Mara jolted upright from the mattress in the cavern with a scream, narrowly missing
hitting Joshua. Tears started pouring from her eyes as she began sobbing loudly, and
her hand flew up to her mouth to stifle her scream. Mara started to turn her head, but her
eyesight went dark for a moment, she was still weak from her coma and her body did
not approve of the sudden movement. Mara heard Joshua's movements behind her as he
started to get up, as if to leave. She flung herself around, ignoring Kaze, and threw herself
on him before he could fully rise. Mara buried her face in Joshua's shoulder, still crying,
and began pleading with him.
"Don't leave me alone! Please Joshua don't leave me here alone! I need you here -
I need you - I can't bear to be alone."
"I will stay with you Mara." Joshua replied in a soft voice, gentled by empathy for the
vulnerable girl that was sobbing in his arms. Mara whispered just one more thing before
crying herself to sleep in his embrace.
"His name was Jabal."