Fourteen – 06

[This post is from Hecate’s point of view.]

“You always sound so sure,” Tala said, then sighed. “I know I believe you both, but sometimes it’s so hard. Sometimes, it’s so, so hard.”

“It’s all right,” Thom said with a faint and crooked smile. “It was hard for me to believe, too. Harder still to believe sometimes that I could change it.” He glanced at Marin, who smiled back. Hecate could have sworn she saw some tears sparkling along Marin’s lashes, but her sister-in-law blinked them back before they could truly manifest.

There was a story there, one Hecate didn’t know and wasn’t sure she wanted to know. The way Matt’s arms tightened around her made her even more sure of that.

Tala sighed, shaking her head slightly. “Well, at least I’m not the only one.”

“Never,” Marin murmured. “And never quite stop wondering, Tala. We’re not infallible.”

“No,” Seamus said softly. “You’re not, but you’re far more powerful than most.”

Hecate glanced toward Thom and Marin again, then rested her head against Matt’s shoulder. “He’s right,” she said. “And I’m glad I’m on your side.”

Thom laughed at that, shaking his head. “Hopefully we never give you cause to change your mind on that.”

“I don’t think you will.”

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