He must have dozed off because the second time a voice drags him from his nightmares. Additional to his face lying in the sand he now also tasted salt and probably seaweed. And nearly his whole upper body was wet. His pants and feet were dry now, though. But that only makes him feel his twisted ankle that much clearer.
Moving his face so that he can look up at the voice that woke him he needs to blink several times until he can clearly see that it’s a baby. Well, a small child.
Tony can barely keep his eyes open after that, it’s not a threat, just a distraction. He’d rather lie here a bit longer than find out where her parents are. If she even has them.
He likes children better than adults but right now he’s hurt, tired, hungry, thirsty and feeling incredibly guilty. “Go away. I’m trying to drown myself.”
And with that he uses his arms to move his body forward and pushes his face under water, not even bothering to hold a breath. You can’t exactly drown yourself, not if your head isn’t entirely engulfed by water. But he’s willing to try to lure someone to him that made the sea this rough in the distance. He knows then.
“Ah, that’s not a good idea” She responded as she stood up to gently place her hands on his shoulder to make an attempt to roll him over. It was a failure. A child could not move a full grown man. Yet. “M’lord..Please do not drown yet, I shall fetch my appa to assist you” Seo-Woo just prayed that the lost man would still be alive when they got back.
The young girl paused midway and called out to her father. The man inclined his head in her direction. A sign that he was listening.
“-A man needs help, he is attempting to drown himself-“
Well, that was an odd thing to come from his daughter. His eyes opened as he stood up and stretched his arms above his head with his sword. Long strides brought him to Seo-woo and in silence he followed her back to the man she found. That was trying to drown himself.
As soon as the warrior’s eyes landed on the body, a sigh and a roll of the eyes. Not exactly the correct way to drown oneself. He moved closer and crouched beside the shipwrecked man. “If you wish to go to the other side…there are far quicker ways to do that”
“-Father!-” Exclaimed his daughter.
He shrugged and gave her a ‘what’ look. She just kept glaring at him until Moo-Ryung used the butt of his hilt to prod the man. “Your choice..but I do believe my daughter will not be pleased should you die now”
He’s breather out calmly into the seawater when he feels tiny childs hands tug at him. When those left him alone and he could hear the pitter-patter of her feet running away, he clenched his teeth and steeled himself to take a breath. Just one big enough to breathe in water. He doesn’t know if he could still survive coughing it out after that. Thinking about his burning chest makes him reconsider.
By then it’s already too late, the little girl must have found her father. Who criticised his choice of death to be far too ineffective. He’s grinning into the sandy ground before he knows it and lifts his head out of the water.
Pushing his wet hair back with his hand he squints up at them both from where he’s sitting. He sees double for a few seconds before blinking rapidly until it unites again. Some of his injuries must have gotten infected. The gems in his hands feel heavy and suffocating, taking up space they shouldn’t and rubbing from the inside.
An innocent look down to them reveals nothing is visible from outside save for the various cuts and nicks he got from escaping and probably cutting against shells and stones while unconscious.
“I lost everything.” He tells his hands and then buries his face in them, trying to keep the fear and suffocating loss from breaking out.
He steels his heart with hope. Maybe the sudden downpour when he let that vile man finally get to the most precious of his possessions had quenched the flames of his home.