Then he looked up at me, and the cruelty in his eyes made me wonder how any of us could ever have thought him so.
He did not speak, but waited for me to do so, and I obliged him. “It was you.”
He gave a mocking smile. “What was, cousin? I do many things.”
“No games now, Tal. You killed Airenn; you hurt Tiala.”
He spread his hands and gave a slight bow. “Has she awakened? Or did you piece this together on your own?”
“She has awakened, cousin. This is not a matter of suspicion. I have – I have seen in her mind what you did to her. You do not deny it.”
“How can I?”
“How could you do it?”
He grinned again. “To Airenn? A large rock and a strong arm.”
“Gods, cousin, stop. I do not want this.”
“Are you come to kill me, Nisar?” he said softly.
I rested my hand on the hilt of my sword, unwillingly but firmly. “I think that I must.”
“What you’ve done is wrong.”
“Killing Airenn is wrong, so you must kill me? And killing me will be right?”
“It’s not –“
“What is it?”
“I love her.” It startled me to hear it come out of my mouth; I was not expecting it. So plain. But true.
He nodded. “That, I can accept.”
“How could you do that to her? Take that from her?” I half-whispered, seeing Tiala in the glade again in my mind’s eye, bloodied and broken.
He shook his head, smiling again. “I loved her,” he echoed. “And I was sick of all of you filth having her.”
I drew my sword. “Do you know what you’ve done to her? You’ve broken her, half-killed her. Wounded her mind, her heart, so deeply…”
And Tal laughed as he drew his own sword. “And so you, the lot of you, will never have her again.”
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This is part of the Fall.
Nisar is the first Kithrayn of House L'Arath, a position that Jeramie occupies today. He was the second Dasaroi that Tiala and the gods made.
Tal was the first.
Today, Airenn has been reborn as Kieran, and Tiala as Julia.
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