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    Tanya spent the better part of the afternoon tending to the animals and crops, occasionally checking up on her guests when the moment arose. She even helped show Cora how to clean the dishes, finding the moment oddly comforting and chuckling at Coras attempts, well intended as they were. She felt herself relax as she dried her hands off before the sounds of trumpeting could be heard. Tanya froze at that, her face showing a mess of emotions before turning to look at the girls. Without so much as a word, she motioned the girls to follow her, not a word spoken of her actions.

    “In here, quick please. Just .. give me a bit of time, okay?” Tanya requested of the sisters, shooing them into a previously locked room, not daring to look in herself. Tanya gave the young girls a pleading look to remain silent, closing the door on them as the sounds of the oncoming carriage came to a stop. Tanya placed her hands on the doorframe for a moment before pushing herself off, a deep breath filling her frame as she moved to the entrance to greet her guest. With an affixed smile, she moved towards the entrance, smiling at the robed man who was walking up the path.

    “May the light shine down, my love.” Tanya greeted her husband, placing the palm of her hand against her hand and bowed, a greeting of love between the two. He returned the gesture, his bow short and born of formality rather than emotion. Tanya remained silent as he moved in and gently placed his arms around her. She could smell the long road across his body, the scent of sun drenched grass and baked dirt coating his robe.

    “Tanya my dear, it is good to see you well. I am only here for a short visit, as I must prepare for the ceremonies tomorrow.” He spoke, his voice distant as he moved into the house, looking around. He could see the mislaid books and drying dishes, his presence one of familiarity and command while inspecting the place. Tanya followed after, a measured pace just behind him as he traversed the house.

    “I do wish that you would allow me to bring in a maid. It seems the pregnancy has tired you out.” He mentioned, turning again to look upon her. She smiled at him, though the words stung her chest. Again, his worry only came about for the child, not of her own personal health or happiness.

    “I promise you that I am fine my dear, I had just been enjoying the day. The chores are not a hassle, and you know the clerics say work is best for early pregnancies.” Tanya brushed off his concerns, feeling that she was having to defend herself for just wanting to live normally.

    “No, this time I must insist. I shall find someone suitable to come over, we have the spare room for them to use.” He spoke, ignoring the soft gasp that escaped her lips. Her eyes flitted across the closed door, knowing the room that lay beyond and the implications of another living in that room.

    “I will make sure someone will help renovate the room to be more fitting for a live-in maid, until the pregnancy has passed. I do this --”

    “No, I promise I don’t need anyone else living with me, nor do we need to change that room.” Tanya spoke, a shudder in her voice as she fought back tears.

    “Tanya, Celest will be graduating tomorrow and joining the Clerics. She has no need for such a childish room.” Her husband spoke, bringing her to a stop. Tanya stared at the man, feeling tears well in her eyes again. There was no love in that name, and knowing just how long it had been since hearing that was like a dagger to her gut. Even worse, she hadn’t even known that her own daughter was graduating tomorrow at the ceremony, having received very little word from her.

    “She, our daughter, is graduating tomorrow. When is the ceremony, I must prepare.” Tanya spoke, already planning out what she needed to do to prepare for the next day, and how to politely excuse herself from her guests to attend.

    “Relax Tanya, there is no need to attend. I do not wish to cause you undo stress, so I insist that you remain here for the time being.” He spoke, holding up his hand to cease her worry and action. She stalled, her mind locking in place as she looked to him. Was he being serious? Denying her the chance to see her own daughter graduate and join the proud clerics, a daughter she hasn’t seen since she had left for school. This .. this was no longer her husband, but someone else, a cold calculating man that only thought of the betterment of others. She held back tears, balling her right fist behind her back, enough to feel her nails bite deep into flesh.

    “I … yes my love. I shall remain here, as you wish. I am glad you came to visit, but I request your leave so that I may rest, as today has been long and strenuous.” Tanya spoke, giving the customary bow with one hand across her stomach, common of all her people. He nodded in agreement and followed her to their room, pausing to grab his needed materials for the next day, bidding her a well rest before leaving, letting a cold silence flow through the house. It was a few moment longer before her voice could be heard, strained through the effort of holding in her sadness.

    “You.. can come out now.”


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    Enivid found some amusement in her sisters struggle to do a menial chore but said nothing, simply enjoying the quaint little moment as her metallic tail lightly tapped the floor. Their quite little moment was interrupted abruptly as the sounds of trumpets. Cora perked up about ready to head to the window and peek out only to be stopped. Enivid was the only one of the two to see the mess of emotions contorted across their hosts face before they were led into a room. Cora was confused but before she could ask what was going on Tanya told them to just give her a bit of time. Was it a guest? did she not want them to be seen? what would happen she wondered. As curious as she was she leaned against the door and pressed her ear to it.

    Enivid curled her tail around her paws and cocked her head, but peered around the room. It was a child's room, so full of color. Easily recognizable even for her. She replied what Tanya had already told them connecting that this must have been the room of their latest child, a young girl by the decorations of flowers and animals. but a fine layer of dust had settled into the unused room. Even Enivid could feel for this women, not knowing how anyone or anything could put a person though such emotional turmoil and not expect them to be... unhappy. She looked back to the door as she could hear voices but not quite making everything out until the pair got closer.

