Adelaide Jade Regent
The Breaking of the Fellowship
Luthien trailed behind the others as they took Kelda’s body on its last journey through the pagoda. The Aranea looked strangely at the companions, as they left the pagoda. Were they trying to back out on the deal? Then they took in the one being carried by the other companions and realised they were taking out their dead.
Koya and Spivy went to work laying Kelda out and preparing her body for burial. Luthien stood nearby and watched their preparations. She could barely reconcile the bright, strong woman Kelda had been moments ago with the lifeless pale form on the ground in their camp. If Kelda could fall, it was only a matter of time before they all did. Luthien looked around the camp and saw Athebryn comforting Ameiko, and remembered that she had seen Shalelu leaving into the forest.
The distinct sound of arrows thudding into trees gave away Shalelu’s position. Luthien started heading towards her. Her natural stealth failed as she stepped on a dry twig. Shalelu, finally remembering that they were in rather a dangerous place, and assuming any of her companions would call out to her, turned and fired in the direction of the snap. Luthien flicked out her fan and deflected the arrow harmlessly away.
“You know this is how she would have wanted to go” Luthien said softly. “In a hopeless battle, saving her friends, covering our retreat”
Shalelu stood for a time looking at her sister. “That seems so mocking. What gives you the right to stand there after watching our friend die, and say she would have wanted it. No-one wants to die.” she said very quietly.
Luthien approached her sister and put her arms around her. “No-one does want to die. You know that the closer we get to Minkai, the more I realise that there is very little likelihood we will return to Sandpoint. There are so many challenges and we have been lucky so many times to come out unscathed. We will lose many more friends along the way. It is more important for me to live each day and fight protecting those I love, than to get home. I will miss Kelda, I will honour her memory and the sacrifice she made for us. I know you fought with her and nearly died together. I know you will miss her too.”
The elves stood together for a while remembering Kelda and all the things they had done. Luthien left Shalelu in the forest thinking and headed back to the camp.