It's kind of nice here. Not really nice nice, I mean, but it's kind of peaceful. Sort of. I don't have to think. All I have to do is let this Rune destroy me.

I'm not sorry I gave the Rune to you, you know. It was the right thing to do. At least, I think it was. I'm pretty sure. You're stronger than I am, and always so kind. Maybe it won't hurt you the way it did me.

Who am I kidding?

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I heard about Gremio, and your father. I heard about you becoming the leader of the rebels. I hear about everything. She likes doing that, you know, telling you everything when you can't do anything about it. She sits here and tells me what she's going to do to you when she gets the Soul Eater and I sit here and I listen and I hate her and she enjoys herself.

I had a dream last night, or maybe it wasn't last night, but it was a dream and it wasn't from the Conqueror Rune, I know that. I dreamed I was back in the Village. It was the day that Grandpa died -- that everyone died. I remember that some strangers came. I asked them if they were here for our treasure, and the leader of them looked at me, puzzled, and said no, no they weren't.

Now that I think of it, he kind of looked like you. And one of the others looked like Cleo. But of course I didn't know you then, or Cleo, or anybody, and so I just saw a bunch of strangers come to my village. And then Windy came and everything went away. I remember the lady who looked like Cleo told me to be brave and strong, that I had a long journey ahead of me.

Was that you and Cleo? Or was it only in the dream?

I'm tired now.

It's all black here. Did I tell you that already? I think she thinks the Rune's taken me already.

Oh, there you are again. You're staring at me. Are you ok, Tir? You look shocked and sad.

"Give me the Soul Eater back, Tir."

Don't give it to me, Tir. Please.

How many souls does this thing want, I wonder? It's so old and so hungry. Please, Tir, don't give it to me. I'm sorry, Tir, so sorry. Please be strong for me.

I wonder if I can be strong enough for this?