She was like a silver torch against the azure sky. Her hands on the railing, hair streaming in the wind.
Her tarnished sword hung on her belt, onyx and silver gleaming in the sun. The blade of her family's oath. The family she let down...
Footsteps from behind. A boy in a blue hoodie, wearing steel bracers and greaves. "There you are, Yuisis," said Gran, smiling.
She chuckled. "Morning, Dancho," said Yuisis, cracking a small smile. "Looks like thr ship's running smoothly."
They atared at eeach other awkwardly. "We're almost to the city," said Gran after a moment.
She smiled sadly. "Yeah. It'll be neat to visit home again, after all these years."
Gran looked her in the eye. "I'm coming with you," he said.
She shook her head and turned away. "It's not your fight, Gran," said Yuisis, gazing out across the sky. "I gotta fight this one alone. For the family that believed in me... for the family that I let down--"
Her eyes widened as the captain hugged her from behind. "I can't let you do that," said Gran.
A tear rolled down the Erune's cheek. "Why?" asked Yuisis, breathing heavily. "Why can't you let me go? Don't you know how much you'll get hurt if you come along...?"
"I don't care!" Gran's voice shook. "I... I can't just let the person I like face the world alone. That's... that's just too sad."
Yuisis's eyes widened. The person he liked?
"You're so strong, Yui," pressed Gran. "You help everyone around you. Even though you're carrying so much in your heart. Don't you know how sad we'd be if you were gone...?"
The Erune trembled. She could feel the skyfarer's warmth on her back. "Yuisis, I... I want to be strong like you someday," murmured Gran. "So please... let me be your strength, just this once..."
He woke with.a bitter taste in his mouth. His eyes were stil red and swollen. Shakily, Gran rose to his feet.
The pieces of an onyx and silver blade were still on his desk. A lump rose in his throat as trembling fingers reached for a stained acrap of white fabric.
If only, if only he could see that smiling face,, those gold braids, just one more time.