Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The Host Chapter 14: Disputed
It was too untold for both of us, e rattlingwherehearing him here, now, after already accepting that wed never put on him again, after believing that wed mazed him forever. It froze me solid, do me unable to react. I wanted to look at Uncle Jeb, to understand his severe answer in the desert, tho I couldnt move my look. I stared at Jareds feel, uncomprehending.Melanie reacted differently.Jared, she cried through my damaged throat the sound was just a croak.She jerked me forward, much the same way as she had in the desert, assuming control of my crisp remains. The only difference was that this time, it was by force.I wasnt able to stop her spendthrift enough.She lurched forward, raising my arms to reach out for him. I screamed a process of monition at her in my head, but she wasnt listening to me. She was besides aware that I was even at that place.No one tried to stop her as she staggered toward him. No one but me. She was within inches of touching him, and still she d idnt gull what I saw. She didnt see how his calculate had changed in the grand months of separation, how it had hardened, how the lines pulled in different directions now. She didnt see that the unconscious smile she remembered would not physically fit on this impudently face. Only once had she seen his face turn dirty and d temperous, and that expression was secret code to the one he wore now. She didnt see, or maybe she didnt care.His reach was longer than mine. forrader Melanie could make my fingers touch him, his arm shot out and the tush of his move on smashed into the side of my face. The blow was so hard that my feet left the constitute before my head slammed into the rock floor. I heard the rest of my body hit the floor with procrastinating thumps, but I didnt feel it. My eye rolled tooshie in my head, and a ringing sound shimmered in my ears. I fought the dizziness that threatened to s thole me unconscious.Stupid, unreasonable, I whimpered at her. I told you not to do thatJareds here, Jareds alive, Jareds here. She was incoherent, chanting the give-and-takes like they were lyrics to a song.I tried to focus my eyes, but the strange ceiling was blinding. I twist my head away from the light and accordingly swallowed a sob as the motion sent daggers of agony through the side of my face.I could jamely tidy sumle the pain of this one spontaneous blow. What hope did I shake up of enduring an intensive, calculated onslaught?There was a shuffle of feet beside me my eyes moved instinctively to find the threat, and I saw Uncle Jeb standing all over me. He had one exit half stretched out toward me, but he hesitated, looking away. I raised my head an inch, stifling another moan, to see what he saw.Jared was walking toward us, and his face was the same as those of the barbarians in the desert-only it was gorgeous rather than frightening in its fury. My heart faltered and then beat unevenly, and I wanted to laugh at myself. Did it matter that he was beautiful, that I love him, when he was going to kill me?I stared at the murder in his expression and tried to hope that rage would win out over expediency, but a true death wish evaded me.Jeb and Jared locked eyes for a long moment. Jareds jaw clenched and unclenched, but Jebs face was calm. The silent opponent ended when Jared suddenly exhaled in an angry gust and took a grade back.Jeb reached down for my hand and put his other arm around my back to pull me up. My head whirled and ached my stomach heaved. If it hadnt been empty for days, I might defy thrown up. It was like my feet werent touching the ground. I wobbled and pitched forward. Jeb steadied me and then gripped my elbow to keep me standing.Jared watched all this with a teeth-baring grimace. Like an idiot, Melanie struggled to move toward him again. however I was over the shock of seeing him here and less stupid than she was now. She wouldnt break through again. I locked her away behind every bar I could create i n my head.Just be quiet. Cant you see how he loathes me? Anything you say will make it worse. Were dead.But Jareds alive, Jareds here, she crooned.The quiet in the cavern out dissolved whispers came from every side, all at the same time, as if Id con imbeded several(prenominal) cue. I couldnt make out any meanings in the snort murmurs.My eyes darted around the mob of hu mans-every one of them an adult, no smaller, younger skeletal frame among them. My heart ached at the absence, and Melanie fought to voice the question. I hushed her firmly. There wasnt anything to see here, nothing but anger and hatred on strangers faces, or the anger and hatred on Jareds face.Until another man pushed his way through the rustle throng. He was built slim and tall, his skeletal structure more provable under his skin than most. His hair was washed out, either pale browned or a dark, nondescript blond. Like his bland hair and his long body, his features were mild and thin. There was no anger in hi s face, which was why it held my eye.The others do way for this apparently unassuming man as if he had some status among them. Only Jared didnt defer to him he held his ground, staring only at me. The tall man stepped around him, not seeming to notice the rampart in his path any more than he would a spile of rock.Okay, okay, he verbalise in an oddly cheery voice as he circled Jared and came to face me. Im here. What have we got?It was Aunt Maggie who answered him, appearing at his elbow.Jeb found it in the desert. Used to be our niece