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alibee-art · 3 months ago
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“Ashes to ashes and dust to dust”
Ash looked up at him. “Alex. You were–all fiery emotion… Helen, I thought. All her. But then you would go and look like that and now look at what you’ve done…”
Alex grimaced. “I didn’t–I’m not killing you, Ash.”
“It hurt to look at you,” Ash went on. “When I first saw you, I ...” He coughed, and blood slipped over his lip, down to his jaw. “He’d be disappointed, and so are you. I didn’t want to do it, Alex…”
Alex didn’t know what he meant. Didn’t know if he wanted to know. “What? Join Scorpia? How did it happen?”
“I didn’t want to. He was my closest friend.” The blood was collecting over his chest now, dripping onto the ground. “There’s always flames. Everywhere.”
And Alex knew. He knew and, in that moment, he wished all those years ago, he wished that Yassen had stabbed Ash in the heart.
“You killed them, didn’t you? You killed my parents.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t…” Ash looked up at him. He was struggling to get the words out. “They made me your godfather, and I made you an orphan. I’m sorry.”
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