She stood near her mother, wanting so badly to go back with them instead of staying here. To the side, she saw her father in the process of being healed by Lissa, and it pained her to see him wounded. Yet, he kept a smile on his face… something she missed so.
“Severa,” her mother called to her. She turned, her long, white pigtails swaying with her movement, to see Cordelia closing the distance between them. She wore a relieved smile- one that Severa was not used to seeing.
“What do you want?” she nearly hissed, causing Cordelia to stop in her tracks.
“My, aren’t we hateful?” her mother bitterly smiled. “Perhaps it is from all the incessant fighting?”
“You wish,” Severa replied harshly. “No, I have a different problem with you.”
Cordelia put her hands on her hips, a minutely ill look about her. “Goodness. Everyone else is happy to see their parents. Why aren’t you?”
“Don’t give me that,” the white-haired girl muttered, her eyes casting to the ground in guilt. “I am happy to see you. I’m happy to see Daddy, too. It’s just…” She turned her head to look at her father, and for a moment just stared at him. “Tell me why.”
Cordelia leaned her head forward. “I’m sorry?”
“Daddy. He… he never stood a chance, you know?” she almost whispered, her eyes still on him. “When you married him, did you do it out of love, or out of necessity?” She then looked at her mother. “What did Chrom have that he didn’t?” This question hit Cordelia like she had run into a brick wall. The expression in her daughter’s eyes told her everything, and it pained her so. Before she could answer, Severa continued. “He loved you. He loved me.” She smiled, recalling memories locked deep. “He was a total weirdo, but he sure spoiled me to be the princess I am today.”
Cordelia let out a giggle. “I can certainly see that.”
Severa’s smile faded. “But you didn’t love him back. Or perhaps you did love him, but not the way you loved Chrom. Even though I was little, I knew that much.” She crossed her arms, visibly bitter. “So tell me. What does Chrom have that Daddy doesn’t?”
“Severa, honey…” Cordelia sighed. “There isn’t much there now. Trust me when I say this to you. I won’t lie- there are still some feelings, and when you have your first love, you will understand how hard it is to let those go. But I can tell you that Henry is precious to me.”
Severa raised an eyebrow. “You can’t tell me you’re different that my mother of this time. Gods, you even sigh like her and have that ‘I’m better than you’ attitude!”
“That’s where you’re wrong,” Cordelia rebutted. “I can be different, and I am different.” Severa coiled back. “You don’t believe me? What did I honestly do in this time to make you doubt me so?”
“You’re kidding, right?” Severa scoffed. “You chose Chrom over Daddy! Instead of going with Daddy to fight, you went with Chrom instead! And that…” She couldn’t finish. Cordelia’s lips barely parted as a gasp escaped her lips.
“That’s when he died…”
“Do you get it now?” Severa lashed, tears threatening to spill. “That’s why… that’s why I have to tell you… Please…” She sniffed and wiped a stray tear. “Mother… don’t…”
At her daughter’s visible struggle, Cordelia finally closed the distance between them and pulled her close. Severa wrapped her arms around her mother and sobbed quietly. “Severa, I can’t answer for the decisions I made in this time. But know that I would never make that sort of decision now. Ever.” Severa could tell by her mother’s tone that she meant every word she said, and she even looked up at her to see the truth. “I love Henry. I love him very, very much. We don’t spend much time apart.” Cordelia ran her fingers through her daughter’s hair in efforts to comfort her. “So believe me when I say that what happened in this time won’t happen in mine. I love him too much to do that to him.”
Cordelia shook her head. “There are minor feelings, nothing more. It was hard at first, especially when he married my best friend. But Henry… he’s helping me one day at a time.”
“Good,” Severa breathed, closing her eyes. “I needed something good to happen. It’s been too long since I’ve been spoiled.” She then opened her eyes and pulled away from her mother. “If I ever see you again, I’d better hear news that you two got busy making me, you hear?”
Cordelia laughed, her heart finally picking up the shattered pieces.