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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 03:36 PM


Har'Luth was at the back, her head bent and the branch she had been carrying she now dragged on the ground behind her.

Waelin had maintained his position in the front in the hopes that she just needed a little time to think. His eyes were focused on the ground in front of his feet, not even watching where he was going.




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 03:41 PM


Aero stopped in his tracks to allow Har'Luth to catch up with him. For a long while they walked in silence, until Aero finally spoke up. "He means well you know," he offered. "Honestly. He can't change who he was born as, but maybe he could change on the inside, you know? He's still Waelin, no matter what, and he still cares about you." He stopped for a moment. "Man, I'm sorry, I'm terrible at this sort of thing."



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 03:47 PM


"You're the one called Aero, yes?" She didn't wait for an answer, and didn't turn toward him.

"It... It doesn't bother me so much that he's the prince. But how can you say that he means well when everything he's told me is a lie?" She sighed quietly, rubbing her face with a her free hand. "No. You're not terrible. But... if he cared about me, why lie?"




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 03:49 PM


"Maybe he lied BECAUSE he cared," Aero said. "I had to lie to Flux once, and it hurt me terribly, but it was for her own good. And she forgave me for it after when she realised what had happened."



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 03:57 PM


She sighed heavily. "You may be right. What had happened?"



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 04:30 PM


{I haven't planned this out yet, so pardon me for taking forever to write something that makes no sense...}

"Well," he began, "I guess it's sort of similar to your situation. Actually it's really similar. It went like this: we were all traveling to a place where they keep lots of criminals, and our ship crashed. She was going to kill Helena, the other female one, but I lied and said that Helena was an old friend of mine. The two of them are best friends now, you see? And Flux forgave me for it because that's what friends do." He looked over at Har'Luth, hoping she would understand what he was trying to say.




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 04:35 PM


"I, I guess that makes sense. But why did he have to lie at all? Why couldn't he have just told me who he was? It's not like it would have changed anything." She sighed again, running her hand through her hair.



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 04:39 PM


Aero was momentarily confused. "Would you have been willing to travel with the Prince? Would you have treated him the same if you knew that they were the same?" he asked. The way he saw it, Har'Luth trusted Waelin, but had been mistreated by the Prince, therefore deemed him untrustworthy, but maybe he didn't know the story as well as he had presumed.



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 04:48 PM


"I- well-" She sighed. "Okay, maybe not the same. But-" she groaned in frustration. There were no words for what she wanted to say. And why in the nine hells did she feel, what was that? Regret?



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 05:08 PM


Aero smiled knowingly. "Talk to him," he suggested.



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Her eyes downcast, she admitted quietly. "I don't know if he'll want to talk to me now, though."



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 05:20 PM


Aero looked up at Waelin. By the way his eyes were glued to the ground in front of him, he was actually quite ready to talk to her. "He does," Aero said comfortingly. "If you could see him right now you would agree. He won't look up from the ground, he's dragging his feet. He looks practically miserable without you."



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 05:26 PM


"I- alright." What she had wanted to say was that it was actually her fault to begin with that he was miserable, but there was no point in arguing. She slowly made her way back up to the front of the group with Waelin, er, Edan. For awhile, she said nothing, merely walked beside him. At the same time, they spoke. "I'm sorry."

Har'Luth continued first. "I'm sorry Wae- uhm. E- er." She sighed. "I'm sorry."

Waelin/Edan took a step closer, putting his arm around her shoulders. "No. I'm sorry, Har'Luth. I shouldn't have lied to you. But would you have treated me the same?"




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 05:32 PM


Flux slowed down to let Aero catch up to her. "Impressive," she said, "we should just quit this whole time traveling, running from the cops thing, settle down, and become relationship counselors!" The two laughed, glad to see their friends were happy.

Friends? It had been a long time since any of them had made new friends. It felt... strange. In a good way. To trust someone who trusted you the same was a special thing, especially in their dangerous world. And living for so long only trusting four people, no matter how close you may be, got to be dull after a few years, or however long it had been.




