Ah, yes. After riding this Donkey Kong vibe for what seems like FOREVER, we finally have a monkey in the story. So what on earth should I do with it? Let’s try this: (NOTE: I need a running start, so the portion in italics is from the previous post.)
“Charlie, we have to get out of here. That’s an Asura,” Aryana stepped out of the cave to grab my arm. She tugged me in the direction of the tunnel. “Run, Charlie,” she screamed, pulling on me.
I’m no Asura.
The stranger stood outside of the cave and pulled back his hood. Aryana and I just stared at the stranger in shock.
It was a monkey. A very tall, dark-haired monkey draped in a long, black cloak. He tilted his head to one side and studied me with surprisingly human eyes.
Hello, Charlie. I’ve been expecting you.
“Wh-Who are you?” I stammered. My heart beat wildly at the sound of the deep baritone voice. I could feel a rivulet of sweat drip down the back of my neck. The monkey had to be at least six and a half feet tall.
Don’t you remember who I am?
The monkey took a few steps towards us. He bared his teeth. I had the strange feeling that he was grinning at us, but since I couldn’t tell with certainty, I placed a hand on the hilt of my sword. “Stay away from us,” I warned him, and stood in front of Aryana. “I’m a Warrior. I’ll fight you if I have to.” It wasn’t a complete lie. I wasn’t technically a Warrior, but I had watched Shivani and Ryan in enough fights with Asuras to get the gist of things. I’m a strong guy. How hard could it be to handle a sword? Just swing and slice.
A strange sound came out of the monkey’s mouth. He clutched his stomach and bent over at the waist, convulsing. I thought he was having a fit, until it hit me. “Are you laughing?” I demanded, while carefully rearranging my features to look stern. My scowl did nothing to intimidate the monkey, since he continued to laugh.
“Who are you talking to?” Aryana asked, obviously perplexed.
“The monkey,” I replied automatically.
“You think you’re talking with this creature? Charlie, it’s a monkey. He can’t talk,” Aryana glanced at the shaking monkey and back at me. She shook her head. “I think we need someone to talk a look at you. You’re hallucinating. Let’s leave before you get worse.”
Of course I’m laughing. You’re no Warrior. The idea of you fighting me is absurd. I could knock you down with just a flick of my tail.
Something moved under the rear of his cloak. I assumed that it was his tail. Water streamed out of the the monkey’s eyes. If he had been human, I would have said that he was laughing so hard that he was crying.
“Come on, Charlie,” Aryana said, as she wiped beads of sweat from her forehead. The heat from the forest fire was getting stronger. Tugging on my sleeve, she said hoarsely, “Get in the tunnel. The fire is too close. We can’t leave the cave now.”
The girl is right. You have taken too long. The fire is all around us. Climb on my back. I’ll have to carry both of you to safety.
The monkey squatted down on his haunches. He squared his shoulder and leaned over.
“I’m not going anywhere with you until I know who you are,” I replied sternly.
“Oh, for goodness sakes,” Aryana rolled her eyes, reached out and grabbed my shoulders. She shook me gently. “Charlie. I am Aryana. You aren’t thinking clearly. Please listen to me.” She said each sentence very slowly, as if speaking to a small child. “The forest is on fire. We have to get out of here.”
If a monkey could roll his eyes, then that’s what this monkey did.
Enough of this foolish banter.
He raised a paw and stared at us. His eyes changed color. Brown to gold.
The dizziness hit me like a wall. I gasped and tried to grab the side of the cave to support myself. My limbs felt heavy. I could feel my knees buckle under my weight. I tried to crawl towards Aryana, but it took me a few moments to figure out where she was. Turning my head in her direction took a lot of effort.
Aryana was still standing. Before I could call out her name, her eyes rolled backwards. I watched her hit the ground a few moments before I collapsed on the ground next to her. The last thing I remember was the monkey standing over both of us. And then there was nothing.