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"I'd be more afraid of the cold than the bear, but don't worry about me," Dakota shook his head. "I'll be fine once I walk it off, get my blood circulating and all that jazz." He squinted, spotting the ledge some distance away. The path there wasn't too steep, but he did almost lose his balance a few times, and if it weren't for Ash, he would've fallen. "So tell me, what are you doing in a place like this?"
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"Me? Nothing much. I was looking for supplies. Water, herbs for medicine. That kinda stuff." Ash replied as she lead them carefully. Her tone wasn't as hyper as usual but this was not the time. It might be too much for someone who had just "woken" up. Of course there was more to it than what she said and she turned it to a sort of joke. "Actually, I don't really need to be here...I'm a vegetarian."

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"Then I hope you don't find me offensive because I think I was hunting before I hit my head," Dakota stated, pointing to his right leg where a hunting knife was strapped. "I'll, ah, try not to eat meat in your presence." They reached the ledge, and Dakota sat as close to the edge as possible and scanned the area like a hawk. "There's a body of water over there," he pointed to a shimmering area. "That's good to know. Where there's water, there's life. See anything else?"
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"You go ahead and do what you want. Just don't make me eat meat." Ash grinned as she sat next to Dakota. Though it didn't seem she was very observant, her old cop side she didn't remember kicked in. Her grin faded slowly as she started to scan the area. At least the area that could be seen. There was nothing else to be noted that had already been pointed out. But there was somethings that needed to be said before movement was suggested. "I don't see anything else but we have to ask, what kind of life is there? Normally it wouldn't matter to me but in your condition..."

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"Well, ain't that gracious of you," Dakota grinned and stretched. He felt his shoulder pop and also heard a few sounds of his back cracking. "Mm, nope, nothing broken. Bruised and sore, yes, but I could probably fend off oh, maybe something the size of an otter if the adrenaline kicks in." Dakota framed the lake using his fingers to make a rectangle. "I'd say some animals use that as a watering hole, and there'll be fish there... Ah, wait, I forgot for a second that you were... Uh, maybe there's berries and fruit trees near there?"
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(It's okay. Don't worry about it. :3)

"I'm sure I'll be fine with food. I still have my own supplies." Ash shot back another grin in reply. It didn't seem she was too worried about anything and was quite optimistic for the situation. Even though she did have this bright outlook on everything she still took their situation seriously. Somethings just needed to have positive thinking to make it a little more bearable. "We should stop by there to get more supplies. I only have things to fit my diet. Water and food for you will be needed. As for fighting things off...I'll take care of that. I don't know why but I've been feeling like protection used to be a job of mine. Just sit back, heal and know that I wear shorts under my skirt." Ash winked jokingly after she finished speaking trying to keep the mood light even if it wasn't needed.

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"That settles it, then, that lake is our destination," Dakota stood up and didn't wobble off-balance this time, which he considered a good sign of recovery. He saw a long branch and picked it up to use it as a cane, and weapon if needed. Dakota shook his head at Ash and chuckled. "I've known you for less than an hour, but one, you're very optimistic. Two, you're vegetarian. I say we're off to a good start, but I did not need to know that last part. That shouldn't be something you should be telling a man, you know. I may just want to check if that's true myself." Dakota's smile faded and he blinked once in bewilderment. "I'm sorry, that came out naturally," he rubbed the back of his neck and swore under his breath. "Oh god, I hope I wasn't some sort of lecher."


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Ash blinked up at him a few times with wide eyes. Standing up, she sighed. Once all breath was out she pulled at Dakota's cheek just for a second and just hard enough to move his head without offsetting his balance too much. She put her hands on her hips and laughed. "That last part was a joke not meant to be taken seriously. And act however you want but keep your hands to yourself. You're a nice guy but of you get a bit weird I can just leave you in more pain." This woman was quite easy-going and didn't seem to care much about the lewd comment. Words didn't seem to worry her too much. Even as she spoke her easy-going side was obvious but there a hint of seriousness in it too. Of all things, she knew she was no whore. Just a conservative jokester. "And don't you think being optimistic is better for survival? I mean, giving up is no option."

