Amaryllis dizzily sprinted through the woods. She couldn't see straight and was having double vision. Pain surged through her body over and over as if it were waves hitting a rock. Her wing was on fire from the pain. This was sheer misery.Letting out a strangled cry, Amaryllis gently put her hand over the wing to discover blood. Glancing over her shoulder, Amaryllis found that there were dots of blood. Now she definitely needed to stop. She cursed angrily and fluently under her breath, and then stripped off her shirt. Thankfully, she had an undershirt on, so now she wasn't bare. It was a long-sleeve attire too. Amaryllis tied her shirt around her chest and her back and pressed it agaisnt her wing. She tied it tight and moved forward a few steps, and then glanced over her shoulder. There wasn't anymore blood, and the pressure of her shirt was pressuring her wound to stop bleeding. Amaryllis smiled triumphantly, then continued to run.
She knew someone was coming after her and was starting to regret escaping. Her eyes teared up, but she brushed them away quickly. Now wasn't a time for her emotions to surface. She forced them back and took a deep breathe. The pain was surging over her, but she was starting to block it out. Nonetheless, she needed to find somewhere to hide. Fear, panic, alarm, confusion, sorrow, pain, hatred and anger washed over her. This was unfair. She hated this. If she was caught, she would be treated worse and she knew it. She knew she couldn't go in a cage or a hollow in a tree, for she might be trapped. In the trees though, she wouldn't be as trapped. She could jump from branch to branch and climb expertly. Still, it was a bad idea, but she didn't know where else to go. Hopefully the guards couldn't climb. Amaryllis shut her eyes briefly and looked around panic-stricken for a tree she could climb. "Come on, come on," she pleaded, wheezing and gasping for air as she ran around, "Come on...." When she didn't find anything, she let out a choked sob and hastily closed her mouth and clenched her jaw. It was useless. She couldn't do this. Hopeless rushed through her. Furious and frustrated, Amaryllis picked up a rock and whipped it. It bounced off a tree and hit the ground where it lay submissively. Her frustration rising, she grabbed her head and entangled her hands in her messy blonde hair.
Sprinting another yard or two, the slave looked up to find a tall oak tree. She sighed in relief. Amaryllis sucked in a deep breathe and jumped to grab it. Her fingers wrapped around the branch and she lifted herself up. Quickly, the young woman began climbing the tree and didn't stop. It was difficult, and she didn't have enough strength. The pain was overwhelming, and her PTSD and depression weren't helping. Amaryllis slid down and dug her nails into the bark, wrapping her legs around the tree trunk. She hoisted herself up, her expression melting into determination. Amaryllis hauled herself up and grabbed the nearest branch. Pulling herself over, she climbed onto the branch and pulled herself up. Amaryllis found a fork in the middle of the tree trunk. Gratefully, she climbed weakly into the area and sat down, closing her eyes. After her brief rest, she made a little nest out of leaves and branches into a protective shelter-like area. The woods came alive now to her. An owl hooted, wolves howled and a few late-night birds chirped. Animals move below her in the underbrush, and Amaryllis listened intently. It was peaceful, and she almost relaxed. She had to keep focused on herself, however, so she shifted the thoughts in her mind to her injury and surroundings.
Slowly, she rolled onto her stomach and looked over the side. She was at least fifty if not more, feet into the air. There weren't spots of blood anymore, thankfully. Now that she was up high and in as safe as an area she could be, Amaryllis had to take the arrow out of her throbbing back. Light-headed, Amaryllis slowly turned and lay flat on her stomach. She undid the wrap around her back carefully and shut her eyes. This was going to hurt. She bit her tongue hard and sent a quick prayer to any higher power and took a deep breathe. Slowly, the slave began to extract the arrow from her back. A scream rose in her throat, but she didn't let it out. Tears of pain swelled in her eyes, which were burning, and down her cheek as she finally took out the arrow. The amount of pain she felt now was nothing. It blinded her, sickened her, and paralyzed her momentarily. She Once the arrow was out, she placed it beside her and began to hyperventilate when she opened her mouth. Amaryllis started to sob silent and sat up, doubling over. She held her stomach and felt her face touch the wood in front of her. Minutes passed. For all she knew, she stayed like that for an hour. During it, she'd drifted in and out of consciousness. Her eyes would open and then shut again, but she clung to life and consciousness. However long it had been, she finally began looking for herbs to disinfect the wound. Upon finding some herbs and leaves from the branches, she placed them on her back and pressed them down.
Amaryllis laid down in her area once more, tossing her bloody shirt in the opposite corner of her shelter. She'd made little cracks in it so she could see through it but not be seen. There was a small area for her to run onto the branches in case of emergency. She let out a slow, deep breathe and looked up at the stars from the crack in the foliage above her. The stars shined down at her almost mockingly, as if illuminating her so the hunter could see her. She pursed her lips hard as to make no noised as a moan rose in her throat. Her heart was racing and she was numb from the night's events. Amaryllis pulled over a rather large leaf from a nearby branch and draped it over herself for a blanket. She curled up and listened to the woods, but more importantly, for anyone else.