Cheera’s diary fiction 1: Me and Lyc
It was a warm night, the party was laying down for the night and watches were being decided on. Cheera, still having all of her spells from that day, decided to take a watch early on. The fire was put out, everyone took to their bed rolls and the night was still. Cheera was vigilant, walking the perimeter, watching the horizon for any approaching hordes or wandering traveler. Or anything strange really, and for Cheera, that’s a lot of things. Growing up in a rural village with Auntie and her parents didn’t lend for much excitement, except for the few times they got adventures walking through their quiet town and, usually, causing a ruckus.
But it’s because of these adventurers that Cheera realized she was missing out on so much in this world. She looks at her party companions; Dan the magic man, their leader, Korbin, her right hand fighting friend, Ketyl, the strange bard, Auntie Ethel, Princess Lianna, Kronk, and…
“Lyc, you should be sleeping,” said Cheera as she spotted the ginger girl setting on her bed roll.
“I can’t sleep,” came Lyc’s reply. Cheera sat down next to her, planting the shield in the ground and resheathing The Enchantress.
“Is it the nightmares again?”
“No. Maybe. I think I can feel beth friend calling to me from the past were we left him. I hope he’s happy with that boy we left him with,” Lyc said as she looked out past the starry sky.
“I bet beth friend is protecting his new family, just like he protected you while you guys were living in the woods,” Cheera looks at Lyc’s face, studying it, “Was it hard? Living in the woods for all those years? Away from people?”
Lyc looks down, then at Cheera’s knee, then back to the front of her where she draws spirals into the sand, “No it was fine. Sure, it was a little touch and go there for my sanity, but beth friend was always there for me when I needed him. Sort of. But this is nice, you guys are my friends now!”
Cheera smiles, “I’m glad you think of us as your friends, I honestly thought we were going to be just like the adventurers I knew back home. On some level we are, but were on a holy quest and we stop evil and were time traveling now?! It’s all so amazing,” Cheera leans towards Lyc’s spiral drawings and begins drawing crude stick figures of everyone lined up.
“This is going to sound weird, but did you look like this when you were by yourself?” Cheera asked.
“I mean, I looked like alot of things while I was trying to hide from the owlbears and the werewolves and the people that would stumble through the woods and-”
“No I mean, uh, did you ever, like, look like…yourself?”
Lyc looked up at Cheera’s apologetic face and cocks her head to the side, “I always look like me?”
“You do! You are you and I like how you look now! I mean-I like whatever shape you take, it’s an awesome power to have! I mean…do you have a you that’s what you look like before you could change into other things?” Cheera’s face was heating up at this point, this conversation was starting to turn in a direction she didn’t mean to take it. She felt she should change the subject now before her foot could end up further in her mouth.
“Oh! You mean this?” Said Lyc just as Cheera turned to ask a question but faltered, for now sitting next to her wasn’t the wild gingered haired girl of the woods but I milky white humanoid with pale hair and translucent eyes. Cheera, not meaning to, watched as her hand touched the strands of hair in awe as her eyes grew wide in revenant. She had never seen anyone so…so…
“Pretty…”Cheera whispered to herself, but just as the words left her she stopped and looked up at the heated face of Lyc and she also flushed and turned away just as Lyc turned back into her ginger haired self.
“Oh! I-um…I’m sorry That was weird right? I mean, not you! You look super cool!I meant me, I was weird? I’m sorry, I’ll um…I’ll go back to keeping watch somewhere else…If you want…me to go…”Cheera stammered out, her embarrassment palpable. She went to stand but she felt a hand on her shoulder stop her. The hand pulled away and it was Lyc’s turn to be at a loss for words.
“No! I mean…you don’t have to go, I’m not mad or anything. It was just,” Lyc looks back at her spirals in the sand, hiding half of her heated face, “I’ve never been called…pretty before…” Lyc looked up at Cheera and, not looking her in the eyes, said, “But it’s fine if you…call me pretty. I think you look really cool too.”
Cheera scratched her head as she sat back down with Lyc and, while still looking at her knees, asked, “Um…what about pretty? Do you…do you think I look…like that?”
They both sat in a quiet tension, both flushed and not looking at each other. The silence seemed to stretch for hours.
“I think you look cute,” answered Lyc finally.
“C-cute?! Me?” Cheera stammered as she turned to look at Lyc as Lyc turned to look at her too.
“Yeah,” Lyc said, quietly, almost a whisper, but Cheera heard her, “You look cute when you stab things with your sword.”
“Thanks,” Cheera smiled and then looked back out at the horizon. Lyc went back to her spiral drawings, but soon let out a loud yawn. Cheera chuckled quietly, “Go ahead and lie down, get some sleep, you need to be energized for the rest of the journey tomorrow.”
Lyc blearly nodded her head as Cheera tucked her into her sleeping roll. Just as Lyc was finally dozing off, she heard footsteps coming toward her. She opened one eye to watch as Cheera placed her sleeping roll next to hers and sit on it.
“Just incase you get anymore nightmares, I’ll be here for you,” Cheera whispered as she took her watch again, looking out into the night. Lyc didn’t give an acknowledgement, she simply went back to sleep.
When Dan woke from his meditation to relieve Cheera, she scooted her bed roll closer to Lyc and, without touching the sleeping girl, fell asleep.
When the rest of the party woke up the next morning, they were greeted with the sight of Lyc cuddled protectively in Cheera’s arms.