And then we shall retrieve the others, she continued, and beckoned to the portal through which they had both come. He followed her, pulling the shard from his pocket. Such things I have planned for us, Majesty. For our union. With the keys, I could keep you eternally young. And with your power, second to none, not even Aelin Galathynius, you will shield us from any who might try to return to this world again.
I will always find you.Pushing, elbowing, bellowing at the frantic people who ran past her, Elide fought for each step downward. Toward the gates.
People screamed, a never-ending flood surging up the stairs. Still Elide pushed her way down, losing a step here, another there. They did not even look at her, even try to clear a way as they flowed upward. It was only when Elide lost another step that she roared into the stairwell, Clear a path for the queen!No one listened, so she did it again. She filled her voice with command, with every ounce of power that shed seen the Fae males use to intimidate their opponents. Clear a path for the queen!This time, people pressed against the walls. Elide took the small opening, and screamed her order again and again, ankle barking with every step down.
But she made it. Made it to the chaotic lower level, to the open gates teeming with soldiers. Beyond them, bodies stretched into the horizon. Warriors and healers and those bearing the wounded rushed toward any stairwell they could find.Elide managed all of five limping steps toward the open gate before she knew it would be impossible. To cross the field, to find him on the endless plain, before that dam burst and he was swept away. Before he was gone forever.
I will always find you.
Elide scanned the gates, the skies for any sign of a ruk that might carry her. But they soared to the upper levels, crawling with soldiers and healers, some even depositing their charges onto the mountain face itself. And at ground level, none would hear her cries for help.She pursed her mouth, and at last, those agonizing emotions began to surface in her eyes. You were supposed to save Terrasen.
Considering that the sun shines, Id say Erawan hasnt won yet. So well save it together.He didnt let himself think of the final cost of destroying Erawan. And Aelin seemed in no hurry to discuss it, either, as she said, You should have gone to Terrasen. It needs you.
I need you more. He didnt balk from the stark honesty roughening his voice. And Terrasen will need you, too. Not Lysandra masquerading as you, but you.A shallow nod. Maeve raised her army. I doubt it was only to guard me while she was away.