We pulled up beside a small lake and I told my two vixens to put on their jackets and follow me. Leaving the car we walked a small way before stopping on the lake shore and sat down, it may have been cold but the crystal aqua water was still stunning to gaze into. Schools of Minnows flashed past the bank as the three of us sat having a picnic on the grass.
"It's beautiful" Sapphire said.
"I thought you would like it" I replied. "How does your leg feel?"
"Better, but it still hurts now and then" she said.
Malachi sat next to her and asked to see her wounded leg, lifting it up to show her Malachi then started to remove the blood stained bandages. When they were all off I could see the stitched up wound on the back of her leg, remarkably it had already started to heal.
"That's much better" she said. "Letting the air get to it feels so much nicer"
"I would keep using the cane for today and tomorrow but after that you will be fine" Malachi advised her.
"I still wouldn't run or strain yourself for another week" I added.
"I'll try not to" she said before lying on her side and closing her eyes.
Even though it was mid February Sapphire and Malachi both tried to soak up as much sunlight as possible. I would have tried to join in but without any fur I would get too cold, so instead I kept warm by walking around the shore. I picked up some rocks and skipped them across the lake surface until Sapphire came over to watch.
"May I try?" she asked.
"Sure you can" I said and I handed her a rock for her to try and skip.
Watching me do it a few more times she then pulled her arm back and threw the stone. I watched in amazement as the rock jumped on the surface over ten times before finally sinking. "How did you do that?" I asked her.
"Very easily" she giggled before doing it once more. Afterwards she turned back and sat down next to Malachi again.
All of a sudden her mood changed, she went from peaceful to looking very upset. I looked back to see her holding her head low, as I kneeled down in front of her I noticed that she was crying slightly for some reason.
"Hey, what's the matter" I asked her gently as I placed my finger on her chin and tilted her head up.
"I can't help but remember Lucy" she sobbed. "I never enjoyed myself as much as I am now"
I softly shushed her to calm her down; I gently hugged her as she continued to weep. "Shh, I know how you feel" I said into her ear. Malachi put her paw on her back to try and help comfort her but it was no good. I could feel my right shoulder getting damp as she kept crying.
"I-I wish I could have spent more time with her" she sobbed.
"It's ok" I said. "I know exactly how you feel but I'm afraid you will just have to let it go"
"H-how can I?" she said. "And- and that horrid man still hates me. He is going to kill me if he sees me"
"You are in safe hands" I said.
"We promise we will protect you" Malachi said.
"We can do better than that" I added. "I vow to you that if I ever find that man I will make sure that he will need surgery afterwards"
"You would really risk your life for me?" she asked.
"I would rather die than see either of your hurt" I said while wiping he tears away from under Sapphire's eyes.
She gave a very weak smile as I gave her a handkerchief so she could dry her eyes. I looked over to Malachi, without actually speaking she told me that it was best that we headed back home, I told her I agreed using our telepathic link and we made our way back to the car. Sapphire said nothing the journey home; she was too busy thinking about her last tamer. She still could not believe that she would never see her again.
She was still upset when I entered her room several hours later. I handed her a bowl of stilton soup and said "I brought you this, in case you were hungry" Taking the bowl from me I noticed a single tear drop landed into her soup, she was still crying. "Please don't cry" I said placing my hand on her shoulder. She looked up and said in a much calmer tone "I'm sorry if I'm being any trouble"
"Of course you're not" I said. "I know exactly how you feel right now"
"How come?" she asked curiously.
"I lost my family many years ago" I said. "All I have left is Malachi and you"
"Looks like we are in the same boat" she said. "At least you haven't hurt yourself"
"I have in the past" I said. I rolled up my right sleeve to show her my scar.
"How did you get that?" she asked as she looked at the mark in horror.
"It's a long story which I will tell you eventually" I said rolling my sleeve down again. "But now you should rest, you must be tired"
With that I left her however as I left the room I noticed that Malachi wasn't downstairs. I checked the other bedroom and she wasn't there either but as I walked downstairs I could see her outside in the pool. I sat down on a deck chair and watched her swim under the moonlight in the crystal clear water. She swam over to the side and crossed her arms on the edge. "Want to join me?" She asked in a feminine voice to try and tempt me.
"Isn't it cold in there?" I asked her.
"Not at all, it's surprisingly warm" she said.
I couldn't resist it; I dashed upstairs to change then ran back again. In one move I dived straight into the water next to her. "Wow, It's warmer than I thought" I said before diving under the water again. As I surfaced the two of us swam around the lit pool together, meeting in the middle of the water we wrapped our arms around each other and kissed.
It was times like this that made me think that I was probably the luckiest person alive; Malachi then shook off the water from her head before flipping backwards in under the surface. She disappeared for a moment before re appearing behind me, grabbing my shoulders she spun me around to face her and we then kissed again.
Afterwards we then swam over to the side and both got out of the pool. After drying ourselves off I then looked at the time, we had been outside for nearly an hour. "Wow, time flies" I said. "I think it's time we thought about turning in" Malachi said as she walked upstairs.
"I will be up in a minute" I said before walking into the kitchen. I made three mugs of hot chocolate for us, as I was about to add the cream on top I had an idea. Picking up a bottle of Irish cream liquor I poured a small amount into each one. I sometimes add it as I know it makes an excellent sleeping aid.
I took one mug up to Sapphiremon before then taking one to Malachi. After changing my clothes again I then lay beside her on the bed, she was reading a book when I looked over. "What are you reading?" I asked her.
"Adolphus Tips" she said. I had read it before but had forgotten I had the book, after half an hour or so she finished her drink then put the book away. Turning off the light I then kissed her goodnight and we both fell asleep a few minutes later.