Bows and Swords ~ flame-purge
Her words were nice. Her tone seemed like she cared.
Basch wasn’t used to being cared about.
“There is. It is… something I cannot recall. However,” He took a shaky breath. “I hurt someone very precious and betrayed something that meant the world to me. I am a failed warrior at best, my Lady. You should not waste your kind words on me. I am to remain unforgiven.”
The Knight looked into her eyes though he did not want to see the pure light in them, shining on him. Almost as if she could see everything about him, through the clothing, through the skin; to his very soul.
And it scared him.
His expression touched the young woman’s heart. He seemed so afraid, as if he had reverted to a small, feeble child. Almost as if he was…
“Are you always like a kicked puppy?” She tried to lighten the mood with a tiny giggle, “Because you don’t have to be scared of me. I promise that I’ll keep my feet to myself.”
“And, Basch, it’s not a waste. Your deeds… That’s in a past that we can’t remember… So maybe they can’t either, whoever you wronged, anyway.”
She paused for a minute, only to switch gears slowly, “You know… The one thing I remember is a woman telling me that it’s our past that we look to to move forward. I don’t remember who she is, but I do remember that she means a lot to me and that’s enough. I think she’s right, you know. That we can look back in order to change our future. So… You may have failed once in a past that you can’t recall, but you have a chance now, right?”
“A… kicked puppy?”
Basch smiled and nodded. “Ah. Of course Lady Serah. You are… truly wise.”
There was something about this woman. Something that made him want to hold her close. He wasn’t sure why but she must have had her share of trials. As everyone did here.
“I still think I am to remain unforgiven however your words do soothe me. Thank you.”
“I guess then we’ll just have to find out what is making you feel that way and fix it. I do owe you, after all. You saved me… so thank you,” she placed her hand over her heart and bowed her head to him out of appreciation.
“I guess I could call you my hero, huh?” Her head lifted back up to cast him a smile and a giggle.
Basch stared at her for a moment.
“I am no hero. But… thank you. You are kind.” He head bowed a bit in respect.
“I’ll beg to differ. You did save me. You’re the kind one. Thank you,” her eyes closed with a sweet smile and she made to stand up over him, “I have to ask though… Where have you taken me?” Her eyes scanned the environment, taking it in as she had never been to this realm in particular before.