He periodically glanced over at the gate, keeping watch for his two friends.
If he had grown up under very different circumstances, he mused, it was entirely likely he would never have laid eyes upon the Bloody Rose let alone sailed aboard her. Yet, in some bizarre twist of surreal reasoning, those very circumstances that allowed the past three months to unfold as they had, were the very same forces now pressing him to leave. He had made remarkable friends, found an improbable love, fought, killed, saved lives, wept and laughed all over a half-a-mile in the sky for three remarkable months. He knew what it was he had been missing his entire life.
“But I cannot stay,” he said quietly to himself.
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