Chapter 6: Promises and Late Confessions

Poalo parked his car in the driveway of Madrina's home. The girls piled out while he took off his tie, untucked his shirt, and unbuttoned the few top buttons. He slowly walked up the steps and through the thresh-hold of Madrina's home. He saw Alesteral sitting by the bar in the kitchen and noticed the difference that he had taken after they all had left the house.

"Good to see that you obeyed the rules and had them back at a decent hour," Alesteral said putting down his sandwich. "However, why are you still here?"

"He is going to be talking to me for a few minutes Alesteral," Madrina said as she walked down the stairs. She had already changed from her dress to capri sweat pants, a tank top, and flip-flops. "Don't be so snippy. We are safe and we will be in the room to talk about a private matter."

Alesteral only stared at his younger sister, and then sighed. If she wanted to be alone with Poalo, who was her best guy friend, then her older brother could not stand in the way. "Just be careful."

"I am always careful," she smiled before kissing him on the cheek. "Now, you should go to bed before Keilyn comes down and truly sees you in your half dragon form. She hates it!"

Alesteral chuckled at the thought of scaring Madrina's best friend as she grabbed Poalo's hand and walked down the hallway and stopped in front of what seemed a wall. Poalo merely looked confused for a moment before Madrina dropped his hand and placed her hands on the wall in front of her. She smiled at him before saying something under her breath in a light whisper, and the wall simply disappeared. Madrina turned to him and motioned for him to go inside, which he did quickly and quietly. Madrina followed him in silently before turning back around and resealing the wall.

"Um, Madrina," Poalo said trying to be calm. "Would you mind turning on a light or something?"

The room was pitch black and with the wall resealed, there was no light coming from the hallway that they had just come from. He could hear Madrina giggle before he heard her say a word he could not understand, lithie, and a small light appeared in the center of the room. He turned around and saw her smiling at him before she walked around him toward the light.

"So, why did you bring me into here?" he questioned when she sat down on the floor.

"It is the one room that only I know how to get into," Madrina looked at him before looking toward the glowing light. "It means that no one will bother us while we are having our discussion."

Poalo only stared at her as she was looking away from him. There was no other sound besides that of his footsteps coming closer to her. Then, those ceased when he finally got close enough to sit down next to her. Once he was fully seated, Madrina then spoke up once again,

"I need you to tell me the truth while in here. Deny it all you want once we leave, but while in here, please, do not lie to me."

"I won't lie," Poalo looked her in the eyes. "I don't think I ever could lie to you."

"Alright," Madrina said before looking away from him, "then answer my question. Would you kill me if I was overtaken by a demon or evil being in order to protect my sanity and all that I stand for in this world?"

Poalo sighed heavily as the question sank into his heart one more time that night. He had to truly think over what she was asking him. She was asking if he would willingly kill her in order to keep her sane? That didn't make any sense to him. He knew the answer that she wanted to hear from his lips, however, he didn't think he could ever say it. Slowly, he turned away,

"Give me a moment to really think about what you are saying."

Madrina shook her head up and down, but otherwise did not respond to his statement. Poalo could not even fathom a thought of having to kill her. The way he felt about her was too strong to allow such an idea to make itself known. Breathing deeply, he cleared his head. He could not let his feelings interfere with the question at hand. Wait? He couldn't let his feeling help him decide on if he could kill her or not? Poalo shook his head as he realized what his answer was.

"Madrina," he looked back to her only to stop speaking.

She wasn't looking at him, but straight in front of herself with tears streaming down her face. She did not make a move to turn or speak to him. It was as if she was in some sort of trance. Poalo moved himself to where he was sitting in front of her and could now see the fear in her eyes.

"No," was all he said.

This caused her to jolt and look directly at him. "What?"

"No," he said it again.

"Why? Why would you not do as I ask?" she questioned, in a way that he could not tell if she was relieved or disappointed.

