One Wish? by Pixy13 ()
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I got my first glimpse of the sun hanging in the sky, the clouds had parted like the universe was conspiring to make this day more special than any other.
Mother gently placed me onto a bench next to her so that she could keep me supported whilst the gifts were offered.
Red and the other tribe members followed her out, the guard from the cave and forest holding the crown in her hands as if everything she knew depended on it, the other was calmer though nervous, I could hear the wrapping of her gift echoing her shakes. The guard looked to mother and Red to see if it was okay to approach, mother waved her on.
She spoke in a soft tone, very gentile "when you killed that Sorceress you by our laws are expected to take her place" I could feel mother gripping my hand tightly as she spoke. As I absorbed what she had just said to me, mother waved her on again.
She stepped towards me raising the crown to me "you should have this, you are now our Queen Evelyn, you would be such a better leader than she had been, maybe we could even have some peace" It was such an ornate crown, beautifully made as she reached out to put it at my head, I spoke "no, that's not for me" I said the words coming out in a soft garbled manner, mother looked at me "you don't want this honour?" I looked at her, straining as the pain restricted my movement "I don't need a crown, I have everything I need in life, though I do have a question for you?" I said to the guard from the forest.
I looked at the guard from the forest as she held the crown "you could have easily killed me and taken that crown for yourself, along with the staff, why didn't you? my words were becoming slightly clearer though still very quiet. She didn't hesitate to answer "our worlds have seen enough needless killing and you never deserved what she was going to do to you" she meant those words too, she had risked her life to give a gift I didn't even want? "I know what I will do with the crown" I said trying to stand falling a few times trying to get onto the floor before her, mother helped me get down and held me steady. I took the crown and placed it on her head "you are their Queen now, I know you will do the right thing and make peace among the tribes" Mother smiled at me as the guard stood in shock at what I had done "good choice my little Evelyn" she said beaming with pride and lifting me back into her arms.
The guard began to well up as she spoke again "I don't know if I can" she spoke with doubt clouding her mind, "of course you can, you will make a good Queen and do things better than before" I said back to her. "Thank you Evelyn" she said softly. The girl with her stepped towards me offering the package to me, "We have never met Evelyn, but this is for you, crown or no crown, you deserve this" softly speaking while she placed the package next to me. Mother looked into it, gasping at what it contained, she didn't show me the contents, but I knew it was important to them.
"Thank you ...... what is your name?" I asked my words finally sounding like my own in the air "Aria" she said back looking to the floor "she's Myra too" she said pointing to the guard from the forest, she had a pensive smile on her face. "Thank you Aria and Myra of course I accept you gift, though I'm sorry I can't come with you both" I said taking Aria's hand and smiling to her.
Myra turned to me and spoke once again "But there is one last matter before I leave you here to recover, that staff, I do not want to take it back with me, when you killed the Sorceress the power transfers to you, you get one wish before it ceases to function, most Queens use this wish to make the staff theirs and gain the powers she had with it" Mother looked at me "one wish?" she said softly "stay the evening before you go back to your new tribe, then you can stay to see what my daughter wishes to do with the staff" she said to them.
Myra and Aria left along with Red, I sat thinking while mother resumed trying to sort my hair out and whispering to me "one wish, whatever will you do with that Evelyn"