“Nothing anyone else has done is because of you…” Alden interrupted in protest. “You can’t feel responsible for other people’s judgment or choice of actions, regardless of what influence you may have had…”
“You gonna live by that wisdom yourself, Alden?” teased Briar.
Alden exhaled, then looked down the road distantly where the forest was finally beginning to clear. “Someday…”
Art by me. Referenced model Nick Bateman