Previously: Twain used the Cup of Regret to go back in time and meet Yi Fan on the night she first captured him, where he kissed her and told her he loved her. And now…
She pulled away from him again. â€œHow can you love me? Iâ€™ve never even met you.â€
Twain took a deep breath. â€œOkay, this will be hard to understand. Iâ€™m from the future.â€
â€œI really am.â€
â€œThatâ€™s not hard to understand,â€ she said.
â€œI donâ€™t believe it, but I understand it,â€ Yi Fan said.
â€œI can prove it,â€ Twain said. â€œAs soon as weâ€™re done talking, head down that way and youâ€™ll run into a guy trying to sneak into the City of the Moon.â€
Yi Fanâ€™s head snapped around to search for the intruder.
â€œRelax. Itâ€™s me, but you know, Past Me,â€ Twain said. â€œOr Present Me, or whatever. Just make sure you capture me alive.â€
â€œWhat if the Ghost decides to kill you?â€ Yi Fan asked.
â€œHe wonâ€™t,â€ Twain said. â€œHe still has a use for me.â€
Yi Fan looked confused, but before she could say anything, he silenced her with another kiss. â€œLook,â€ he said, â€œI know this doesnâ€™t really make sense now, but even if you donâ€™t believe me, there are just three things you need to do to make sure everything works out. First, capture me over there in a minute. Second, you need to make sure youâ€™re in the right place at the right time in a few weeks.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]You want to warn me about something awful that will happen to us that you donâ€™t know exactly how to avoid, so youâ€™re leaving it to me to figure out. Did you ever stop to think that I might figure the best way to avoid this thing is to avoid being with you?[/blockquote]He quickly described the yurt where he was picked up on his return and the alley where heâ€™d met her again. â€œYou have to make sure that happens.â€
â€œBut if youâ€™re a fugitive fleeing the Czarâ€™s men, how do you know I wonâ€™t just arrest you again?â€ she said.
â€œI canâ€™t tell you why you wonâ€™t,â€ Twain said. â€œBut you wonâ€™t.â€
Yi Fan looked taken aback by his absolute confidence. â€œAnd whatâ€™s the third thing?â€
Twain shook his head. â€œI canâ€™t tell you exactly what to do, there,â€ Twain said. â€œI can only warn you…â€
â€œWait,â€ Yi Fan said. â€œSomething bad happens?â€
â€œNot if you…â€
â€œNo, stop,â€ Yi Fan said. â€œI donâ€™t want to know.â€
â€œYou have to know,â€ Twain said, â€œso you can…â€
This time, Yi Fanâ€™s lips silenced his. When he pulled away, he asked, â€œSeriously, you…â€
She put her hand over his mouth and said, â€œStop talking. You want to warn me about something awful that will happen to us that you donâ€™t know exactly how to avoid, so youâ€™re leaving it to me to figure out. Did you ever stop to think that I might figure the best way to avoid this thing is to avoid being with you? That I might sacrifice love to save myself? Do you have any idea how lonely Iâ€™ve been since this thing happened to me, and now you want to destroy my one chance to end that loneliness by telling me…â€
â€œOkay!â€ Twain said, yanking himself free of her grip.
â€œGet out of here!â€ she snarled, swiping at her eyes. â€œBecause Iâ€™m going to hit one of you in about five seconds, and you donâ€™t want to be the one I pick!â€
Can Twain find another way to save Yi Fan, or is she doomed? Join us for the next exciting episode!
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