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Elder Excerpt #3
“Clara Kate,” Ini-herit said. “May I speak with you?”
Glancing up in surprise, she considered what to say. He hadn’t made a point of communicating with her very much since the transition, and she’d been avoiding him as much as possible lately. Maybe this was a conversation they needed to have.
Reaching her decision, she nodded.
“I wish to apologize to you,” he said as he approached.
She blinked. “What?”
“I feel I owe you an apology. When Malukali and Knorbis attempted to extract the memory about the map, they inadvertently triggered one of us on the human plane. The memory of you and me standing together before I transitioned.”
Her breath lodged in her throat. Had her father been wrong? Was it really possible Ini-herit’s memories could be revived?
“I made a couple of promises to you that I failed to keep,” he said. “I could sense that we shared an emotional connection. I did believe that it would sustain through my transition. However, that is not the case.”
She stepped away from him. The words landed like slices from a well-honed blade. How was it possible that her heart could break all over again when it had already been so thoroughly shattered?
“You will move on from this experience. You are young, after all,” he said, his silver eyes reflecting nothing. “I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
She wasn’t sure how her voice made it past the raw pain he had just ripped into her chest. But before she walked away, she managed to reply, “My heart is capable of all kinds of things, Ini-herit. But you have no right to ask anything more of it than you already have.”
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