Tahu gazed out on New Atero. His eyelids filled with tears, his eyes glazed over.
New Atero was beautiful today, but not to the eyes of an old Turaga.
An attendent knocked on the door and walked in.
"Turaga Tahu, he's gotten worse. He wants to see you before he dies."
Tahu turned slowly, a warm color rising to his eyes.
"I know. I'm coming."
He turned his gaze back to the city.
"I always knew." He said quietly, a single tear running down his mask.
My old friend, I recall
He arrived outside the hospital, tall trees line the walkway to the entrance. A gently breeze blew through
them, shaking their fragile leaves.
"Much like life...One strong breeze will knock us away." Tahu said sadly, as he walked into the hospital.
The times we had hanging on my wall
He advanced through the hallways, heading for one distinct room. He could see a crowd of other Turaga gathered out-
side the door he was headed to.
I wouldn't trade them for gold
"Tahu, it's good to see you again!" rumbled Onua, "It's been to long."
"Yes, yes it has Onua." replied Tahu. "How....how is he?"
"Not good," answered Gali, "The healers expect him to last until tonight. He's been waiting for you."
Cause they laugh and they cry me
Tahu grimced slightly.
"I know." he said, walking up to the door.
"I always knew."
Somehow sanctify me
He walked into the dark room. Only a lightstone at the far end let him see what was there.
There was a bed and a window, the occupant of the bed hidded by a hanging sheet.
They're woven in the stories I have told
He walked forward, pushing the sheet away.
"Old friend, you called, I have come."
And tell again
The occupant of the bed turned onto his back, and looked hard at Tahu.
"I thought you wouldn't come. I'm shocked you came."
He paused to cough and wheezed. Blood was on his hand.
"Even after what happened."
My old friend, I apologize
Tahu winced at that comment.
"You don't have to be that way. We're still friends, even after what happened, and even if we haven't talked in,
Mata Nui, years!"
"You know why I'm like this. I blame it on you, you know. But yes, we're still friends."
For the years that have passed
Tahu and the Occupant of the Bed sat in silence for a few minutes.
"Tahu, you're probably wondering why I called you here, right?"
"I...I know why you called me. I know you're dying."
"That's not why. I called you for a better reason then that."
Since the last time you and I
"You and I, Tahu, we trained countless Toa. Even some Skakdi between us. We had countless trials after the defeat
of Makuta. Even then we were on better terms, but you know that stopped on the Worst Day."
Dusted off those memories
Tahu nodded slowly and painfully. Tahu could never forget the Worst Day.
He lost Lewa on that day, amongst the dozen or so other dead.
But the running and the races
"You know what you did that caused his....Lewa's death. Even though the mission was a victory, we lost too many
day. And I want you to know this."
He took Tahu's hand in his.
"I have forgiven you for it."
Tahu remained quiet.
"Dying angry and resentful is no way to die, Tahu. You have to....you MUST forgive yourself, or that day will
burn a hole in you. Lewa knew what he had to do. All of them did. And they died heroes for the Matoran and the
He coughed and wheezed violently, blood dripping out of his mouth.
"Remember....remember when we first met?"
The people and the places
Tahu gave a soft smile and nodded.
"I thought you were an self-righteous #####."
"I thought you were an hot-headed fool," he retorted, "and look how far we have come from that."
"You can't die now. We still have plenty of adventures ahead."
"Not here, but....somewhere, on the other side of this world, where Mata Nui dwells."
There's always somewhere else I had to be
He coughed and wheezed, and his grip became limp.
Tahu laid his hand by his side, and walked out.
"Is he....is he..."
"He's dead, Gali. I'll let the Healers know."
The hall echoed with her muffled sobbing.
Time gets slim, my old friend
The next few days went fast, but Tahu stayed the same.
Don't know why, don't know why
Don't know why, don't know why
Looking out at New Atero, eyelids full of tears and eyes glazed over.
The attendent knocked at the door.
"Turaga, they are waiting for you."
Tahu didn't turn but smiled out at the city.
"I know. I always knew."
He arrived at the burial ground, minutes later. The outcome for the burial was massive. Every Toa in the city was
there. Some Skakdi that he trained were there as well.
Tahu walked up to the front on the casket, onto a small stage. He looked up and smiled softly, the same smile he used
in the hospital.
"Friends, Sisters, Brothers. We are here to mourn the passing of a good friend of ours. He was as brave in life as
he was when he died. I have no words to say, but a poem I wrote for him, after he died.
My old friend, this song's for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live on long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We'll meet again, my old friend
My old friend, my old friend
He ended his poem, and looked at the casket.
Thanks for reading.
EDIT: Crummy word filter. Just re-read it and saw the filter....
Edited by thebeggerpie, May 13 2012 - 08:16 PM.