Another Yearly Visit
Alice rode through the northern Plaguelands to the border of Quel’thalas, her Voidsworn Seeker flying low and concealed in shadows to evade the sights of any Thalassian Patrolmen. Though the Fourth War had ended, a truce signed, and even with Lor’themar vying to keep the peace active, Alice was still both an exile and wanted person in Quel’thalas, she had to lay low and play it safe. Alice approached the border gates and met with Edward and Lillithra. “Daughter, it is good to see you again.” Even through the undeath and Fel, Edward’s voice still conveyed joy and warmth for his adoptive daughter. Alice dismounted and hugged Edward. “Hey dad, it’s always nice to see you.” Alice smiled at Lillithra, “Heya Lilli. New hairstyle?” The Illidari leapt from her perch and grinded a fanged demonic grin at Alice. “Yeah, I decided to grow it out.” Alice looked at the two, “Is it safe to head in?” Edward’s eyes flared a demonic Fel green as he melded his sight with his Eyes. “Yes. We will not be noticed.” Tapping his staff on the ground, Edward manifested a Runic Circle as a Fel Gateway activated behind him. “I managed to install a gateway where nobody would notice. Ladies first.” Lillithra and Alice smirked and chuckled as they headed through the Gateway.
Stepping out of the other end of the Gateway, Alice’s polymorphic armor manifested a cloak and hood to conceal her face as she and Edward mounted Edward’s Accursed Wrathsteed. Lillithra mounted on her Illidari Felstalker, “Ready to ride?” The three rode off north, out of the Ghostlands and into Eversong. The Light of the Sunwell made the three feel discomfort and Alice even burned a little. The specific Light she had betrayed shining brightly. As they rode, they made idle chat. “Daughter, how is your other half doing?” Lillithra grinned, “Yeah, how is that adorable Sidda?” Alice blushed a bit. “Sidda’s doing great. We actually had our Anniversary Date last night. We also made it my Birthday Date and Hallow’s End date. There was candy, Trick-or-Treating in Thelsmar, a nice spooky picnic near Loch Modan’s shoreline. Sidda dressed as the most adorable Vrykul and I was a Vampire.” Alice smiled as she remembered the night. Lillithra only grinned wider. “Anniversary, huh? Been a year already? What’d you do to top the night off this time? Pop the old ring and chain question?” Lillithra laughed as Alice blushed harder. “Li-Lillith! N-No.... Not yet.” Edward chimed in. “Ah, I remember Jenny and mine’s anniversaries. Even after years of marriage she managed to make each one feel special and unique. It warms my rotted heart to see young love flourish, even in the face of such trying times.” Alice just blushed harder. “D-daaaad.” Edward grinned amusedly. “It is a father’s job to embarrass his daughter, after all.”
After some more talk about their lives post-war and some concerns regarding Sylvanas and an uneasy feeling from the beyond, the three arrived at the gravesite. Gargoyles guarded two headstones. One read “Aertin Nadradina. Beloved Father” while the other read “Liarea Nadradina. Loving Mother.” The three dismounted, Edward and Lillithra waited by the gargoyles as Alice approached the graves, her hood and cloak receding into her form as she knelt before the graves. “Hey mom. Hey dad. It’s been a year. I-” Alice choked up. “I’ve missed you both so much.” Alice sniffled as a tear rolled down her cheek. Wiping it away, she continued. “A lot has happened. The Horde formed a council to govern instead of a Warchief, I hear Thrall is even on it. King Anduin’s been working hard towards peace and keeping the Alliance together while Tyrande broods in Kalimdor and Alleria hunts Sylvanas. But I won’t bore you with politics. Well…. Not entirely. You see, there’s been a medical and mystical breakthrough. A colleague of mine, along with other researchers, have managed to develop a procedure to…. Reverse the effects of Telogrus and remove the Void from the Ren’dorei and others, reverting them to their prior states.” As Alice said this Lillithra and Edward’s eyes flared, they had not been made aware of this development or at least had the rumors confirmed. “Many are praising it as some revolutionary cure. Cure. I despise that term. We’re not sick. We don’t have some horrible disease and desperately need to get better. We’re a people. I trust King Anduin to not make it some mandatory enforcement. Though the goons at the Cathedral or the zealots in the Army of the Light will likely try to pressure him. Some might even try to discreetly enforce it. Oh well, I guess more lives to be taken. Though I am worried that those around me will try to convince me to undergo the reversal. That my life will somehow improve from it. It won’t. I would die. I have nothing to revert to, and even if I did, I wouldn’t get rid of the Void within me. It’s a part of me. I know Sidda will have my back. But others…” Alice choked up again. “I feel others often dislike how I am. Who I am. I feel they think the Void makes me who I am and how I am. Oh well, if they try to encourage me to revert, I guess I’ll have my answer to suspicions.” Alice perks up a bit. “Though speaking of Sidda. We had our anniversary last night! We had a lovely and magical date in Loch Modan. We dressed up, I was a Vampire, she was a Vrykul. I love Sidda so much. Every moment spent with her is magical and I never want them to end. I’ve thought about proposing engagement, but I feel like it’s a bit too soon for that. A year is a long time, especially on Azeroth, and I love her and want to spend the rest of my days with her. We could always be like a Worgen couple I know, remained engaged for years before actually going through with a full on wedding. I don’t know. This is a big thing for me and I don’t want to mess it up. Especially with Sidda. Maybe one of these years, I’ll bring Sidda along.” Alice sombered a little. “I hope you’re both alright. There’s been some... thing supposedly amuck in the Beyond. The Spiritual Beyond. Anyone with some inkling of spiritual matters, Shaman, Druids, Priests, Paladins, Monks, Death Knights, even some Mages and Illidari, all feel something is amuck, but nobody can place it. I just hope at least you two are safe. Neither of you need to suffer more.” Alice wiped more tears from her eyes. “I should get going. Before somebody notices me back here and I draw unwanted attention. I love you both and miss you dearly. Please stay safe. I’ll be back. Hopefully with Sidda next time.” Alice stood up, wiping more tears from her face and sniffling.
Alice's armor reforms the cloak as she turns to Edward and Lillith. “A Void Reversal Procedure, huh?” Lillithra spoke grimly. “Daughter. We will need to have a talk about this development with the others. This could bode ill for many of us, not just the Voidforged. Another time, though. You’ve been through enough and it’s late. You must be exhausted.” Alice nodded. “I’ve been wanting to tell you, but so much came up so fast. I’m sorry.” Edward hugged his daughter tightly. “It’s okay, Alice. Please stay safe and be smart. I’d hate to see anything happen to you.” Lillithra grinned and joined the hug, “Alright you two, group hug!” The three hugged for a moment before breaking the formation. “Come on, Alice, let’s get you home. I’m sure Sidda’s waiting for you.” Lillithra grinned as Alice blushed. “Li-Lillith!” As the three mounted up and rode off, two spiritual orbs slowly manifested and floated idly near the headstones.