Azoria

Heart to Heart

Aleera's aside to Melina

Courtney N. Madison
Aleera approaches Melina during a pause in their journey shortly after the lion attack when Melina is away from the rest of the group. She allows her steps to fall harder as she comes closer, and crouches off to Melina’s right hand side, but still withing her line of sight. “Feeling better?”

Brad V
Melina is busy sharpening her axes in vain hopes that it might make them more effective in hitting something. She tenses just slightly, her shoulders raising just under an inch, as she notices someone approaching. Her head turns just enough to catch the shadow. She then returns to looking at her axe. “Sure as hell ain’t dying,” she replies gruffly.

Courtney N. Madison
Aleera flinches at the obvious commentary on her lack of immediiate response to Melina’s fall. She retracts further into herself and wrapsher arms around her legs, resting her chin on her knee. She opens her mouth to speak, but closes it in lack of knowing how to start. She sighs and tries again, speaking the most she has ever dared in the presence of any of this company. “I know it would seem that I abandoned you in your need in the attack before,” she contunes in a meek voice, “but this is not the case. I would like to explain myself, if you will allow.”

Brad V
Melina physically forces herself to bite her tongue. There’s a hint of red on her teeth when she says, “Go ahead.”

Courtney N. Madison
She retracts more, but shakes herself a little, taking a deep breath before going on.

“I have no qualms with fighting something that is clearly “bad”… “immoral”…. “evil”. There’s sense in defeating that which understands that what they are doing is wrong. There is purpose in dealing death to one that has no reason for their destructive ways other than their own selfish endeavours. Today, I was presented with a decision I have never had to make before. It was not an evil man, or woman of destruction… it was something I have long regarded as a natural coexsisting creature in life."

“As you may or may not know, Druids regard life as a sacred thing. To take a life, be it elf, human, halfiling, animal, or plant, is a weighty thing. We do not do so lightly, and attempt to asses the situation as best as we can in a way that may preserve a life worth allowing to continue. When the lion attacked you, I understood that it did so not in an evil act, but of its own desire to live, unfortunately through your life… not unlike when I took the lives of the poor creatures I have presented to out party to feed on along out journey”

Brad V
Melina places her axes down and turns to Aleera. Her jaw is clenched and all her facial features tight. Her eyes search both the druid and the space around her until they finally settle back down on her.

“‘Evil’ isn’t really a thing that means anything to me. All I know is that when something or someone is trying to kill me, I have to fight back. It’s not about good and evil. It’s about survival. If you think that everything that’s natural is good, you’re going to end up dinner for whatever animal you can’t talk down or whatever the shit that was you were trying to do. Animals gotta eat, and we’re just meat to them.”

Courtney N. Madison
“Well that is the point. In my understanding of their needs, I attempted to utilize by druidic blessings to sway the animals to hault their attack and allow us to leave in peace, with no further bloodshed or death on either side. As a druid of my demeaner, I had to try. I failed in this attempt, for which I am deeply sorry. I will forever be sorry for the further damage done to you in my failure Once I realized it was a fruitless endeavour, however, my single priority was to save your life at any cost. My actions were not meant to be neglect, but to stop the situation. I understand that my ways are not of the norm, and that I may seem calous, but I assure you that I do cherish your life as one of my companions. I am just having a hard time adjusting to the different views of the city dwellers. I understand if you cannot come to accept me with my views as they are, but I hope that through my actions from here on out, you can come to forgive me.”

As she finishes her declaration, she drops her head and takes a deep breath, shaking slightly as she does so.

Brad V
“You talk a lot.” It was out before she could stop it.

She sighs and shakes her head. “Sorry. I get that you were trying to stop it, but just try to weigh your options better next time When someone gets ripped up by an animal, it’s not the time to try to make nice with them. When we’re in those situations, it’s kill or be killed. This isn’t really a new thing for me, nearly dying, but I’d like to avoid it as much as possible.”

Courtney N. Madison
She starts, confused as this is the first time she had been commented as a heavy talker since she left her druid life. She shakes her head in dismissal.

“I understand. I will do my best to make better decisions in the future…”

Brad V
Melina stands and approaches Aleera. She then kneels in front of the druid and places a hand on her shoulder. “Thanks for not letting me die.”

Courtney N. Madison
Aleera looks up at Melina with wide hopeful eyes, and for a moment she feels the youth she fights so hard to hide from her companions. She almost smiles, but thinks better of it.

“For all my faults and confused beliefs… I would never let that happen…. and not simply for the sake of my beliefs.”

She grips Melina’s wrist for a moment in a show of condolence and desire of a renewed friendship in the future. She is well aware that today is not that day, and so she rises to venture off from the group to find food for the company.

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