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A/N: I'm not a native speaker, so forgive my mistakes pls.
Out Of The Comfort Zone.
Chris leaned on the railing of the boat, but he could not grab her in time.
"Jill." He shouted.
Chris didn't stop too long to think, he took an empty barrel that was behind him and tossed it overboard, jumping afterward.
Once in the surface, Chris looked around and he couldn't see Jill, getting desperate. Shortly later he saw some movement in the sea and he swam to it, it was her body. Chris touched her and he realized that Jill had fainted.
Pulling her by her waist, Chris began swimming towards the barrel. Chris didn't know if Jill knew how to swim , so seeing that she fainted was somewhat of a relief to him, since she could have despaired in the water and made his job harder. That way it was easier to move her.
Chris put Jill on the barrel and checked her pulse, which left him relieved to confirm that she was alive. Otherwise he wouldn't bear it.
The ship was not far, but Chris knew there was no point in shouting. All he could do at that moment was going back. Chris knew they had passed near Yuhinb islands few hours ago, so if he guided himself by the stars he could reach it sometime. As soon as the sun rose he would still know which direction to take and that could keep them alive .
With his arm holding the barrel and Jill he swam only with his legs, resting from time to time. Many hours had passed until the sunrise and Chris finally saw the beach. He knew the waves would take them to the beach, but at the same time he feared for their strength.
After a lot of effort to keep holding the barrel and Jill, Chris finally reached the beach. He got her in his arms and placed her on the sand, laying beside her. Chris could barely breath and his legs were hurting a lot.
Chris lay only for a few minutes to catch his breath, then he stood up. He removed his shirt, placing it on Jill's face. The sun was too hot and he knew it wouldn't be good to Jill, besides a summer storm was heading their way. Chris knew that if he crossed part of the island he would find some huts built by sailors and pirates who used to come to that island.
Chris walked for over an hour when the first drops of rain hit his face. His legs could no longer stand the walk and that rain would only make things even tougher.
Under the rain and carrying Jill in his arms for a long time, that strong man surpassed his own limit. With a relieved smile on his lips he finally saw a hut.
The hut had no door, Chris came in and put Jill on the ground. He checked out something that looked like a bed to see if it was safe and only after he put Jill on it. Despite being summer, Chris realized that she was very cold. With no other option, Chris took her wet dress off, leaving her with only her underwear.
The rain passed away quickly, like every summer rain, Chris went outside so he to took Jill's dress and placed it on a rock to dry.
He got his shirt and went to the sea washing it several times. When the piece of cloth was clean, Chris went to a banana plant beside the hut. He drank some of the water from its leaves and wiped the rest with his shirt, he managed to extract a small amount of clean water. Chris did this in order to bring some water to Jill, he knew she also needed to be hydrated.
Before entering the hut, Chris looked around. It would not be easy or comfortable staying in there. But with this shelter and an orchard of fruit trees that surrounded them, he knew they would manage to survive.
Piers turned his face the door when he heard the sound of the key from the outside. Fearing his brother's life Piers decided not to try to escape, but he was unhappy and worried. Piers just wasn't more bored because of Deborah's company.
Piers knew why he was there, but the girl was there with him and she still didn't know why the governor had arrested her.
A guard entered the cell and another one stood by the doorway. Piers realized he never saw those men before. The guard gave Piers a plate of food, then he looked at Deborah.
"Stand up, girl."
Although frightened, Deborah hesitated but stood up looking at the ground. The guard put her plate on the bed before patting Deborah's bottom.
"What a cutie! I think I can make you into my toy."
Deborah started crying and Piers jumped out of bed.
"Leave her alone" Piers punched the man in the face making him fall on the ground.
"Damn you brat!" The man said standing up.
"Farris" The guard by the door said "The governor ordered us to treat them well, they are not ordinary prisoners."
Farris was holding his chin and looking furiously at Piers when he walked out the door, locking the cell behind him.
Deborah ran into Piers' arms and he embraced her.
"Thank you, Piers." She said crying compulsively .
Piers stroked her hair with compassion. The girl was his age and she was not used to situations like that. Her sister did everything to keep her safe. According to Deborah, their parents died when she was a child and then Helena had not choice but to dance to sustain themselves. But Deborah never needed to expose herself like that, she was a girl like any other, and Helena hoped that her sister could get a good marriage one day.
"Calm down Deborah, everything will be fine." Piers said wiping her tears with his thumb.
Feeling her eyes very heavy and her body a little sore, Jill looked up trying to recognize where she was. She heard the sound of seagulls and leaves swayed by the wind.
