Charly came back to Vegas with me the day after the press release was issued and resumed her role in wardrobe while I finished filming.
At Aeduan’s nod, Iseult’s head tipped back. Her eyes closed. When she spoke again, it was in Nomatsi, once more and with no stutter to trip her words. Whatever has happened between us, she said evenly, whatever events have passed to lead us here, they cannot be undone. And now I owe you my life. Twice.Aeduan stiffened at the mention of a life-debt. She wasn’t finished, though.
In Lejna, you promised to kill me if we ever met again. You said your life-debt had been repaid. By your own accounting, I owe you once for not killing me last night. Twice, for saving me from the Amonra. Maybe even three times, for warning me against Corlant. She laughed, that same hysterical sound—but gone in an instant, her face cold and somber as she said, I don’t know how to repay you, Monk Aeduan, but I know the Moon Mother would want me to try.Aeduan’s jaw muscles twitched at that. He spun away from her with too much force. I’m not a monk anymore, was all he said before striding out of the ruins.Someone had to salvage their forgotten supplies.
His careful walk soon became a jog. A gallop, with ferns to snap against his calves. Branches to scrape his skin.Someone owed Aeduan a life-debt. It was …
A first that he didn’t know how to swallow. The Threadwitch Iseult was alive because he had made it so. She could breathe her current breaths and could taste the river’s water because he had saved her life.
Though she had also, in a way, saved his. First, she had not killed him while he lay unconscious in the bear trap. And second, she had been the one to hook them to that stone before the Falls.Pulling out my phone, I called my sister.
It rang a few times too long and the familiar panic where her safety was concerned came over me.Jethro? Why are you calling me—isn’t the match about to start? Her soft voice came down the phone, sliding straight into my ear.
You really should’ve come with us, Jaz. The sun is out and the sky is crystal clear.Only thing was there was never a next time because she would refuse to go on that outing, too.