Melanie. It seemed to be following the directions he gave her. She flashed a dirty look at Jeb.Mm-hm, the tall, bony man murmured, his eyes measure me curiously. It was strange, that appraisal. He looked as if he liked what he saw. I couldnt bottom why he would.My gaze shied away from his, to another muliebrity-a young woman who peered around his side, her hand resting on his arm-my eyes drawn by her natural hair.Sharon Melanie cried.Melanies co usin saw the recognition in my eyes, and her face hardened.I pushed Melanie roughly to the back of my head. ShhhMm-hm, the tall man said again, nodding. He reached one hand out to my face and seemed surprised when I recoiled from it, flinching into Jebs side.Its okay, the tall man said, sunny a little in encouragement. I wont hurt you.He reached toward my face again. I shrunk into Jebs side like before, but Jeb flexed his arm and nudged me forward. The tall man touched my jaw below my ear, his fingers gentler than I expected, and move my face away. I felt his finger trace a line on the back of my neck, and I realized that he was examining the scar from my insertion.I watched Jareds face from the coigne of my eye. What this man was doing clearly upset him, and I mentation I knew why-how he must have hated that slender pink line on my neck.Jared frowned, but I was surprised that some of the anger had drained from his expression. His eyebrows pulled to get holdher. It do him look confused.The tall man dropped his hands and stepped away from me. His lips were pursed, his eyes fall with some challenge.She looks healthy enough, aside from some recent exhaustion, dehydration, and malnourishment. I bring forward youve put enough water back into her so that the dehydration wont interfere. Okay, then. He made an odd, unconscious motion with his hands, as if he were washing them. Lets get started.Then his words and his brief examination fit together and I understood-this gentle-seeming man who had just promised not to hurt me was the posit.Uncle Jeb sighed heavily and closed his eyes.The pay off held a hand out to me, inviting me to put mine in his. I clenched my hands into fists behind my back. He looked at me carefully again, measure the terror in my eyes. His mouth turned down, but it was not a frown. He was considering how to proceed.Kyle, Ian? he called, craning his neck to search the assembly for the ones he summoned. My knees wobbled when the deuce big b lack-haired brothers pressed their way forward.I think I need some help. Maybe if you were to carry - the bear on, who did not look rather so tall standing beside Kyle, began to say.No.Everyone turned to see where the withstand had come from. I didnt need to look, because I recognized the voice. I looked at him anyway.Jareds eyebrows pressed down hard over his eyes his mouth was writhe into a strange grimace. So many emotions ran across his face, it was hard to pin one down. Anger, defiance, confusion, hatred, fear pain.The doctor blinked, his face going slack with surprise. Jared? Is there a problem?Yes.Everyone waited. Beside me, Jeb was holding the corners of his lips down as if they were trying to conjure into a grin. If that was the case, then the old man had an odd sense of humor.And it is? the doctor asked.Jared answered through his teeth. Ill tell you the problem, Doc. Whats the difference between letting you have it or Jeb putting a bullet in its head?I trembled. Jeb p atted my arm.The doctor blinked again. Well was all he said.Jared answered his own question. The difference is, if Jeb kills it, at least it dies cleanly.Jared. The doctors voice was soothing, the same tone hed used on me. We learn so much each time. Maybe this will be the time -Hah Jared snorted. I dont see much progress being made, Doc.Jared will protect us, Melanie thought faintly.It was hard to concentrate enough to form words. Not us, just your body. skinny enough Her voice seemed to come from some distance, from outside my pounding head.Sharon took a step forward so that she stood half in front of the doctor. It was a strangely protective stance.Theres no point in wasting an opportunity, she said fiercely. We all realize that this is hard for you, Jared, but in the end its not your decision to make. We have to consider whats best for the majority.Jared glowered at her. No. The word was a snarl.I could tell he had not whispered the word, to date it was very quiet in my ears. I n fact, everything was suddenly quiet. Sharons lips moved, her finger jabbed at Jared viciously, but all I heard was a soft hissing. incomplete one of them took a step, but they seemed to be drifting away from me.I saw the dark-haired brothers step toward Jared with angry faces. I felt my hand try to rise in protest, but it only twitched limply. Jareds face turned red when his lips parted, and the tendons in his neck strained like he was shouting, but I heard nothing. Jeb let go of my arm, and I saw the dull gray of the rifles barrel swing up beside me. I cringed away from the weapon, though it was not pointed in my direction. This upset my balance, and I watched the room tip very slowly to one side.Jamie, I sighed as the light swirled away from my eyes.Jareds face was suddenly very close, leaning over me with a fierce expression.Jamie? I breathed again, this time a question. Jamie?Jebs gruff voice answered from somewhere faraway away.The kid is fine. Jared brought him here.I look ed at Jareds tormented face, fast disappearing into the dark mist that covered my eyes.Thank you, I whispered.And then I was lost in the darkness.