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No One Can Take Her

Maria looked straight into Erdo’s eyes, “I know who Amira is, Erdo. I know why you called me that name last time I was here. She helped me with the nightmare. She talks to me all the time nowadays.”

“Yes. Is that a problem?” asked Erdo.

“Yes, it is. I hear Amira’s voice so often, I think she is taking me over.”

“And is that a problem?”

“Yes. I want to get rid of her.”

“I see,” said Erdo without emotion.

“Amira is not from this world. She doesn’t belong here.” Maria could not stop a few tears, although, she did not want to appear weak or ungrateful to Erdo. “She will destroy my life. She doesn’t give this life any value,” said Maria pointing around her to the world. “I don’t think she even wants to stay here. I won’t be able to be a normal person. And I won’t even be here much longer. She will take us both away.”

“I see,” repeated Erdo.

“I am scared.”

“Yes, I can see that.”

“I’m sorry, I know it’s not what you want but it’s too much for me.”

Erdo was not often sympathetic but he said gently, “Maria, it’s alright. No one is asking anything of you that you would not want for yourself. You are always free. No one has to be a martyr. God doesn’t want any sacrifice. He is not interested in sacrifices.”

Maria started to relax. “Oh, okay. Well, that is alright then.”

Erdo said enthusiastically, “I have an idea. Why don’t you leave Amira here with me? She and I can have a good ol’ catch up. She will be safe with me and she will wait for you in case you want her back.”

“That sounds like a wonderful idea. Brilliant. I will leave her here with you.” Maria frowned slightly. “She will be safe, won’t she? I wouldn’t want anything to happen to her. No one will take her away from you?”

Erdo laughed out loud. “Trust me. No one can take her from me.” He walked off as if the thought of that was the most amusing thing he had heard in ages. With delighted relief, Maria drove back to Waldmeer feeling like a normal person; a twenty-one-year-old girl instead of a ten-thousand-and-twenty-one-year-old sage.

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