If by 'foe' you mean a brutal killer, then I suppose I'd fall into the 'friend' category, ' I replied cynically. 'Although in your case, we may have to find a secret option number three.
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He's close enough now that I can hear his footfall on the pavement, and I know my chances of outrunning him are slim. I'm practically in a full sprint, and my pounding heart is begging me to take it down a notch. I try to will my feet to keep pace with its beat; but I think it's humanly impossible to run that fast. And then it dawns on me that my footsteps are the only ones I hear. Somewhere along the way, Tristan's must have come to a stop. And I can't quite explain why I'm running this fast in the first place. I slow to a jog, intending to just pick up with my original pace; but I can't seem to suck in breaths fast enough to propel my feet any further. My molten shoes stutter to a stop, as my hands come to rest on my knees. I'm still wheezily sucking in breath after breath of thick, humid air, when I warily turn to look over my shoulder. Tristan's standing about fifty feet back, hands on his hips and a completely flummoxed twist in his forehead, his chest rising and falling with equally winded gasps. Evidently I was running faster than I gave myself credit for. As he silently watches me, regaining his breath as I do mine, the confusion on his face turns to undeniable hurt (and not the physical kind). I've wounded him, and I can't even explain why. Man, I really am an ass. I start the slow walk of shame back to where he stands, one hand upon my hip as I pull in a few more calming deep breaths. I'm debating whether to concoct some excuse for my behavior... Maybe I left my contacts out today, and didn't recognize his face? Who would blame me for running for my life, if a stranger seemed to be following me? But as I amble closer-his wrinkled forehead already fading in the wake of a welcoming smile-I decide not to dig myself a deeper hole. I'm already a straight-up jerk. I'd rather not add lying to my repertoire.
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You scared the crap out of me, ' I shove his bare chest with a growl. 'Was that you at the front door?' 'Ya think?' He fires back with a raise of his eyebrows, taking hold of my arm again, as he practically drags me back toward the front entry. 'Did it occur to you to say something?' I shoot back with a scowl. 'I thought you were some kind of psychopath.' My frown deepens, as I consider whether he might in fact be a psychopath.
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All kidding aside... ' I focus back on Pyke, genuine sincerity in my tone. 'Thank you... for everything. For dragging my 'clueless ass' through the ocean, and over hill and vale, when you knew it was futile and stupid-but that I'd still try to do it, with or without your help. Thanks for tracking me down when I was alone and helpless; and for giving me a voice when I thought all hope was lost-' 'Ugh, for crying out loud... Enough already, ' Pyke squirms, a nauseated grimace twisting his hairy face. 'Now you're going way overboard with the gratitude... That kind of gushy crap is meant to be dished out in small doses, ' he gripes. 'Please make it stop... before I have to snap my own neck, just to end the suffering.' He backs away into the crowd, giving Tristan's shoulder one more slap with a sly wink. 'Hurry up, Man, and do something. Kiss her, muzzle her... shove a sock in her mouth-
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Safeguard your weaknesses, for your enemy will always use them against you. But more importantly ... ' He raised a single bony finger, waving it rhythmically to the cadence of his words. 'Safeguard your true strengths. If he knows not what you are capable of, he will always underestimate you.' He fixed his unflinching eyes on mine. 'And you are not to be underestimated.
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Me?... Stupid?' I fluttered my eyes innocently. 'When have I ever done anything stupid?' 'Don't get me wrong, you're the smartest person I know... ' She fought back a smile. 'But you have done some of the dumbest things I ever thought possible.' 'So you have a point... ' I shrugged. 'Still not stopping me.
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With an ashamed sigh, I confessed, 'You have seen nothing but the worst of me since then, Aeron. I've been a bitter, defiant, irrational shrew... and now I'm selfishly dragging you into a hopeless situation against your better judgment. What would possibly entice you to make good on a marriage proposal under such circumstances?' 'You would... ' his voice was gentle, as his troubled eyes searched mine. 'If what I've seen is the worst of you... then it will be a miracle if I ever find a way to deserve you.
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A teasing smirk flitted across his face, as he completed his thought, 'I'll try not to take it too hard if I fail miserably, because you can be the world's greatest skeptic... ' 'Nah... ' I coughed out a little chuckle, 'not when you're involved. I'm your number one fan... You couldn't shake me if you tried.' I gave him a playful wink, adding musingly, 'Though I might stop short of hanging out in the bushes with binoculars... ' 'Well, then, ' he grinned, 'clearly you're not my number one fan.
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I missed her smile... the way she would roll her eyes when she thought I was being ridiculous... the quiet way she almost tiptoed when she walked that gave her away as a ballerina... the fact that she could probably give me a fairly decent ass-kicking if she set her mind to it. I missed it all. I missed her.
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