"It would be too hard," he began to explain. "I would not be able to go through with it. We have been through our entire lives together. Not to mention we still have the rest of them to get through. I know that it would never happen, and even if it does; you would have to require someone else to carry the sword that delivers the final blow to you. I could never do such a thing. I care too much for you."

Madrina shook her head as she stood up from her sitting position. She couldn't believe it. Poalo was the one person she had always thought, no matter what the request was, would do whatever he could for her. She began to walk to the door without saying another word. She needed to be somewhere she could breathe and re-think things over. She reached the door when strong arms 

wrapped around her waist and pulled her back into an equally strong chest. Gasping, Madrina had to remember that Poalo was the one who was grabbing her right now, but couldn't stop her mind from thinking: 'When did he get so strong?'

"I am sorry," he said in her ear.

"Poalo, I asked for our honesty," she said relaxing in the hold, "which you gave forth whole heartedly and without hesitation. I do appreciate it that you think good enough of me not to lie."

"Madrina?" he began to ask, "Are you relieved?"

"In a way," she smiled through her tears. "You have always been there for me no matter what happened. You were the friend who would do whatever it took to keep me happy, no matter how silly or strange the request might have been. I am glad that you said you couldn't kill me, because it would have actually hurt worse if you said that you could have."

Poalo closed his eyes while he allowed the words to sink in. He sighed as he realized that she had always wanted him to not be able to kill her. Feeling her move, he opened his eyes to see Madrina turning to give him a hug. She wrapped her arms around his neck and buried her face in his chest, which he could feel the fresh tears fall from her eyes to his shirt.

"It makes me happy to know that you won't kill me. Unlike my brother who said he would do it in a heartbeat."

"I would never let him," Poalo said with a slight growl before he could stop himself.

"I'd like to know how you would be able to stop my half-dragon brother from killing me. He could easily kill anyone who stood in the way of his goal."

"That's easy," Poalo smiled. "I would be able to because I love you…"

He had said it. Paolo froze as Madrina moved away to look at his face. Madrina studied his face and eyes as they pulled apart.

She had heard him correctly, hadn't she? He did just say that he loved her, right? However, before she could say anything to him, Poalo reached around her and grabbed the door and ran out. She tried to call after him but nothing came from her lips as she moved them. She stood there helpless as he ran from her sight.

Keilyn was sitting in the kitchen talking with Alesteral and Gabriel when she heard quickened footsteps coming down the hallway. In fact, it sounded as though someone was running. Looking up, she saw Poalo who looked as though he had seen a ghost; utter terror.

"Poalo?" she questioned as he just ran past and toward the front door. "Wait a…"

She took off after him. She wasn't going to let him get away without so much as an answer as to why he was running as if his life depended on it out of Madrina's home. Keilyn finally caught up with him as he started to get into his car.

"What in the world? Paolo, what happened?" she questioned catching her breath.

"I said it," he talked quickly as he started his car up. "I told her that I was in love with her."

With that, Poalo drove off and out of sight. Keilyn stood there as the words sank in. Knowing Poalo, he ran off before Madrina could even react. 'Oh no,' she thought turning and running back into the house and toward the direction Poalo came from, 'Madrina wouldn't know what to do with this information.'

Slowing down, Keilyn saw her best friend sealing the room back to nothingness. Sighing, she reached out and touched Madrina's arm. The girl snapped her head to look at who was touching her and instantly calmed when she realized who it was. Keilyn couldn't help but wonder what had actually happened between the two of them. Madrina had never acted like this.

"Do you want to talk?" Keilyn wondered.

"No," Madrina answered heading toward the stairs. "Not tonight."

Keilyn would respect that. However, Madrina would have to talk about it one way or another because of who had just confessed to her. Keilyn couldn't help but think that her best friend was confused about what was going on.

The truth was, Keilyn couldn't have been more off. Madrina was in shock at first, but then reality sank in quickly as she watched Paolo flee. She would have to confront him sometime, or else their entire lives that he had talked about would be awkward.