His penance for having rejected the witch’s advances over a hundred years ago now, made ten times worse by having to watch his love come and go. She’d seemed happy in this life time, at least—until now.
Ayala repeated the same urgent whisper. “Where are you?”
When he turned, the silent tears running down her cheeks burned a path of acid across his stone heart.
It was always the same in every life time that passed. On this day, memories would haunt her. His beloved would sit on the steps of the fountain, just like on that fateful day so long ago now. He’d been there then, too, screaming without a voice that it was him, and that he would never abandon her, but eventually she’d walked away. They always did…
Her tears fell into the water. Silent witnesses of her despair they reached him, and seared his soul. Stone fell away, and her eyes widened in surprise.
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