New Beginnings

“Are you sure you don’t want to come along?”

It’d been a few months since I gave Pandora her tattoo, and now the small shop was completely flooded with dresses, shirts, pants, jackets, pillows, blankets, tablecloths, and all manners of different threads and cloth. I packed a few more into the already near-full cart that Pandora was peeking her head out of.

“I’m sure, but I don’t think I’d fit even if I wanted to.”

This wasn’t the first time she’d asked me to come along. Pandora and Dahlia were just too prolific for the demand in this little town, so I suggested they start out anew. We’d scrounged up enough for a little cart and horse, and today was the day they were to head out.

“Well, then what are you gonna do here?”

That was, indeed, the question. I had a few ideas, but nothing long-term. I knew I needed to play around a bit more with my patches and runes to see what else I could do, but that wasn’t really a plan.

Dahlia popped her blonde head out beside Pandora’s and gave me a beaming smile. “Fi’s still here, isn’t she?”

Of course, she was. Her spirit was pestering me by day, and her heart by night. She was just as stubborn and outspoken as ever, but now I was her one and only outlet. I didn’t mind, though. Talking to her was always somehow refreshing, and watching her detail her hopes through our dreams was exhilarating.

Pandora’s somewhat sad face turned into a devious grin. Apparently I was blushing. “So that’s why you want us out of your hair.”

“N-no, that isn’t it at all!”

She put her finger to my lips and stared deeply into my eyes. I stared back, taking in those beautiful pink-hued irises I would likely never see again. “Goodbye, master patchwarden. I hope we one day meet again, but until then, this will be our farewell. Besides, you have an apprentice to resurrect.”

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