David dropped to his knees.
“Oh please, show mercy,” David pleaded.
“Stand,” Death growled, “I have no fight with you.”
David stood, trembling.
“What did you do to him?” David asked, his voice shaking.
Death pulled a massive hourglass from the blackness of his form.
“The false prophet is scattered among the grains of time,” Death growled.
“The whole hourglass thing is real?” David queried.
There was a growling sigh from Death as he placed the hourglass back into his robes.
“Sorry,” David muttered, “I make jokes when I’m nervous.”
“Now to clean up this mess,” Death growled vanishing in swirling blackness.
I’m seriously just kind of chatting with death. Like, “Oh hey man, want to come to my barbecue?”
The swirling blackness returned with Death bursting from it causing David to lose his train of thought.
“Everyone is returned to themselves,” Death growled, “and I have someone who wishes to see you.”
Astrid walked forward out of the black of Death’s robes.
“A-Astrid?” David muttered, “Is it really you?”
“I am so sorry David,” Astrid said stepping into David’s embrace.
“I know it wasn’t you,” David stated in a tender voice holding her tight.
“You forgive me?” Astrid asked getting teary.
“Of course,” David said removing his mask, “God, you’re as beautiful as the day I met you.”
The two shared a long loving kiss.
“I still love you so much,” David explained.
“I love you too,” Astrid returned.
The two stood in each other’s arms as close as they could.
“Since you helped me, you have a choice,” Death growled, “I can take you to the other side or you may return.”
David peered longingly into Astrid’s eyes.
“It has been so painful without you,” David muttered, “I’ve missed you so much.”
“I know,” Astrid explained, “but those people need you. You’re the hero I always knew you could be.”
“But I can’t go on without you anymore,” David muttered, “I’m so alone.”
“I’ll be right here,” Astrid said pointing to David’s heart, “Always.”
“I’ve been so hollow since you’ve been gone,” David said, tears in his eyes, “I’m nothing without you. I need you.”
“You’re stronger than you let yourself believe,” Astrid explained placing her hand on the side of David’s face, “You just have to find it. Those people need you.”
Tears streaming down his face, David turned to Death.