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 05:50 PM


Har'Luth and the Prince easily slid back into their old habits. It was decided to keep referring to him as Waelin, as anyone looking for him may recognize his real name. At about midday, Har'Luth spoke up.

"Isn't it about time we stop for lunch?"




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"I guess," Aero said. "I'll go get the others." He turned around and headed back down the trail, leaving the other three standing near a small river in the middle of the vast plain.



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Har'Luth smiled gently. "The sound of a river is always so soothing, isn't it Waelin?"

Not looking at the river, but at Har'Luth instead, "Aye, Lil. So beau- soothing."

Moving closer to the water, Har'Luth found a stable place to sit and removed her boots, dipping her toes in the cool water.




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Flux stood in silence, watching Aero leave. After he had been gone a while, she realised that it may be a while before he got back, and, after removing her shoes and rolling up her pant leg, settled down on the bank of the river, her bare feet in the cool, sparkling water. She watched a few large fish swim by, and knew it was too great an opportunity to pass up.

Taking her scimitar from the sheath on her leg, she raised it into the air, and plunged it down onto the next fish. She made sure to pierce its heart quickly, as to make sure it didn't go through any pain. Raising the carcass onto the bank, she quickly descaled and deboned it, wrapped it in a piece of leather she had, and placed it in her pack. Moments later, Aero returned with the others.




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 06:40 PM


Waelin moved quietly to sit beside Har'Luth. He didn't dangle his feet in the water, instead just stared at his reflection, a thoughtful look on his face. If he hadn't been born who he was, things would be a lot less complicated.



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Aero walked over to where Flux sat, carrying a package of food for both of them. The others could find themselves something to eat.

"Here," he said, unwrapping the package and handing her some food. When she didn't say anything, he got worried. "Hey babe, look, I don't know what's gotten into your head, but it's gonna be alright, I promise." Flux nodded. He knew that she wasn't going to tell him what had happened, or at least not now. He stared into the blood-tinted water. "A little fishing practice?" he asked, wisely changing the subject.

"Aye," she said, looking up and smiling, "you never know." The two ate in a companionable silence.




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[*] posted on 6-23-2010 at 11:26 AM


Waelin reached into his pack and pulled out a couple of rations. He had pre-prepared them for the trip and handed one of them to Har'Luth. "Here, Lil. You need to eat."

She shook her head. "No, I'm fine."

He sighed, shaking his head, and put the food in her hands anyway. "I don't know what it is with you, but you can't travel for long periods of time with little to eat. You have to eat."

"What are you, my mother?" But she unwrapped it and nibbled on it anyway, just to make him happy.




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Aero watched Waelin and Har'Luth in silence. "Har'Luth doesn't want to eat," he observed quietly to Flux.
"I noticed that last night. She barely ate anything, and when she did, it was just because he made her," Flux replied. "I'm yet to figure out why though."
"It's weird," Aero said, "you'd think with all the walking we're doing, she'd get tired or something." Flux just shrugged.
"How are Static and Helena holding up?" she asked.
"They aren't," he stated. "Helena's gonna cut it off soon, she told me."
"Good, she needs to draw a line soon."




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[*] posted on 6-23-2010 at 12:14 PM


Waelin sighed once and ate his own meal before getting up and walking a short distance away. Once there he bent down, scooped up a handful of rocks and began tossing them into the water, one by one.



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The two sat watching Waelin and Har'Luth, listening to Helena and Static argue behind them. Flux shook her head. "She's about to send him off."

"Which one?" Aero asked sarcastically. "But I know. She needs to." Behind them, Static stormed off, not to return. Helena walked over to them and sat down next to Flux. "Good job," Aero said. Helena just shrugged.




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[*] posted on 6-27-2010 at 05:07 PM


After Waelin ran out of steam, he set to pacing.



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