Rek stopped. "Okay...come on, what's this all about? Does this have anything to do with the girl? How about you just let her go?"
"Hahaha, Let the little princess go? Yeah, sure." The man shook his head as if to say that Rek was crazy.
Rek stretched his back and took a lazy step toward them. "Alright, fine, don't-- I don't care. Kill her if you want to. Just tell me what you want."
"Her, her kingdom. Her marriage." The man grinned.
Rosa froze. A princess? A kingdom?
"Oh, that's charming, really. That's how I proposed to my wife-- I put a knife to her throat. Worked wonderfully." Rek walked forward more.
Rosa struggled to keep from laughing.
The man laughed. "Who said I had to propose? I just take her. And I force her."
"You force her to say 'I do'? My, my, that takes talent. My wife hasn't talked to me since I put a knife to her throat." Rek smirked, walking forward a bit more.
"DON'T STEP ANY CLOSER!" The man yelled, tightening his grip on the knife.
"Ah, okay," Rek stopped. "Don't get your panties in a bunch. I'll stop." This is close enough to kill you.
Rosa looked frightened. She didn't know what Rek was going to do as the man tightened his grip.
"How about we just drop the weapons-- and you let the girl go-- and we fight this out like men?"
The man grunted and threw Rosa on the ground. "Don't move." and walked towards Rek.
Rosa looked at Rek and begged him not to do it with a look in her eye.
"Oh, that's surprising," Rek taunted, as he threw his sword to the ground and stuck the rest of his daggers into the ground-- putting them near to Rosa. If something should go wrong, she'd be armed before the intruder could be. "I figured you'd keep hiding behind the girl."
"Shut the hell up." The man lunged for Rek. Rosa gasped.
Rek stepped to the side, elbowing the man in the back as he fell. Rek turned around, watching the man as he pushed himself to his face. "Get up!"
The man turned and made another blind rush at Rek. He stepped to the side...only to be tackled by a second man, leaping from the bushes above them. Rek jerked the man off him, and rolled to his feet, wildly looking around for Rosa-- to be sure that the first wasn't bothering her.
He wasn't. He'd been getting a club, and now charged at Rek with a branch in his arms. Rek ducked under the swinging branch, just in time to turn into the fist of the second man. He whirled around, snatching the branch from the first man, thrusting it towards the middle of the second.
Rek swung the branch around towards the first, hitting him in the face. He was on the first man before he could get up, and snapped his neck. Rek heard Rosa shriek, and turned, just as a rock descended on his own head.
His vision got black at the edges, but Rek managed to wrestle the man to the ground and snapped his neck. Rek staggered to his feet.
Rosa looked up at him, her face flushed. He stood and stared at her, studying her features for the first time. She had wide amber eyes, and she was very thin. Her lips were full, her jaw defined. She was wearing a floral, zip up dress with brown boots. She had a black leather Jacket that reached her waist, and she had long, brown hair that was braided in a messy braid down to the middle of her back. She finally shifted, And Rek looked away. His mouth had a cut on it. Rosa ripped a piece of cloth from her jacket and dabbed it.
"Are you okay?" Rek asked gruffly, picking up his weapons.
"Yes." Rosa whispered. "But I think you're the one that we should be worried about."
"What does that mean?"
"Your lip. It is cut." Rosa looked worried.
Rek reached up to touch his lip, instinctively. It came away red. He spat and shrugged. "It's alright..."
"It's not. It could get infected."
"Not likely." Rek glared, swatting her hand away.
Rosa looked hurt when he rejected her help.
He sighed deeply. "What's with you girls?"
"What?" Rosa looked at him quizzically.
"What? Do you want me to squirm and cry when you clean it up? Why do you get such joy out of patching me up?"
"You could actually act like you appreciate my help." Rosa started walking away.
Rekard threw his hands in the air, exasperated. "That could go for you as well. I just *killed* four men, to save you!" He stormed past her.
Rosa stopped and looked down at the ground.
"I...I shouldn't have said that. Come on."
"No. I'm sorry. I should've thanked you, and I didn't. Forgive me, please." Rosa looked into his eyes and pleaded.
"It's cool... come on." Rek started down the path again. "I'm ready to get there."