Jade was...surprised to say the least. She had just met the Le-Toa and they were already kissing. Sure, she appreciated him helping her out yesterday and taking care of her so much, but did she really have feelings for the Toa of air? But, he was the only one who had ever kissed her and actually meant something by it. Of course there were others she had kissed, but those were just one time only seductions where it ended up with her using the being on the other end in some way. This was a Toa who had feelings, who would be hurt if she walked out of the door the next day, who would always remember the time they shared together.
But, yet, she returned the kiss.
After only a few seconds, though, Jade pulls away. "No, I...I can't do this to you," she explains. The Toa takes a seat on her own chair and looks toward the water for a few moments, contemplating what she was doing. She eventually turns back around, saying,"I live the kind of life where I'm here one day and I may be gone the next. I can't afford to have long term relationships in my work. You have to understand that. You'd only be playing with fire if you ever tried to find love here," she adds, placing a hand on her leg. The Toa hangs her head downward a bit, her eyes closed. At first, she was only kidding when it came to romancing the author. But when they kissed, she realized that it was a much more serious situation. The Toa was starting to have feelings for her and she was starting to have feelings for him.
It was a situation she felt as if she had to stop. But was that the best idea? Wouldn't it be nice to fall in love with a nice guy who won't drop you in a second? Wouldn't it be nice to play housewife for the rest of her life? To be there when her husband got home from work? To cook meals for him, to help raise their children, to always love him for the rest of her life?
You're a hunter. Always remember that. Relations you have with others are only temporary, your time is not your own, your body isn't your own, even your soul isn't your own. They all belong to the benefactor of the day. Always remember that.
And Jade did. The words that she allowed to escape from one of her old teammates before she dealt the killing blow still echoed through her ears. She wanted to get rid of the words, to get rid of her way of life, but she knew that the only joy she would ever find was in the thrill of the hunt. She had only just told Fleron that the joy she got out of life was living on the edge. Bounty hunting was her way of living on the edge. She had to return to that way of life. She must return to that way of life.
"I'm...sorry, Fleron," Jade sighs, head still hung low. "I don't want to hurt you if we ever try to be with each other. You have to understand that anything I do only lasts for a few moments then it's gone in a flash of lightning," the Toa adds, emphasizing her point with a small flicker of electricity resonating from her pointer finger. "If we ever try to be with each other...it would only be temporary. I'll have to move on to bigger things. I'm sorry," she repeats.