Felix can barely contain his fury at Coral’s stupidity. Hadn’t he warned her not to put any of the powder onto Angelina’s food?
Felix whispers angrily: Coral, you damn idiot. What have you done?
Coral cries: I…put the powder onto their food…like you told me too, Felix.
Felix: Lower your voice before Will hears! I told you to pour it onto Xavier and Will’s food, not Angelina’s!
Coral stutters: Are they…going to die, Felix?
Felix: No, you dimwit! It’s just a moderate opioid. It’s meant to cause a stupor. I wanted to use it on Will and Xavier to keep them drugged and away from me and Angelina- I mean the three of us. How much did you put in their food?
Coral: The whole tin, like you said-
Felix: Nooo, I said use a little bit! Now Xavier and Angelina probably won’t wake until morning. Will is most likely very suspicious, the man isn’t a fool!
Coral whispers: I’m sorry, Felix.
Felix: Oh, you will be very sorry if anything happens to Angelina, Coral. Very sorry! I will KILL you if anything happens to her! She’s my woman!
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Will remains awake, while his best friend Xavier and his lover Angelina remain in the deepest of sleep. Felix had poured some of the brew down their throats, but he cautioned that it could take hours for the medicine in the tea to work.
Coral waits until Felix is asleep, then quietly sits beside Will at the fire. She was terrified of Will, but she hoped if she told him the truth, he could protect them all from Felix.
Coral softly: Will, can I talk to you?
Coral: Please, Will. I’m scared.
Will: Do I look like Xavier to you? Get out of my face.
Coral babbles: Will, it’s about Felix. He…he was the one who put the powder into their food. Well, not him, I did. But only because he told me to! And he said not to put it in Angelina’s but I did accidentally, and then he gave me the mushrooms-
Will interrupts: Talk like you have sense, Coral. I know it’s hard for you but try. What are you saying?
Coral tells Will about the mushrooms, and how Felix had offered them to her to make her feel better. She tells him about Felix convincing her to put the mysterious powder onto Will and Xavier’s food, in the hopes of drugging them.
Coral: He got so mad when he saw I put it in Angelina’s food! He says she’s his woman. I guess he doesn’t know about you and her…
Will thoughtfully: Coral, take me to the mushrooms in the morning. Before Felix wakes up. It’ll be a long while before Xavi and Angelina are up, if you put that much opioid on their food.
The next morning, as soon as the sun was up, Coral takes Will to the spot in the forest where the mushrooms grew. Will bends down to inspect them.
Days have passed and Coral has done her best to avoid Xavier in the hopes that keeping her distance would stop her feelings for him from growing stronger. Xavier has also kept his distance out of respect for her. But they both miss each other’s company and friendship.
Coral comes across Xavier chiseling away at a rock and decides to approach him.
Coral softly: Hello.
Xavier: Hey, ladybug.
Coral: Whatcha doing?
Xavier: I don’t even know. I’m so bored. I thought I was going to try and make some tools or maybe a hunting weapon. But now that you’re talking to me again, I think I might just carve something pretty for you.
Coral steps closer to him, places her hands on his chest. She takes a deep breath, and blurts out her feelings.
Coral: Xavier…I’m falling in love with you.
Xavier softly: Coral, you’re not. You’re mistaking gratitude for love.
Coral insists: Xavier, I know what I feel. I love you. I can’t stop thinking about you. I always want to be near you. I was hoping…that maybe…we can spend some time alone together. Like Will and Angelina do.
Xavier steps away from Coral. His heart was pounding but he didn’t want Coral to notice. He didn’t want to ruin their friendship or take advantage of Coral’s fragile state.
Xavier snaps: I think Will and Angelina are being stupid and irresponsible. Being alone with a woman is the last thing on my mind. I don’t want to become a father while stranded on a deserted island or have a woman give birth in a cave.
Coral angry: Fine, Xavier! I guess Will was right! You do pity me! You’re just pretending to care about me! I can take a hint. I won’t bother you anymore!
Xavier doesn’t stop her. It was better for Coral to be angry at him than for them to make a foolish mistake.