Note: From this chapter onwards, the character ‘Linne’ name will be changed to ‘Lheant’ due to a reader’s feedback. Keep those comments coming!
Chapter 4: The Lovers
The stew is finally cooked. Lynn distributes the stew to everyone present including the newly arrived couple, Darren and Chia.
Chia stares at the pot emotionlessly while Darren keeps her close to him. He hugs her tight by his side, occasionally rubbing her right shoulder with his extended arm, trying to comfort and reassure her safety.
“Darling, ask them for rice. I can’t eat stew by itself,” says Chia.
“Do you have any rice?”
“Sorry,” Lynn answers, smiling wryly.
Everyone begins their meal. They eat their meal without a word. Except for Chia. She just stares at her bowl.
“…It’s not enough,” she broke the silence.
“Sorry, can she have some more? She hasn’t eaten