?How long has it been??
?A few lifetimes, actually??
?I thought it had been roughly three years or so.?
?Three years that felt like a few lifetimes, and you of all people should know that? Henrietta.?
?You?re right, Brian. I?m sorry, I should not have said anythi---?
?Acting as if you should not have ?this? or ?that?.?
?What is it?? said Brian with a somewhat sigh, as he turned to look upon the woman for a moment.
?I don?t deserve to have any say of anything. I don?t deserve to even be here, let alone live. I should have--- I should have died with him, you know. You should have ended me, when you ended him---when you finally ended him for good. Or you should have sent me back to Darkenwood and let me Reilenna, and Rena take me, or even Desire??
?What would that do, hmm? They would end you as well, Henri? That is they would have before your turning so to speak. I think if they realize what you had done here, they would think as I have.?
Brian shook his head, ?Walk with me, Henri.?
?Where are we going??
?To see my sister, that?s where??
After a bit of time, they had arrived.
?That it is, Henri.?
?Wait there?s more than--- oh, gods. Brian, it?s hers isn?t it? It?s theirs??
?Yes it is? I-- we buried them here, just after I had returned from Darkenwood.?
?He?s gone now, Henrietta. You can call him who he really was.?
?How can you say it like that!? How can you be so calm, when all of this---THIS happened to you all, Brian!? How can you all just stand there, and look at me?knowing what I did to help him, in Darkwood and here!? Knowing what he did to her! To YOUR Henrietta! And what I tried to do to you all!? I mean, look at this Brian! Look at those names, and there are so many more out there too! All because of---?
The woman called Henrietta sobbed heavily as she fell to her knees before the memorial that belonged to Jewell Ravenlock, and her children. Tears littering the stone flooring as the young woman, continued to let loose the torrent of emotions that had been so closely held in check for longer than even she would ever have been able to recall. Her head hung low, as sobbed words slipped from the woman once more.
?You should have killed me too? I didn?t deserve to live, not after--- Wha!??
The woman?s tearful words were soundly cut off, by Brian?s arm that had wrapped about her, as he took to a knee with her. Pulling her closely to him, as his other arm completed the circle, so to speak. No words came from the man, while he held Henrietta who had initially struggled against the embrace.
?Let me go? Please?? The voice of Henrietta was soft, and ever so cracking as she pleaded.
?I can?t,? replied Brian.
?Henri, I can?t-- we can?t let you go.?
Relenting to the embrace, turned herself to him more so as her small hands reached up taking hold of his coat in a rather tight grip. Her body shuddering more so, as the tears continued to flow from the eyes of the former Death Knight, with several sobs for company. Brian said nothing, as he continued to hold the woman closely, understanding all too well what it was she struggled with and more so?how much if haunted her inside, and out.
?I can?t let you go, Henrietta? You?ve been let go of, for far too long, and it stops here.?
?But---why can?t you just let me go, or kill me? Just--?
?Because she didn?t let go of me, Henri? Because they didn?t let go of me, no matter what I did, and no matter where. And if she were here right now, she?d be holding you too and telling you that it?s time to stop living in what was, and start living for what is, and what will be??
?If she were here??
?Will heal in time---?
?I love the girls you know! Jacyn wanted to--- and I wouldn?t let him, or anyone else! I?d die before I let them be hurt, Brian? I swear it, I love them. They showed me, you know?they showed me what I?d been fighting for?what Jacyn made me, it was wrong. They helped save me, and---?
?I know, Henri?? Brian offered a bit of a squeeze to the woman, as he continued to hold her. ?Just as Desire saved you and I in the dungeon.?
?You remembered that??
?So what now, Brian?? asked Henrietta who began to compose herself more so. Lifting her head, as Brian released his hold, while she wiped her eyes a bit. Turning a bit, her eyes landed upon the memorial as she silently counted the names.
?Jacyn, nor you had anything to do with these, Henri. This was not you, dear? And I brought you here, because I know she?d speak to me somehow.?
Brian?s eyes followed Henri?s, ?She always does, when I need it most.?
?What did she say??
?She said we have a lot of work to do, you and I??
?I want to be here with you all, I mean that? I really like Ahnika, and Ursi, Even Kerri too. I want Jenai to get to know me, even though I know she hates me for what I did? That won?t stop me from trying, though. You?re right, I do have work to do? A lot of it, and wanting to die all the time, isn?t helping it.?
?Step by step, Henri. And like everyone else with us--- ?You?ll never fight alone???
The woman lifted to her feet, as Brian did the same. A quick hug was given to the man, as she turned and walked away. ?I need to get back to the Valley. It?s my night in the mess hall, you know? I?ll find my way, Bri. Thanks for everything.?
And off Henrietta went down the path once more leaving Brian with the memorial.
?Well that didn?t go as I?d originally planned? Still, better than our last chat in Darkenwood. You know, she reminds me of you, Jewell??
Brian moved to the center of the memorial, taking a moment to brush a few errant leaves away. His eyes took in the candles that would burn, so long as any Ravenlock still drew breath in Rhy?Din.
?Someone else reminded me of you too? Let me tell you about her, Sis.?
And so Brian remained, speaking to the memorial in great detail about this rather interesting encounter that had him recalling, oh so much of the sister he missed ever so dearly.