[18th of November, 2740 AD; The Royal Kingdom of Thekohn – Outside Thedam Castle]
It did not take long for Rain and Mina to find Eva, who was standing near the front gate of the castle grounds. Eva faced the large tree by the gate as Rain and Mina came closer. Rain did not want to unsettle Eva, which was why she kept herself at a distance and called out to Eva.
“Are you okay?” Rain asked.
“I’m fine,” Eva replied. “You don’t need to worry yourself with me… I’m going to be just fine, okay? Please, go on about your day and forgot I ever said anything, Your Majesty…”
“Eva, please, I know you think you may be a burden, but I promise that you’re anything but,” Rain said. “You’ve been beyond helpful in training Dustin and Gamal, and I never made a big decision without first seeking your insight. You’re not useless at all.”
“I know you’re trying to be nice, Rain,” Eva said. “After all, that’s what you are. Being here clearly states that and has only reminded me of how lowly I am. I may as well not be here.”
“You aren’t lowly at all,” Mina said, “Because… Because that’s not who you are at all! You’re somebody who isn’t afraid to face her fears and doesn’t break at the first sign of danger; that’s not something that a ‘lowly’ person would do, is it, Eva?”
“Please just stop,” Eva replied. “I know that you two are trying your best, but please… please just leave me be.”
“At this point, I can’t turn away from you,” Rain said. “At least not until I know what’s troubling you.”
“I already told you,” Eva said, “It’s nothing. I’ll be okay.”
“I know that that’s not it,” Rain replied. “Mina and I can see from here that there’s something going on. If you truly don’t want us to know, then I won’t press any further and I’ll let you go.”
“You would do that?” Eva asked. “I… I don’t even know what I can say to that…”
Rain sighed. “I bet that if I ask everyone to describe you, they would say the same thing,” she said, “That you’re strong and they would be right. But what truly matters, though, is how you exhibit that strength.”
“I believe in you, Eva,” Mina said. “I know Sorin does, too, and so do Gavin and Law. Everybody does… even if you don’t!”
Eva looked down at the ground. “I appreciate your concern, but you two are just wasting your breaths,” she replied. “Someone like me doesn’t deserve to be called strong. In fact, it would probably be a lot better if I didn’t exist.”
“That’s wrong,” Mina replied, “Because I don’t think that that’s true!”
“Hold on, Mina,” Rain said. “Perhaps it’s better if we approached this a little differently.”
“If you think so, then I’ll let you go ahead,” Mina said.
“Very well,” Rain replied. “Eva… can I ask you something?”
“What is it?” Eva asked.
Rain took one step towards Eva. “Why do you believe that? Why do you that it would be better if you didn’t exist?”
“It doesn’t matter,” Eva said. “No matter what I do, nothing changes. Even when I try to sleep, the same thoughts repeat endlessly. I really don’t want you to keep worrying about me… because I’ll take care of it myself.”
“What does that mean?” Rain asked.
“It means that I’ll be fine,” Eva replied. “Goodbye.”
Eva did not speak another word as she headed out through the main gates. Mina attempted to follow after her, but Rain stopped her before she could. The two watched as Eva continued to hurry off into the city.
“Why aren’t we following after her?” Mina asked.
“I think she needs time alone,” Rain said. “I can imagine that the recent events have taken a toll on her and as much as I wish I could help, I don’t know what else I could really say?”
“But I’m afraid that Eva might do something,” Mina said. “I don’t know what, but it makes me worried.”
“I’m worried too, but I don’t think that she’s going to do anything drastic,” Rain said. “Just give her some time.”
“Okay,” Mina said. “If there’s nothing we can do, then I guess that you’re probably right.”
“I hope so,” Rain replied.
Nothing else could be said. Whatever was on Eva’s mind, it was clear that she did not want to talk about it and Rain acknowledged that. Rain hoped that in the future, Eva would be more willing to open up, but she had no clue if that would happen. All Rain could do now was go on with her life while everybody else went on with theirs. That was when she looked to Mina, who keep staring in the direction that Eva left, and held her hand.
“You know, it is getting close to lunch time,”Rain said. “Why don’t we just go back for now and eat? I could go for some food right now.”
Mina looked at Rain as a huge smile formed on her face. “Yeah, we can do that! I haven’t even eaten since breakfast!”
“I’m so glad to hear that you haven’t lost your appetite,” Rain said. “Well then, shall we go?”
