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𝟐𝟖.| 𝐋𝐎𝐕𝐄.

            𝐒𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃𝐍'𝐓 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏 𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐇𝐎 𝐒𝐇𝐄 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐄 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐇𝐀𝐃 𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐃𝐎𝐖𝐍. Giselle was just a simple woman who would've done anything that she could to protect her clan, and that was what she had done. She didn't know what deed she had done that had turned her down onto the path that she was on now. But the longer that she thought about her entire existence when she lived on Obron, she remembered the time that she had crafted Alaska's enhanced katanas, and that was when it hit her. It was when she interfered with a war, that her people had no reason getting into; it was at that moment that she had changed her path.

That was when she began to wonder what would've happened if she never had helped Alaska if she had never become her friend. The Caster had a path that she was supposed to follow, and she was never supposed to help the Royals when it came to their futile wars. But Giselle had broken her people's rules, and that was what resulted in a warning from her leaders. Though, that wasn't the end of what she was about to do for those that she cared about. Because time after time, she would continue to make decisions that were against her people's best wishes, and that was what damned her fate.

But that wasn't everything that she had done, she had made decisions that had helped the Guardians of the Galaxy defeat so many enemies and she had done things she wasn't proud of. She knew that she would be damned to hell and that her decisions had consequences; that was what she had done and that was where she was. She had made a deal with Hermoine and her mother, Death, and that was when she would join them in Hell, the underworld. She wouldn't know what horrendous things they would have her do, but she knew that they would have her do things, she wouldn't be proud of.

Giselle was a guardian of the balance of all things good in the world, but she had broken that when she had sacrificed her sister – Viola – in order to get the Soul Stone. She had broken the balance that Thanos had so-called created when she had broken all of the heroes out of the Soul Stone to reunite them with their loved ones. Giselle knew that she wouldn't have stopped to help those in need, and she had grown to love the Avengers. She loved what they stood for when it came to doing anything they could to protect the world they lived on, and she wished that she would be able to do something like that.

The young Caster made her way out of where she had hidden away, staring at the sunset over Wakanda. Her lips were pressed together as she grasped the balcony's railing, her head tilted to the side as she watched everything begin to fade into the night. Though she believed that she was alone, Mantis proved that she wasn't by herself. The alien stared at the Caster that she loved, knowing that she wouldn't have made any of the decisions that she had made if it wasn't her best option.

Mantis knew that Giselle would always do what was right and that she wouldn't stop until everyone was saved, because that was the type of person she was.

"Giselle," Mantis spoke to her as she stood at her side, but Giselle didn't turn to look at her. The two of them stood there together, and Giselle didn't know what to say. She didn't have the right words in her throat to say to the woman that she loved, because she didn't know what there was to say. She didn't want to hurt Mantis more than she already had, but she knew that it wasn't going to do any good to just keep to the silence. "I know what you did is what you had to do in order to save everyone . . . But I wish that you had told me sooner."

"How was I supposed to tell you that our time was limited to each other?" Giselle questioned her as she turned to face her, her eyebrows furrowed. "That I had made a deal with Death and that, sooner or later, I would be working with them?"

"You know that you could have just told us the truth," Mantis replied to her, but Giselle just shook her head.

"That would have made it so much worse," Giselle shook her head, and she could feel Mantis rest her hand on Giselle's shoulder, her antennas beginning to glow as she felt all of the emotions that flowed through her. She could feel everything that Giselle was feeling, and she couldn't believe the overwhelming amount of feelings that she felt. And it broke her heart.

"You should not have to go through all of these feelings on your own," Mantis explained to her as she brought her hand to Giselle's cheek, giving the Caster a small smile as she stared at her. The two of them stared at each other for a few seconds, before Mantis rested her forehead against Mantis's.

Both of them inhaled deeply as they stood there on the balcony as the sunset behind them, and they stood there in the silence. Neither of them knew what to say to each other as they stood there, but they knew that they just wanted to take in the silence. They wanted to take in everything that they could, knowing that they had no idea when Death and Hermoine would come to fetch Giselle. Giselle knew that the two of them had a plan for her and that she would soon be the one to do their bidding.

Giselle knew, from the history of her people, that if a Caster was ever at the hands of Death, that no good could come from it. She didn't want either of them to change her, and she didn't want whatever jobs that they would give her to change them. Giselle wanted nothing more than to stay good and to continue to be the person that she was, and she knew that she wouldn't be able to hold onto who she was when she was with Death.

"Mantis?" Giselle whispered as the two of them stood there, and the Alien nodded her head. "I love you,"

Mantis pulled away as she stared at the woman in front of her before a large grin appeared on her lips as she held Giselle's face in her hands. The two of them shared a loving gaze before Mantis was the one to press a gentle kiss against her lips. Giselle rested her hands on her cheeks as the two of them kissed, and when Giselle pulled away, she looked into Mantis's eyes.

Yes, she wouldn't always be there to be with the love of her life, but she wasn't about to let the time that they had left to go to waste. She was going to continue to live life as a Guardian of the Galaxy and do whatever good that she could. And she knew, that one of the goods that she had to do was something for her good friend, Alaska Minerva. 






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