“Eight full lives,” I whispered against his jaw, my voice breaking. “Eight full lives and I never found anyone I would stay on a planet for, anyone I would follow when they left. I never found a partner. Why now? Why you? You’re not of my species. How can you be my partner?”
“It’s a strange universe,” he murmured.
“It’s not fair,” I complained, echoing Sunny’s words.
It wasn’t fair. How could I find this, find love–now, in this eleventh hour–and have to leave it? Was it fair that my soul and body couldn’t reconcile? Was it fair that I had to love Melanie, too? Was it fair that Ian would suffer? He deserved happiness if anyone did. It wasn’t fair or right or even…sane. How could I do this to him?
“I love you,” I whispered. “Don’t say that like you’re saying goodbye.”
But I had to.
“I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become.” I worded it carefully, so that there would be no lie in my voice. “If I were a Dolphin or a Bear or a Flower, it wouldn’t matter. I would always love you, always remember you. You will be my only partner.”
Kathryn: Unang una, bago yung birthday wish, gusto ko muna siyang icongratulate. Congratulations kasi super proud kaming lahat sayo. Atsaka sana talaga magtuloytuloy ang blessings at wag po kayong magsawa sumuporta kay Deej. Kasi sobrang bait na tao talaga. [Umiiyak ako kasi] happy talaga ako para sa kanya.
Daniel: Alam niyo ba, sa totoo lang, siya [Kath] ang unang unang nagcongratulate sa akin. Alam niyo ba si Kathryn ang unang unang nagcongratulate sa akin bago sa lahat. Kaya Kath, maraming maraming salamat. Inspiration ko po si Kathryn Bernardo talaga. At ikaw ang nagdala sa akin kaya… *hugs*