Surprise! Amy says, and grins.
What could it represent?You hide from others: it is a game you are playing, you see? Why do you hide? What do you hide?
Oh. I think about it for a moment. Am I hiding something? Not that I know.Leaving the hospital is much like the last time, the day I met my family. We spiral up out of the underground car park to a gate; Amys and my Levos are scanned, guards have a quick look in the car and finally raise the barrier. Relief washes over me as we leave the fences and guards behind. The whole hospital complex felt heavy and dense around me today, as if it was crushing the air out of my lungs. How did I live there for so long?And the guards: they are Lorders, too. When I lived behind those walls I just accepted the towers with their guns, the barred windows, the guards that patrolled outside with dogs. The high fences.
Is it all to keep people in, or out?I stare out the window all the way back from the hospital, Mum driving and busy with her own thoughts, while Amy sulks, upset that her hero Dr Lysander wouldnt take time to speak to her and just brushed her off.
We are going home. Is it mine? It is becoming familiar; comfortable, most of the time. I no longer wake in the morning unsure where I am, and can find my way around in the dark. Going in through hospital security and behind the bars and guard towers felt not comforting today, but claustrophobic: it made me want to jump out of the car and run all the way back to the country. Away from these streets with guards, the rushing crowds of people. Motorways and roadblocks with black vans and guns.
At least Dr Lysander agreed with Nurse Penny, and told Mum to let me do more stuff on my own, now; she said I can explore, go walking alone if I want. But Mum was less than pleased when Dr Lysander said she wants to see me not once a fortnight, but every single week: every Saturday well have to make this trek.The Yellowlegs sentinels eyes stared at no one, nothing.
A gaping maw opened before him, jaws stretching wide.Manon screamed his name again, but he couldnt move.
The wyvern swept down, and darkness yawned wide as those jaws closed around him.As Dorian let his magic rip free of its tethers.