She climbed on "still, there is nobody I trust more than you Autry. Just be careful"
"I love you Haidee, so much" he said even as he began climbing. Those horrible beings had given up on him for now but wanting to get far away from them was also on his mind. Once they were out she said "wow, so...if this will be too painful to answer it's okay but what have they done to you. Why can you climb like them?"
"I..well...I basically am one of them now, They wanted to witness a human be changed..."
"I'm so sorry Autry, maybe if I hadn't trusted Gormen maybe..."
"just as you told me not to feel shame do not feel bad for trusting him. I trusted him too, you had no reason to think you needed to look for me."
"He still lives next door..."
"good, then I know where to find that sorry son of a bitch"
"perhaps you should speak with Impa and Nerweigh first, just so they are on the same page"
"if it will make you feel better I will but first thing when we're back you're getting checked over by a doctor"
"I don't think that's possible Autry, everyone is going to have questions when they see you carrying me"
"Honestly, is Keba still in the same place?"
"then we go to her. I don't want Gormen having time to run off like the low life he is while I'm tending to you and questions"
"Thats a much longer walk and you're hurt. Just you taking me to our home worries me" He set her down "Look at it" he knew she got it when surprise covered Haidee's face "it's..it's healing on it's own..wow"
"I will be fine" she hugged him and he cradled her now that he didn't need his hands for anything else "emotionally though you can't just instantly heal...don't try to be overly brave...I'm here for you Autry"
"Thank you Haidee...." He kissed her head then asked "now how did you end up down there?"
"I was trying to vault jump over...like some child"
"why, you've always been wild but" he didn't want to be mean so struggled to find a word "stupid?"
"No no no, I've been stupid a lot these past four years but...you have to understand...when I first heard you died..I thought I was going to fall apart but a few months later I figured out doing daring, dangerous things could keep my depression at least at bay so I just started doing risky things just to do them so I wouldn't have to be so sad. There...there really hasn't been any other man these four years Autry. My family..even yours told me to move on but my heart just couldn't. It was all I could do not to just lay around and cry all the time so I'm sorry...I really am for putting myself in danger but I guess I figured it was better than drinking, drugs or trying to sleep around to fill a void I knew only you could fill"
"I get it Haidee, I am just relieved you're still alive and we can be together again" Her stomach gave an incredibly loud, painful growl and he frowned "Maybe I should hunt you food"
"we'll be at Kebas soon enough, truly, by the time you hunt and cook we could be there" he looked utterly distraught "Hey, I'll be okay Autry"
"It took me so damn long to escape...too long....I could have lost you in so many ways forever because I allowed myself to get drugged and to be held so long...you could have died down there"
"Autry, I'm a grown woman who did a stupid thing. You can't blame yourself for my foolish behavior and you certainly can't blame yourself for what's happened to you, I mean that, I wont hear you blaming yourself"