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Writer Jane Glass
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Jane Glass
Nov 11, 2017
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No Plagiarism!BPSjIZkRVONS3LPKDG64posted on PENANA

Moonlight came in through the curtains of the small Inn room, rays of soft white light hitting the floor and parts of the bed closet to the window, but looking up at the dark sky and bright little stars speckled across the sky, Rose just felt more alone than ever.75Please respect copyright.PENANArC2H0iNIJq
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"The burden of the Sheperd must be difficult," people would say, and they would smile and go on and on about how amazing the Sheperd is, but no one truly understood the burden. They couldn't, no matter how much they tried to imagine it, they could only just imagine the burden, the pain and the hard work. And they didn't know how lucky they were, how thankful they should have been for Sorey, how thankful they should be to Rose, Lailah, Edna, Zaveid, Mikleo, Symonne and Alisha.75Please respect copyright.PENANAYiAhOhXMOB
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Maybe that's what left Rose feeling so empty tonight. The thought that maybe her comrades were the only ones who understood what she was going through. They understood the pain, they understood how she missed Sorey, just like they did. They knew her. But sadly they couldn't still travel around the world like they once had, they couldn't always be together like that.75Please respect copyright.PENANAbIAAGzX51O
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Mikleo had checked in once in the span of months to make sure she was feeling okay and handling things alright. And he had been gone since then. Alisha, being royalty, couldn't come along with Rose everywhere. Symonne, despite having joined them recently, still wasn't really part of the "family". She worked with them alright, and Rose had a bit of a soft spot for the girl who was so damaged, but it hadn't been long enough to consider her any more than a helping hand—especially after Sorey left, it'd feel like replacing him.75Please respect copyright.PENANAQ7O4yLkjxi
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But other than Symonne, her team now only consisted of Lailah, Edna and Zaveid. It felt like the other half of her was ripped out. Like parts of her—important parts of her, were ripped away, leaving a nasty injury where it was torn from her.75Please respect copyright.PENANA5EYc7f8RuQ
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Perhaps that's why she couldn't sleep. Why she laid awake at night so many times recently. Because she wasn't healed yet. She would never be completely better, left with the scars from where parts of her had healed up, where her heart had slowly healed. They were battle scars. Scars that would change history.75Please respect copyright.PENANA1Dg21zJYPv
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Quiet footsteps behind her had her glancing back to see Lailah, the Prime Lord's beautiful long white hair flowing behind her as she stepped over, sitting with Rose on the edge of the bed. There were two beds in this Inn room, the first one was being occupied by Edna and Symonne, the second by Rose and Lailah, and Zaveid slept on the floor of this Inn room because "It felt nice", or so he said.75Please respect copyright.PENANA7A05PqCP9s
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"Can't sleep?" Lailah asked softly, her voice smooth and kind as always. Rose glanced at her, her green eyes vibrant and yet hiding secrets. As always.75Please respect copyright.PENANAt4YD05Vcl6
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"I guess not," Rose mumbled after a moment of thought, "I guess I just feel...hopeless."75Please respect copyright.PENANADIFKmTSzRY
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Lailah frowned, but her eyes still shined with child-like naivety. "How so?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAZ9vG33cnex
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Shrugging, Rose struggled for a way to word it, but nothing she said ever sounded right. It was impossible to properly get her messy thoughts out with rambling. "I guess, even though this is more than I ever thought I'd be able to help with, it still...it feels like it's not enough? I'm an okay Sheperd, I guess, or I'd like to think I am, but if Sorey were here—"75Please respect copyright.PENANAsOCvoAz4uP
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"Sorey would be proud of you, if he could see you here," Lailah interrupted softly, "I'm proud of you."75Please respect copyright.PENANAUhLaOnNfSZ
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Rose smiled at that, despite trying so hard not to. She liked making Lailah proud of her though. She loved how rewarding it was to make her happy, to make Lailah say such things. It made her feel special. Even if Lailah did tell the others the same. There was always something special with their relationship. It was different, more honest.75Please respect copyright.PENANAfmJeXTgCgG
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And quiet nights where they couldn't sleep, the silence filled with their soft voices were the best. It didn't mean she felt better about being Sheperd. It didn't mean she didn't still want Sorey back. Because she did. But Lailah was her only escape from reality. She wanted to live in that child-like happiness forever, with Lailah at her side. They could forget the world together. Leave it all behind. Who needs it when you have someone so special?75Please respect copyright.PENANA8ySVIJ7tan
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"Thanks." She muttered, shrugging slightly since she wasn't sure what to say. Lailah simply smiled, "One day, Rose, we will have more people to help us. We'll lead them."75Please respect copyright.PENANABONz5akKjl
