"We're here to protect, not harm!"
He didn't even understand what was going on, as he called out his words.
This wasn't the doubt he had seen in people's eyes in the past,
but something entirely different on its own.
"If you think we're here to bring slaughter upon you, you're nothing but mistaken!
Can't you see your wrongdoing? For aren't we all to be the same? To be united?
As long as you take up our faith and trust us, we can all —"
The trigger went off.
And so within mere moments, the cleansing of the heretics had begun.
The marines wouldn't only push them back for standing their ground, but ridden them all for their foolishness.
The civilians earned it by opposing the governvent, and the chosen. That's what they would forever claim, anyhow.
But I... all I wanted was for us to unite. If our hearts would connect, and we all could stand together, none of this would have had to happen.
That's what I had always believed, until that time.
Those civilians had done nothing wrong. One had been too eager on the trigger, as our presence had caused them a threat. I can't blame them. I don't want to blame a single one of them. But we were the chosen. Us dying had always been unthinkable in the first place. It was for the sake of protecting us that the marines marched forwards, and the bloodshed would proceed. So the soil dyed itself red beneath our feet, as slowly one would fall after the other. And amongst them, a very young boy. I couldn't help but to think about him, the son I was told to soon recieve. That innocent little boy who is soon to see the light of day... and about this corpse in front of my very eyes, who would never again see tomorrow.
It was lastly at that time, that the questions and doubts I had buried deep withing my soul would finally reveal themselves to me. And no longer, would my eyes ever see the same truth; For all that I had ever known, was unalterably changed, forever.
Finally, I get to introduce the man of the bear's blood, Elijah Krauss himself. And a small story-cutout from the sum-up of his story which I wrote the first draft of a while ago. Eventually I will rewrite it properly and post it, but that will come when it comes~