It was a simple hut. There were some fruit on the ground, some fabric folded on the corner and her dress. Her dress? Jill looked down at herself and realized she was wrapped in a fabric and still wearing her underwear, which somehow left her relieved.
Jill rubbed her eyes and felt extremely confused. She could not remember what happened, how she got there and especially where she was before. The only certainty she had was that as crazy as it all seemed, she knew she was not dreaming.
Slightly dizzy, Jill stood up. She tried to open the door, but the door fell outside the hut causing her to step backward scared. As soon as she got outside she realized it was somewhere like Yuhinb, or the island itself.
Her skin was oily, as if she didn't take a bath for a long time. She looked around and realized she was all alone. She went to the beach and took all her clothes off, putting the fabric over the stones and throwing herself in the water. Getting the sea water in her body was a wonderful feeling. Jill felt her body relaxed and the pain relieved.
While in the sea she washed her underwear, putting them on the rocks to dry. Jill grabbed the fabric and walked to the sand stretching it and lying under the sun. She closed her eyes for a few minutes, she was feeling much better.
"Could you hide yourself, please?" A male voice sounded behind her.
Jill jumped to the side totally scared, rolling on the sand. Her body was still moist so the sand got stuck to her skin. Jill looked at the man's back who was standing in front of her. He was wearing shorts, he was shirtless, he was tanned, strong, tall... 'The captain?'.
At that moment Jill remembered when she was falling from the ship and trying to protect her head. She didn't remember if she could do that and what happened afterwards.
"Damn it! Stay this way, I need to wash myself again." She said as she ran towards the sea. "Don't look!"
Chris stood the same way, with his back to the beach, totally silent. Jill came back and picked up her fabric again, to cover her body.
"You may turn around now." Chris turned around with arms crossed. She realized that he was unshaven, he seemed a bit more tanned and he had disheveled hair. When Jill looked into his eyes, she also remembered the kiss and at that moment she felt herself blushing. 'What happened to us?' she thought.
"You Okay? I thought you wouldn't wake up anymore.I was worried" Chris took a step forward her, but Jill stepped away from him. "Tell me how you feel"
"I guess I'm fine. But what are we doing here?"
"Well, you fell into the sea, remember? I had to jump to save you."
"You Crazy? We could have died, both of us. Why didn't you throw some rope or shouted for help before jumping, so we might have been rescued?"
"I only thought about the other possibilities when we were already on our way to this place. I couldn't be very rational when I saw you fall."
"But you should. So we would not be stuck in here." She said bluntly.
"If you had not attacked me, we wouldn't have fallen into the sea and we wouldn't be here."
Jill's eyes sparkled when she looked at him.
"I would not have attacked you if you hadn't kissed me. You promised you would not touch me."
"But I didn't kiss you" Chris said calmly still with his arms crossed "You kissed me."
"Ah!" Jill screamed in anger. She got angrier when she realized he was so calm "Keep distance. Don't ever come any closer. Don't talk to me. Pretend I 'm not here."
"It won't be difficult, after so many days alone on this island, nobody to talk to." He uncrossed his arms, turned around and walked away.
"Days? What do you mean? I slept for days?" Jill ran after him, holding the fabric on her body. "Come on, answer me." Chris stopped and she got in front of him. "I slept for days? And you took care of me?"
"If I remember it well, you just asked me to ignore you, but I will answer your question first." He crossed his arms again "Yes, you slept for about five days, I tried to keep you hydrated since there wasn't so much I could do. I was worried that you wouldn't wake up anymore. But it doesn't matter, since you're so angry with me. I'm just glad you're fine."
Jill looked at the sand embarrassed. Chris continued walking and Jill tried to follow him, but she gave up and he disappeared into the trees.
Watching him disappear, she threw herself on the sand on her knees. ' What is going on? ' she was so confused. Since she met that man she felt completely different, as if suddenly she was not the same Jill Valentine she had always been.
Jill had never been a confused person or someone who liked arguments, but for some reason she felt like hurting him with words, pushing him away. She should be happy to be alive and instead she was angry and afraid. She should thank him.
She wanted to keep some distance , but at the same time she didn't want him away from her. He was still a strange man, she barely knew him and Jill didn't understand why she felt that way.
There was no reason to be afraid. She loved Leon and she would marry him. She knew that even if Chris actually had some sort of interest in her, as soon as he knew she was a gypsy he would also understand that they had nothing in common and that a relationship between them would be impossible.
Jill knew Chris would also be rational and he certainly wouldn't try to go any further when he found out who she really was, so she told herself she should not worry. She just didn't know whether to be sad or happy with these conclusions. 'What the hell is happening to me?'
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