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Lailah looked excited, but the thought had Rose's stomach churning with nervousness. Yes, a larger group of people spreading the message they had, and helping people like they did would be amazing, but...sharing Lailah with so many other people would be a headache. She already had to share her with the others, and sometimes Mikleo whenever he showed up—or if he showed up? But this was a larger scale.75Please respect copyright.PENANASOuCf9jA4C
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"You're worried about something." Lailah stated, staring at her wearily. Rose glanced at her quickly, swallowing, "I just—will you always—I mean, be my Prime Lord?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAWzXQKlsERy
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Lailah smiled softly, looking a little amused as she grabbed Rose's hands in her own, leaning forward. "Why wouldn't I?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAhq9IroeCZw
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Rose intertwined their fingers. "I mean...if we recruited more people, would you stay with me?"75Please respect copyright.PENANANe0atmMR1Z
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"'Stay with you'?" Lailah giggled quietly, "Of course I will."75Please respect copyright.PENANALzNRDzH2Nc
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Rose smiled, "Promise?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAx60Xz1Orhi
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Lailah stopped giggling, then, looking more serious, and she smiled softly. "I promise."75Please respect copyright.PENANAOS4fbP9RnV
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"So...are you two gonna like, kiss now?" Came Edna's monotone voice from the other side of the room.75Please respect copyright.PENANAZlURrPn7rW
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Rose turned red and quickly flung a pillow in her direction, missing horribly and hitting Symonne instead, who let out a high-pitch yelp.75Please respect copyright.PENANAzqOA0HbAoe
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"Shut up Edna!" Rose snapped before the girl could say anything else. Edna smirked at that, turning away and pulling the cover over herself. "Not my fault you're both so loud."75Please respect copyright.PENANAAJTooooT2g
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There was silence, but Rose still felt extremely embarrassed at the comment. She glanced back at Lailah who just looked amused, "Well?" She asked quietly.75Please respect copyright.PENANACL5c8mel0o
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Rose blinked, "Well what?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAEcUlM634vl
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"Um, nothing," Lailah laughed shyly, "I just thought...you asked me to stay with you forever?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAXzO5rNBIb1
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"Yeah, but, I mean—" Rose stammered, not knowing what to say. Yeah, she'd been thinking that way too, but wow, talk about too much confrontation.75Please respect copyright.PENANAAQEHHZWTyw
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"So...did you not want to then? Stay together forever? Or as long as we can?" Lailah asked, the older woman looking way too serious for Rose. Or for Rose's heart.75Please respect copyright.PENANAdgKrcWrebw
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"But you—you wouldn't...I would die, one day." Rose mumbled.75Please respect copyright.PENANAW4t104zIgP
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Lailah stared at her, looking sad at the thought. "I could stay with you until then."75Please respect copyright.PENANATihgILk8ai
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"Lailah—I couldn't..."75Please respect copyright.PENANAwJpC6lUqHr
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"I've learned to enjoy the time I have with people, Rose," she mumbled, smiling softly, "And  I enjoy spending time with you. However long that time may be..."75Please respect copyright.PENANAuIgRiofY6l
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Rose stared at her, hardly believing her ears. "Well...well then..." She grabbed Lailah's hand, pulling her out of the stuffy Inn room and out of the Inn, into the night. She smiled like a little kid, turning to look at Lailah, her white hair a contrast again the night sky.75Please respect copyright.PENANACyYmMQOM2q
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"Say it." Rose whispered, staring at Lailah.75Please respect copyright.PENANA0jk4DAfiLR
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"No, the proper way!" Rose interrupted excitedly, grinning. Lailah smiled and laughed, getting on her knees before Rose. She grabbed Rose's right hand, "Rose...will you...stay by my side, and let me stay by yours, for however long we can?"75Please respect copyright.PENANAlVvLzfY4PX
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Rose giggled, pulling her up, "Yes!" She said loudly, probably too loudly for the town residents, but none of that matter. She pulled Lailah close and hugged her, "I love you." She mumbled quickly. "I love you too!" Lailah embraced her in return before pulling away, and Rose quickly leaned in to kiss her for the first time.75Please respect copyright.PENANAv7yNSNKdhZ
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I might do a another chapter of this once I'm not too busy. ^^' But yeah, hoped you liked it! Hopefully it's good, even though I don't remember the details of this stuff very much.75Please respect copyright.PENANAvH23vUQf78
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Comments ( 11 )

