Trinity made it back to her room in a matter of a few minutes finding with annoyance she had left her key.
“Damn” she tried the handle again.
She turned trying to remember her way back to the human front desk when her cell rang. She grabbed it suddenly remembering the hilarious story Jen had shared with her about Cedric while their coffee was being made. She pressed the cell to her ear instead of hello she greeted him with a question.
“So tell me is there really a picture somewhere of you at four walking around in your mom’s favorite heels?” She grinned wishing she could see his face.
Cedric took in a breath to speak and then found himself spluttering on whatever it was he had been about to say. “How did you……..
Her bright mischievous laugher echoed out from his cell. Jen of course his uncle would have shared that random embarrassing moment of his childhood.
“Ha Ha very funny, I was four it was my sisters doing and I prefer to not talk about such traumatizing memories Crocker”
She laughed again. “Crocker huh, well now someone’s grumpy” she smiled about to start walking towards the lobby when she spotted something. If she followed the wall to the left from her room door there was a little niche or alcove that could only be spotted by someone entering her wall house from the main door. Dusty and dimly lit she spotted another little spiral staircase and the impulsive girl decided to climb it.
She sneezed suddenly. Cedric’s voice immediately serious and concerned. “Trinn where are you?”
Trinn? That was his nickname for her when he wanted to get a straight answer or was worried.
She smiled. “Exploring why are you going to grumble at me?”
Cedric frowned once again an unfamiliarly protective, and yes controlling emotion flooding him. “I do not grumble now seriously where?”
“Up at the moment I forgot my key found some stairs oh I see something hold on”
“Trinity be careful” he heard scuffling and other noises he did not like.
She found herself facing a wall grate which she pushed open with some effort.
“Trinity wait I will be at the room in a minute will you please just wait!?” he asked.
Trinity exited the grate and beamed out at the room below her. “You know you worry way too much” she added rolling her eyes a bit.
The stairway lead all the way over and above her little house, through the wall and to the rafters high above Cedric’s room. A dusty wooden walkway circled the room from above. It likely looked like nothing more than decorative molding from below. Cedric’s imposing presence had kept her from actually looking around his room, not that she would have looked this far up. The fact was, she hated heights that was why she never looked before leaping as he called it. If she did than she would likely be so scared she wouldn’t be able to move. More interesting than this was the long hanging walkways that went back and forth across the room.
“This is SO cool” she exclaimed following the hanging walkway until she was to the right of the light fixture.
The walkway started to shake a little Cedric’s thundering footfalls likely causing it. The door flew open and Cedric entered the door shutting behind him. “Okay the girl that like breaks a bone like five times a year is telling me not to worry?”
She blinked and for the first time since she was maybe ten she felt a giggle fit come over her and she giggled out each word. “Did you seriously just use the word like twice in one sentence?”
He scowled blinking a moment his eyes turning up towards her voice and laughed himself. Though still concerned he was unable to resist joining the banter and spotting the slight movement above him he realized the things crossing his ceiling were most certainty not just weird décor as he had thought. Best to keep her talking if he was going to convince her to stop playing acrobat and come back down.
He smiled. “This from the girl squeaking in the rafters?”
Trinity blinked leaning over a bit and glared down at him. “Thorn I do Not Squeak!”
He grinned up at her kind of proud he annoyed her enough to make her use his last name. “Fine you don’t squeak ….much´ He added meaning to tease her but her face changed suddenly the color draining from it those violet eyes going wide with absolute fear and she spun around looking up and behind her towards the wall.
Trinity was very ready to go down there and kick his ass. How she had no idea but she would figure it out. That was when she saw it. The shadow from behind her just a couple of legs but she knew, spinning around to face her nightmare.
She backed up as quickly as she could away from the spider. His name the only coherent plea she could utter. “Ce …..Ced….CEDRIC!” the car sized arachnid lowered itself down to the walkway.
He didn’t see it at first the ceiling raised enough that much of the corner was to dark. Her voice loud enough he had no need of his cell to hear her as the spider came into view. The little walkway rattling as she backup. She hadn’t needed to ask yet she called his name anyway and the edge of terror in it made him all the more deadly with his aim.
Trinity lost her cell she didn’t know where catching her own reflection in those many black eyes she froze thinking of the insects she had watched die like this as a kid. Then things went fuzzy something huge and silver went flying by taking the spider with it and she vaguely registered noises. The clank of plastic, metal and squish of spider. The walkway was shaking damn…no…breaking up whatever hit the spider had also hit one of the ancient ropes holding the walkway it together.
Eight years of baseball the last two varsity Cedric could aim a pitch and his cell phone being the ball connected and dispatched the menacing spider in about two seconds. Something hit the bed next to him and bounced away. Her cell followed by little pieces of wood.
Trinity had never minded falling, because she had always been the one to leap and semi prepared for the fall. But being suspended one moment and simply falling the next was a horrifying experience that left her flailing. Her mind flipping through which surface she would shatter on. Only the bone crunching landing never came she hit a forgivingly soft surface that then wrapped around her and pulled her against something more solid. Then the world spun again and a loud thud. Then everything went still.
Cedric had spotted her among the debris in an instant and jumped forward hand up and out he caught her and brought her instinctively in towards his chest as the inertia from his leap sent him into a kind of roll off the other side of the bed and slamming back first into the wall.
She moved after a moment. The forgiving surface now pressed at her back she realized was a hand, Cedric’s hand and the more solid surface she was now still held against was his chest which moved with the distinct motion of breathing. For a brief moment her face pressed into his shirt she found something fascinating and grounding about the beating of his heart. Then he straightened himself his fingers wrapping around her and lifting her to eye level her stomach flip flopping at the sudden up swing.
“Are you okay?” he asked. His breath washing over her.
She found herself in a secure but still kind of dangling position in his grasp her heart still thundering in her chest and his face filling her vision. She averted her gaze nodding quickly and taking a moment to make her voice work.
“Yeah....nice aim” She said referring to his spider killing cell phone pitch. She lowered her forehead to his thumb not caring how much of a wimp she was being right now. Giant spiders had not been in the brochure damn it!.
Cedric did his best to control his breathing. The adrenalin still pumping in his veins fueled a protective instinct so strong it unnerved him a little bit. That combined with the realization and fascination that he was actually holding her in his hand basically doomed his manners and common sense for the moment.
“Told you I could pitch” he replied more fascinated with her then the conversation. She had lowered her head to his thumb her breathing still pretty fast, her little heart thundering enough that he could feel it. Her arms he realized were wrapped as far as they could get around his thumb hugging it tightly like she thought he might drop her at any moment.
“You sure you’re okay?” he asked again keeping his voice low.
She lifted her head her violet eyes slowly opening and he smiled at her transfixed for the moment.