the haze of eternity

Desiree nodded, and they began to walk. 

Nahum strode casually beside her, as if they were just taking a walk and hadn't come out of a secret meeting. Just as Desiree opened her mouth to ask him what was going on, Nahum spoke.

"I met Dimitra three years ago one night at the Meeting Place." he explained. "She's very eager to see what's beyond the sea. It took us a long time to arrange that meeting."

"Well, the meeting went surprisingly well, from what I know of Seth. You should be satisfied with getting that girl to the mainland." Desiree was still a bit rattled about actually seeing Seth in person.

"I'm surprised that you didn't protest when he assumed you were coming." Nahum grinned. "Does that mean that you'll join us?"

"I have no interest." Desiree informed him. "Do what you like."

"We always do." Nahum replied, straight-faced. "You should consider coming, Desiree."

"Why?" They stopped in front of her hut.

Nahum paused, looking lost in thought for a moment before staring down the path they had just walked.

"Because you don't really know what's out there." he said. "You only know history. As far as anything goes, beyond this place, no one on this Island knows anything about the present."

"I have no need to know. I'm perfectly content here on the Island." Desiree shot down Nahum's argument coldly. "As far as the present goes, we have eternity. It doesn't matter."

"Then why did you follow us?" Nahum stepped closer to her. He was more than a full head taller, and seemed to tower over her in that moment. "If you were content to dance your way through eternity, why did you follow us to Seth? Simple curiosity, maybe? Or are you simply not content?"

"You are the one who is not content." Desiree told him in an even voice. "You don't need to force it on me."

They stood there for a moment before Nahum stepped back and looked away. 

"You haven't changed at all." he pronounced, as if judging her. "You want to know, but you're too lost in this haze of eternity to see that you want it. You'll regret it if you stay here on the Island, Desiree."

"How do you know?" she countered. "How do you know that you're not the one living in a haze?"

"Because I let a fresh pair of eyes look at things." Nahum turned to head back down the path. "If you change your mind, you know when we leave."

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