Just Another Wall — Drift

“You seem different lately. Is everything okay?”

“What? I don’t know what you’re talking about.” You feigned ignorance, but sooner or later he’d put it to words.

“You’re lonely, aren’t you?”

“Well I…suppose so. I don’t know if that’s the right word,” you tried to explain, “I’ve got great company but…”

“But I can’t give you that thrill of adventure, that sense of purpose, that…light inside of you.”

“You shouldn’t have to-”

“You’re right. Of all the things I can give you, that’s one I know I can’t. It’s okay though, I’ve always known you weren’t cut out to wander aimlessly with me. It’s not your nature.”

“What else can I do, though? If I want you to-”

“Whatever you want for me must come after whatever you want for yourself. That was the arrangement. You choose my fate. I don’t choose yours.”

“I don’t want to go back, if that’s what you’re suggesting. Now more than ever. Meeting you was all the proof I needed that what we were doing was wrong. If that’s my only option for a sense of purpose, I guess I don’t have one.”

“I’m sure there’s been a lot of change since then. You know there must have been others like you. I’m sure they prevailed.”

“My kind hunted yours because the powerful wanted to consolidate their power. Nothing more, nothing less. As long as there is power to be had, there will be those that justify atrocities in search of it.”

“Power is not an absolute corruptor. You’re proof enough of that, and I like to think you would say the same about me.”

“You know we’re both the exception. And no matter how much of an adjustment it is, I’d rather be here with you, continuing to be that exception than the alternative.”

“You’re just saying that. I know you dream of adventure, that there’s only so much excitement I can provide, regardless of how you feel about me.”

“Are you feeling inadequate?” You chuckled. “I didn’t think you had that bone in your body.”

“No, I’m admitting that you deserve more than this. So you shouldn’t hold yourself back because of the risk,” he explained. “And you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my bone is anything but inadequate.”

“Mmm, there he is,” you laughed. “I may miss my old life, but there’s not a single thing I’d choose over you.”

“Then in that case maybe I should show you just how glad I am to have you.”

“Actually, I was thinking this time maybe I should pamper you,” you schemed. “I’ve always wondered just how much I could make you squirm. What do you say, up for it?”

“I am most certainly on my way to being up,” he smirked, rolling onto his back and leaving nothing to the imagination, a sight you were increasingly familiar with, “and I wouldn’t mind the help getting the rest of the way there.”

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