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Last chapter!! I'm so excited (aren't you excited?!) Please read on!
The minute I heard her say the last word in her head, I realized what she had done. As the light pierced Gwen, I could feel something lift off me, and I was filled with a new energy. This time when I pounded on the invisible barrier, it broke under my fists and I rushed forward just in time to catch Nita as she fell.
"Nita!" I could see her shallow breathing, and the glowing blade of light still in her hand. It was slowly dimming though and I didn't want to think of what would happen if it winked out of existence. "Oh, Nita no! Why Nita? Why! Come back, please come back!"
Tears dripped down my cheeks as I cradled her. I ran my fingers lightly across her hair, and stroked her cheek, wiping off a smear of blood just below her closed eye. I noticed shadows start to creep in closer, no longer frightened from the light. They got closer, and closer, pressing up against Nita.
"Go away!" I cried at them. "Go!" But they only got closer.
Its no use. The Lone Power, though bent over double, was smirking at me with lips twisted in a combination of pain and amusement. She used her own life, her soul, to fuel that spell and once the light she holds in her hand is gone, all that will remain of her are the shadows that had been manifesting in her heart. She will no longer be the Nita you know. Without a soul, she can not live.
"Get lost!" I yelled at the shadowed figure through my tears. And for the first time since I faced off against him, The Lone Power actually vanished.
To my utter surprise and delight, Nita stirred in my lap. "Neets?! Nita are you there?"
She blinked her eyes open and I almost gasped. They were dull and darker grey than I'd ever seen them. There were circles under her eyes and she had a haggard, gaunt look. But when she smiled, she was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
"Kit," she said weakly, reaching up one hand, as if to touch my face. Then she caught sight of the shadows that danced on her fingers, and she moved to put it down again, not wanting me to see, to feel the darkness that was part of her. I reached out and caught it, and held her hand against my cheek. The darkness was cold, but underneath I could feel the warmth from her hand.
She took a rough breath. "I'm sorry Kit. I didn't mean for this to happen, but I guess nothing can be helped now."
"Stop talking like that!" I choked out. "Stop talking like your going to leave."
She gave me a sad smile and glanced at the blade of light still clutched in her hand, which was flickering weakly. "Will you do something for me?" She asked.
"Of course! Anything!"
"Lend me some power please. I have to do something,"
Without hesitating, I said a few words in the speech and felt my power flow through me into her. The light in her hand blazed brighter and I felt hope. She picked it up, looked hard at it. I saw determination and decision in her eyes.
"Tell Dairine I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be so nasty to her."
"But Nita, you can tell her when you get –" Then it clicked together for me and I shot a horrified glance at the blade of light clutched in her hand, pulsing with power I had given her.
"No, Nita you can't! Don't do it! Don't leave me!" I tried frantically to retrieve the power I had given her but I couldn't. It was irrevocable and could not be relinquished. I couldn't believe this was happening. She was going to end her own life. "Please don't leave me!"
"Kit, it's going to be alright. I won't let the shadows have me. If I don't do this, I'll be warped. It won't be living."
"What your about to do won't be living!" I exclaimed. "Nita, please!"
"I'm sorry Kit," she told me softly. I saw her hand move. Before she could do anything, before she went, I bent down, and pressed my lips against hers, as if that mere contact between us could stop this from happening.
Her lips were soft and warm, and tasted like sunshine and happy days. She kissed me back just as softly and tenderly before we parted. There were tears in her eyes now too.
"Oh, Kit. There is always Time Heart." Then, before I could stop her, she brought the blade of power, my power, down into her chest.
There was a burst of light, and the shadows fled, scattering from where they had clung to Nita. There was a brief flash in her eyes, and then I saw her smile up at me in peace, watched her lips move to whisper three simple words, then her weight in my lap was gone. Nita was gone.
I stared blankly at the spot she had been, tears pouring down my face while silent sobs wracked my body. She was gone. The girl I loved, was gone.
"Oh Nita, what am I going to do without you?" I whispered brokenly.
Something caught my eye and I reached down to pick up a smooth amethyst stone. It was warm and reassuring in my palm and I pocketed it as I stood up, not even bothering to stem my flow of tears. Time Heart. There is always Time Heart. Then, with a few words, I returned home.
The day I died was not an especially remarkable day. Maybe someday, someone will come back for me. If that's even possible…
The end! Now before you all go on a murderous rampage and try to kill me with my own pencil, please listen when I tell you that there will be a sequel! It's called Insuppressible. So don't despair; there might be hope yet for this tragic couple. I was originally planning to have a sequel, then decided not too. But then I realized a few things wouldnt make sense if I ended it without the sequel, so now there will be a sequel! If I'm going to write a story, I cant do it half-assed can I? Plus Insuppressible is almost completely written already so it will most likely go up fast. Please review!!
I also would like to give out some thanks.
Books to the Ceiling: My first reviewer! Thanks so much for the support. Without you I probably would have quite my story after the first 3 chapters!
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