[18th of November, 2740 AD; Eva Bellamy’s house, Admorse, Ameci]
Kirk looked around the empty house. He knew it had been some time since Eva decided to stay longer in the Royal Kingdom of Thekohn, but even so, Kirk felt the loneliness growing. He wondered to himself if she was feeling the same way. No, Kirk was certain that Eva was also feeling lonely and he only wished that he was there for her. Yet, he also knew that the reason she had decided to stay was not because she did not like him, but because she was afraid of growing attached to him in only a few months.
“I’m sorry, Kirk,” Eva told him, “I love you, but I’m afraid I can’t do this… It feels all too sudden.”
“Take as much time as you need,” he said. “Whenever you’re ready to come home, just let me know.”
That was what he said to her and since then, it felt like years since Kirk last heard Eva’s voice. He could only wonder how she was coping by herself, but still, he could not bring himself to contact her. Kirk walked into the empty bedroom where he and Eva slept, which only served to remind him of the happy moments he had with her and the moments that were not as happy as well. Kirk sighed as he sat on the edge of the bed.
“It’s really been some time, hasn’t it?” Kirk asked.
But he was not able to delve deeper into that train of thought as the doorbell rang off in the distance. Kirk jumped up to his feet and gazed down the hallway and began walking towards the front door. He had no idea who was on the other side, but Kirk opened the door anyway. Henry Randolph stood on the other side of the door with Tori.
“Henry? Tori? What brings you two here?” Kirk asked.
“Well, we’re just wondering how you’re doing by yourself,” Henry said. “How are you, Kirk?”
“I’m doing quite well, thank you,” Kirk said. “I assume it’s about the same for you and Tori?”
“Pretty much,” Henry replied. “I just got back from visiting Dia Kuu and now we’re going to go to city.”
“Oh, do you two have a lunch date or something?” Kirk wondered.
“No, that’s not it,” Tori said. “It concerns Henry’s campaign for Admorse. We’re busy getting signatures.”
Kirk tilted his head to the side. “Signatures?”
“If I’m going to run, then I’ll need about five hundred signatures,” Henry explained. “We’ve already got one hundred and fifty, but that’s not going to be enough when we get to the deadline.”
“And the deadline falls on the first day of the new year,” Kirk said. “If I know you, you’ll get there before the beginning of next month.”
“You really think so?” Tori asked. “I should have expected you would say that, Kirk. Oh, here, why don’t you sign as well?”
Tori reached into her bag and produced a board with a few sheets of paper attached. Kirk took it from her and looked through each sheet, already with so many signatures written down. He took the pen and signed on one of the blank lines and handed the board back to Tori, who smiled and put it back into her bag. Henry reached out to Kirk and shook his hand.
“Thank you,” Henry said. “You know, perhaps we can work together on this campaign. That’s if you want to, of course.”
“It sounds interesting,” Kirk replied. “I suppose there’s a way for both of us to help Ameci and this would be a good way to do it.”
“So you’ll do it, then?” Tori asked.
“Give me a day or so,” Kirk said. “I will definitely call you once I’ve made my decision.”
“Well, I can’t wait to hear it,” Henry said.
“I think this will work out well for you, either way,” Kirk said. “Anyway, Tori, how are you coming along?”
“We’re doing well,” Tori replied.
“Yes, it’s been almost three months,” Henry said. “The boys are pretty excited about it, too.”
“I’m glad to hear that,” Kirk said. “I hope that it all goes well for you.”
“Thank you,” Tori said.
“Yeah, thanks,” Henry said. “Well, I guess we shouldn’t hold you up for any longer and besides, we should be getting back on the road…”
“Go on, then,” Kirk said. “I don’t want to get in your way of becoming mayor, do I?”
“You’re not in the way at all,” Tori replied.
“I know,” Kirk said. “I’d wish you good luck but you don’t need it; you’re Henry Randolph, after all.”
Henry grinned. “Great to know you’re on my side,” he said. “Well, we’ll see you later, then! Don’t forget to let me know!”
Kirk nodded. “I won’t.”
He watched as Henry and Tori headed to their car and left for the city. For Kirk, however, he still felt as if he was not able to do much in his position. All Kirk could really do was support Henry from the sidelines and wait for Eva to come home soon. Kirk then got an idea. He remembered what Henry said and wondered if it was not too late to pay Dia a visit. Kirk had no clue if his idea would even work, but there was no way of knowing unless he tried.
To be continued…