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Acadian: Hehe, Xivilai's have always troubled me with their magic, so a good old hand to hand match seemed perfect. Lissa is quite the fighter. I imagine she learnt to fight like that during her travels
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PREVIOUSLY: Lissa and Simon managed to escape the Daedroth and leave the castle, with Simon closing the gate shut. However as they go to leave the Xivilai blocks their path. During an attack the Xivilai kills Simon. Lissa uses a Silence potion and fights the Daedra but it isn't long before it overwhelms her and has her cornered...
29. Chapter 8 ~ Kvatch ~ Part 8
I edged backwards away from the Xivilai as it approached me. I was in too much pain for any kind of quick retaliation. I was done for.
I tried to stand, but I was in so much pain. It got closer to me. I prepared for another attack, but before It could land a punch I saw a blade slice through it's head from behind.
I watched as the Xivilai collapsed onto the ground, blood dribbling from the head wound. Simon was stood proudly behind it. He was alive.
I stood up and limped toward him, hugging him out of pure happiness, wincing in pain from my wounds as I wrapped my arms around him. I felt him go to hug me back, but he immediately stopped and politely pushed me away.
"Are you okay?" He asked me.
I nodded my head then cast a healing spell. I watched as the cuts and bruises on my arm slowly disappeared and healed themselves. I looked at Simon.
"Let's just get to the chapel."
Once we were inside the chapel Simon headed over to speak to one of the soldiers. I stood. Brushing myself off, and I was approached by a Kvatch soldier, a female redguard who was probably one of the soldiers Savvy had sent earlier.
"How did you get here?” She asked me, worried and excited at the same time.
"The miracle of walking." I said to her. I don't think she got my sarcastic sense of humour.
"How are things looking out there? are there any other survivors." She asked me.
"I don't know. I came from the city entrance and decided to take the scenic route to the chapel. It's quite beautiful." I replied, again sarcastically.
"Is the gate gone?"
"Gate? What gate? The city gate?"
"The oblivion gate?"
"Oh, right, THAT gate," I said, face palming myself mentally. "Yes, it's still there."
"Right... Is Savilian sending anymore-"
Before she could finish somebody interrupted her. Somebody whose voice I recognised immediately.
I turned and looked to my left, seeing mother stood in the distance.
She looked at me in disbelief. She scanned me slowly before carefully approaching me. When she was directly in front of me she looked me up and down again. She then looked right into my eyes and slowly touched my face. Once she was convinced I was real she burst into tears and hugged me. Then I started to cry.
"So is that why you came here?" Mother asked me as I sat on the alter.
After telling mother all about my travels, I was reluctant to tell her the true purpose of my visit out of pure cowardice, so I told the secondary reason.
"Yeah,I came to rescue you."
"You came all the way here simply to rescue me?"
I nodded, a lying nod. A nod full of lies and deceit!
She smiled at me as she grabbed my hand.
"I'm very glad you did, despite my disproval of how risky it could have been for you. I'm glad you're back, I've been ever so worried about you."
I smiled back at her.
"Although, I wish we could have met under better circumstances..." she continued.
I laughed. "Yeah, hardly reunion of the era is it?"
There was a brief silence as I noticed mother simply staring at me, the biggest grin spread on her face.
"I'm sorry for disappearing."
"I know you are honey. I won't lie to you I was pretty upset. I wasn’t that angry though. It took a while but I realised you chose the best course of action for yourself, I just wish you trusted me enough to tell me."
"It's not that at all honestly-" I started. She interrupted me, still smiling.
"I understand Lissa, truly. When your father died I wasn't there for you. I was selfish. I was an awful mother..."
"MOTHER! No. You were NOT awful, okay? Don't even think that!"
"... I still could have been better..."
"Mother, you were grieving. Grief affects us all in different ways. Heck, I dealt with my grief by skipping out on everyone and exploring Tamriel."
She smiled again and put her hand on my face.
"You're so grown up..."
I put my hand on hers and smiled. Our eyes locked for a short moment, before I sparked conversation again.
"Well now I'm gunna repent for my actions."
"What do you mean?" Mother asked me, curious. I smiled. I jumped off the alter and stood with my hands on my hips.
"I'm going to get you guys out of here!"
Mother didn't reply.
"Didn't you hear me? I said I'm going to save you..."
"Oh, I heard you. But... you can't."
"Because of the Gate that destroyed the city."
"You don't have to worry about that mother, it's easy to slip around."
"I don't think Martin is willing to take that chance."
I stood looking at her, my arms folded.
"Martin? What's Martin got to do with anything. He's not the emperor, he can't tell you what to do."
She laughed at my comment. She clearly found my stubborness hilarious. I didn't.
"He is the one who saved us. I trust his judgement and I refuse to do anything without his word."
"But... mother, don't you trust me? I mean, if you ignore the whole running away thing."
She chuckled to herself.
"Of course I do! Don't you ever think I don't. And you didn't lose my trust, Lissa. You earned my respect if anything."
"Then why won't you come with me?"
She looked behind me.
"I answer to a higher power now. I am a servant of the Nine!"
I turned to see what she was looking at, seeing a window with Akatosh on it. I looked at her, my lip curled.
"And I am a servant of 'Whatever'."
She suddenly looked at me very sternly."
"Do not be rude to me Maelissa."
"Then YOU stop being so stubborn!"
She laughed again.
"Haha... you remind me so much of your father..."
She stopped laughing and sighed to herself. She put her hand on my chin ad looked me in the eye. Her tone was sweet and assuring.
"Go, Lissa. I will be fine. The church is protected by Akatosh's blessing and as soon as the gate is destroyed, I will leave. I promise you I will be safe."
"Do as I tell you. You owe me that."
A part of me couldn't believe what she said to me, but I knew she was right. She was protected here and if she believed it to be the best course of action, no matter how hard I refused to accept it. She had a look in her eyes which convinced me that her way was the right way, not matter how much I hated the thought. It was at that point I knew I had to do what she wished, but not without revealing my true intentions first.
"Mother... I know."
"You know what?"
"What you've been hiding from me all these years. I know."
She looked horrified, but tried to hide it with a smile. She didn't try to deny it however.
"...how did you find out?"
"I found the picture in your chest at the university."
She looked confused.
"What? What is it you know, exactly?"
I looked at her. It was almost as if she had completely forgotten that she had practically admitted it to me. I decided it was best to refresh her memory without any cryptic riddles.
"Mother... why didn't you tell me I had a brother?"