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I've Been A Fool Essay

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Gendry brought her to the place where he slept, a small room behind the stables. “They won't come looking for you until after supper.” He said, motioning to the small sack stuffed with hay that served as his bed, or so she assumed. “Get some rest.” Behind him, Arya could see out the slightly open door. It was snowing even harder then before. “The storms only gonna get worse.” She slipped out of his coat and motioned for him to take it from her. “Keep it, I'll be fine.”

“Can you get these off?” Arya asked, holding her still bound hands together.

“Oh,” He nodded, reaching behind him and brandishing a small axe. “Hold your hands out.”

Arya glanced at him wearily. “How good is your aim?”

“I'm a smith, my hands are steady.” Her face did not change, and he rolled his eyes. “Trust me. Hold still.”

She did as he said, holding her hands out and pulling the chain connecting them taut. Closing her eyes, she heard the clink of the chain breaking and opened them once more. Gendry reached forward and pried the clasp apart easily, freeing both her hands completely. Arya massaged her wrists, taking a seat on a hay bale. “How long before night falls?”

Gendry squinted, looking towards the door. “A few hours, this storm should keep most of the guards inside. It's lucky, really.”

“For whom? We'll be the ones riding in it.” She said, simply.

Gendry said nothing, only leaned against the far wall and stared at her. His gaze made her feel uncomfortable, as it always had, even when she was nothing but a small girl. Her mind wandered back to Acorn hall. Nice though, a nice oak tree. “I thought you were dead.” He provided, quietly. “After the war, I looked for you.”

Arya looked up surprised. “You did?”

“How do you think I ended up in Barrowton? Word was you'd been married off to Ramsay Bolton.”As Gendry's face reddened, Arya's contorted in disgust. “I couldn't just leave you to that fate. When I arrived, the girl they assumed was you had gone, and the brotherhood tasked me with keeping an eye out.”

“Well, here I am.”

“Here you are.”

Arya moved to stand but lost her balance, tripping back to a sitting position. Her eyes felt heavy, and she could feel her cheek throbbing where one of the soldiers had struck her so hard he fair flesh had torn. She looked up to see Gendry watching her once more, “How bad does it look?”

“It'll be enough to get you noticed if we're caught.” He stated, turning and reaching outside the door. When he turned around, his hand was full off freshly fallen snow. “Here,” and he pressed it to her cheek. It hurt, but only for a moment. Arya leaned into his hand, relishing the feeling of the cold against her hot, injured skin. It melted quickly and the water running down the side of her face brought her back to reality. “Better?”

“Yes,” She said, leaning away from him at once. “Thank you.”

“I have to get back to Calhoun, he'll be wondering where I've run off to. Will you be okay here?”

“I can manage not to get into trouble, I think.”
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