Episode 2: The Beginning
“Pan almost died today.”
“WHAT?!” Felix exclaimed out of the blue, making you jumped. His loud reaction was as if you had just dropped a bomb on him. Well, you did gave him one, figuratively of course.
Feeling the need to defend yourself, you quickly spoke up before he could ask the foreseeable question. “It wasn’t my decision!” You raised your hand, as if ready to take an oath. “I swear. I wanted to tell you as soon as I got a hold on you but Pan stopped me.”
“Damn it, Pan.” Felix mumbled under his breath, but loud enough for you to hear him.
“How is he now?”
“He’s recovering. I treated him with the spring water.”
With that being said, Felix pushed the door slightly to take a look at Pan who was sleeping soundly on his bed. Assured that Pan is now out of harm, Felix stepped back outside and went back to where you’ve been standing all the while.
“Quick thinking on your part to use the spring water. What happened actually?”
“Somebody fired an arrow at us. It was supposed to hit me but Pan pushed me out of the way. Instead, it grazed his head, leaving such a deep cut.” You paused. “If not for the obligation to save him, since he saved my life, I wouldn’t even bother myself about it.”
“Nahh… I know you don’t mean that.”
Yes, Felix is right; you would not leave Pan to die no matter what he has done to you in the past. Perhaps because of the sense of humanity inside you. Or perhaps you have started to forgive him for his mistakes and embraced the living here in Neverland. But regardless of what the reason might be, you were not ready to admit to anyone that you do care for Pan, even if you tried hard to bury it deep inside your heart.
“Well, I’m glad both of you are safe now… But who the bloody hell fired that arrow anyway?”
You shrugged your shoulders, telling Felix that you had no idea who was behind the attack. “I wanted to find out more but Pan was bleeding too much that I had to forget about it for a while.”
Felix looked up to the trees before he said, “Come.” And off he went into the jungle, leaving you speechless at your spot.
You quickly snapped yourself out of your daze and ran up to him. You pulled him back, forcing him to turn and face you. “Where you think you’re going?”
“To investigate further, of course.”
You let go of your grasp on his arm and continued to speak. “How about tomorrow morning? Night is almost upon us and it will soon be too dark for us to even see what’s in front of us. Besides, Pan entrusted us to see to the boys while he’s out. And you know what Pan will do if anything happens to them while they are in our watch, right?”
With your words starting to sink in, Felix nodded, starting to see sense in your reasoning. “Alright, then.”
Both of you started to make a beeline for the camp. Upon reaching, you found the boys resting and wiping away their dripping sweat from their face. You could only smile as a sense of glad filled you, grateful that they are well and healthy, though a bit worn out from carrying out a whole day of activities.
The night went on like any other night; the usual celebration with the boys playing with the drums and a feast to celebrate the victor who won the game earlier. Naturally, there were questions around asking for the whereabouts of their beloved leader. But before you could come up with a lie to hide the truth, Pan emerged from the forest. He seemed better. Though not as energetic as he usually is.
Next morning, you walked over to Pan’s treehouse before the boys were awake. Just as an act of courtesy to tell him rather than to disappear from sight. Wouldn’t want history to repeat.
You knocked on the door twice as you called out for Pan.
No answer. Maybe he’s still sleeping. Oh wells. I’ll tell him later over the walkie.
You wanted to walk away but unconsciously, you found yourself knocking on Pan’s door once more, like it had a mind of its own. In an instant, you pulled your hand back. What the hell did I just do?
Before you could turn back and run away, the door creaked open. You peeked inside to see Pan standing on the balcony as he looked out to the beautiful view of Neverland.
You walked over to the balcony and stood beside him. You took in a deep breath, exhaling through your mouth, trying to give yourself some courage before asking for his permission.
“Why have you come to see me?” It was then that you realised you have stayed silent for quite some time.
“Oh. Urm… Felix and I… We won’t be joining you guys for today.”
Pan turned to you with a surprised look on his face. “Why?”
“Urm.. There is… urm… something that… aahh… we need to settle first.” You cursed in your heart, mad for not coming up with a better excuse that night.
He raised his eyebrows. His expression told you that he is not believing every word you’ve just said. You continued to speak, trying hard to convince him. “Is there anything you two are hiding from me?”
Pan gave you a look that it’s hard for you to decode. Though, be it that he approved it or not, you still want to go ahead with your plan. You have to get to the bottom of the whole matter and find out the culprit. Both your life and Pan’s are in danger.
And one thing too. Pan knows all about that strong head of yours. He knows no matter how he hard he tried to stop you, you will always find a way to get what you want. “Alright, fine. You guys can go. But can I ask one thing.”
Your heart leaped for joy, though, surprised at the same time that Pan gave you his blessings to go ahead with whatever you had planned for the day. “Sure. What is it?”
“Are you and Felix like…” Pan hesitated.
“You know… like… lovers?”
You chuckled, feeling his query to be a ridiculous one. “No, we’re not! What gave you that idea?”
Somehow, you knew this was something that you shouldn’t have seen but did Pan just heaved a sigh of relief? But why? Urgh. There’s no time to wrap my head around this silly matter now.
“Nothing. Go ahead with your plan then. Just remember the rules.”
“Yeah yeah… Be back before sunset and call you out if there’s any problem. Got it.”
“Gosh. You sound like a father.”
“Yes, that’s what happen if you have a stubborn girl under your care.”
With delight, you ran away from Pan and into the woods to the spot where Felix had determined the previous night for you to meet up.
“You talked to Pan?”
“How did it go?”
“It went well, though.” Felix looked surprised, not expecting that answer from you.
“Wow. That’s a first.”
“Why do you have such little faith in me?”
“No.” Felix laughed at your silly assumption. “It’s just… Pan always said ‘No’ to you. So it’s kinda rare to see him allowing you to do whatever you want.”
“I know, right! Even I was surprised myself.”
“Well, at least he wouldn’t be worried.” He paused. “Come on, let’s go and get to the bottom of this.”
And off you two went, going deeper into the jungle to find the answer that you seek.
Yupps. A slow episode today.