    Cora frowned, balling her hands into fists against the door, but she remained stationary. How could this man, who claimed to be her husband, be so cold towards her? Couldn't he see, couldn't her HEAR that Tanya was upset? did he not care? It angered Cora, out of the two sisters Cora was the one who felt deeply. but even Enivid could feel her annoyance with this man rise. She was cold, and she found it difficult to relate to people but even she found blatant fault with the way he treated his wife. She didn't understand people, and she didn't understand these people. But in a way... she did connect with it. After all... she and Cora had no love for each other for the longest time. But still they had worked out their differences with time, and Enivid was much more aware of the emotional impact such an event could have on someone.

    As the house went quite. Cora placed her hand on the knob, waiting for a moment before she heard Tanya's voice. Cora left the room quietly, followed by Enivid's light cat paws as they moved through the house to Tanya's room.

    "Tanya..." Cora said softly gazing at the women. "You don't deserve to be treated like that. No one dose." She said finely crouching down in front of the women once more, looking more Ernest then before. If it hadn't been clear at her outburst before, it was certainly more clear now. "Your unhappy here." She said reaching out once more, her soul aching for the women as she took her hand. "I don't think anyone who cared about you would want you to be this unhappy." She said.

    "She's right, no one truly deserves unhappiness, though it comes in everyone in life. I have a hard time that even this... sinless one would allow one of his devout followers to feel this left alone, this..." Enivid trailed off for a moment fixing her gaze on the women. "I don't think you have failed the sinless one." she said finely. "I'm not sure that he has failed you... but I can tell you that your society has failed you." Enivid said slowly but firmly. "Perhaps its time that your people learned the truth of whats beyond the wall."

    Cora looked from her sister back to Tanya. "Come with us, I'll show you everything! It will be the adventure of a life time. And who knows. Maybe you'll find something to love on the other side." she said offering a smile. "Like your baby." She could feel that connection with Tanya. She knew what it was like to be sad, perhaps not as low as she felt right now but she understood. "come with us." She said again.
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    “I .. wish to be alone.” Tanya spoke, though her tone had no emotion. She turned back over, allowing the conversation to end as Cora and Enivid left the room. Even then she didn’t sleep, her mind running through so many things. The love she had for her husband, had it really blinded her to how low she felt. She let their moments play in her mind, the image of her love slowly turning into the man that had visited her today. Even as the moon hung heavy in the sky, Tanya couldn’t find peace in sleep tonight. Placing the sheets aside, Tanya grabbed the candle sitting by the bedside before lighting it with the strike of a match.


    Without a word Tanya exited her room, remaining silent as she passed the sleeping forms of Cora and Enivid, making sure to not awaken her guests as she moved. Her feet carried her before the door to her first daughters room, nerves getting the best of her. Beyond lied a room she had not set foot in years. Placing her hand on its surface, she froze, knowing what lay beyond.


    The door opened with a creak, unused hinges protesting as the flickering candle filled the room. Tanya couldn’t help the tears that began to well up as she looked over the room, pristine from the last time her daughter had been in there. Now her daughter was all grown up, set to graduate tomorrow as a new cleric to help the people. Yet here she was, confined to the house like a criminal, unable to see such a joyous moment. Letting her feet carry her, she looked over everything, wanting to burn it into her mind as she came to a conclusion.


    Tanya could not remain here. Though she loved her family, the world had abandoned her, leaving her for nothing more than the child she may bear. Cora had made her offer, and even if the world outside was harsh and strange, there could be no more fearful than the life she lived now. Her last act would be to see this room, and tomorrow, she would leave this entire place.


    For now, she would prepare for the journey ahead. Tanya needed to pack for who knew how long.


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    “Cora, I am going to take you up on your offer. Today, we shall leave through the main gates.” Tanya greeted her guest in the morning, a large satchel slung across her back, filled with clothing and foods that would last a while.


    “I have already requested a carriage to take us to the town, but for that to work, I need for you pass off as someone like me. I can let you borrow my clothing, but I need to make you look appropriate for the travel.” Tanya offered up to Cora, though the steel in her voice matched the determination in her eyes. She had made up her mind to leave this place and never look back, despite the ache of abandoning all she had ever known.

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    Cora and Enivid had retired at Tanya's bidding. Cora slumped back on one of the chairs and picked up the book she'd been reading earlier while Enivid jumped onto a window seal to peer out at the world growing dark beyond the glass. The place was so quite and after a while the lule of the night brought them both to sleep.

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    Cora rubbed her eyes as she set up as she looked to Tanya. She blinked sleepily at the women for a moment, looking her up and down before a huge smile spread across her face and she jumped up. "Really?" She asked excitedly. Cora was a little confused as she told her that she needed to dress her up to look appropriate for the travel. "huh?"

    It didn't take long to get Cora dressed. The clothes fit pretty well, it was finely crafted, if a little coarser then what she was used to. "Almost a perfect fit. Bit dull tho." She said turning to Tanya. "So uh... Nurse maid?" she asked. "I'm sure I can manage." There was a soft grunt from Enivid who rolled her eyes. "If we are going in disguise, it might be best if I stay hidden." she said. "Ya..." Cora agreed. "We should probably put the Robot away for a while. Enivid nodded. "We may need to be ready to switch, if anything goes south." "Ya..." Cora said scratching at her cheek before she leaned down and picked up the Metallic cat. The eyes closed and the body went limp as Cora started carefully stuffing it into her side bag. She quietly adjusted the rest of her clothing her weapons carefully concealed. "We should be ready, whenever you are." Cora said looking up at Tanya with a smile.
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