“You have no idea what you’re dealing with. I do. She is not Alice anymore.”
Alice recoils physically at her father’s words.
“That’s… That’s not true! I’m still Alice… I’m just strong now. I don’t hurt or freeze or burn anymore. I’m not afraid of anything now!”
The Duke is unmoved. “Proof that you lack essential human characteristics.” He looks to Ryuko, straight in his eyes. “She doesn’t need to eat or drink, but soon, she will need to sate a different desire. A Lich can only remain hardy and strong by absorbing souls. How will you help her then? Offer yours? Bring her sacrifices? She may not be of evil heart, but her very nature is that of an abomination. Her life is a desecration of the natural order. You do not know the pain it gives me to say these things. I am her father, she is the very image of my wife, her last surviving footprint on this world.”
The duke does look genuinely distraught, but he remains determined. “Give yourself up, my child. It’s better to sleep than live an eternal deafh.”
Alice actually tears up. She’s broken, unable to decide what is the right thing to do.
“I don’t want to eat souls… But I don’t want to die.” She stands shaking, looking at Mirk and Ryuko, her eyes begging for help.