A sleep so deep she has no dreams. It’s the only time Marie can escape the nightmares that await her in the land of the living.
But eventually the sounds of a baby’s laughter wake her from her slumber. The horrid realities of what happened the night prior are at the top of her mind... but she won’t believe it. Can’t. Someone’s playing with Jakelene.
She pulls herself into a sitting position, body screaming with pain. The fighting hadn’t taken all that much out of here really, but perhaps the metamorphosis spell?
She hears Jake laugh again and feels a glimmer of hope. “A-Angel?” Her mouth feels dry.
She stands at the doorway, unsure of what to make of the scene in front of her. A woman in white playing with her daughter. Her very human daughter.
The woman hears the door open and smiles at the baby in her arms. “Look Jakelene, its your mommy! Can you say hi?”
The little toddler smiles at Marie before reaching back down and trying to grab the woman’s nose.
Marie can’t keep her silence for long. “Excuse me but... who are you?” She has a million questions in her mind, but seeing as this woman is holding her daughter, this seems the most important one.
“Of course you wouldn’t recognize me.” The woman sighs. “I passed on long before you or your own mother were ever born. I go by Epsilon now. The newest member of the fates. I was sent here to bring you back. You did something none of us expected and exerted yourself too far. You’re lucky I made it before my husband arrived.”
Epsilon smiles, absentmindedly tapping the ring on her finger. “The Reaper. You are not the only one who had to jump through hurdles in order to be happy.”
“But I’m not happy.” Marie insists. “Unless you somehow brought him back as well, my husband is dead. How is this a happy ending? If I died because of my daughter’s metamorphosis so be it! Call Grim to take my soul. I don’t care anymore!”
“How much of last night do you remember?” Epsilon asks after a moment. Marie shrugs so she continues. “It wasn’t the metamorphosis spell that drained you. It was the purge spell.”
“The... what? I’ve never heard of it.”
Epsilon shrugs. “It’s advanced... very advanced. It kills every vampire within your radius. Normally its reach is limited but you managed to clear out the entire town. Every last vampire was destroyed, yourself included.”
“Every last...” Suddenly Marie feels sick to her stomach. Sunset Valley was 56% vampires as of their last census. Her friends, Damian, her father... “My dad-”
“Every last vampire.” Epsilon repeats. “You ripped every drop of stolen plasma from their bodies. Only children survived.”
“I’m very sorry for your loss.” She whispers once Marie has calmed down. “I wish I could give you time to grieve but my time on this realm is short. We need to get down to business.”
“Business?” Marie whispers as Epsilon puts Jakelene down. “What more do the fates want from me? You’ve taken everything already.”
“That’s why I’m here to offer you something back.”
Marie doesn’t say anything so Epsilon takes that as a cue to speak. “Your husband is dead and gone, but we are willing to return him to you in exchange for the completion of one prophecy.”
Marie puts the pieces of the puzzle together on her own. “You want me to kill the council of elders.”
“Yes.” Epsilon nods. “Once Grim has collected each soul I will return your husband to the land of the living, and you will both be free from our interference. Do we have a deal?”
Jakelene whines from the floor and Marie moves to pick her up. “Where does my daughter fit into all this?”
“She doesn’t. Her part in your fate is passed. She is free to pursue her own destiny if she so wishes it.”
Marie pauses. “Okay. You have a deal. I will be your pawn.”
As Epsilon begins to leave Marie stops her. “You were human once, weren’t you?”
The fate pauses. “I was.”
“Your name was Serenity Starr.”
Epsilon almost smiles. “It was so long ago. I hardly remember sometimes.”
“So then Jakelene is your-”
“Great great great great great granddaughter, yes.” A pause. “I cannot promise her the life of a vampire, but I can promise you that I will not allow her to die from anything besides old age. She will live a good and full life, just as I did.”
Marie smiles. “Thank you, Serenity.”
Marie isn’t sure about what her future holds, but she knows that at least her daughter will be safe. Now she just needs to find a place where her daughter can be happy.
I feel sad. : ( But I'm glad I actually managed to finish. I'm impressed with myself actually.
Also I never realized how WEIRD Serenity's face shape was until I CAS'd her. I mean... WOW. She looks like a friggin alien!
I have some outtakes photos I'm thinking of posting. Should probably be up tomorrow or in a few days. Just to give me time before starting Neverglade. (I do have exams this week, doctors appointments, Heaven's storyteller competition, and a friggin sinus cold... Neverglade will probably begin on Friday or Saturday. Trouble in Bridgeport will likely be started around the same time.)