Escape Plans

(The events of this chapter take place after Faerie Bound chapter "Ain't No Way")

When the wedding was over, I followed the guests back toward the castle. I searched the crowds, looking for Ben amid the swirling masses of humans and elves.

There. On the edge.

I slipped through the dark, still invisible and moving as softly and silently as I could.  I couldn't risk being caught now.

He stopped to talk to an elf by a copse of trees. I stood nearby, waiting for the elf to leave. When he did, I reappearead and tapped Ben's shoulder. He jumped when he saw me, scarcely recognising me in the shadowy dawn light.

Maybe also because I look like I've been living wild for a month. God knows what manner of mess I look like.

Ben opened his mouth to speak, but I cut him off before he could say anything.

"Shh! Please, don't tell anyone I'm here. If they find me I'll never get out. Listen, I need your help. I have to get off the island, soon, for your sake as well as mine. I can't find any other way off aside from the ships and planes that go from here. Please, help me out here."

Ben gaped at me for a few moments before giving me a stern look and replying:

"I know. I know you have to leave, but I really don't see why you can't stay here, we can help you. I strongly adivse you stay here. But, if you're still hell bent on leaving, there's a supply ship that leaves here tomorrow. I can probably get the captain to take you if you agree to work for him on the way. You'll need some stuff to take with you, but now is not the time. Meet me at the little wayfarers hut across the river tomorrow, I'll sort you out there. But please, won't you at least greet the others?"

I shook my head sadly, "I can't stay. I have to get out of here before anyone sees me. Swear you won't say I was here, they can't know where I am."

"Alright alright. I won't tell them." Ben gave me a hard look, "I won't tell them, but you should. Wayfarer's hut, tomorrow. Until then, good luck."

I nodded, then disappeared again. I raced past Ben, who looked alarmed at my sudden disappearance, and darted off back towards the bridge that lead to the wayfarer's hut.

Then I saw Morgan, standing alone in the middle of a small clearing not far from the hill where Gloria and her elvish husband had just left. She looked thoughtful, but I could almost feel the sadness in her. My heart gave a painful wrench. I knew I'd hurt her by breaking the link, and probably hurt her more by running off without an explanation.

I had to say goodbye, one last time. No matter how stupid that may be.

She looked alarmed when I appeared in front of her, opening her mouth to speak. Before she could utter a word, I'd pulled her into my arms and kissed her, holding her warm body close to mine. For a second all the voices in my mind were drowned out  and all I saw was a blaze of fire in my mind. I had no idea where it came from, but I knew it was born from the remnants of the link. The link I had shattered.

After a split second I pulled away.

"I'm sorry." I whispered, a single tear flowing down my cheek as I said it.

Then I vanished again, racing through the trees like a shadow, not once looking back, soon leaving the clearing far behind.

I'd had my last goodbye. I'd be gone tomorrow.

Then I couldn't hurt her again.

The End

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