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A friend in a frozen forest

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It was already morning and Subaru just woke up, he still had a fever but he was feeling a lot better than before, he remembered the last day and how he was sent to another world, how he met a new friend, that was peacefully sleeping right next to him, Emilia probably moved while sleeping and now she is right next to Subaru.
Last night Emilia forced Subaru to sleep in her bed, both for his high fever and the extreme cold. Subaru couldn't argue nor he had the strength to do so, and now he was relaxing with a beautiful girl keeping him warm. He was obviously embarrassed, but the cold outside the bed was far worse. He decided after a few minutes to wake up the sleeping beauty, tapping gently on her shoulder.

"Time to wake up"

"It's too early"

While saying this Emilia hugged Subaru, trying to persuade him from getting up, worried for his health, after a few seconds Subaru managed to get out of her grip and got out of bed, making sure to move the blankets.

"You're mean, why did you wake up? It's too early" said the girl, with puppy eyes.

"It's late, shouldn't we go to the village today? I don't want to end up in a blizzard again!"

Subaru remembered his first moments in this world, he was walking down the street and suddenly he was in a blizzard, he walked for a bit, but the cold made him stop, and after sometime he passed out.

"You're right"

Emilia got out of bed and went out to wash her face, Subaru started changing his clothes with something better and lit the fire, he remembered how Emilia lacked self awareness considering she almost changed clothes in front of him, she got schooled for a bit by Subaru and Puck. After breakfast Subaru started doing some strange movements outside.

"What are you doing?"

"Radio calisthenics, my father told me to do it every morning, you should do it too."

Emilia joined Subarus movements and in the end they screamed victory, Subaru noticed Emilia's hairs.

"What is it Subaru? Why are you touching my hair?"

"I just thought that you should treat your hairs better, do you want me to fix them up?"

"Fine, but don't lose too much time"

"Well give me a second, you sit down and I'll make your hair."

Emilia sat down on the bed, and Subaru was on his knees behind her, starting to fix her hair with his fingers.

"How do you want me to do it?"

"I don't know, I really don't care about how I look."

"Well you should, at least everyone around you can admire you a bit more."

"No one cares about how I look."

"I do"

After a few minutes Emilia had beautiful braids instead of her bed hairs.

"You're really good at this, where did you learn?"

"My mother taught me, sometimes I did her hair. Time to go now."

And so the two headed for the village together.
After walking for some time Subaru suddenly froze in place, sweating cold with scared eyes.

"What happened subaru!?"

Screamed Emilia worried, after a few deep breaths, Subaru calmed a bit and watched around, and then he immediately hugged Emilia for no reason, she simply hugged him back calming him down a bit more, after a minute she asked

"Subaru what happened?"

"Weren't we fighting the."

Subaru was immediately cut off and was gasping for air, and said right after.

"I just felt bad for a second, don't worry"

Suddenly a mabeast arrived, and was going for Subaru.

"What is going on here?"

Then a cat appeared and the mabeast was frozen, Subaru watched impressed, and then said.

"For some reason the beast attacked us, and that was really cool."

"Thanks, anyway mabeast shouldn't get in this part of the forest, why is it here?"

"I don't know."

"Subaru, it is possible that you have the scent of the witch"

"What does that mean?"

"You attract mabeast, and you have it for some reason."

"Dammit well time to go now"

"Yeah we still have something to do"

Emilia nodded and noticed how he was shaking and so, took his hand, the three walked for a bit more and found a group of people with a sled. Subaru's eyes widened and said:

"Emilia we can go on, you don't need to tell them to go away"

Emilia was impressed that Subaru already knew what she wanted to do and said.

"Don't worry, I can take care of it myself, you probably don't know it but I am really strong" With a wide smile on her face.

"I know that you are strong but promise me that you'll run if things go bad"

"OK, I'll be back"

Emilia started talking with the bandits and Subaru waited for a bit, and after a few minutes the bandits were running away from Emilia, Subaru came closer and noticed their weapons, and took a crossbow while saying.

"That was awesome, you surely teached them a lesson" Emilia turned around.

"Puck, why did you hurt him?" and suddenly a cat appeared.

"I didn't want him to hurt you, but for the future if something bad happens call me, ok?"

Both nodded to the cat and they took what the bandits had left, Emilia noticed how Subaru had a different expression compared to before, one that reminded her of someone, one that reminded her of a corpse almost, she didn't know who she was remembered so she simply went on.
Once they arrived at the village the two of them walked in silence, everyone around them stayed away, a few children were playing with the snow, one of them slipped and Emilia catched him, the boy runned away in fear, and Subaru took her hand, then they went to the merchant.

"You're here again, what do you want?"

"Em I need a few things, do you have some clothes?"

"I do"

"Hello Mister, I'm the one that needs clothes, could you show me please?"

The merchant watched the kid, he was a human, not someone from the forest.

"Why are you with her? Is she forcing you?"

The merchant asked, he was concerned for the boy, and whispered in his ear.

"No, why would you even think that, she is just helping me."

The merchant stayed silent, and gave the boy a few clothes, and he also gave him a black coat.

So the two paid and they started to go home. Subaru saw how she was treated and said.

"Why are they treating you like this? It isn't right!" Subaru screamed letting out his anger.

"There is nothing to do, that's how it is"

Emilia was a bit teary while saying this, she wanted to be accepted, but no one even dared to talk with her.

"Well I don't care if that's how it is, it's wrong going against a person only for his appearance, and even more if it's someone that doesn't deserve it"

Emilia was dumbstruck at the phrase of the boy and simply hugged him with a few tears in her eyes.

"you blockhead"

"You don't hear that one often"

The two of them after a bit started going back home, Subaru holded her hand for the travel, then took a bit of snow in his hand, and launched it towards Emilia.

"Why did you do that?"

"Snowball fight."

"Oh really? Then take this."

Emilia launched a ball towards Subaru, and on impact he was launched away, once touching the ground Emilia rushed next to him.

"Are you OK? I didn't want to do that."

Subaru started laughing at her display of strength and then said.

"Emilia, next time use less strength, I don't want to be launched anymore."

"I'm sorry, you're not mad, are you?"

"No I'm not, so for now just practise for a bit."

So Subaru got up, and prepared a few Snowballs for Emilia, she launched them around, and slowly she got used to using less strength.

"Ok let's try again."

So Emilia launched a Snowball to Subaru, this time the Snowball simply broke on impact and Subaru was fine.

"Guess now we can play."

So the two took some snow and started playing while going back home, Emilia was still better than Subaru so she won easily.

"That sure was fun"

"Yeah. I've never done this before."

"So what do we do now?"

"I go clean the frozen statues, you do what you want."

"It's not like I have much to do, want me to help?"

"No, I can do this by myself."

"I can clean the house if you want."

"Fine, but if you get tired, stop."

The two went to do their respective jobs, Emilia was always reminded of something by Subaru's eyes, even if she can't remember what, Emilia finished to clean the statues and went to Subaru.

"Subaru have you finished?"

"Yes, I just finished, so now what?"

"We can explore the forest. But you still have a fever, right?"

Emilia placed her hand on Subaru's forehead, Subaru blushed a little.

"You're getting better, but still not enough, we stay here for now."

So the two got near the fire, and chatted, played some games together, with whatever they had, and after dinner they went to bed, preparing for another day.