Too tired to be emotional, too tired to think and definitely too tired to even complain, not that he would complain, but having the option to do so was appealing. He rowed quietly and as much as he could paced himself with Juri to avoid swerving left or right. Half an hour later and what felt like a good distance covered he was a robot, a rowing bot with minimum conversational skills.
He would have stayed like that until he would begin to fall asleep while rowing where he would most likely fall down into the water. Thankfully enough he did not need to because some time just after his fifth or sixth yawn their small raft was finally able to chance upon a breeze. It was a nice see breeze that felt like a breath of fresh air. It was nice. They were grateful.
The sails were raised, the oars were put to rest and the back roar was to be used again after such a long time. He would have volunteered for the position of rower, but Juri was kind and much, much faster than him. He thanked her and asked if it would be okay for him to go take a nap for a little while and wake her up when something occurred. She said fine. He thanked her once more.
His sleep was fast, uneventful and dreamless. In one moment he was getting ready to place his head on the sleeping bag and in the next he was waking up from what felt like a millisecond of sleep. Was it a good sleep or a bad sleep? He didn’t know how to judge, but it was sleep and that was what mattered at the moment. What he did know was that the sun was no longer in the same position it was in before so it was safe to assume that certain amount or an acceptable amount of time had passed.
“Uneventful travels I presume? How long was I out anyhow?”
As they rode the raft, Juri tried to keep the pace with Atsuin, whom was a little inconsistent. She figured it was his exhaustion. She didn’t say anything though. After a little while, a refreshing breeze started to blow. Juri stopped for a moment, running her fingers through her hair, keeping it from blowing in the wind. Juri and Atsuin raised the sails, which would help them out a bit. Once they did though, Atsuin said he wanted to go to sleep. When he finally asked, Juri replied, “What are you waiting for? Get some rest.” She could tell he was asleep moments later: out for quite a while likely.
With Atsuin asleep, Juri kept rowing, keeping the boat straight, trying to remember to check the compass often, not wanting to stray from their path. As she rowed, she eventually felt her muscles burning in places they hadn’t in a few days. They were likely to keep that up for a little while longer until she got used to rowing again. When Atsuin got up, Juri would probably insist he row as much as possible so he could get used to it again. Then again, she remembered they still had to make his torch and their food container. Speaking of food, she was sure to check their salt collector every so often.
After a good while, Juri felt like she was starting to get more tired and hungry. Not long after she noticed that, she saw Atsuin stir. Not more than a minute later, he got up. He approached, and Juri greeted him, “Good...morning?” He asked if anything happened and how long he was out, to which Juri responded, “Yeah, uneventful.” Going on feeling and the sun’s position, Juri answered his second question with, “You were out about four or five hours, I’d say.” Juri felt like she could eat, but she was hardly starving. She wanted to see what Atsuin felt like first. Thinking for a moment, Juri said, “How about I keep rowing while you try and make your torch for tonight. I’ll keep rowing. Sounds good?”