I just don't understand it, Sheol thought as he concluded the experiment for the fifth time. His hands were not as steady as they once were, but he knew that he had performed the ritual correctly. "Sheol, are you up here?" he heard from the stairwell. "Yes...I am" he replied absently. "You can come up if you'd like" "Are you still working on this?" she asked. "Yes, I am" he responded, looking around for something...anything...that he could have done wrong. "Hey...don't ignore me when I talk to you" she chided. "I am sorry Jade" he said. "I have just been so distracted by this experiment." "Experiment? In what? Nostalgia?" she asked with a bit of a smirk. Sheol just looked at her, standing there in the moonlight, looking as lovely as ever he thought. But she wasn't. Not really. The years had taken their toll upon her. Once, Jade was an exotic beauty, with dark hair, green eyes, a slender build, and sharp features...now, she was a bit frail, her hair turning grey, and her gait a bit shuffled. The wounds of the past had rendered her partially lame in her left leg. However, her eyes still were as bright as the moon on a clear night. Sheol got up from his work table, and made his way over to her. "I don't think I can do much more this evening" he said with a sigh. "How long have you been up here?" Jade asked. "Oh...I don't know, I forget" he replied...but he was lying. He knew fully well that he had been in his lab for almost nine hours. It was time for sleep.