"Rejoice and sing oh immortal Gods
who watch from on high
rejoice for the sons of men
who have overcome the Destroyer
the strong and powerful
for the carnage had ended
it is done
Rejoice for the faithful
Who drink the blood of no man
for no longer will they feast on their brothers
Rejoice for the beauty of the world
soon to be restored
be glad, for no more will die
Sing for days of joy oh you Muses
Sing for the glorious days to come
Sing for the Kings of the New Empire
Who's glory will surpass their ancestors
Sing of the days of peace
Take hope all you who live on the earth
Have hope for the days to come
have hope for those who died
have hope, and go on living
have hope, for despair is needed no more."
-Lines 14,977 – 15,000 The Epic of Mersinios
Erin stared at him. Her eyes were glazed and tired. She wore the same resigned expression the late Thenos had worn but a few minutes before. Erika had disappeared again, not the Mikaal particularly minded.
"I'm sorry," he whispered softly.
"I know," she whispered back. "I was wrong. I wasn't free at all."
Mikaal felt his heart break as he lifted Erika's abandoned sword. He thrust it down as hard as he could and walked away. He took two steps and collapsed, he hadn't the strength to continue.