Marta sat in her room and stared at a wall. Her radio was on, but the
volume was all the way down, so Marta could only hear it if she strained to
listen. Her lights were off, and the blinds on her windows were closed.
Marta wasn't really sure what she was doing. She thought back on all
that had happened over the course of the last few days. Was it possible
that she had only met Gricyt less than two weeks ago?
Would she ever see Gricyt again? He'd found his book, and why would
he want to come back to Marta's world. True, he seemed to like her, but
how long could that last? She'd been in long distance relationships
before. In her sophomore year, her boyfriend had graduated, and though he
attended the community college which was only half an hour away and lived
at home, it had still been too much. Would the same thing happen to her
and Gricyt? With his magic, he could come visit her whenever he wanted,
but could it last?
"Hello, Marta," Gricyt's voice said behind her. Marta quickly turned
around to see Gricyt standing in her room. For a few moments she was
embarrassed that he saw what a mess it was, but quickly she forgot about
that and was only happy to see him again.
"Are you here to see me?" she asked. "Everything is alright with the
book, isn't it?"
"Of course I'm here to visit you," Gricyt said, quickly crossing the
room and sitting beside Marta on her bed.
Marta wrapped her arms around him and sighed. "I wasn't sure if you
would come back," she said.
Gricyt replied, "I love you, Marta."
"I love you, too," Marta whispered.
They sat together for a while, and Marta felt like she would cry, but
she wasn't sure why. After a few minutes, Gricyt said, "I'm not really
sure what's going to happen to us now."
"Me either," Marta said.
Gricyt continued. "As a wizard, I'm required to study magic and to
find spells that could better the world. Now that I've found the book, I'm
going to be expected to work a lot harder, which means I won't be able to
just come here to visit you all the time anymore."
Marta felt a tear trickle down her cheek, but Gricyt wasn't done
talking yet. "I don't want to never see you again," he said. He jumped
off the bed and knelt in front of her. He wiped a tear off Marta's cheek
and said, "I suppose you'll want to go to college after this year, won't
Marta shook her head no. "I really don't know," she said. She
remembered how she hadn't been accepted to North Central University. While
there were other colleges she could go to, she couldn't picture herself
attending them. She was sure now that she probably wouldn't go to college.
"Then, you'll probably want to finish high school," Gricyt said.
Marta wasn't sure what his point was, until he continued. "I suppose that
around here you are generally expected to finish high school and do well.
Of course, in my world, though education is valued, it is more important to
pursue the studies you are interested in than to simply follow a standard,
such as public schools."
"Gricyt, I couldn't leave here to live with you," Marta protested.
"Why not?" Gricyt asked. "If you want to finish your education, I
have all my private libraries filled with books on every subject you could
"What about my parents?" Marta asked. "I couldn't just leave without
an explanation, and we both know they wouldn't believe to truth."
"We'll wait until the end of the year," Gricyt said. "I'll make up
the name of a college, and you could tell everyone you are attending there,
but come live with me instead."
"That's ridiculous," Marta said.
"Why?" Marta didn't answer. "Even if that doesn't work, we'll think
of something else. I'm sure something will work out."
"Well, let's pretend I did come live with you," Marta said. "What
then? I would just live with you and read books in your library?"
"You could do whatever you wanted," Gricyt said. "I would let you
visit back at home whenever you wanted, or if you wanted to get a job in my
world, you could do that, too. There are a lot of others who have no
magic. Or, you could just stay at home with me, and I would take care of
Marta looked away, and Gricyt quickly said, "You would have your own
room, you could even have half the mansion and I wouldn't bother you.
Nothing will happen that wouldn't be, uh, honorable."
"So I would just live with you and nothing would happen?" Marta asked
"Or we could get married."
Marta supposed she should have expected the suggestion, but it still
took her by surprise. She considered the idea of marrying Gricyt quickly.
He meanwhile, seemed shocked by his own suggestion, and was about to say
something else when Marta said, "I'd gladly marry you."
"And you'll come live with me, right?" Gricyt asked quickly.
"Of course," Marta said, laughing at the relief on Gricyt's face.
Her laughter was quickly cut off, however, by Gricyt kissing her, and then
Marta knew that everything would work out in the end.