“No.  It’s my doing entirely.  Your father and friend are waiting on Damian’s ship to take you home.  You can forget all about this.”

“What do you mean, forget this?”  Chel demanded.  “I’ll never forget any of this.  I will never forget you.”

“I promise you, Chel, when this battle is over, it will be over for good.”  Lexx spoke gently and clearly, looking directly at Chel, but not touching her.  He wanted to, but held himself back.  “Now, please go with Riley.”

“No.”  Chel snapped stubbornly.

“I don’t want you here.”  Why wouldn’t she just do what he wanted?