About a half an hour later, Corrin finally stopped running. All the fighting had disappeared behind her, so she decided to catch her breath. She stood there for a while, leaning on a tree and wondering exactly what happened earlier. Did she wait too long for them?
When she asked herself that question, more rose up. Why did she run? How could she go back to either side? When that occurred to her, she knew she made a huge mistake. Now that she left both families, there were no more options for her. They would both surely come after her as a traitor.
She looked down at both the necklace and the ring. How was she worthy of wearing them anymore? Raising her eyes, she realized that she was at the southern part of the Bottomless Canyon. Corrin’s thoughts immediately went to Gunter. He had trained her to show no fear in a battle, yet she ran away from one. The shame was eating away at her so badly.
Without another thought, Corrin took off the necklace from Garon and the ring from Mikoto and turned to the canyon. She felt the strange urge come back, telling her to go towards it, but she didn’t know why. Her emotions were so tangled and confusing, she didn’t know. Nevertheless, something was calling her to it. At the edge of the cliff, she looked down at the endless blackness. Realizing that, if she fell and died, there would be no finding her body, she placed the two items there for anyone who found them… and jumped. The wind whipped though her hair as she fell ever faster. Closing her eyes in anticipation of the impact, she was surprised when she gradually slowed and tumbled onto soft grass.
Raising her head, she saw a bright blue sky, mountains to her right, a castle in the distance, and even islands floating sideways and upside-down in the sky! This was definitely nowhere in Hoshido or Nohr. Nothing was familiar. She stood up and started walking around to see where she was. Even in the first five minutes, she was mesmerized. The grass was soft under her bare feet and the sky was so inviting. If she rode a pegasus or a wyvern, she would have taken off to the skies immediately. Not long after that, a few houses started to come into view through the light fog. Corrin wondered if she should go there, but a noise behind her caught her attention.
She turned around to try and see what made that noise, but there was nothing there. She was about to turn around again, but a twig broke before she did. That made her realize that someone was probably trying to get her while she was off guard. Drawing her sword, she readied herself for any attack that might come her way.
A second later, she vaguely saw one figure about to hit her with an axe, so she brought her sword up and blocked. Corrin knocked the weapon out of his hand and stabbed him dead. However, another two came up as soon as she had finished with the one. She managed to stop the one with a sword, but the other stabbed her with a lance, giving her a minor wound. Stumbling back a little, she tried to get her footing back, but the one with the sword knocked her onto her back. They were about to go in for the kill, but before Corrin could even raise an arm in defense, a burst of water magic sped from the left and blasted the warriors away and destroyed them. Seeing them disintegrate into a watery substance, she tried to stand up to get away, but a firm hand on her shoulder stopped her, not in a way that would keep her where she was, but in a way to make her simply pause. Looking up, she noticed a strange man wearing a white hooded cloak that covered him so that she couldn’t see his face. The only thing she could see about how he looked was two locks of sky-blue hair that he hadn’t hidden in his hood.
“Come with me. It’s not safe out in the open.”
His voice had a deep, mature tone that was strangely calming for Corrin. She felt like she could trust him, despite having only just met him. Anyway, going with him seemed like a good idea, rather than stay and waiting for more of those translucent warriors to come. In seeing her willingness to go, the strange man helped her up, took her by the hand, and led her to one of the houses that she spotted earlier. Though, when they started walking, Corrin had two questions on her mind.
‘Who is this man? And what is this place?’