For One Last Embrace by carlsojos

Chapter 8

As a couple of bandits escort the Numan to a makeshift cell, they begin to make jokes about her being a bad mother, but the saddened woman remains silent for the entire walk. She enters the wooden cage of her own accord, and the door pivots closed behind her.

A third bandit walks up, holding a beautiful sword in his hands. He extends the hand guard towards Rika, but yanks it away before she could touch it. If you even dare to swing that sword or try to pull it from the scabbard, I will happily remove that hand of yours. Understand?

Rika slowly nods, and the evil man hands it to her. As he turns away to talk with someone, she closes her eyes and lets her soul connect with the others within Elsydeon.

Rika? A familiar voice calls out to the young woman, and as her eyes attempt to pierce the darkness, a blonde man in a hunter's uniform steps into view.

Chaz! The two run into each other's arms as if they had spent centuries apart.

After the longest time in an embrace, Chaz is the first one to speak, It feels like it's been forever....

I miss you so badly, Chaz. I just had to find Elsydeon so I could be with you one more time.

How is our son?

Rika turns away from her lover, deeply ashamed at what she has done. I'm sorry, it's just... I....

Chaz puts his hand on her shoulder, mimicking how she used to comfort him when Alys died. Rika, it's not too late to save him.

How? I'm trapped in a cage....

Well, I'm sure something will help, and we'll help you as much as we can.

We? The darkness begins to lift, revealing a large group of people. Rika is amazed at the sight- Chaz said that the heroes who've stood up against Dark Force lived on within it, but she has never attempted to use the sword before.

The pink-haired woman looks back to her husband. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'm glad I was able to see you one final time.

Chaz holds her hands and leads her closer, Rika, no matter what happens, I will always love you, and I will wait for eternity for you to join me at my side once more. But please take care of our son. Chaz leans in and presses his lips into hers.

Damn it, I said to get the fuck up! Rika finds herself jolted back to reality, where a rough-looking woman had just ripped Elsydeon from her grip.

The Numan wipes the dust off her face and faces the bandit. What do you want?

Light damn... I told you, we can't get that brat of yours to shut up!

Rika notices the pressure in her chest... It's probably time to feed him....

He won't take beer.

Such a young infant needs to be breastfed. I take it you don't have any other mothers nursing here.

So... if we take you over to feed it, it'll shut up?

I wouldn't put it so bluntly, but yes.

C'mon, let's get you shackled up.

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