LXVIII (Sixty Eight) The Girl.
Two weeks past before we landed. We were met by a crowd of soldiers, but this time was different. This time there were cheers, awing looks, and an overwhelming sense of victory. I suddenly realized that they had been fighting a war, a war I had no idea was going on. They had been fighting for us. For US! I looked to the Assassin. He was as stone faced and as imposing as ever. As we descended the stairs, he was given a wide birth but even though he showed nothing, he received all of the awing looks. I wondered what it would be like to be them, to see the legendary Assassin who had the potential to be both their greatest adversary and their only hope. Inside, we were lead to our rooms and were left alone. “Take some time and freshen up, eat, rest. You have nothing to worry about here.” Those were their parting words. Our rooms were joined together by a sitting room, and this was where the Assassin seated himself and did not move. I chalked it up to him being exhausted from everything he had been through and explored my surroundings, however when I returned. I found that he had not moved a muscle. Tentatively, I seated myself beside him where he immediately took my hand and held it between both of his. “What are you thinking?” I asked. “Do you think we’re safe?” He was quiet for a long moment. “I don’t know,” he finally said, his voice quiet. “I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I can trust people.” He paused. “I want to believe them...I just don’t think I can.” I leaned against him, resting my head on his shoulder. “Just give it time. I believe them.” I was surprised by how tense he was. “Why had we never heard of them before?” He asked. “Because the Tower wanted to keep us in the dark, so that we would go out in search of them and join them.” He bowed his head, nodding slowly. I knew he had more questions, but the exhaustion I sensed earlier was beginning to wear on him, and he finally moved to go rest. However, before he disappeared out of view, I called after him. “Did you ever answer them?” He paused, but did not turn. I wondered if he was going to answer me. Finally, he gave a response, one that worried me. “Not yet."