letter from elise

Letters from ɉlise - "The Future"
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Dearest Arno,

I can barely conceive how much has changed in the last three years. How far our roads have taken us–sometimes I feared our paths would diverge forever, or else come together at loggerheads like the star-cross’d lovers in some hackneyed stage piece. Yet here we are, not the same brash children we once were, nor yet strangers.

When this is over, when Germain is dead at our feet and my father rests, who then will we be? Assassin Mentor and Templar Grand Master? The continuation of the old, or the beginning of something new? Will we shape the future of our world, or will we retire quietly to the countryside to raise goats? (I can just see you as a goatherd, leaping and climbing about the Alps. No goat would have a chance of escaping you.)

I do not know what the next days, months, years will bring. All I know is that we shall remain Arno and Élise, and with that, I am content.

Je t'aime,

Élise

Letters from Élise - "The Price"
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My love,

As I write this you are asleep. If the light wakes you, I’ll have some explaining to do, but at this moment you are sleeping peacefully. Tomorrow is the day, it seems–the culmination of five long years, our moment of revenge. So why can I not quiet this part of me which fears that, at the tipping point, you will flinch?

Is it that I fear you loved my father less than I? Or do I doubt your resolve to strike the killing blow? I do not think so. Rather I fear that you have lost so much already that you cannot bear to lose more. I think that you would let Germain rule France if you thought it would ‘save’ me.

Have you ever known me to need saving? Have you ever had cause to think that I would accept it if it were offered? My fate is my own. My choice is my own.

If somehow we both return from this, I will burn this letter. If you are reading it now, then I made my choice there in the Temple. Know that I made it gladly, and do not take the burden of it onto yourself. Be at peace, my love, and walk what path you will.

All my love,
Élise

Letters from Élise - "The Reunion"
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Dear Arno,

I confess I’m not entirely sure what to say here. ‘It was good to see you again’ somehow rings hollow, an empty space unfit to contain the totality of my feelings. And yet I am pleased–pleased that the Assassins have not changed you completely. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. You never were one to be easily awed.

It seems we have both found ourselves at an impasse in the hunt for my father’s killer. Perhaps together, we can accomplish what neither of us alone could. It’s nice to think that after all this time, we’re still better together than apart.

Yours,
Élise

Letters from ɉlise - "The Brotherhood"
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Oh Arno, what have you done? I know we didn’t part on the best of terms, but to go running to the Assassins? My Father kept you away from them for a reason. Their Creed is like wine–sweet enough at first blush, and in moderation it makes life seem more bearable, but drink too deeply and you find naught but madness and anarchy.

No doubt they’ve already filled your mind with tales of how dreadful we Templars are, that we would make slaves of humanity and place our boots on the world’s neck. You knew my father, and you know me–I can only pray that is enough to give the lie to those tales. My Order has turned against me, and I am hunted by those I once called friend. I could not bear it if you turned against me also.

Think of me and be well,
Élise