Another soldier came to replace me as Ever's guard. I didn't want to leave her, but if I argued then I may get dragged into whatever was going on between Ever, Neroze and the authorities. I did give her a smile before I left, trying to say I would come back later but I'm not sure she understood me.
I felt so much pressure on me now. I was looking after Ivoria, and a great job I was doing with that too, and Neroze had put me in charge of training one of the Guardians, Hazel. The reponsibility I had was weighing me down, I couldn't just think about myself anymore, I had to think about the people relying on me.
I sat at dinner with Ivoria and Hazel, eating the gunge they passed off as food, telling myself I needed to stay strong and healthy.
'You missed a great end to the battle Eternity, there were dragons!' Ivoria seemed excited so I tried to share her enthusiasm, but for some reason I couldn't get excited.
'Yeah underneath the portal. They started attacking after you'd left.'
'Oh.' I wasn't sure what she was expecting from me. We continued in silence. I could feel something was wrong and my fears were confirmed when I felt Neroze's hand on my shoulder.
'I need to speak to you Eternity. It's important.' I left my tray and followed Neroze toward his office.
'How bad is it?'
'Bad. It's really bad.'