Prompt: “You can’t outrun the truth.”
Valmong sleeps, but it’s not peaceful – he tosses and turns, struggling to find the rest he needs for tomorrow. Without really thinking about it, I reach out and smooth the creases on his forehead, my fingertips light so as not to disturb him worse. He sighs and some of the tension leaves his body as he settles into a more restful slumber.
You can’t outrun the truth. Claritas’ words echo in my mind.
And the truth is, maybe I don’t want to go back home anymore. Maybe I’d rather stay here, with Val.
Is that something he wants? I pull my hand back at the thought of rejection, of what I’d be throwing away if I gambled my life and lost. Another chance to go home would probably not happen.
“It’s worth a shot.”
Nevari’s voice startles me, and I turn to look at her. She’s supposed to be sleeping, but instead is leaning up on one hand, watching me.
“What you’re thinking about Val – no use not trying.”
“How do you know what I’m thinking?”
She shrugs, “You have an expressive face. Val might be too thick to see it, but I’m not an idiot.”
At that, I can’t help but chuckle. Though I’ve only known her a short while, it’s impossible to hide anything from her.
“What would you do?”
“Go with my gut.” Her answer is immediate, and I wish I had her confidence.
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