Voices by Pixy13 ()
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Voices were calling me in the darkness, distant voices calling me towards them, unlike before in my dream worlds, this wasn't my mother or father, these were my new family calling me back to them. I was warm in a way I hadn't felt before, a different kind of warm, this wasn't a physical warmth but something much deeper, the only feeling of my physical body I had were my toes tickled a little?
Light began to come back to my senses as the tickle in my toes continued, the voices became clearer and closer, I could feel the power of the words deep inside my being. Suddenly I gasped for air and my entire being came back, I could feel pain round my neck, in my legs and all over my back, I tried to call out but even that was too hard, I was badly hurt but I had survived and kept my promise to my mother to return to her at least.
"Red! she's come back!" my mother was calling out, I hadn't even open my eyes and I felt the soft hands supporting me as I tried to sit up "easy Evelyn! you came back to me" she was whispering softly. Finally I opened my eyes as Red came in, looking at my mother gently holding me to take the pressure off my back, I tried to speak but nothing came out just a pained gasp of air "I know she said, your bruising has gone down but don't try to talk, I can't believe you managed to get yourself back to the altar out there in the condition you were in!" she said as she moved herself round so that I could lay against her. Once again she had given herself up for me, I didn't know why I deserved this level of care or affection but I knew she wouldn't let it be any other way.
Red joined us on the bed "you did well to survive Evelyn, how you got yourself back from that forest I will never know, you are such a strong little thing!" she said joining the Queen in comforting me. Once again I tried to speak this time so noise came out but no words, instead I just smiled as much as I could manage at Red, "Sssshhh!" she said pointing at the Queen who had passed out against the wall with me supported against her body in her arms "she hasn't slept for days, while she has been here looking after you, she is very tired, I think her love for you kept her going" Red whispered as she laid her hand on my cheeks sighing at my state. I put her hand in mine and took hold of my mothers hand softly stroking her hand with my thumb "thank you" I quietly spoke as their power and love filled my body, realising how far they had gone to keep me safe all this time and save me from death.
I sat in mothers arms holding her hand with Red sat right there with us for hours, we didn't speak, we didn't need to speak the emotional bonds between us said everything we needed to say. She woke from her slumber, looking down at me holding her hand "you are here, I thought it was a dream and you were still sleeping" she whispered, seeing Red sat next to us. She smiled as she lifted me into her arms cautiously making sure she didn't touch my bruises, she took me with her into the bathroom, keeping me in her arms the whole time as she filled the bath before gently placing me into the water. She stayed with me the whole time washing me down, washing my hair before lifting me back out into a big towel and wrapping me in it like a baby. She carried me back through into the bedroom in that towel, just like in my dreams, before she placed me into Red's arms and took herself for a bath. Red kept hold of me before she returned and gave me back to her, she sat back on the bed with me laid in her arms and between her legs as she started to put my hair how she had done it before at the lake.
Red looked at us sat there together smiling at me "your mother truly loves you Evelyn, we are glad you came back" The Queen was weeping "you better get her guest Red" I tried looking up to her, she stopped me doing it, gently keeping a hold of my head "someone has travelled a long way and through great danger to see you are okay Evelyn" I paused thinking who it could be as the door opened and Scyla and Maryc walked through shielding someone from my view, Red closed the door before they revealed the guest.
"Don't be afraid Evelyn" Red said, they have risked great danger to see you got back to us and to bring you a very important gift. Maryc stepped aside and there stood the guard from the cave and forest with her was another whom I hadn't seen before, she smiled at me and in her hands she held a small crown while her partner held a small package "I'm glad you are okay Evelyn and glad you survived her" she was so softly spoken, though she sensed I was pensive "they should have killed me for coming to this place to visit you, but they have looked after me until you were ready to see me, they are good people, I'm just sorry that she couldn't see anything but hatred" she asked to see if she could move closer to me, Red and mother allowed her to come closer.
"Could we go outside?, I really want to see the sun again" I asked, mother nodded allowing me to try climb down before moving outside. I put my feet down and felt shockwaves travel through me as I did, mother and Red both knew I wasn't anywhere near recovered. With every bit of my determination I started to slowly step towards the door, each step increasing in pain, mother had seen enough and scooped me into her arms before leading everyone outside.