It was just getting to be dawn and Tabitha was ready for destruction. The fire was ready and waiting for her. All she had to do was set it free. Was it too risky? Would they catch her this time? Tabitha didn't know and she didn't care, it had been three days since her last fire and she was going through withdrawal, she needed this fire; it was her food, her life source, and her reason to live.
Suddenly, Tabitha heard someone coming through the trees. Should she just light the hut on fire? Or should she run before she was discovered?
"Oh, it's just you. Why do you do that to me Tyrone?" Tyrone was Tabitha's closest companion.
"Just 'cause it's so much fun, Tabitha," Tyrone remarked with a grin. "You gonna need help setting that fire?"
"Nope, it's just 'bout ready to go."
"Don't do it Tabitha."
"Did you say somethin', Tyrone?"
"Nope. You sure you wanna do this fire? You seem a little jumpy."
"I'm fine. I need this fire. I just thought I heard someone telling me not to start this fire."
"Maybe you really do have a conscience, Tabby."
"Maybe that's all it was," Tabitha mumbled setting the hut aflame. You know how much I hate that nickname; it makes me sound like a cat."
"Oh boo hiss," Tyrone joked, hissing like a cat.
"That's not funny, Tyrone. Just let me enjoy the show." The fire was really blazing by then and the flames were engulfing the entire shepherd's hut. Someone was sure to see the smoke soon.
"Hey Tabbs? People are gonna start showing up soon, so better get outta here now." Tabitha looked up from the flames and then set off into the woods to escape the crowd that was approaching the shepherd's hut.
"Looks like it got pretty big, Tyrone." Tabitha said, sitting down in amongst the trees when they were far enough from the scene of the fire.
"Yeah, looks like one of our bigger ones, surprisingly. I didn't think there was much in that little hut. So... what's your story? Whatever happened to Kelly?"
"Why do you care? She's gone now. I am the new Kelly and the old one is never to be heard from again. I, Tabitha Ashlyn, have made absolute sure of that."
"No need to get defensive. It was just a simple question. But seriously, I wanna know."
"If I talk about her, she might come back."
"I thought you were so sure she was gone," Tyrone remarked.
"You'll think it's just crazy talk. You won't understand I barely do." They sat in silence for a long time. They were in their favorite spot of the woods; the trees were tall and luscious with bright green leaves and strong trunks. "Ya-know... this is where we first met."
"I remember. You were sitting in the tallest tree of this little clearing. That one over there," Tyrone said pointing to the left. "You were surprised because you thought everyone stayed in the village. You were so surprised; you almost fell out of the tree."
"But I didn't. You were so surprised, you tried to run away."
"I was only 14 and you caught me anyway. You like… I don't know… you were… different from everyone else."
"Well, I was the only person you knew with two personalities."
"Were you still fighting for control over her?"
"I was fighting over control of me. I was almost 14 and by the time I was 14, Kelly was gone."
"Speaking of going, we should probably leave; it sounds like someone's coming."
"It's too late to leave," so they both stood up and prepared themselves for questioning about the fire in the nearby shepherd's hut.