"Are you awake?" I didn't dare breathe as I spoke the words, making them come out softly, and barely audible.
Jevin's eyelids fluttered again, giving me hope.
I had placed his head on my lap, and now, unsure of what else to do, I stroked his blackened goblin hair, hoping he would somehow know I was there.
One of Ukaor's guards had thrown him in here with me,unconscious, but that had been what seemed like hours ago. Now I sat alone, exhausted both emotionally and physically. Because if Jevin was here, it was more than likely the rest of our group wasn't far behind, and that just drenched me in guilt, from my head to my feet.
I had put all our lives in danger, and all because of some misplaced trust. It was unbearable, making it hard for me to except that this was to be our fate- total and utter destruction by Ukaor's uncaring hands.
"Odael?" Jevin's raspy voice made me break out of my thoughts, and I felt myself gasp in relief.
"Oh, Jevin, you're going to be alright." He frowned, and seemed to be displeased. I frowned myself. "What is it?"
"You're crying." I lifted my hand and as I brushed my cheek, I realized he was right. I should have known, but it seemed I had been crying off and on ever since I had gotten here.
I gave a small laugh, more out of relief than anything else. "We're thrown in a small cell, with almost no hope, and you're frowning because I'm crying?"
"You've never cried in front of me before." He was right. I was royalty, and as such, I had told myself, I wasn't allowed to show weakness in public. It was strange, but such a relief to not hold up any pretenses anymore. I was scared, and I wasn't afraid to show it.
"Jevin,- I'm sorry. For everything. I mean, I ruined everything. I-"
He cut me off, grabbing my hand reassuringly. "Odael- what's happened, it doesn't matter. We've made it this far, and there is no way we can stop now. I'm positive we're all going to make it out alive." He gave a small reassuring smile, and I squeezed his hand in return.
"Thank you Jevin." I whispered, and then I remembered I was still stroking his hair. Blushing, I stopped, and he immediately he seemed to take in his surroundings.
Noting where he was at, he sat up, blushing slightly. "Er- sorry. I didn't know-"
I cut him off, pulling him into a hug. It surprised me how much I really cared for him, and now that I was sure he was alright, I wanted nothing more than to be reassured that nothing bad was going to happen to either of us- that everything would turn out alright.
He held me in his arms, and we stayed for that awhile, staying quiet. His embrace seemed to bring me comfort, and a strange sense of safety, which was hard to come by in a cell. Just as he pulled me away to look me into the eyes, a familiar voice broke the silence, and Jevin pulled me behind him.
"Ah, the lovebirds are reunited. What a strange pair; a royal princess, and an ex-goblin guard. I hope you are enjoying you're time together- or what's left of it, for I have special plans for you two."
"What do you mean?" Jevin lowered his eyes, looking around the man.
"You'll see soon enough." Ukaor gave a strange sort of laugh, and unlocked the cell, instructing us to follow him.
Me and Jevin exchanged glances, and as we began to follow after the wicked man, I grabbed Jevin's hand.
"Don't ever let go." I whispered, and he nodded, wordlessly.