Lydia (or should he call her Anna now?) had finally told him everything. The truth of how she and Timothy were created. The training they went through since birth to get as strong as they were. What her grandmother–technically her genetic twin just decades older–had told her about her brother, and about the people who raised her. The lie that put everything in motion. She told him everything.
And Tristan didn’t have a clue what to do with it.
“I understand if you don’t trust me anymore, or if you want to lock me up or turn me in or whatever you feel is necessary. But–I had to tell you. You can’t beat him without knowing everything I know. To be fair, I’m still not sure you can beat him, but now at least you have a fighting chance.”
“You’re right. I needed to know…” Tristan broke off, shaking his head. “This is a lot. We couldn’t win without it–and I thank you for that but–God. I don’t know.” Tristan rubbed at his eyes and looked at Lydia carefully. “It’s too much right now. So–Let’s just get through the next two weeks, let’s get through the challenge. And then, well, I still don’t know. We’ll decide what happens when we see which way the dice falls.”
Lydia started to feel a bit hopeful. That didn’t sound like Tristan hated her. He didn’t sound completely disgusted. That was something. “Okay–that’s more than fair. Thank you very much.”
“Okay” Tristan stood up at stared at a point vaguely to the left of Lydia’s head, “I’m going to go. I’ll talk to you tomorrow, figure more of this out.”
As Tristan turned to leave, Lydia felt a bubble of panic rise in her chest, and before she could stop herself, she called his name. Tristan stopped, but didn’t turn around. “I just want you to know…I do love you. With all my heart. That was never a lie.”
“I can’t do this right now,” Tristan said sternly, sounding the most sure that he had all night. “Okay? I just can’t deal with that right now.”
“Okay,” Lydia offered weakly. “Okay.” Tristan left the room, and Lydia sank down to sit on the little rough bed and repeated “Okay” once more. After all, everything thing else had already been said.