"Why do you spend so much time talking to her?" Sanjay asked as I sat down.
"I don't know, she's nice to talk to."
"And we're not?"
"You guys are too, but she has a different perspective on everything."
"So what were you talking about?"
"How they're all getting sick."
"What did she have to say?"
"She said that she had it as a kid. We need to keep Genesis warm and let her sleep."
"How long will it take her to get better?"
"I don't know. Kali said that everything was muddled up."
"She has a name?"
"Everyone has a name."
"But you use it?"
"Well what else can I call her? Prisoner?"
"But when we were locked up they gave us names. They didn't call us prisoner!"
"But there were so many of us."
"But only two in a cell."
"But more than one cell."
"But we don't know what their calling them in other cells."
He sighed. "This is going nowhere."
"No it's not. And it's not helping Genesis either."
"Okay. I'll get cooking. Can you get the blankets?"
"Sure." I walked to find where we had put them.
"And don't get side tracked by Kali." He warned as I walked out.
"I won't." I called back. The blankets were in with the cave next to the food and I was glad that I didn't have to pass Kali. I did anyway though, but she was asleep. But for once I was glad that I didn't have to talk to her. Maybe with Genesis sick Sanjay and I can talk.
"That didn't take long." Sanjay was still lighting the fire.
"Kali was asleep. It's kind of hard to talk to sleeping people."
"That's true." He said. The fire was lit and was I helping him warm the meat and beans when he started to shake.
"Sanjay are you okay?" I threw the food so it was out of the way of the fire.
"N-n-n-n-n-no-o" he stuttered, shaking his head.
Then he started to scream. I grabbed a blanket and tried to wrap him up, but he was thrashing around. It was all I could do to keep him out of the fire. After what felt like hours, the screaming stopped suddenly. He was breathing heavily but seemed to be back in control of movement. He was sweating as bad as Genesis was, but I didn't think he was sick.
"What do you remember?" I asked handing him a can of water.
"Nothing yet. Just give me a few minutes." So I let him breathe. I picked up the meat on a stick and held it back over the flames.
The bean were boiling, so I knocked them out of the fire, but the meat still had a few more minutes. When Genesis groaned, I jumped.
"I'm hungry." She whispered.
"There are some baked beans." I told her.
"I don't feel like baked beans."
"Well if you can wait a few minutes there'll be meat."
"On second thoughts, pass the baked beans."
I carefully passed her the can of beans, making sure I didn't drop the meat.
"Where's Sanjay?" she asked. I had the feeling that she was still asleep.
"He's here, he had another memory attack."
"Is he okay?"
"Yes, I'm just glad you went out when you did."
"So am I." Her voice was back to a whisper and slurred. I turned to see her fall from sitting up. I was thankful that she had put the baked beans down first.
The smell of the cooked meat was so wonderful I nearly forgot that it was in the fire. With a knife I cut through it, glad to see that it had cooked most of the way through. I cut even pieces for each of us knowing that it might not all be eaten.
I stretched to get the can of beans from Genesis, surprised by how little she had eaten. Tipped some of them on to my piece of meat and ate. It was good, but there was something sad about eating alone. Especially when there were other people around.
"I remember." Sanjay whispered.
"What do you remember?" I asked, scooting closer.
"That smell. I'm hungry."
"There's meat and beans." I smiled.
"Sounds good." He opened his eyes.
"How are you feeling?"
"I'm fine. How's Genesis?"
"She woke up before and ate a few beans, but she's asleep again."
"Remember anything yet?" I asked. He shook his head as he tried to chew the food in his mouth.
"No." Got out eventually. "Not really. There is something on the edge of memory. I can't quite remember."
"Did it hurt as much that time?"
"No, and I'm already feeling a lot better."
"I feel sick." Genesis said. As I turned I heard an odd sound and saw the beans that she had eaten in a pile around her. "Ugh." She said and fell back down, asleep.
I moved to do something about the mess when I heard Sanjay gasp.
"I know her." He said.
"I would kind of hope so." I said.
"No, Kali. I know her. One day a group of brown-eyes came to our village, she was with them."
A/N: Enjoy your week and hope I have the next chapter ready for next week. :)