"Please bring him back to me."
"Ah." The Master was thoughtful. "What would you do if I brought him back? Would you love him better? Or would you just love him because of what he could do for you?"
"I would love him unconditionally." She replied like that because the Master always emphasized that they had been born to learn unconditional love. But he laughed at her answer.
"You can love him unconditionally now. You don't need to see him. The only reason you want to see him is so you can get something from him." The Master shook his head. "I have seen you go through this more times than you remember. When you are with him it is all feverish. You become so entangled, so attached. Is it any wonder the universe should take him from you? No, you don't need him. You have me, you have God. It is enough that we love you."
Once more, though, he read her mind.
"I see that all this pain is good for you," he said. "It turns you back to your inner self. You do not have to be so emotionally needy. Close your eyes and be still." He tapped her on the head once again with his rose. "Go now. Rest."
She was shocked at the sudden dismissal. "But I am still so hurt."
"Emotions come and go - your hurt cannot last."
She stood up reluctantly. "Will I see him again?"
The Master closed his eyes briefly. "Yes."
"In this life?"
But that question he would not answer.
- Christopher Pike, The Midnight Club
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