‘’Must you go?’’ the Celestial Knight asked.
The infernal dragonborn woman stood at the edge of the pool, fairy-lights dancing in the woods around the two, making the scales on her hairless head glimmer.
Elsewhere, sorcerer Solatine was already crafting the barrier that would divide the world in half; one side for the humans, the other for the dragons. It needed a soul from both sides.
‘’I must. ‘’
She turned, and her one remaining eye was fierce as the moment he had tried to kill her and couldn’t. He sought the love that had once been there, but in vain. A lump formed within him.
He wasn’t going to change her mind. She had called him out here for a final goodbye.
‘’Heh. Two lives for thousands of others doesn’t seem so bad. ‘’ She was looking up at the moon overhead; it seemed stained with the ashes off the funeral pyres.
But why does one of them have to be your life? He wanted to say, no, he wanted to scream, but the words were stuck in his throat.
She flicked her tail.
‘’It’s time. ‘’
The lone wind blew the now-faded ribbon he had once given her as gift toward him. He took hold of it, and wept.