I had not killed her, but the pull was stronger. Whatever had happened had sucked us into a vortex of each other’s minds and memories. I could feel and hear her like she was right next to me even though she was in the separate room. She admitted to feeling the same connection. Constantly asking questions of the faces she sees. Hardest of all was Flora.
I walk into the main room as two of my men enter. They held a young girl who is obviously frightened. Kera looks at me with a confused look.
“I thought you have accepted you?” She said it like it was so easy.
“I can’t meet the other rulers as I am. They will judge me incompetent, and I don’t need Eydollon to hear about it.”
Strangely, as I looked at the girl, I felt no pull at all. I craved Kera’s energy.
“Kera you need to leave,” I say this as I fight the pull that grows stronger.
“No, I won’t let you do this to yourself anymore. I know you hate it and every time you do it you despise yourself even more. Your father should have loved you as you are!” She blocks my way as I head to the girl.
“Kera please, you don’t understand. Whatever happened to us last night has made my powers erratic and extremely bonded with you. I may kill you.” I brush past her but it was all I had to do with the touch of our skin, she falls to the ground faceless.
The girl begins to scream and fight against the guards hold.
My stepmother bursts into the room with Joaquin as I go on my knees to help Kera, but her face stares up at me empty.
My stepmother mumbles a few words under her breath and the girl stops screaming and faints. She points at the bed, and the guards lay her there.
“We come to pick you up only to find magic blasting through the air.”
Kera lay on the ground as if she were sleeping. Her chest rose and fell. She is alive, and no girl before have lived after.
“Go to the meeting, I will stay with her to find out how this is happening.”
Joaquin takes my arm into his, “She will solve this little mystery. For now, it’s time you met the other leaders of Eludemare.”
As I step out of the room, I want to go back to Kera, something didn’t feel right.
Halfway down the hall, I stop.
“Don’t you feel it?” I turn to Joaquin who tilts his head like he is listening to something.
“Something is disturbing the Evergreen.”
“We have to go back.”
Joaquin pulls me back to him away from my room.
“She’s just a girl, are you risking your kingdom’s place for her?”
It felt like a slap to my face. “My Kingdom is my priority, I’m sure the other rulers can wait for a few more minutes.”
I push past him and quickly head back to my room. As I enter, I catch sight of a massive black tar-like liquid floating in the air, and an old wrinkly crooked man stood over my stepmother controlling it.
While Kera lay asleep next to the other girl, who was still out cold, both oblivious to the nightmare that floated nearby.
Screams came from the dark mass, wretched faces stretched against it trying to claw their way out. Joaquin quickly steps in front of me, but the old man did not notice us at all.
“Hello again Aurora, it has been many years since my eyes fell upon such beauty.”
“Leave, you are not welcome here.”Aurora stands up stiffly moving away from the bed.
“Oh but aren’t all the little powerful rulers here to discuss what I created?” The dark cloud slowly moves around the old man and Aurora like it was alive. Tendrils stretching out towards Kera, and the girl like it was curious.
“Leave her alone old man.” I push past Joaquin and face the old man.
“Ah, the faceless queen what a pleasure to meet you! I see you’ve just donned a new face. Quite pretty indeed.”
“What do you want?” I demand.
“Aurora! Your little apprentice is quite rude and boring.” He says looking offended as he wraps the mist around Aurora’s waist lifting her up in the air.
Aurora looks down at Joaquin, “Get out of here. Warn the others.” Joaquin hesitates but obeys, leaving immediately.
The old man only cackles. “Dumpling boy won’t make it! Come now Aurora, as much time as I have, I rather be gone from this place. Gives me quite the itch. Tell me, where did you learn the weaver’s magic? I sensed it here.”
“I don’t know what you are talking about.”