Last week Janelle took off — literally, leaving the old lady with Mommy bleeding to death and in a ton of trouble. What’s gonna happen? Here’s Danielle Ackley McPhail’s first contribution to our story!
33- Danielle Ackley McPhail – Wait, she’s who? What? OH NO! She didn’t!
Morana watched her unsuspecting daughter go, her lips tightly set and her eyes sad. She remembered more than a time before the faeries were looked on as vermin…she remembered when they had been kin with humans. When all kind were linked and not separate.
How dark and grim the world had become since that time.
With a sigh she turned back to her patient. Poor Natalia, forsaken by all and sundry; all but Morana, and now that the last witness was gone it was time to see to mother and babe.
Queen Morath of the fae shed the weight of her borrowed years, shed her human form, the aches and pains and the blurring of her eyes. All fell away like flakes of skin to dust leaving the most beautiful and powerful of fae standing over the human woman, who sprawled upon the floor in her own blood, the babe’s cord still trailing from her body, wet and glistening.
“tsk…let’s clean you up, my lovely, shall we?” Nearer to human height than the diminutive size the fae had become in the after-time, Morath bent gracefully down, folded the delicate membranes of her wings back and safely away from the mess on the floor before reaching out one ivory-pale hand to trail through Natalia’s hair and down the curve of her back. Magic sparkled in the air at the touch as like recognized like deep within the two races now drastically different. Queen of life and death as well as fae, Morath ordered the woman’s lifeblood back within the confines of her veins and wicked away both sweat and blood normal to the birthing of children, and with it the memory of that night’s ordeal…all of it. Natalia remain unconscious—blessedly so—as the faerie queen scooped up the woman’s son to cradle in immortal arms.
The child cooed and burbled, making the faerie queen laugh before she grew somber once more. “Come, Verval. For your own safety and theirs, you need be the price for my healing.”
And Morath rose in a cloud of glittering motes, secreting the foretold boy away before any harm might come to him or his parents for bearing him.
Write a Story with Me is a group endeavor just for the fun of it. A different writer adds a new 250 words each week. It is the ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge!
If you’d like to sign up, come on over. There’s always room for more!
Part One – Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Two – J. Keller Ford
Part Three – Susan Roebuck
Part Four – Elin Gregory
Part Five – Eileen Snyder
Part Six – Mikaela Wire
Part Seven — Vanessa Chapman
Part Eight — Ravena Guron
Part Nine – Vikki Thompson
Part Eleven — Kate Johnston AKA 4AMWriter
Part Twelve — Julie Catherine
Part Thirteen — Kai Damian
Part Fourteen — Richard Leonard
Part Fifteen — Sharon Manship
Part Sixteen – Shannon Blue Christensen
Part Seventeen — Bryn Jones
Part Eighteen — Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Nineteen — Shannon Burton
Part Twenty — J.Keller Ford
Part Twenty-One — Susan Roebuck
Part Twenty-Two — Elin Gregory
Part Twenty-Three — Aparnauteur
Part Twenty-Four — Vanessa Chapman
Part Twenty-Five — Ravena Guron
Part Twenty Six — Susan Rocan
Part Twenty Seven — Kate Johnson AKA 4AMWriter
Part Twenty Eight – Julie Catherine
Part Twenty Nine — Kai Damian
Part Thirty — Richard Leonard
Part Thirty-One —Sharon Manship
Part Thirty-Two — Shannon Christensen
Part Thirty-Three — Danielle Ackley McPhail
Don’t forget to stop by next week to see what happens next.
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