POM Part 63: Wake Up by RedPhantom ()
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Emeton hurried to Ann’s room. She was on the floor writhing in pain. Her shoulder was soaked with blood.
“She was like this last time too,” Sapphire told him.
“What did you do then?”
“Kith took her someplace in the desert.”
Emeton sighed. “He can’t do that this time.”
“She told me Lyra put her in an eta-vie box when she was in Lerjao for the shades.”
“Eta-vie blocks the shades?” Emeton raised an eyebrow. “The prison has eta-vie to keep the prisoners from casting.”
“Ann can cast down there.”
“It doesn’t matter. It’s just the shades we want to block.” He started to pick her up.
“I need some help,” Mila yelled from the garden.
Emeton sighed and went to the balcony door. “What is it?” He called back.
“Kith woke. He thinks Ann’s hurt. I need help with him.”
“I’ll be down.” He looked at Sapphire. “Try to get her down to the prison. I’ll help with Kith.”
Sapphire nodded as Emeton hurried down the balcony stairs. She tried to pick up Ann. Even though her friend was tiny, she was too heavy to pick up.
“Shimmer,” she shook Ann. “Get up.”
Ann didn’t respond, though she was clearly conscious.
“Shimmer, come, we need to get you downstairs. I know you’ve dealt with this kind of pain before.”
There was still no response. Then Sapphire realized she hadn’t been Ann back then. She’d been Drepal.
“Drepal.” She decided to chance it. “Drepal, wake up. It’s me, Sapphire, Blue Eyes. I need your help.”
Ann set up snarling. The look in her eyes made Sapphire jumped back. She wondered if this was a mistake. “Drepal?”
“Blue eyes? No, you’re too old. She’s eleven.”
“It’s me. It’s been eight years. Look at yourself.” She pointed to the mirror. Drepal frowned. She tried to get up and stumbled. Sapphire helped her. Drepal stared at herself a moment. Sapphire saw her not only taking in her adult figure and long hair but the lack of scars.
A troll entered through the balcony door Emeton had left open. Drepal spun and lost her balance. Sapphire caught her and almost fell herself.
“Are we under attack?” Drepal asked.
“Those are images. You’re doing it. It’s the shades of night.”
“The shades?” Drepal startled. “They’re affecting my brand. That’s why I’m in pain.”
Sapphire nodded. “You’re not going to like this, but I need to get you down to the prison. There’s eta-vie down there. We think it’ll help.”
“You want to lock me up?”
“No. I’m just trying to help. You can escape from there anyhow.”
“Ann can, surely you can too.” Sapphire reasoned.
Drepal snarled. “That Wyrm is…”
“You are that Wyrm.” Sapphire reminded her. “The only ones here that know who you are include me, Kith and Kith’s uncle, Pt’this. You need to pretend to be Ann.”
“I’ll help you down there. Come. You’ll feel a little better then.” Sapphire offered.
“Where’s my cloak.”
“It’s in the wardrobe. Ann doesn’t wear it all the time. Leave it. Come.” She moved to help support Drepal.
Drepal allowed Sapphire to lead her down to the prison. Sapphire explained to the guard what was going on. She convinced him to give her the key to the cell, reminding him of when Remtani would lock Ann down there.
“How do you feel now?” Sapphire asked once they were in a cell. She’d gotten some healing supplies from the guard and cleaned her up and bandaged her shoulder.
“Nauseous and lightheaded,” Drepal admitted.
“That would be the Treba.”
“I’m sick too?”
“A little. So is Kith. You might be feeling it from him through the bond.”
“Bond? I’m bonded to a dragon?”
Sapphire nodded. “Kith and Shimmer have been together for years.” She grinned. “You’re my mom.”
“I can’t be bonded to a dragon. I…”
“It’s not a full bond. You have to get married first.” Sapphire assured her.
“What’s going on here?” Tolin asked. He did a double take when he saw Drepal.