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Matthew and LeilaMatthew knelt beside Leila's body. Everyone stood nearby, unsure of what to say.
Hector looked down at him. "I'm sorry, Matthew," he said sadly.
Matthew shook his head. "Why do you apologize, my lord? Leila blundered. . . . That's all."
Eliwood took a step forward. "Matthew . . . Leila was . . . she was. . ."
Without looking up, Matthew said, "After this mission, I was going to ask her to put this life behind her. . . . Waited too long, didn't I? Ha. . ." He closed his eyes for a moment. Then he stood and lifted Leila's limp body off the ground. He turned to Hector.
"My lord, might I . . . rejoin you later? She . . . has to be buried. . . ."
Hector nodded. "Of course."
Matthew started walking into the fog toward the woods. Lyn moved toward him.
"Ah . . . I'll go with you. . ." she began, but Eliwood placed a hand on her shoulder.
"Let them be alone," he said quietly. "There's nothing else we can do. . . ."
Once Matthew was sure that he was well out of everyone's sight, he gently la
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