Mara looked up at him. Her purple gaze met his hazel one, but Mara said nothing. The
only thing that moved was Mara as she raised her head. Now, she did not so much as blink,
but stared at him without any response to his declaration. Joshua's face had grown kinder,
tempered by empathy for the woman near him.
"Why don't we sit closer to the pond and talk things out, Mara."
Mara didn't acknowledge the question asked of her. However, she took a few small, but
determined steps forward. Mara headed in the direction of the pond, shuffling to the side
as she passed by Joshua. She was silent, her words having left her throat. Joshua turned to
follow her, stepping up to her side so that she could see him. Kaze followed anxiously in the
background, shredding the grass in its agitation. They walked until they were once again
near the edge of the water, and then sat on the side of a hill. Joshua and Mara sat apart,
facing each other, and Mara kept her silence.
"I've lived with the King for all of my life, Mara, though I did spend some time walking on
your home world."
"Homeworld?!" Mara replied quickly, looking up at him. "Isn't this Earth? I'm still on
Earth, right, just somewhere really remote, like Patagonia?"
"Patagonia? There is a resemblance, but no. You're not even in the same galaxy, let alone
planet, anymore." Joshua chuckled.
"Then, where am I, exactly?" Mara asked uncertainly.
"To be precise, forty-seven hundred galaxies north-west of Earth, near the edge of
the Universe. The actual number of light-years is a bit too much for you to comprehend
right now. Needless to say, it's much farther than anything humans will ever see,