Author’s Note: I said I’d get back to the first part eventually.
I sort of did.
“You admit, then, to breaking the universal laws and interfering with the lower species on a planet that has been quarantined for the sake of its own development? What right do you have to flaunt our laws? The fact that you, yourself, are a creature of destruction? You cannot expect us to believe you are different when all you do is what you please—”
“I could have killed them. I could have killed you. I chose not to.”
“You do not have the right to violate our laws.”
Tynan studied the matron, leaning forward. “I have no rights at all in your mind, so I think it matters little if I was to bend the rules you have set forth. All I am to you is something to be eliminated, to be killed before I can touch anything, and if that is so, why should I care what your laws dictate for you and the rest of the universe? You do not care if I obey your laws—I would have been given no opportunity to do so if you had your way.”
She folded her arms over her chest, shaking her head. “These… humans are not ready to interact with us. They are not ready for any foreign presence. You may have destroyed their entire way of life, disrupted their natural progress. You have altered their history and—”
“I interacted with few humans, and most did not believe me to be what I am.”
“Do you honestly believe that this… Luna you speak of, that you were a positive influence on her? You have said she doubted your existence and believed herself insane. How can you claim that you have done no harm to her?”
“I saved Luna. Her father would have had her spirit die and that would have killed her in the end. Luna is unique. She was not wrong to be the way she was, and she was capable of understanding me and the universe. The others thought she was wrong, but she was not.”
“You could have killed her.”
“You want us to believe that you are innocent, then? That you should be spared because you can keep yourself from destroying one human? She is nothing compared to what you have done in the past.”
He shook his head. “What do you know of what I have done? You would not know of Luna or my visit to the human world if I had not told you of them. You would not know anything of me if I had not shared it. Yet you would condemn me. I knew that before I spoke, and I cannot say that I expected to change your mind—my fate has been set for some time. I would ask you to leave now. I wish to be alone. I want to go back to my memories of when I was happy.”
She frowned. “You think you were happy on the human world?”
She shook her head, turning to walk away from him. He knew it would make no difference to her, but he could not help speaking again. “I know I was happy on the human world.”