There was something about how Salimah had completely given herself over to a higher power that Temperance wished to understand. Not that she was religious or wanted to be. She knew which gods existed and appreciated that, but to be a part of a temple closed off so many other options she had always wanted to keep open.
“Did you always want this?” she asked her friend, sitting down at the table across from her. They were alone in this common room, their companions not here.
“Want… this?” The soft smile, the complete patience and compassion that Temperance lacked. It made her wonder.
“Yeah. What you have now.”
“Part of it was always my duty. However… yes. I wanted to take this task on from my mother. I wanted to be able to sooth the hurts of others. For that, I was lucky.”
Salimah said it so matter-of-factly. “Giving yourself to a single god?” Temperance asked.
“It is nice to know that my faith for one thing will always be rewarded.” Salimah smiled. “That’s what you’re looking for, isn’t it? My selfish reasons?”
That made her flush. “I-I didn’t mean it like that.”
“No, it’s fine. I understand. We all have those reasons. And what I said is true. Having one thing in life I can never doubt is reassuring. But not for everyone. One doesn’t need something so all-encompassing to be devoted. Don’t doubt yourself, Temperance.”
She sighed, feeling so see through. “Thanks.”
“Of course, Temperance. Of course.”