“So?” Heddren took Melias’ hands into his much larger hands.
She swallowed hard. “So.”
They fell silent. Neither one wanted to say the words that needed to be said.
Melias pulled her hands out of his grip. She turned away from him and looked down at the calm water below the wooden bridge.
“I’m sorry. This universe just isn’t big enough for the two of us. No matter where we are. No matter how far we both run, we will always run into each other.”
“Does that have to be such a bad thing? It’s just me. Just you.”
She turned her head to the side, but she didn’t look at him. “Life is much bigger than that.”
He scoffed. “Bigger than individuals. Yeah. Like I haven’t heard that one before.” He frowned. “I just never thought I’d hear you say it to me.”
She looked back down at the water.
He came to her side and looked up at the sky. “Looks like it’s going to rain.”
“I’m sorry, Heddren.” Melias pulled the dagger out of her utility belt.
He stood his ground. “It doesn’t have to be like this. Mel.”
She spun to face him.
Thick raindrops fell.
She raised the dagger.
He didn’t budge. “I don’t care what they say about us. We are us, Melias. We are one. In every lifetime, we will be pulled together. Always and ever, we will find each other. Always and ever, we will love each other. In every possible universe, you will find me and I will love you. Even if you kill me every time. I will love you, Melias.”
The raindrops pressed the strands of hair against her face. They slicked her hands and ran off the dagger’s edge.
“I will always love you, Melias.”
She moved her hand in a quick, sharp gesture.
The dagger fell with the raindrops into the water. Water and metal into water.
She regarded him with a serious expression. “Looks like I lost my grip.”
“What a shame.”
“And now I have no weapon to kill you with.”
“Now, what do we do?”
He took her hands into his much larger hands. “You say the universe is too small for the two of us. What if we’re together? What if we leave this all behind? Will it still be too small?”
She thought about it. “I think it will be just the right size.”
He smiled. “So do I.”