《The House of Wolves》[The House of Wolves] - Ravens and Horses(2)

e completely full, they converged at a staircase sandwiched in between two stalls. It led to an empty house, so they figured they would just sit and talk.

”Gods, Im really starting to wonder where Aurelia and Alder are… ” Eneri muttered, her head cupped in her hands. Gale said nothing, instead staring off into the distance. ”Hey? Are you okay? ” Eneri questioned.

”Y-yeah ” Gale stammered, trying to cover up his contemplation. Eneri clearly didn believe him, so he decided to continue. ”I don know…its just, I don really miss them, you know? ” Eneri urged him to go on. ”Its strange, because weve known them for so long so youd think Id feel more passionate about this. But Im just kind of apathetic. I guess its because neither of us really knew them. In fact, none of us really know anything about each other, even you and me. We just befriended them because they were there and I just considered them my friends because they were in the little bubble of space we live in…but now that they might be gone forever or that they could have abandoned us, I don care all that much. ”

The two shared an awkward silence after that, until Eneri tried to cut the silence with humour. ”You would care if I left though, wouldn you? ” she asked jokingly. But he simply hung his head in silence. ”Hey, you don have to be ashamed about how you feel. Its not as if its something you can control. ”

He didn respond, instead pulling her into kiss. They held this one this time, practically drinking each other up. It took them at least twenty seconds to come apart.

”Wow…that might be the third best kiss Ive had. ”

”Third? What are your first two? ” Gale asked. Eneri didn respond at first, choosing to snuggle up closer and placed her head on Gales shoulder.

”Well…the first is our first, and the second is my first. ”

”You had one before me? Who was it? ”

”Aurelia. ”

Gales jaw dropped. ”You kissed? ” Eneri merely chuckled in response to her lovers amazement.

”Well, it was not exactly a kiss. Er, thats not true, it definitely was. But I don believe there was any romantic intent behind it. We were both sleepy and she just stumbled onto me and it happened. She was half asleep while doing it, so I don know if the intent was there or not. ”

”Goddammit! Thats whats always pissed me off most about Aurelia. She always moves on impulse and never wants to ask anyone elses permission, unless they
e Alder. ”

”Well, obviously, hes her brother. But still thats an interesting opinion. Personally thats my favorite thing about her. In fact its probably why she makes more money than us. ”

”Or the fact that she works in the Ravens Market. ”

”You don know that! ” Eneri exclaimed adamantly.

”Its highly likely. She has the personality for it anyways. ”

”What kind of personality is that? ”

”The freelancing kind. Shes always usually doing her own thing and getting into trouble, kind of like Martha Wylkotz. ”

”Whats so wrong about her? ”

”She cheated with Mrs. Fionas husband! Don you know that? ”

Eneri sprang up, nearly knocking over the ingredients they had set aside. ”Thats impossible! They love each other, don they? Mrs. Fionas always talking about him! Who even told you that? ”

”Well…the ladies at the fruit stalls. ” Gale said sheepishly. Eneris shoulders slumped and she rolled her eyes.

e always gossipping about something or the other. Its hardly worth listening to. ”

”I wouldn put it past Martha honestly. I told you, she has that kind of personality. Most of the women near there do! Don you know many brothels they have? ”

Eneri slapped her in disbelief. ”Its hardly their fault though! They do it to survive! Thats simply how those places are designed. The women involved hardly do it of their own will. ”

”Well, I suppose… ”

”Think of it this way. Say you have a gear, one too big for a winch and too small for a waterwheel, but it fits just right in a clock. You can blame the gear for not fitting anywhere else, because the clock is the only place it can work in. ” Gale shook his head in shame, but Eneri wasn finished. ”Besides even if those rumours were true, you also have to blame Mrs. Fionas husband. ”

e right… ” silence once again opened up in between the two. Just then, a chariot rolled by, the same one which had nearly hit Gale. He brought it up as a means to reignite the conversation.

”That chariot almost killed me you know! Earlier I mean, in the fruit stalls. ” Eneri didn say anything, so he continued rambling. ”I don blame the horse honestly. It feels like its trapped in a little bubble. It doesn know anything besides whats straight in front of it, its not allowed to run or express itself, and it spends all its time carrying other people and their shit. ”

Eneri raised her brow. ”Well I think horses are majestic creatures. ” She immediately returned to her pout after that. But Gale scooted closer and placed his hand on our shoulder.

”I agree, but not here. They can really be majestic if they can run. Instead they
e just cooped up, completely ignorant of everything around them. Like dead men walking. They don have true friends to make their lives better. ”

”They have their owner. They have the other horses in the stables. ”

Now it was Gales turn to be exasperated. ”The other horses are just the same. If they have any friendship its just because they
e all stuffed into the same tiny box. They don know where the horse next to them comes from, or how fast the horse across from them can run, or anything like that. Also, the owner? Considering how they get treated here I would pay to find a horse who genuinely cared about its owner. ”

Eneri giggled. She tried to stay mad at Gales apathy from before, however his passion about this random tangent amused her.

He picked up on that and decided to keep going.

”Besides, for all their beauty, with enough whips or swords you can kill them easily. ”

”What does that have to do with anything? ” Eneri cried, irritated once again by what her lover was saying. He simply shrugged in response.

”Its true. They don have anywhere to run, and if the people whose things they carry decide to hurt them, theres nothing they can do about it. Its just a sad existence. ” he paused, letting Eneri mull his words over a bit. ”Thats why Id rather be a crow or a raven. ”

”Why would you want to be a crow? ”

”Well first of all, crows can be killed with swords or spears, they
e too fast and too light. Second, they get to take whatever they want- ”

”I thought thats what you hated most about Aurelia? ”

Gale bit his lower lip, surprised to be called out on his hypocrisy. ”Well, to be completely honest, Its more than Im just envious of it. I hate it and admire it at the same time. And if I had the choice, Id certainly rather be a crow than be a horse. ”

”But don crows have hierarchies? Its not as if your completely free even if you become one. ” Eneri commented.

”Well, Im more free than if I were a horse. The only weight crows have to carry is their feathers, and those feathers help them to fly. Besides, even if crows have hierarchies and all that, they
e different from horses because they
e actually intelligent. ”

”What do you mean? ”

”Well think about it. The crows get to feed on the horses, and the bugs, and whatever they can take for themselves. Horses just eat grass thats fed to them by their captors. ”

”Still, the best crows can do is feed on small things and dead things. When a bigger crow or a bigger bird comes along they can do anything about it. So why would you want to be a crow? ”

”Because this is Corvachia, obviously. Out here a crow is the best you can be. ”