Heroes and Martyrs

She looks at him, and he looks back. And he sees, in her green eyes, such pain and fear and anger that he feels it in his own heart. A solitary tear falls from her eyes, eventually followed by another, and another, till the tears are streaming down her face at an exponential rate.

"You're not the hero this time!" she screams, "You don't get to try to give your life for mine! Not this time! I won't allow it!"

"It's the only way!" he whispers back frantically.

"No!" She is still screaming. "It's not fair! I love you, just as much – if not more – than you love me!" Then her voice grows soft, and her body starts to be wracked by sobs. "I can't picture a world without you. That's not a world I want to live in."

He embraces her, breathes in her scent until it seems to fill every part of him. Then he pulls back, looks her in the eyes once more. She turns her eyes away, looks down at the floor.

"Look at me," he whispers, and she doesn't. "Look at me," he whispers again. Still no response. "Damn it! Look at me!" he hisses, close to screaming himself, and she finally looks. "You have to know that I love you. So much. And I don't want to live in a world without you, either. That's why I have to do this. Letting you die would be a crime against the world."

"How about we both try not to die?" she sniffles, wiping at the tears. He smiles, just a little, and nods. "That sounds like a good idea." They share one last kiss before entering the fray.

A/N: So, my first Soul Eater fic. I haven't finished the anime yet, but I really wanted to write this story. I really hope you guys liked it.