Disclaimer: Nope not TP if I was I would have money, a job and some really awesome characters… Song belongs to David Cook… its called Come Back To Me.

Come Back To Me

You say you gotta go and find yourself
You say that you're becoming someone else
Don't recognize the face in the mirror
Looking back at you

You say you're leavin
As you look away
I know theres really nothin left to say
Just know i'm here
Whenever you need me
I'll wait for you

So i'll let you go
I'll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you come back to me

Take your time i wont go anywhere
Picture you with the wind in your hair
I'll keep your things right where you left them
I'll be here for you

Oh and i'll let you go
I'll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you come back to me

And i hope you find everything that you need
I'll be right here waiting to see
You find you come back to me

I can't get close if your not there
I can't get inside if theres no soul to bear
I can't fix you i can't save you
Its something you have to do

So i'll let you go
I'll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you come back to me
Come back to me
So i'll let you go
I'll set you free
And when you see what you need to see
When you find you come back to me

And i hope you find everything that you need
I'll be right here waiting to see
You find you come back to me

When you find you come back to me
When you find you come back to me
When you find you come back to me

It had been six years since Kel had left Tortall, six years since she even recognized who she was, and what she had been. Kel stood at the border of Tyra and Tortall she knew she was home and where she was meant to be. Kel turned to her companion and asked if he was ready.

His blue eyes met her hazel ones and they smiled into each other's eyes. They pushed their horses forward crossing the border in to the land they once called home. They both knew what lay ahead, and both hearts were heavy with the fears of what might be left of the kingdom they once knew…

Six and a half years ago:

Keladry of Mindelan was in love. She had never felt more alive, she and Domitan of Masbolle had become a couple after knowing each other for 7 years and they were completely in love.

Many would have said her life was perfect. But Tortall had been at peace for those years after the war with Scanra they had made many alliances and bandit numbers were decreasing. Many of the Knights and soldiers were retiring and returning home, the Kings Own was a quarter smaller then it had been during most of Lord Raoul's command. The number of jobs for errant knights was small and few in number and for the most part many of them now stayed at the palace or remained on their own fiefs.

Dom and Kel were also changing, Kel began to practice less and Dom began to leave earlier and come home later. They would always love each other, and they still were madly in love but neither was as happy as they had once been. Kel longed to be busy, to be useful, not stuck in the palace awaiting orders.

It was the night of a ball for the Tyran delegation that made Kel see how much she had changed… She had long known that she was discontent with what she was doing and she had been hoping for some action along a border somewhere just so she could stop feeling stir-crazy still there had been nothing. So Kel was staring at herself in the mirror at the red dress she wore thinking back to the first dresses she ever owned after Dom started courting her. Kel had even done the unthinkable and kept the one he had called his favorite. She went to the wardrobe and pulled it out, and she couldn't help but notice how much bigger she had been, and then she could see the tiny frays in the cloth when she had worn it with her daggers or even a sword belt.

Kel looked at the silk dress she wore now and she realized that she hadn't even contemplated wearing a sword with this creation. Kel knew in that moment that she had been lost… she had been without a purpose. She wanted out she had to be herself.

She had changed once Dom had started courting her. She stopped working out all the time and had changed it to once a day, she had let her brown hair grow longer, and she had slimmed down quite a bit, all for him; even though he had never once asked her too.

Kel sat on the bed in her room and cried the first tears she had cried in weeks, she felt lost and so as she sat there alone she made up her mind to go and become the Knight she had always wanted to be. She grabbed her sword and cut off her hair to the short crop it had been when she had first been knighted. She changed from the silken clothes to the rough and practical tunic. She grabbed her bags and gear and began to fill them for her journey. She didn't know where she would go; just that she had to leave.

Dom walked in to his and Kel's rooms to find her standing in an old pair of clothes and as he looked at her with confusion in his eyes Kel could only tell him that she was sorry, but she couldn't stay. She told him why and that she would come back when she was ready or if Tortall ever needed her.

Dom could only nod as she gave him a last hug and kiss and tears running down her face as she took one final glance at him and then left the room and the last human voice she heard as she left was

"Come back to me, Keladry, come back when you're ready and I'll be here."

Dom would in later months and years to come call himself several kinds of idiot. He knew he couldn't keep her, but the pain sometimes was too much for him to bear. Every day he knew that he was closer to her coming home, and he could feel that she would but he didn't know where she was, or how she was.

Kel's journey began as she left the palace gates. She rode Peachblossom and as they took the main road out of Corus, for the first time Kel remembered what it was like to feel the wind in her hair as she galloped away from her home to find out why she ever wanted to be a Knight, and maybe to go and find places that still need someone to fight for them, and someone to change laws….

Well… this is going to be different from what I've written so far… Does it sound good… or really corny and overdone? Please Review and let me know what you think… I don't have anything prewritten this time so all those wonderful reviews will give me lots of encouragement to write faster…and hey if you have ideas send me some and I will see if I can fit them in!!!

~Kari

PS: (this chapter has been edited to fit with the rest of the story, so if you notice anything differnt that would be why:)) 4/21/09