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The house shook violently, and pans fell out of the cupboards. Evelyn rushed to the kitchen and grabbed hold of the counters tightly. She attempted to keep various dishes in the cabinets.

“Guys! What’s going on?” She called. 

Strix was upstairs in her room, falling over repeatedly. As she looked out her window, over the landscape, she saw a bright, blinding, white light. Her heart dropped and she ran, to the best of her abilities, down to the kitchen. Paultin and Diath joined her. Pieces of the house rained down on them. Paultin casted a small ward but so whatever reason, it didn’t last long. 

“This world is fading; we’re all going to die!” Strix said.

“We need to get out of here,” Diath said, his voice shaking as the house shook even more. Evelyn covered her head as beams fell on her. Strix mumbled something a door opened. There was nothing on the other side, just a swirling dark blue. She pushed Evelyn and Paultin towards it. 

“We’ll be safe there!” she cried. Diath heard someone scream from upstairs and ran to get them, ignoring Strix’s call. There was no one. As he came back, the stair gave way, making his foot become stuck in it. Strix ran back to help him, but it was to no avail. The light started to shine all around them. 

“Just go!” He ordered her. She hesitated so he pushed her with the best he could do. She finally got the hint. When she turned to the door, however, she saw that it was closed. She shot a glance at Diath.

There was no way out now. 

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Delvenie awoke with a start and in a cold sweat. The campfire was going out and the sky was turning a pale pink. Rainer was already awake, looking out of the valley where they decided to stop for the night. He was acting more like Diath as time went on. 

She wondered if he remembered anything. Probably not, she had been hinting at him things about their past; The ring of Winter, Simon, Strix and Diath. He always brushed it off as her just being her naïve self. It frustrated her. She used to continue her prayers to Lathander, but at this point, she was fairly certain that he either didn’t hear her or just wasn’t even here. She brought it up once, everyone looked like at her she was crazy, nothing new but still, it hurt. She prayed that Strix and Diath had made it over safely. There had been neither word nor sight of them since it happened. What had happened? She heard the world was fading, but it was shaking so much and was far to loud to make sure. She stood up and brushed herself off. 

“Did you sleep at all?” She asked the fighter. He just shook his head. 

“You guys took one hell of a beating. You needed your rest,” he explained. 

“So do you…” she trailed off. Rainer just sighed and turned to her. 

“I’m gonna be fine,” he assured her, brushing past her to rouse the other two. 

Delvenie sighed softly. Rainer was a couple paces away from her when she started singing softly. It was a song Paulting would sing to the kids when they had nightmares and he wasn’t too drunk. 

“Oh the Spring it is a coming

And the trees are softly blooming

And the wild mountain thyme

Blooms along the purple heather

And I remember you, my love, you

Living in my heart forever

As I pick wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather

I remember you, I love you

 

I will build for you a bower over by yon crystal fountain

And in it, I shall pile all the treasures of the mountain

To honor you, my love, you

Living in my heart forever

As I pick wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather

I remember you, I love you.

 

In the skies and in the starlight

In our talks so late at midnight

I see wild mountain thyme bloom along the purple heather

And I remember you, my love, you

Living in my heart forever

As I pick wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather

I remember you, I love you”

Rainer stopped for a second, feeling that song to be familiar. He pushed the feeling off as something they heard in a tavern and continued on his way. Delvenie brushed the few tears off her cheek and put back on her mask as reality hit. 

Diath and Strix are gone, and Paultin doesn’t remember. All she was now was a shell of her glory. Lathander couldn’t help her, maybe he didn’t even want to. 

They had faded.