Darkness 2

Liliana looked over at him “you have every reason to be made, my past almost got you and Higran killed...he never travels alone and they will come after me, you need to leave” she said in a panicked tone “you said I was nothing but trouble and you were right...”

"No, vinan, you are not trouble," he said. "The imbeciles who think they own you are trouble. You are compassion and goodness."

She shook her head “I’m not....if it wasn’t for that amulet you could have...I brought him here “ she said in a low tone

"No, he was stupid enough to follow," said Turon. "But there is shame in your voice. I don't understand why."

She looked down as his hands carefully removed her dress so he could look at the wound more. He also saw her back and arms and legs were serverly bruised and her back had cuts on them “I...”

"If I am to be a proper husband, I need to know these things," he said, starting to clean her wounds. "If I can't ensure that you keep the only friend you have ever know in your life, what good am I to even be a leader for our people?"

“I am trying to protect her, only true blooded elves can go into the temple and even then I don’t even want you going” she said with a sigh “I’m afraid.....”

"Tell her this," Turon encouraged. "You will regret the loss of her friendship if you don't. If you tell her and she still leaves, at least you tried and it was on her. But not this way. You are the last person I want to isolate themselves like I did."

She shook her head “you don’t understand “ she said n a frustrated tone “just drop it ok” she said closing him out, he knew that look, she was distancing herself from him

"Then help me to understand," he said, taking her hand.

She sighed and still didn’t look at him “When me a nugget first met it wasn’t the best situation, she was there to kill me, hired by my masters enemy, in desperation I used blood magic to control her mind, make her think we were close friends...” she said and finally looked at him “our friendship isn’t real....” she said “I’ve only know her for a month”

"But you still care for her," said Turon. "In that time, you've come to know who she is as a person. Just explain the temple part and that you are trying to protect her. That's all she needs to hear."

“No it’s not that simple, I still don’t know who sent her and you don’t understand how dangerous she is, and I don’t care for her like you think, I can’t, it’s all fake and she was going to kill me! Why would I care for someone like that”

"Because you saw the other side of her," he said. "The real side of her."

She shook her head “she kills people for money...people she does know, I could never be friends with he, she said with tears in her eyes “you don’t know how she looked that night....her face held no emotion....she didn’t care she was about to take a life”

"She probably looked like she was made of stone, lifeless and uncaring," he said. "She had to be frightening to see. Yet, she has a heart and it is not ice. She is a bounty hunter, a mercenary. Their job is to deliver a person, dead or alive, to a contractor. But you can't change someone that quickly with blood magic. It takes hold of something. She had to have those feelings in her for you to latch onto."

"it does not mean she wouldnt have killed me" She said whipping her tears "but it doesnt matter anymore...what matters is that we get you safely to the temple so you can continue with your mission" She said changing the subject "maybe then your head will clear about me" she said in almost a whisper

He chuckled and said, "Or it may reveal more to you." She sighed at his remark "from what i had heard you are hard to reach, hard to find and hard to kill, you control a whole resistance and much more and people say you have not taken anyone for as long as they have known of you, now you talk in sweet words and of married to someone you have not known but a couple of weeks" she said

"Some tales speak of love at first sight," Turon said. "If you recall, I was harsh to you, even for me. It was because I was drawn to you from the moment I saw you."

"how do you know i havent spelled you?" she asked in a serious tone "if i wanted to hide and be protected you would be perfect, with your army and resources"

"You didn't know who I was," he said. "With your back turned, you could have mistaken Higran for me when we arrived at your camp."

She frowned in a embarrassed why "I....it could have been a act" She said blushing

"Liliana, you want to find a reason to leave all of us because you fear you bring evil to us," he said. "But we all bring that to our group, in one way or another."

"but at least you all can fight, im useless, all i can do is heal you and feed you and be a maid at best" she said with a sigh "im dead weight that brings only trouble and its worse because I have fallen..." She stopped in mid sentence and blushed and looked away from him "I just think after the temple it would be best for us all to go our separate ways"

"And if I don't want to separate?" he asked.

"will you bind me like they did then?" she asked

"No," he said, pulling her close. "Just chase after you until I found you, doing our people services along the way. I mean, who ever heard of a man that just let his wife run off?"

