Excerpt from something I might get around to one day…

“Why?” she asked softly, cradling the limp form to her chest. “Why couldn’t I do anything to save you?” Tears gathered in her eyes and she began rocking back and forth. “I was supposed to be able to do something…” She began to shake as the tears finally broke free, “I was supposed to be able to protect you, and I couldn’t even manage that!”

“It wasn’t…” he began.

“Don’t you dare tell me that this wasn’t my fault!” she screamed. “You have no right to try and comfort me. There is no one else to blame but myself. I made a promise and I couldn’t fulfill it; the pain I suffer now is my retribution.”

“There was nothing you could have done!” he shouted back angrily. “Do you think that you are some kind of supernatural power? Do you think that just because you can do things others cannot it means you are somehow responsible for the lives of those around you? Because you are not! No one expects you to save the world by yourself! You are not solely responsible for every tragedy that occurs. You are only human.”

“Am I?” she whispered. A broken sob escaped from her lips and she hugged the girl closer. “Am I really human? After everything I have done… do I have any right to claim that to be true?”

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