NEXT and POV
NEXT (i’m editing!!): “Um. Just one of the”–Lan waved vaguely at the buns baking on the inside walls of the tandoor–“meat ones?”
Ma Li-an’s world was falling apart.
Sun Yila was alive. She was alive and screamed over a foreign girl who fell into the glowing temple waters; she was alive and went moon-eyed over the foreigner when the girl climbed back out of the glowing pool and dripped holy water all across the floor so she could crawl into Yila’s lap.
And if that weren’t impossible enough – Yila was spirited. So was Li-an, so was Master Kong.
Master Kong, who was a liar and had made a liar of Li-an and every other Hunter, who was now unconscious against the cavern’s bluestone ground.
Everything Li-an knew to be true was crumbling to dust right before his eyes. It was not a good feeling.
“Gods,” Li-an breathed. He didn’t know if he was cursing their existence, or begging them to be real.
Yila’s head snapped up as she finally tore her gaze away from her foreign girl. “Li-an,” she said quietly, gently, like Li-an needed to be coddled.
Indignant anger flared in his gut before it burned out, leaving Li-an limp and weak. He leaned his head back against the wall of the cavern. Maybe he did need to be coddled.
“I’m sorry,” Yila continued, still using that careful, quiet voice. Since when had she been calming, reassuring one? “I always wanted to tell you. But there was never time. After I found out – I mean for real, and not just what I had suspected – I couldn’t… I couldn’t be spirited, and be a Hunter capturing spirited people too.”
Li-an laughed hollowly. “But you could let me do that. Be that.”
I’m a traitor, he thought, but he felt the keen edge of betrayal, too.
“That’s not fair,” the foreign girl cut in sharply, raising her head from Yila’s chest and glaring at Li-an.
“Lan,” Yila said quietly.
“You know that’s not fair!” Lan insisted.
Neither Yila nor Li-an said anything. The silence of the cavern was broken only by their breathing. But they couldn’t stay there for ever.
“I don’t know if I can still be a Hunter,” Li-an finally admitted.
so this is from my story Nali, and now that i’ve written this i’ve realized i have a giant fucking plot hole involving Li-an and idk what to do.
i probably needed to learn that ahaha.
thanks for the ask!!