(A/N): Originally, "Shadows of Greater things" was supposed to be the collection of background stories but Lystra's tale has spiraled from a simple story to a complicated plot which requires it to be a fic that stands on its own. Meanwhile, these vignettes have been stacking up without an opportunity to be uploaded, hence, the creation of "Isolated Incidents", which will serve as the actual collection of short background stories for the CT world.


Duty

"Do you really have to go?"

The tone of her voice told him that she wasn't really asking a question. Even if she was she should already know the answer. It was a yes. He had to go.

"I do."

It was a bland answer. He didn't know what to add to that. He could state so many reasons why he had to go but they would be pointless to her. She didn't need his reasons anyway. What she needed was him. Still, he felt that need to add something to his answer, something that would console her while he was away, even for a short time. Instinctively, he tried to smile. Smiling often lightened the mood. He didn't want it to feel like he was off to die.

"Just two more months of duty, Learia. Two more months and I'll come back. I'll come back and we'll be married."

The mage tried to stifle a sob and failed. Without another word she let him go through the door. It was true anyway. Two more months of duty and he would be allowed to take a year of leave. They would be married then.

"I'll wait for you, Althamas..."

His smile looked almost apologetic but she knew he was not sorry for what he was doing. He was a knight of Prontera and he held on to his duties fiercely. A brief hug, a kiss and he was gone from her home.

To Prontera...