As Ela and Kura sat down, the pup listened to Kura's words - and her eyes widened. Speak to her father? It was impossible, he'd died. She saw him die, watched as he was killed and then eaten his body. There was no way, was there? Even if it was possible, what would she say to the man? What would the man say to her? Visibly, her body started shaking at the thought of it, Faith confirming that her father was there. Normally she wouldn't believe it, but neither of the women in the room with her would lie about this. Ela's Father, Alrur, was right there with them.
But what confirmed it for Ela was the name. Bella-bean. It had been forever since she had been called it, since the day she had fallen ill and slept for what felt like an arc, when he had kissed her head lightly and his mouth had uttered the words to her. 'I love you, Bella-bean.' he had said, every day for her entire life - or for his. Faith would never know of it, Kura had never heard it before. None of them would know it but Alrur. It had to be him.
"W-wait" she muttered to Kura when Faith left the room, her hands trembling lightly on her sister. "She can't mean it. I saw him...Please, she can't mean it. How long has he been here?" she asked, her voice filled with desperation before Faith came back in to the room, holding a sharp tooth in her hands. Fitting, in an ironic sense, the pup thought. Her feral, yet somehow fragile eyes fell to Faith as she explained the spirits in the room. Then, with some level of hesitation, Ela took the tooth.
Despite the room suddenly seeming full, with spirits everywhere to be seen, but the girls eyes only fell to one - her father. A small smile, one of pain, spread across the mans face. Freezing, the girl watched him, unable to bring herself to move. Until the mans voice brought her home, filled her with a cold chill yet a comforting warmth.
"I suppose hello wouldn't be a good start, now would it, sweet Ela?" he spoke, chuckling at his own jokes as he always would. Tears ran down the girls cheeks as she tried to reach her hand out for the man, but hesitated. A pained look spread across his face, saddened at the pain in his daughters eyes. Wiping his own eyes, the man sighed and turned his expression somewhat serious.
"Listen, I know this will be hard for you girl, but please listen" he started, eyes never once breaking away from the Mortalborn before him. "I've seen everything, Ela. Everything you've seen, everything you've done - and I couldn't be more proud of you. But you...silly girl. You blame yourself, and you hide in fear from the world, and it hurts you. It hurts you so much because you are such a kind, loving girl, and when you put so much of that negativity in yourself..."
At his words, Ela burst in to tears, clutching the ice tooth to her chest. Without hesitation the man ran over, before kneeling in front of the girl. "I'm so sorry" she cried, loud enough that even standing outside the room someone could hear it. Loud sobs left her as the girl lost it, crying in a way she hadn't done since many, many arcs ago - over the same man she cried over now. "I was so afraid, so scared that after what I did to you...I thought they would hate me. Some of them did hate me. And I was so afraid of all of them because of what I did, and because of what I can do."
Before the girl could carry on, her eyes looked up to her father, seeing the streams of tears pour down his cheeks. Yet his warm smile never once faded. "And that, my dear, is why you are a silly girl. My sweet, sweet Bella-bean. Some of the world will not love you, because the world will not love you like I do, and if they did you could do whatever you wanted without care. But they won't. However, the ones worth listening to - they will. Kura, Rynata, Tio. Your mother...all of them, Ela. They cared. They loved you, and they will continue to love you for who you are. Even if you hurt them sometimes, or make mistakes."
With a kiss to her forehead, one that the girl couldn't feel, the man looked the girl in the eyes. "Show them the same girl they fell in love with. Not Bloodclaw, and not a girl that hides in the woods. Show them Ela, and I promise you that even if the whole world does not love you - some of us always will."