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - Oh, yeeess, this was perfect! I love the inn's setup, Lailah and Rose's heartfelt conversation, and, of course, Edna being Edna and cutting into the conversation! B^]

Gosh, but Symonne getting hit by the stray pillow was so inspired, along with Zavied sleeping on the floor, either he meant it or he didn't want to run up the cost of getting another bed.

I love how Rose took Lailah outside and she immediately knew what Rose wanted her to say, but didn't "Say it properly" until Rose told her to!

And there may be more?! :^0 *HP hits zero, haz a happy game over* Mhm, you may just not have had the chance to put it in here, but Lailah's hair's got pinkish tips at the end, but it's one of those things you could've remembered and just not said. If you forgot anything, I sure don't remember it. o.O' *Cue Remembering Goron*
10 months agoreply

Jane Glass - Thank you! Glad you liked it! :D

Poor bby Symonne. :P Yeah, hes doing it for them, actually.

lol, thanks. I just figured it'd make more sense that Rose wants it to be somewhat private.

Yep! I already have a plan for the next chapter ;p lol. Yeah, I know she had red and a bit of green in her hair, just got lazy cause I was rushing to make it. I did forget other things like the whole Prime Lord stuff but I fixed that.

10 months agoreply

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - @Jane Glass, You're welcome! I'm sooo sososo glad you made this for me!

That pure bby Symonne needs luv, not pillows to the head, but I guess Edna will hug her to apologize after all the people who are eye level with her are gone. XD Yeah, I figured he'd do that...I bet he's not even wearing a blanket to fight off the--y'know, maybe he legit likes the floor better, cuz then he can feel the wind better?

Yes, and by private, that means no seraphim, which ironically means going outside where people can see her professing her love to her girlfriend that only she can see, so she winds up looking crazy, but that hardly matters~

Aaah...you already got chapter two ready! :^D Ah, yeah, looks like you remembered it all, then! ^^
10 months agoreply

Jane Glass - @Kokiri-Hylian-Hero,lol, no problem!! :D

lol, yes, and Edna will snuggle her. :3 (might do a story for them some time) Haha, maybe. XD

Well, it was at night, hardly anyone standing around except maybe a few people.

Well, not quite, but I have a plan! :P Yep! :)
10 months agoreply

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - @Jane Glass, XD!!!

Aww, that'd be so cute, I really ship Edna/Symonne, just as much as I ship Lailah/Rose and Alisha/Maltran! ^^

Yeah...plus she could be sleepwalking...yeah, just let them think that. :^p

Oooh...she haz a plan, watch out, Shepherdess!
10 months agoreply

Jane Glass - @Kokiri-Hylian-Hero,Yeah, I might do it some time, then! :D I'm never writing for Alisha and Maltran though, that's um, yeah no.

10 months agoreply

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - @Jane Glass, Ah, yeah, guess the game kinda...noped that one. What about Ian/Sirel? Or however you spell the name of that knight that's always running around with that crazy archer girl?
10 months agoreply

Jane Glass - @Kokiri-Hylian-Hero,Well, plus the age difference.

Maybe? Not sure about their characters. I don't really care for the background characters of Zestiria. :P
10 months agoreply

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - @Jane Glass, I keep forgetting that Maltran's significantly older, she must have something like a solid ten years on Alisha...as the NPCs say, she looks so young! I wonder what her secret is in the anime...unless she's just like Reiko or Hiroko and there is no secret.

Ah, that's fair. XD
10 months agoreply

Jane Glass - @Kokiri-Hylian-Hero, Yeah.

Yeah, but I look forward to writing more for the other characters! Rose is a lot of fun to write. :p
10 months agoreply

Kokiri-Hylian-Hero - @Jane Glass, Haha, she's a lot of fun to read, too.

10 months agoreply