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MOMENT 23: WARMTH
Inicula pulled back from the long amazing kiss, and a bit of saliva trailed between us. She giggled and wiped her mouth, while mine continued to hang open. Grinning, her vampire fangs popped out. "Are you trying to catch flies, Luvaduv?"
My heart thundered in my chest, and my pulse pounded.
"A-Are you real?" I asked.
She gave a small nod. "Last I checked."
"I just...I just can't explain how happy I am to see you!"
"I'm glad to see you, too, Luvaduv, but at the same time, I couldn't be angrier."
She plopped onto the log next to me, still going barefoot, and wearing her plaid skirt and corset. The cold didn't bother her an undead.
"Why angry?" I asked.
"Because you left Wolfe Run." She lifted her finger and shoved me back by poking my nose. I nearly toppled off the log due to her sheer vampiric strength. "You were safe there."
My turn to grow angry came. I frowned and furrowed my brow. "You left me there in grave danger!"
"That isn't possible!" She held up a finger. "Not only did Pupper-Dog Boy cast a spell for your friend to see Strange World, but he cast warding spells all around Wolfe Run. No Strange Worldians should've been able to get in or out!"
"Yeah, cause that worked so well!" I snapped.
The chupacabra stuttered in his singing, and I took a deep breath, calming myself. "What I mean to say is, the night you left, the Barn Brigade attacked. They nearly killed the three of us, and then the nurses turned into Strange Worldian monsters and nearly did us as well. We somehow managed to get to the Therapy Tower and zip line out of there before getting eaten by Dragon Beatrice, or beaten to death by duck with crystal butter! Then on the train, we were attacked by more ducks, sorcerers, and even Old McDonald! Then that freak, Shaggy's son, came and is still after us! We were lucky to have run into the Guaca Mole Men and the Hot Amazonians. Did I mention King Guaca is Leeroy Bob-Frank? The Half-Man you bit and turned into a vampire? Do you realize what you've put me...put US through?"
Inicula sat forward and put her chin in her hands. "Well, that is quite a lot."
"Shaggy's son had a rocket launcher, Inicula, a freaking rocket launcher!" The tears and sobs welled within me, and I found myself falling into her cold, but squishy chest.
She wrapped her arms around me and squeezed. "I'm sorry, Luvaduv. I'm so, so sorry, but it won't happen again. We're together now. All of us."
I pulled back. "All of us?"
"Yes, Pupper Dog and Pom Pom are asleep in the largest teepee. I was standing watch when I heard you sobbing, and with sobs like those, I knew it had to be you."
I blushed and grinned. "I'm happy you're all here."
"And your friends?"
"Jeremy is sleeping that small teepee, and Fox-Face is in the two-person. We were sharing it, trying to keep each other warm."
Inicula's brows creased. "Trying to keep each other warm?"
I swallowed hard. "B-Body heat is the only way to survive these conditions!"
Inicula stood and started towards where Fox-Face slept. I snatched her wrist and did my best to hold back the angry bunny.
"Don't!" I said. "She..."
"Do you have something with her?" Inicula turned back, her brows raised, a frown upon her face.
"We're just friends," I said. "Just like I told Mr. Chupacabra here."
He stopped singing. "Keep me out of this one."
I frowned and rolled my eyes. "Please, Inicula. She's been through a lot. Harry nearly blew her leg off with a rocket launcher."
"You mean Shaggy's son?" Inicula asked.
I nodded, desperation displayed on my face. Inicula sighed and returned to her seat beside me. "I put you in this situation."
"You didn't mean to."
"But I did, and it's a mistake that nearly cost you your life, Magna."
"Don't blame yourself. You left me with two capable friends."
"Friends..." she said. "We're your friends, too. We should have been there for you."
"Forget about that," I said. "You're here now; that's what matters."
"I suppose, Luvaduv...We left to spare you from the sacrifice of the wish."
"I'm trying to figure out a way to not use the Box, this time around," I told her. "Maybe if we defeat the Monster of Mt. Arkhamm..."