"It's a fine night," he cooed, holding her to himself and rocking a little from side to side. Cael looked behind her, and could hardly make out the face, though she felt it melt her trepidation; Heuani's visage was nearly pitch black under the soft, powerless starlight.
One of his hands coaxed one of hers up just as the other spun her lightly, letting her pass under the bridge that their raised arms made. The two Toa faced each other, and Heuani held Cael's figure as though it was made of flawless glass. Now that she could see him better, Cael recognized that the starlight around Heuani's silhouette dimmed more and more the nearer it came to him.
"I know why you are here, sparrow..."
[color=#000080;]Cael awoke with a soft gasp, jolting out of the dream and back into reality. Blinking back sleep, she struggled to make her eyes focus, and Heuani's face was gradually replaced by the spare interior of Stannis' hut. She took a deep breath, and remembered where she was.[/color]
[color=#000080;]Her heart began to slow its Kakama-like pace. Lifting a hand to the scar on her face, she traced the mark with trembling fingers; the throbbing echoed her heartbeat.[/color]
[color=#000080;]Heuani is dead. He cannot hurt me anymore.[/color]
[color=#000080;]She repeated this fact to herself until her pulse had slowed back down, then breathed a soft sigh of relief, and wiped the cold sweat from her brow. Careful not to disturb Joske, who still slept, she silently slipped out of bed. She needed air.[/color]
[color=#000080;]Navigating Stannis' house in the cool darkness of the early morning was relatively easy: the Toa Maru's home was as spartan as the rooms of the Massif. Locating the ladder, she climbed down, then stole past a slumbering Merror and found the door.[/color]
[color=#000080;]The latch opened silently; Cael pulled the door ajar and stepped outside before closing it behind her. The cool early-morning air greeted her like a familiar embrace, waking her up like diving into the waters of Naho Bay had once done. In contrast to the dry heat of the previous day, Po-Koro was cold and fresh before the sunrise.[/color]
[color=#000080;]The sun had yet to peek above the horizon, but the eastern sky was already beginning to grow light. The healer stood to the side of Stannis' hut, and watched the sky.[/color]