She frowned but he saw her markings start to glow slightly where he touched "your very handsy for a elf" She said in a soft tone "where is the modest we are know for? did you lose it?" She asked yet he sensed no harshness' in it but a genuine question

He chuckled and said, "Only with you." At his answer she frowned and gently placed her hands on his chest "we...should go" SHe said and softy pushed against his chest. He could see the tips of her her ears turning red as she began to blush

"Yes," he said, "but first..." He kissed her deeply. "There. Now, we can leave."
She glared “seriously? Your such a rock licker sometimes I swear. Look feel free to stay here but I’m leaving”

He suddenly had her hands tied and said, "Then, I'll kidnap you. Does that work for you?"

She grabbed his shirt with her tied hands “if you don’t untie me I swear to the mountains I will..”

He gagged her and said, "Now, now. I know the cute horse thief got caught, but there's no need to go threatening my manly bits. And yes, I know that's what you were going for when you grabbed my shirt."

She head butted him so hard he fell backwards. She then reached for her knife and was about to cut the ropes when he took the knife from her hand. It was easily done with how he had her hands.

"That wasn't nice," he said, wiping his nose. "Look, I know you don't want to really leave. I'm giving you an excuse, woman."

She glared at him and said something in a nasty tone into the gag he had in her mouth

"Language, Buttercup," he said with a chuckle. "Look, you need to cool off and think. You know Red better than anyone. Is there a reason why she would act this way that doesn't involve her clan?"

She looked at him like he was stupid , asking her a question when he still had the gag in her mouth

"Nod if there is a reason," he said with a sigh. "Then I will remove the gag so we can talk. If you want, I can make it look like I'm forcing you to talk to Red. She needs you and you need her." She nodded but still glared. Carefully, he removed the gag so she couldn't bite him and said, "Okay, tell me the reason."

“She is hiding something “ she said in a serious tone “and in my line of work unless your paid for it, you don’t stick around to find out”

"Okay then," he said. "But I hired you to lead us to the temple. I said three people, right? Well, there are three of us who need to get to the temple. If you back out, no payment, right?"

She glared again “I brought you to the temple, it’s a hour walk and less by horse, it was never said I had to bring you right to it” she said “also threats don’t work on me they only make me angry and if you think for one moment just because we knocked around the hay a few times you mean somethin to me you would be wrong”

"Your wanted posters often said 'ruthless', 'cunning', and 'she-devil'," he said. "People called you heartless, a golem. But that's not true, is it? You aren't an assassin. You are a bounty hunter, taking people to a client. You opt for dead because it's easier, right?"

"what would you know about it.." She said looking away from him

"I used to be like you," he admitted. "Still, dead means that you only have to deal with dead weight, not the responsibility of caring for the target. They aren't people to you because seeing them as people forces you to know that they had lives and families. You see yourself as the bad guy when you are just doing a job. I got out of that fast when I met a young apostate who only wished to live with the man she loved. Hit too close to home, you see."

"oh? you loved a apostate?" She asked in a low tone

"No, my cousin," said Higran. "I was charged with capturing the woman my cousin was trying to marry. I couldn't separate the job and my personal life. Something in Red must have touched your personal life or you would not have taken on the responsibility of caring for her."

"she tried to use blood magic on me" She said like it was no big deal "luckily she didnt know i have a charm to resist such things" she said "blood magic isnt like other magic and ive seen my fair share of it, yet something was different about her and i couldnt put my finger on it so i wanted to know why"

"She appealed to your need for knowledge?" he asked. "Buttercup, you are something else."

"how so? knowledge is power, i could tell she was innocent more so then most blood mages, i wanted to see how long it would take for her to get corrupted, every blood mage ive met in the past was already corrupted, she has lasted longer then i thought and i want to know why, why and how she can resist the corruption that comes with blood magic" she said in a serious tone "i dont allow myself to get close to her because i know there is a real possibility i will have to put her down one day"

"That's just it," said Higran. "You are already close to her. You aren't acknowledging it because it would mean pain later. But she is the closest thing to a friend you have."

She glared at him "whats it to you how i feel huh? why do you seem to car so much? you havent gone soft on me have you?"

"I'm passing on wisdom, Buttercup," he said, sharpening his ax. "I had to live it before and can smooth the way, so to speak. You don't have to listen to it, but you could keep it in mind. That girl probably wants to run away and that will be trouble for all of us. Skippy will go after her and all his best-laid plans will be destroyed. She would blame herself and resentment will fester. Plus, if she manages to leave, you have the other Tevinters after her." He shrugged. "But what do I know?"

He saw her roll her eyes and then she finished packing her horse without saying another word which was odd for her since he knew she liked the last word. Once she was done she got on the horse "ill go first and make sure its clear, you should go protect them" she said and before he could answer she rode off

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