The first thing he was aware of was pain, specifically soreness permeating throughout his body. Eventually opening his eyes, David found himself in a small room; the cot he was laying on was the only item present. He couldn’t tell where he was or how he got here.
A small panel towards the top of the door slid open, and a pair of eyes peered in at him. The opening shut again, and he heard a voice outside. “Get the Mistress. He’s awake.”
“Hello?” David called, but no one responded.
The trauma his body had been through had left him little energy, and he fell unconscious once more.
When he woke next, a familiar face sat beside him.
She smiled. “Yes. Don’t exert yourself too much. You’ve been through quite a bit.”
“Where are we?”
“My family’s compound. You were found half buried in a pile of rubble. I can guess what happened.”
“Are you okay? Are they holding you prisoner?”
She laughed. It was genuine but sounded a bit cold. “No. Nothing like that. I assume you were looking for me thinking that, though. Yes?”
He nodded. Still disoriented from being knocked out, he was finding it difficult to understand what was going on.
“I explained this to Sarah, but this is my home. I am here because I want to be.”
“So . . .” This was a lot to take in.
“So you needn’t have gone to all of this effort.”
“What happens to me now?”
“How do you mean?”
“Well, I’m in this cell . . .”
Rebecca chuckled again. “This? Obviously my people wanted to secure an intruder. They didn’t know who you were or why you were here. Since I hope to have cleared up any misunderstanding, you can be on your way. I just ask that the next time you visit, you announce yourself.”
“That’s it. I’m touched you were worried about me so much, but I’m fine. Do you need a ride somewhere? Were you and Sarah supposed to meet up?”
“I . . . uh . . . yeah.”
“Okay. I’ll make sure someone gets you there. I would take you myself, but I have other pressing matters to attend to. Please forgive me.”
David nodded as she stood to leave.
“It was good seeing you, David. Please take care of yourself.” As she finished speaking, she turned and walked out of the room, leaving the door open.