Sometimes you have to make a decision to save those who think to save you.
A young woman with a deep power that she keeps secret because it could cause her to be cast out. She decides that it is better to use it than to watch one she loves go off to fight and probably die.
In ancient Japan there are legends of spirits who take other shapes. Legend tells that you can make a bargain with one and they will fulfill that bargain beyond your death.
An Echoes of Elder Times short story