“Kassie, I’ve never wanted anyone as much as I want you. I’ve never cared for anyone as much as I care for you. We are here to stay. We only have each other. Fate has brought us together for a reason.”
“I don’t believe we are here to stay Alex. Somehow, we will get back to where we came from when “they” realize I don’t want to be here.”
“Kassie, what if that never happens? You heard what The Venerable told us the very first day we were here. He said that NO ONE ever left. They all died here. All of his predecessors died here. What makes you think you will be the first one to be able to leave?”
“Are you going to give up so easily?”
“It’s not a question of giving up. It’s a question of facing reality. We were brought here by a power much higher than ourselves. I see no way of undoing that. In the meantime, I want to make the most out of the cards I’ve been dealt. If an escape opportunity presents itself, I will deal with it at that time.”
“I think you are happy here. It’s like you are playing a little game.”
“I won’t lie to you Kassie. This world is exciting to me. I’ve always daydreamed of being in a situation like this. And, now that I am, I plan to make the best of it. We are in a very unique situation here Kassie. If I really wanted to, with my skill set, I could dominate this world. I can actually take these guys if I really had to. I could make you the queen with a throne that reached the heavens.”
As he was saying that to Kassie, the aria from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida”, “Se Quel Guerriero Io Fossi” (If I Were That Warrior) was playing in his head.
“I would do anything for you Kassie. You are the queen of my every thought and the splendor of my life. If I could give you back your world, I would. But, I can’t. I really desperately need to know that you do care for me, and that we do have a future together.”
“Alex, you like playing toy soldier in this little world of yours. I want no part of it. Queen? Throne in the heavens? Alex, you are a clown. Don’t bother me with this again!” And with that, Kassie spun on her heels and retreated to her lean to.