“Save him…save this world…” He choked the words. His expression didn’t falter from its iron stillness. But he couldn’t deny the overwhelming emotions any longer.
“Take my life instead.” It was almost a whisper and he struggled to raise his head to look up at the being before him. “I will take his place in Hela’s realm…I will pay for whatever these people have done to experience this…” He paused, his voice getting caught up in the sob trying to escape his lips. “—But…but give me the chance to let this child—” He hesitantly cradled the little bump of his stomach, “—see this world as how it should be…and be with his father…”
An agonized breath escaped from his lips. The grief was suffocating him.