undecided endings part 2 The night you wanted to hear was the first night I ever met Adela, I said, and as I spoke, the smoke from the fire seemed to envelope us until we could see nothing but swirling gray patterns that began to form vague shadows that seemed to solidify as I formed them with my words.
For five years prior, I had worked as an assistant to a tanner. He took me in off the streets and gave me shelter and food. The gesture was kind, but not always appreciated, especially on nights when he would come home from the tavern drunk and take his anger out by yelling at me. On rare occasions he struck me, but I could do nothing about it. If I were to react in any way, I would be cast back out into the streets and join the many starving, ill children there. But all of that would change when Adela came to the village where I lived.
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undecided endings part 1 I had set out some time ago in search of firewood that would last us the night, and to find the small cluster of apple trees we had passed earlier that day, before we made camp. After quite some time, I gathered a bundle large enough to last us long enough and started back toward my friends and the food that waited there. The sun had long since sunk below the tree line and the woods were beginning to come alive, as they often do at night. The chorus of sounds was music to my ears as I walked along through the leaf-strewn wood with my bundle.
I smelled the fire long before I found my way to the little grove where our camp was set up. The smoky smell of the fire mixed with the rich spice of the tiny rabbit roasting over it made my mouth water in anticipation. The rabbit was small, but it was something, and I had yet to taste a dish made by the hands of Adela that I did not l