Walking through the slightly more solid ground of the mire Tian'ith could not stop glancing over her shoulder. It was hard to keep an eye to Ravillion's direction while doing so but she had been periodically checking Zaul'ann's location since the assault when the rest had failed to follow. She was conscious of it but inappropriate as it was for their safety in the current situation had still not been able to stop herself doing so.
Looking back she couldn't say when it had happened. Regardless of her sister's habits, because of them perhaps, she'd spurned any interest in males. Often with violence. Even now she could not decide how a studious academic had broken through when none of her peers ever had. Something about him had let in a sliver of light to cut through the dark within and started a fire in her heart.
Those arranged by her mother and sisters had died when proposing the same as he, for the simple act of manipulating her into a false friendship with other intentions. Enough that her mother and sisters had stopped trying. Yet not only did he survive but she acquiesced, and allowed the shift in the nature of their bond. And despite everything that happened she could not bring herself to regret it.
Tian'ith had heard these things were not a soul's to control and she could believe it. But it was turning her around, leaving her less than effective and unable to focus. Catching herself in the act of checking again she gritted her teeth and dropped back to walk beside him. After a long, thoughtful few moments she spoke softly in Drow to mask her words.
"You must not do that again Belaern, you need to stay safe. Do not die in this forsaken place." Tian'ith paused for a moment as if finding the words hard to utter. "I need you."