Evelyn looked at me oddly and my stomach dropped. This was going to be nasty. "Ready to make a deal with the Reaper?" She said

 "What are you on about?" I asked, confused.

"The Reaper. Shipper of souls. Living Death. The Devil. Hades. Pick a name I don't care they're all the same person. The thing is he exist..... he's the reason I've lived passed my time" She looked at the floor.

 "Your saying the Lii'arc was saved cause he made a deal with this guy?" I gaped at her. Aw crud.. this is going to be really bad..

"Yes, he gained back his life in exchange for something else"Evelyn look really uncomfortable now. "I'll have to call him to this spot and tell him that a deal is asking to be formed."

 "So what do we do? Call him and make a deal?" I replied

I felt relieved there was some way, but cautious too. Dancing with the devil did not seem like a smart thing to do.

"I'd have to summon him and.....And something would have to be given back to him in return for Zander soul being saved from moving on" she spoke awkwardly. I sat apprehensive, for an elf to get this uncomfortable, it must be bad.

"What? You said you did it, what did you have to give?" I ask, desperate, and aware that the longer this took, the less time Zander had.

She blushed. "I gave him me..... The reason he extended my life is cause he fell in love with me..... So when it was my time to pass he extended my life in exchange for a binding that I could never fall in love in a intimate way with any one else..... But this isn't what he'll want in this case"

"Wow, you feel in love with the reaper" My suprise momentarily got the better of me

"Yes, do you want to find out what you have to do to save Zander's life?" She snapped back at me. I shut my mouth, nodding. We both took a deep breath.

"He'll want another soul in exchange.... One full of life..... Yours" she gave me a pitying look. My throat clamped shut. My life. Or Zander's. 

"That's not fair!" I cried out, then snapped my mouth shut again. Evelyn looked away. "I'm sorry Lirael." She replied sadly. "I don't think he would accept anything else."

"Thats not good enough." I replied angrily, looking away. I took a couple of deep breaths, trying to calm down, then my anger burst again. I slammed a fist into the wall, creating a spiderweb of cracks.

"Its not fair! Either way I lose!" I cried out, tears falling. "I just.." I couldn't finish, resting my forehead on the wall, breathing deeply.

"Lirael, its the only way you can save him." She replied, taking my anger steadily.

"Is there no way you can help me?" I asked, still unable to look at her.

"I can try, but you have to be prepared that this is what he might as of you." she spoke so calmly, but I could feel her emotions and she was upset for me and for Zander.

"Stay here a minute." I said to her, walking out. I went back to Zander, who was asleep now.

"I love you." I whispered to him. "If this doesn't work.. Be happy. I chose this. I know that not matter what, you will be strong enough to take this."

I then left him again, returning to the room where Evelyn was waiting.

"Do it." I said. "Call him. I want to fight for Zander's life."

She nodded and closed her eyes.

I am not going to go down without a fight. I promised Zander I would be there when he woke up. I will use evrything I can to keep that. Even if it means killing the Devil himself. I am not going to give up on this.

The End

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