“I couldn’t do it anymore.” says the once hero, a haunted look in xir eyes “I don’t age like a regular human does- decades of fighting a war that has no sign of stopping and I’d never be able to leave- I just, I couldn’t do it anymore.”
“Thousand of people have died.”
“I can’t, okay. I can’t go back.”
“I just don’t get why you hate [antagonist] so much,” admits the hero to xir mentor, frustrated “ze has reasons to do as ze does, just as we do. Just because I can sympathize with that doesn’t mean I won’t do what’s needed.”
“It’s dangerous to humanize your enemy.”
“It’s dangerous to not.”
“By all means, continue.” the antagonist purrs, watching the hero struggle to xir feet “You won’t win, all you’re doing is prolonging your suffering.”
“I have nothing to lose.” says the hero “The public thinks me a menace, my family is dead, i have no close friends, my powers are horrific. There’s nothing you can take from me.”
“There’s always something to lose.”
“No. Not really.”
“There’s no real point to it, i suppose. To continuing. But what’s the point to any of this.” the hero said, gazing at the villain. “The point is, I believe in what I’m doing, even if no one else does. So turn the public against me. I’ll know the truth- I won’t stop.”
The villains lips raised in a snarl.
“I’m not afraid of anything anymore.” says the hero with a dead expression.
“I’ll kill you, if I have to. I’ll kill you, and your team, and your friends and family. I will.”
“Little hero isn’t so good after all?”
“I’ve never been good. Good is something I do. That goes for bad as well.”
“Oh god, please. Please, my dear- my love, please open your eyes! Please! Dear, oh my god, I’m here now! Wake up!”
“There’s no point in begging, dear hero. I was very thorough.”
“Have you ever killed anyone, they ask, as though that’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
“Maybe you shouldn’t try to join the hero league.”
“I’ve never once been afraid of you!” snaps the hero. “We’re allies, aren’t we? Friends? I’m not going to leave over this!”
The villain pants heavily, powers traveling across xir skin in dangerous, uncontrollable arcs. Xe doesn’t want to hurt the hero- xir friend- but xe doesn’t know how to make it stop.
The hero steps forward, reaching out xir hand “Please. I trust you won’t hurt me. Let me help.”