That came as a relief to both Aitu and Bethor. Aitu’s mind was constantly jumping to Nauja. When Ardan finished his tea it truly was a surprisingly quick process. They retrieved the man, the man restored her body and like it was nothing at all Ardan returned her soul. Ardan had told him her soul hadn’t been reincarnated yet which was a big part of what made this all so smooth. When she woke it was with a gasp, confusion covering her face. Bethor helped her up, instantly pulling her into his arms “Bethor?”
Hearing her say his name instantly brought tears to his eyes. She was truly back, nothing had gone wrong in the process. “Chandia, yes it’s me”
“Getting here is a long story but I asked the grim reaper for you back and he returned you to me. I won’t fail you again Chandia, I promise. I’m so sorry” She pushed a little out of the hug to look at him “Hey…you didn’t do anything wrong Bethor. I never for a second thought I died because you failed me and you shouldn’t have either” she wiped his tears away and kissed him, something that nearly broke him completely. Bethor hadn’t for a second thought he could have this again.
Everyone else just smiled at the sweet moment, being silent and giving them their time. The silence broke when Bethor lifted Chandia and thanked Ardan before thanking the gods that brought him here. Once out of Ardans home Bethor said “I think I’ll take her home from here. Just as you have a lot to discuss with Nauja I have a lot I need to fill her in on about my time without her” Bethor wanted everything out in the open even if he was ashamed to admit everything to Chandia “alright friend, please come visit us though” Bethor nodded, thanked them again then left with Chandia.
Kairos and Bakeles took their leave aswell, knowing Aitu wanted some time alone with Nauja when he got to her. He rushed back, getting to her home at nearly four in the morning. He called instead of knocking, worried a knock might scare her. She sleepily answered “Aitu?”
“I’m back, I was concerned knocking might scare you”
“you’re at my door?” she instantly sounded fully awake and he smiled as he heard her jump out of bed and start coming to the door. They both hung up as she opened it and embraced for the first time in a few days. “is everything okay now?” Nauja asked and Aitu said “it’s better than okay, we convinced the grim reaper to give his loves soul back”
“Oh my god, no way”
“yeah, I can tell you about everything over coffee if you want” she kissed his cheek then began to tug Aitu in “yeah, come in” Aitu told her about everything well into sunrise, including the fact his friends wanted to meet her some day. It seemed to excite her and Aitu felt relief again she was really okay with everything, that they were okay and would have an amazing future together.
~ The End