A/N: I do not own anything from Troy; if I did, well let's just say I wouldn't be writing here now would I? This is my ending to Troy.
Briseis sat up on her bed, guilt panged in her heart. Earlier, they had burned her cousin, Hector, on the pyre. The image would be forever burned into her mind. Yet, she still loved Achilles, the man who killed her cousin. This love ran deeper than she could possibly imagine. Since being brought back to Troy, she had felt nothing but guilt for her cousin's death and the love for Achilles still in her heart.
No, she said as she stuffed her feelings back into her heart. I can't love him, he killed my cousin. Hector killed his cousin, Patroclus though. Briseis rationalized through her own thoughts. This is not fair. I love him so much and everything is keeping us apart. He was willing to leave this war for me and go home. Now I now I am willing to leave Troy, my home, for him. Yes, I will leave Troy for good to be with him.
Her heart and her mind were made up. She was going to leave Troy for Achilles no matter what that fate might bring. He had saved her in so many ways. When she was captured, he saved her life and taught her the meaning of love. Consequently, he taught her the meaning of life as well, that each day is so precious because it very well may be the last. The love she felt for him was indescribable and she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him, by his side.
Quickly and quietly she gathered a few things that she would need; a few dresses and shoes to get her through whatever journey she may face. Leaving her family while they grieved the loss of Hector would not be easy, but she had to in order to be with the one she loved. Once her things were ready, she slipped out of her room without anyone noticing. From there, she made it outside the walls through a hole she, Paris, and Hector used to slip out of when they were children to go play by the sea. After she was outside, she ran down the beach as quietly as possible. Her heart pounded louder with every step that she took towards Achilles's camp. All the men were asleep, which made it easier for her to get through without trouble. Briseis found his tent and crept inside.
It was dark inside, but her eyes rapidly adjusted to the dim light. In the corner, she saw Achilles's sleeping form and her heart filled with joy. She watched his chest rise and fall with each breath that he took. It was mesmerizing to her. Slowly, so not to disturb him, she made her way towards his bed. She lowered herself onto the bed and laid beside him. Sensing a familiar form in the bed, he woke and was startled to see Briseis lying next to him on his bed. She fluttered open her eyes and stared back at him longingly.
"I thought you went back to Troy," he said.
"I couldn't stay. I want to be with you," she replied.
"I'm glad you came back. I've been miserable without you by my side," he said, stroking her cheek.
"And I have felt the same," she replied, taking his hand.
"Tomorrow we set sail for home," Achilles said, "I want you to meet someone very special to me."
"Your mother?" Briseis asked.
"Yes, I know that she will love you. Not as much as I do, of course," he said, kissing her lips gently.
"I love you," Briseis whispered as she broke their kiss.
She turned around so her back was against Achilles's chest. He wrapped his arms around her waist and she felt safe. For the first time in many nights, she felt safe. Briseis cuddled against his form and drifted to sleep peacefully. Tomorrow would be a new beginning in her life.
The next day, the Myrmidons began loading their ship to go home. It was a somber day among the Greek army as their most fierce warrior would leave them. Achilles didn't care, however, because he had something to live for now. Patroclus had been avenged and he didn't care for the rest of the war anymore. As the ship was loading, Achilles stopped Eudorus, his second in command, to take him aside and speak with him about the journey home.
"Eudorus," he said.
"Yes, my lord," Eudorus replied.
"I want all the men to know that throughout the journey home, no one, with the exception of you, is to come to my quarters below deck when I am down there. Is that clear?" Achilles asked.
"Of course, it will be as you wish," Eudorus answered.
Achilles trusted his old friend. They had fought together for many years. He turned his attention back to Briseis as she was getting on board. Though she was happy to be going with him, she turned back to Troy one last time before getting on the ship.
"Where were you this morning when I woke up?" he asked playfully as she got onto the ship.
"I went to see my last Trojan sunrise," she replied.
"Oh," he said, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize."
"You didn't know, all is forgiven. Are things ready to leave?" she asked.
"Almost, we should set sail in a few moments," he replied.
"Good. I'm going down below to get settled. When we have set sail, please come down to me. I've never been on a ship before and I'm nervous," she said.
"I'll be down there in a few moments after I give the orders to Eudorus," he replied as she walked towards the stairs to go below.
Once Briseis was in Achilles's room, she sat on the bed and waited for him to come down. In her heart she knew that she was making the right choice to be with him, but she couldn't make her mind agree. Though she loved her family and Troy, she loved Achilles differently and wanted to be with him. Somehow, she would finally rid herself of the guilt in her mind. Until then, her heart ruled her actions completely.
A few moments later, Achilles came down into the room. Briseis smiled at him as he walked over to her and kissed her forehead. Tenderly, he wrapped his arms around her waist to hold her close to him. A warm sensation came over her of love and security. She would not have traded this moment for any other in the world.
"When we arrive home, I intend to make you my wife," he said, pressing his forehead lightly against hers.
"Oh, really?" she asked.
"Indeed. I love you Briseis," he said.
"I love you as well with all of my heart," she replied.
A/N: So there is the first chapter. I hope you like it. Review and be nice. :)