If it were so right

“Mai?”

Mai glanced over at her charge. She had been awake the entire time, but Zlhna should have been sleeping. They never had much time to stay in one place and get any restful sleep and Zlhna needed all of the rest she could get. “You should get some sleep, mistress.”

“Do you think we’re doing the right thing?”

How come we never have these conversations in the daylight? Mai wondered. “How could it be wrong?”

“If it were so right, would I need you to protect me?”

Mai did everything in her power not to snort. Sometimes it was easy to forget how young Zlhna still was. She stood up from the chair she had been resting her legs in and placed herself on the edge of Zlhna’s cot. “If everyone knew what was right, then there wouldn’t be problems in the first place.”

“I suppose so.”

She placed her hand on Zlhna’s head, stroking back her long black curls. “Someone must, mistress, and only you are able. What truly troubles you?”

Zlhna bit her lower lip. “I… wondered if you’d be doing something else, if not for this.”

That was what really troubled her? Mai kept down a laugh. “Probably something worse, I assure you. Now. Get some sleep while you can, mistress. We will be moving on tomorrow.”

Nodding, Zlhna settled herself back on the pillow. “Thank you, Mai.”

And while it wasn’t the best position in the room, Mai merely shifted her perspective and kept watch there for the rest of the night.

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