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𝟐𝟐.| 𝐈 𝐖𝐀𝐒.

𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐁𝐋𝐘 𝐅𝐎𝐆𝐆𝐘 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐒𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃𝐍'𝐓 𝐏𝐈𝐄𝐂𝐄 𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐃 𝐇𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐄. Giselle could remember that she had been working with the Soul Stone in order to return all of the heroes back to the world of the living, and she could only hope that that was what she had done. That she had gone through with her mission and she saved all of them. And most importantly, that she had saved the love of her life, the innocent soul that was Mantis.

Her mind went over the possibility that she had failed her mission, but she would try her best to ignore the fact that she could do such a thing. She loved Mantis more than anything, and all she could wish was that she had been successful. That she had managed to save the entire universe and the half that had been banished to the Soul Stone. It was something that she never thought that she would be responsible for handling, but she was. She deemed herself responsible for all of the trapped souls, and she knew what the risk had been if she wasn't able to go through with the plan to save them all.

A blinding light pierced her closed eyelids as she was laid down on an examination table, and her fingers began to twitch as she laid unconscious. The room was filled with known and unknown persons, some that Giselle had gotten the chance to know, and others that she would soon meet. All of them stared down at the woman that was there for them, there to save them when they needed it. And one person, in particular, was there, at her side and holding her hand as Giselle laid there.

Slowly, the voices began to sink in and she tried to figure out who everyone was. She knew the familiar voices immediately, and she spent a few moments attempting to piece together who it was that was with her. Her eyes began to flutter open, all of her senses beginning to regain their abilities. Giselle was overwhelmed by it all, attempting to pick one of them to focus on when all of them wanted to be in the driver's seat.

Eventually, her eyes were finally open and the Caster squinted her eyes as she glanced around herself, taking in all of the faces that surrounded her. The first person that her eyes met with, was that of Alaska Minerva. The Queen of Obron gave Giselle a small smile, one that seemed to be filled with relief as she stared at the friend she thought she had lost. Alaska rested a hand on Giselle's shoulder, before caressing her cheek. But as Giselle stared at her, she could tell that there was something different about her. That there was something broken about her.

But then Giselle remembered what had happened to Loki, and she knew that the Queen would never truly recover from the loss of him. That she and their child would never have the chance to grow up with her father. All Giselle could find herself to put together was a quiet apology to the Queen, and Alaska nodded her head to her, before taking a step back. That was when Giselle was able to meet eyes with the one person that she was worried she would never see again.

Mantis rushed over to her and wrapped her arms around the Caster, holding her tightly as they both were there in the crowded room. Everyone in the room watched as the two of them interacted with each other, but then Mantis pulled away and rested a hand on Giselle's cheek, her antennas glowing as she could feel what it was that Giselle was feeling.

"You are worried," Mantis spoke, and Giselle gave her girlfriend a small smile as she rested her hand on her cheek.

"I was," Giselle nodded her head, "but now I am not," She leaned forward and pressed a kiss to her lips, which only lasted for a short period of time, not wanting to create awkwardness in the room. Once she pulled away, her eyes glanced over all of those that were in the room, discovering that the large room was beginning to feel overcrowded, "Is everyone here?"

"Yeah," Steve Rogers spoke as he stepped forward, a woman with red hair following after him. Giselle could remember her as Scarlett Rowan, the woman that she had met inside of the Soul Stone. The man rested a hand on Giselle's shoulder, giving her a nod. "Because of you. You saved everyone."

"It's what I was supposed to do," Giselle smiled, and everyone nodded their head. She bit down on her lower lip for a few seconds, before shrugging her shoulders. "What do we do now?"

No one knew the answer to her question. No one knew what they were supposed to do with the reunion of everyone in Wakanda. That was what led them to go into a different room to make the decision, all of them wanting to figure out what they were supposed to do now that everyone had returned.

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