Despite the pain, despite the fact that he knew where he was going, Axl continued to smile. ‘Maybe I’ll see Red again when I’m there. Ah who am I kidding? If I do see him, it be just an image, an image of him dying over and over.’
He looked at Ai and gave her a brighter smile, some life returning to dull green eyes before he blacked out. He did not blame her. How could he? It was her job, a job forced on her. He could not and would not blame her for it.
She rowed slowly… Tears rolled down her face. She didn’t want to make everyone suffer. She growled and looked at the lamps floating in the water. She awaited for Axl’s eyes to open…
Verdent eyes slowly opened and gazed about slowly. Was this his final journey? The last time he’d be able to be at peace? He spotted Ai looking over the water. She looked so upset.
“Is this the last time we will see each other?” he questioned softly. “I like you, Ai. I don’t blame you for any of this and I would like to see you again.”
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