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The End

Eris stood ankle-deep in the ocean grinning. The wind picked up her silver hair and tossed it around her face and neck before moving on. She reached up one hand to move a lock of silver hair out of her eyes. Then she grinned again.

Then James was holding her, telling her how much he loved her. He cradled her to his chest, protecting her. Tears streamed down his cheeks. He held her so tightly.

Then, I could see it in his palm. The grenade.

“Caleb,” Eris’ full pale lips parted slowly as she formed my name softly. Her voice was barely audible. More tears sprang to my eyes. “Caleb,” she smiled then her eyes softly closed and her face looked so serene. She buried it into her father’s chest.

There was a click, a gasp, then such a loud explosion. I flew meters into the air and landed in the water. I came back up sputtering. The beach was covered in blood. Vigdis and Concordia stood hugging each other, shaking.

Eris. Was dead. Eris. She had never been fragile. She had always been strong. Always she’d defended whom she loved and tried to do her best. But her best couldn’t defeat the bloody creature inside her. I closed my eyes and ripped my head up and screamed. Then I collapsed into the ocean shaking all over, unable to breathe. I slipped into darkness.

When I woke up I was in the boat. It moved swiftly over the waves. I was lying flat on my back, my throat felt dry and raspy. My heart felt empty and my muscles wouldn’t move. I couldn’t move, I could barely think or breathe. I was shaking all over.

“Caleb,” it was Vigdis sitting over me her eyes wide and full of tears. I gazed up at her, the familiar face. The wide black eyes and tumble of black hair. Her pale skin was stained with tears. She was kneeling beside me. I could feel my heart being ripped out of my chest.

“You made her so happy Caleb. And she really loved you,” she whispered softly her voice drifting lightly in the wind.

“She was an angel. She really was,” I whispered.

"Yes, she was.”

“Eris,” I breathed closing my eyes inviting stinging new tears to my eyes. “Eris.”

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