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Dakota rubbed his cheek and began to head down the way they came. "In all honesty, you left yourself open for that comment," he said with a wicked grin and shrugged. "I'm just trying to figure out what kind of person I was. Feels like I'm waking up with a clean slate, I'm drawing blanks on even the simplest of things," he fumbled with his words, finding some word choices and phrases foreign-tasting to say. "What about you? Did you wake up with that optimism? I know giving in is bad, but if you try to sugarcoat the reality of our situation, that has its own consequences."
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"I woke up with my attitude. It felt like a vital part of me. Like I have to be like this to understand myself." Ash replied with a bright smile. Her answer was soft and everything about her changed from a hard burst of sun to a soft glowing dawn. Everthing softened. As if she was holding onto the most precious thing she ever had. She knew optimism was not always great but couldn't help. She was holding onto her past with her attitude. It lasted only a few steps as they walked, though.

"Quit sugarcoating everything! Life isn't great! You of all people should know that." The same male voice from the masion yelled at her in her own mind once again. Her past was flying at her with words and her soft self broke. Her smile said fake happiness and her eyes showed fear. It hit her hard and she could almost feel her heart break as she stopped walking. She felt pain run down her back in quick pulses before her legs gave out in reaction to the voice. She looked far from crying but did show mild pain in her back. Like nails cutting through the skin there. It was the scars she forgot she had. It was gone in a flash but enough to change her for the moment.
"W-was I...was I a terrible person...for that?" Her voice was shaky.

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Dakota glanced back at Ash and his eyes widened with concern as he watched her knees buckle under her. "Aw, crap, are you hurt?" he knelt down by her side and held her shoulders. Dakota didn't know what to make of her character, she was fine just moments ago, but he was starting to learn to just roll with her changing moods. "Did I say something to upset you?" he asked, and replayed the conversations they were having in his mind. "Christ," Dakota scowled, but not because of her, but because he didn't know how to offer words of comfort without sounding mean. "Look, I didn't say optimism was a bad thing, and you said so yourself, it's a vital part of you. If what I said made you upset then I... I'll... I'll let you boss me around when I'm recovered," he stated as a way to compensate for making Ash unhappy.
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"No...no. It wasn't you. I can only remember a few sentences that were yelled at me...it's my memories." Ash did not look at him but stared at her clasped hands. Somehow she knew she wasn't going crazy. That these triggered voices were memories. Small but soul ripping already. Slowly, the woman began to calm back down and her face softened. She felt comfort with Dakota thiugh it was one of friendship. Maybe if she played it right, a good memory may take place of every bad thing she heard already. But a piece of her didn't want to remember anymore. It scared her so far. With a tired sigh she slightly leaned on Dakota. "Part of me really wants to keep that clean slate."

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"Sounds like you had it rough," Dakota sympathized and let her have a moment. Ash felt both fragile and strong in his arms, like a contradiction he had the vague memory of knowing. At a time like this, it would have helped to have memories to retell as a way of saying things get better, but Dakota didn't even have that to offer. So instead, he helped them both stand on their feet and awkwardly patted Ash's head. "Look, doll, your memories are going to be triggered whether you want them or not. The you that you remember doesn't have to be the same as the you now. You can still keep that slate clean, I guess, I don't know, don't listen to me." He started off strong, then had trouble with his words again. "I mean, don't you wanna know who you were? And if you don't like the past you, maybe this is an opportunity to change that." He nodded his head towards the direction of the lake and half-smiled. "Come on, we're burning daylight."
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"You're right. I guess...I just have to let thigs go and...adapt, you can say." Ash nodded as he found her own strength again. Even if her memories were rough, she didn't have to fall to them. For now all there was to do was march on. Go with whatever was thrown at her. Good or bad. She grinned cheekily after his awkward pet. Also at his inability to stay strong with his speech. It was a friendly type of grin, though. Having a friend to bring her up was more than she could ask for in places and times like this. Still, she couldn't shake the idea that they knew each other and that this wasn't the first time she had been cheered up. Mentally shaking that off, she began her walk torward the lake. "You're sweet, you know that? And you're correct. We really should keep moving."

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"Me? Sweet?" Dakota asked incredulously and crossed his arms over his chest, smiling from the corner of his mouth. "You don't know what you're talking about. I'm all jagged edges, broken glass." Dakota was beginning to feel that his personality was coming back to him, but it was also at a conflict with something else inside him, as if this personality was only the surface. As they walked to the lake, he asked a few questions which he hoped Ash had the answers to. "Where are we? I know we're in the mountains, but where are we really? How come you and I don't have any memories?"
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