Strange. That was the first word that came to my mind when I woke up that evening. After going to jail, Emily figured I had no place to stay in-which was true-and offered her home.

I met her father. He was a good man, a loving father. Kind enough to let me stay at their huge house. I was exhausted, and when she showed me where my room is, I fell on the bed and immediately went to sleep.

I was staring at the ceiling when someone knocked at the door. It was her again.

Emily went inside the room, wearing her nightgown, and sat on the bed.

"I knew you'd be awake"

I stared at her. For a long time, all I did was look at her. She bit her bottom lip and closed her eyes.

"I just want to say thank you, again. You were very brave."

I looked down. That wasn't like me. I wasn't born brave, quite the opposite.

"I don't usually do those things, lash out physically on someone. Normally I'd stand still and do nothing." A memory. I remembered the church. Barkis.

She shrugged. "I'm glad that you went out of your way to save a stranger such as myself."

I raised my eyebrow at her. "You don't seem traumatized." I observed. "Does, does this happen to you often?"

She sighed. "I'm afraid so. It is not easy growing up to be the daughter of a wealthy man. I was trained to defend myself."

How sad. I never knew Emily had this kind of life. She was just as lonely as I was.

"I see. And, you don't seem too sad about the fact that your fiance was planning to kill you." She had a questioning look on her face.

"I never loved him"

I waited a little longer to see if she'd say more, but she didn't.

"Is that so?" She nodded.

"Then why were you going to marry him?"

She looked me in the eye. Perhaps debating whether she should tell me or not.

"My father is unhealthy. He wants me to take over his business...but only if I have a man by my side. I didn't want to go into marriage with that reason, but what choice have I? So, when Lord Barkis came to town and asked for my hand, I reluctantly said yes. It was for my father. But I just discovered that he didn't approve of him. If I had known I never would've..."

"While you were asleep. I told him everything. From when the Lord Barkis said to meet him in the woods at night to what you did."

"And he said he didn't know. Barkis told me that he had already told my father. He lied."

"You're fine now?"

She smiled weakly at me. "Thanks to you"

Emily yawned. It was almost morning and we were both still tired.

"You better rest now" I said, concern in my voice

"You too"

Something she did at that moment startled me. I hadn't expected her to do that. She kissed me, on my right cheek.

"Good night" She left the room then. I touched my cheek. It felt warm. After a few minutes, I shook my head and went to sleep.

I dreamt of a yelling Victoria and thought that I should find a way to get back to normalcy


A/N: Please feel free to voice out your thoughts! :D