He thought they would be together forever. She never wanted to leave his side. But some things were more important than love. Some things couldn’t be ignored while they were safe in each other arms. Neither of them would allow the world to crumble around them when there was something they could do to stop it. So, on the night before she left, they held each other. They made love like it might be the last time they ever saw each other, because they both know that was more than a possibility. He stroked her hair, wondering how he could be so lucky to have spent time with her. She breathed him in, glad that he was a part of her life. And in the morning, there were lingering glances and long touches as they dressed. There were whispered declarations and unspoken promises. He stood at the gate with her, last words of a life they both wished they could have but both knowing it wasn’t for them. His lips pressed firmly to hers. And then she was leaving, one last look goodbye, her eyes sparkling with tears and the promise that she could return to him one day. Even if it took a lifetime, he would find her again one day.
He knew he would break her heart one day. She knew it too, but she would fight it for as long as she could. She saw what happened to him when the spirit took over. She saw what happened to him when the calling came. Yet she stayed by his side, continued to fight for him, continued to fight with him. Even after all he’d done, she stayed. Nothing was more important than their love. She didn’t care if the world fell apart around them, and it was, because he was by her side. And he realized he didn’t care that he was crumbling with the world, as long as she was by his side. Together, they would get through the worst of it. As long as they were together. He never suspected that she would break his heart. She never thought it would be her sacrifice that saved them.
She never thought she could love anyone, let alone a Templar. She was never given that luxury in the Circle, too afraid and too aware of the consequences. He once hated mages for what they could do, what they could become, what was done to him. And yet here they were, him a former Templar, her a former Circle Mage. A good old fashioned pair of star-crossed lovers. They knew they would never be permitted to be together in their former lives. But this was a new era, a new start, a new beginning. He was no longer a Templar, no longer forced to watch mages, hateful and fearful. Although he still watched one mage. She was no longer a Circle Mage, no longer forced to be scrutinized and feared by the Templars. Although she still enjoyed the attentions of one Templar; former Templar to be exact. There were other problems they would face, but in that moment, none of it mattered. For the first time in a long time, she felt like she could love. Not for the first time since he met her, he felt like he could love her.