Journey to the Cross-Roads
The fellowship was sombre around the campfire that evening. They were on their guard as there was still the possibility of attack. The loss of Kelda weighed heavily on all their minds. Kelda was the strongest among them and if she could fall, any one of them could. Their mortality weighed heavily on their minds.
Ameiko was more morose than expected. Luthien knew that the last few days had heralded the loss of her budding relationship as well as the loss of her friend. Shalelu was sitting with her. Neither friend was talking. Luthien looked around the camp and spotted Matsuro slipping away from the group. She got up and moved stealthily through the shadows after him. This was potentially a critical point in their relationship and she hoped it would not be noticed by Athebryn. Who needed another entry in the gossip book.
She followed him to the little stream that ran alongside the makeshift camp. She watched him just sit by the stream. He and Kelda were not close but they were both warriors and so shared a warriors bond. What was weighing on his mind was that two of his friends were very nearly killed and he was not there to protect them. Luthien allowed him a time to be with his thoughts and then announced her presence. “You know the events of the last few days have made me think.”
Matsuro turned to face her. He had been dreading this conversation since he had heard in camp gossip that Theibar and Ameiko had broken up because one was an elf and one was human. He assumed that Luthien would decide that she also could not continue a relationship with a human.
Luthien continued talking “You know Theibar was right. In normal circumstances I would outlive you by centuries. I would have to watch you grow old and die. Elves tend to avoid relationships with humans because….”
The stress of the last few days combined with this statement was enough to send Matsuro off in a rage. He did not wait for Luthien to finish her statement.
“I thought you were different to the other elves. I thought you were beginning to care for me. After all we have been through, after all we have faced, you would throw that all away because I am not an elf. You claimed to be my friend” Luthien tried to break into Matsuro’s tirade but could not gain his attention. He continued to rant.
Luthien then did the only thing she could do to make him listen. She took his face in both her hands and kissed him. He looked startled but did stop talking. She smiled at him and completed her statement “As I was saying, Elves tend to avoid relationships with humans because it is too hard to watch them die. Kelda’s death made me realise that the strongest of us can die at any point in this journey. I want to explore whatever it is that we have.”
All the anger and frustration left Matsuro. It was replaced by a sense of serenity. They had reached a crossroads in their relationship and it was now up to them to see what happened. They remained by the river quietly, both lost in their own thoughts.