Colt straightened up and looked around. Failing to spot any of the mercenaries that were recently hired to kill Arl (other than himself), he relaxed slightly and waited for her to turn around and see him.
Arl - "Really? Haha, you were strong to start with, but.. I don't know where I was going with that. Anyway, I've done a lot of stuff too! I mean, I was actually trying to take on.. I mean... how did you get better?"
"I was stabbed in the heart, Arl. That's not something I could laugh off, like all the other injuries and setbacks I've endured in life. I didn't know how to handle it. I thought my life was over, if not literally then figuratively. Healing has been the greatest challenge of my life, and it's nowhere near over."
**The girl's face reddens a little as she shifts her gaze to the ground.**
Arl - "Sorry, I'm just really happy to see you. I know how you feel. Not being stabbed in the heart, but I did almost decide to try living like a normal girl for awhile. Until I grew up, that is. But I chose to try taking on less dangerous missions instead. Not that that seems to have done anything."
Cee - "Arl keeps running into murderers. Did you hear about the party where the lord marshal got melted by a god? Arl got conscripted into helping it free the other ones."
"That's for later, Cee. Right now, I'M sorry. You have nothing to apologize for, Arl. You are the best friend I've ever known. I thought you didn't need me, and maybe that was true, but I needed you. I should have stayed."