‘ what next Raven?’ asks Sebastian breaking their silence.
‘Her skin is pale, there are bruises all over her hands.. so little blood in her body. Its like I can’t even smell blood in her life. I worry to see her suffer Raven. She dies too many times. No matter how many times you revive her..life keeps getting shorter. And this wretched pain stabs back again and again’.
‘Yes. I know..but I can’t let her go. I promised I would not. I promised..’ the traveler grits his teeth.
‘Of course you did. But that was 100yrs ago. I am just asking you to take the pain away. Let me help you, help me…let her stay with us for as long as we live. Centuries..’
‘I m trying to. But… I don’t want it that way. Given you a chance Sebastian, would you have taken this life of yours?’ Raven asks mournfully.
Sebastian pauses at the unexpected question. This was a question he preferred to better avoid always. Because no matter how he put it, no matter how meaningfully or pitifully he lived there was indeed never an end to time he had at his hands..
‘I know..i would have wanted to be a mere mortal’ he answers softly.
‘ To live, to suffer,to love, to remember.. But then perhaps I would not want it that way for real. Somebody has to be on balancing side. If good were to only exsist then they would not be good, bad has to coexsist to make them look better! Do you not understand?’ Sebastian throws a worrisome glance.
He looks at the traveler observing him closely, who now looks lost back to the depths of his head where his voices would never reach.
‘ I want her to be with us. I want this pain to go away. More than me..Do you not want it that way?’ he asks.
‘I do. But…’ Raven answers instinctively like it has been set on his mind to answer that way..however he pauses again, realizing he is unable to answer the one question his exsistence depended upon. He withdraws.
‘Its always upto you. It was always yours and it will always be your decision to make. Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t hurt her. That demon tricked you onto this. What fair is this deal? You wanted hell fire and look you can’t even control the power. It controls you. I can see your aura changing. Lets hope no one else does..’Sebastian tries to get to him, his voice much louder this time much firmer. But it wouldnot reach Raven, nomatter how many times he tried.
‘This will never end..’ he sighs,remembering the countless agonizing conversations they had in past.
‘You were fooled Raven and ..’
‘I will and I can control this!!’ the traveler stops Sebastian halfway his sentence, suddenly getting back upto his feet, like jolting away from heavy shackles that was tied onto his shoulders.
‘ Because I have to..there is no other way…’he shouts.
‘And with this power combined with mine,I have enough strength to bring her back everytime. I can and I will snatch her back again, away from the judgement door. I promise I will not let her go. Never’.
‘Hey . are we done packing?’ laira asks timidly from the back, interrupting the two men, who seemed to her like two gorgeus men on middle of their heated loveydovey discussion.
‘Almost laira…Did you say goodbye to your boyfriend?’Sebastian winks at her,already calm and composed, as if the mental war they had just now did not take place or it did but it had no residual effects on him . ‘And by the way what breed is he, your boyfriend I mean?’he adds concerned, his eyebrows narrowed locked to the boy with frizzly hair in highschool uniform far at a distance