and sighed, picking up his backpack. A few birds flew by, but they were too far for me to tell what they were. "I hope he doesn't come after me…," I mumbled.

"Yes! We've made it!" I jumped for joy when we entered the town of Stow-on-the-Wold. I immediately spotted a hotel and ran for it. I noticed that there was a park and a gym there. How cool is that? "Wow, this place is awesome!"

"Wait up, Luna!" Cadeyrn did his best to keep up.

"Keep up, Katie!" I said sarcastically.

"Katie?" he grumbled to himself when he caught up to me, in the front of the hotel. "Puh-lease. If you're gonna give me a nickname, please let be Cade or by my middle name, Ethan."

"I like that name, it's better than 'Dixon'!" I grinned. Cadeyrn chuckled and nodded. I thought everything would be fine…