Her smile made a pit open in my stomach. My Master has plans for you. You won’t die anytime soon. You’ll just wish you were dead.
Stay away from me, you fucking lunatic! he growled, throwing a hand up to keep me from coming near him. As he spoke, a spray of blood dotted the rocks in front of him.I backed away, sick with remorse as he staggered to his feet. What the hell had come over me and made me go all berserker on him? I was mad about the cat, yes, but Scott would have gone on his way if I had left well enough alone. I’d baited him and deliberately made him angry and I had struck first. The memory of my fists hitting his face filled me with disgust. It was as if I’d been possessed and if Ryan hadn’t spoken and woken me up, there was no telling what I might have done.
We were just messing around. You know he wouldn’t have hurt the cat, right? Ryan asked, forcing me to look up and meet his gaze, to see the truth on his face.He turned away to help Scott climb the embankment. As soon as I was alone I sank down to sit on the ground, pulling my knees up and wrapping my arms around them. It was the beast. I always kept a tight grip on it but whenever I used up some of my power for a healing, I felt it stirring, pressing against the walls that imprisoned it. Today I’d depleted my power so much that I lost control of it – and look what happened.I hadn’t fought since I was ten and never with such intent to hurt someone. Hell, I’d never moved like that before. No wonder Ryan had looked at me like I was some kind of circus freak.
A weak meow intruded upon my unhappy thoughts and I lifted my head to see the scrawny little cat sitting beside me. Up close he looked even more pitiful with half a tail, one ear in tatters and his whole body wavering like a breeze would blow him over.Hey there, kitty. I reached out to stroke the back of his head. He hissed but didn’t try to run away, which told me how sick he was. Animals are drawn to me, especially the sick ones. I think they can sense my power even when it’s locked away. Even so, the feral ones need a little encouragement to get past their natural fear of humans.
I opened my power to let a wave of soothing calm sweep over him and within thirty seconds he stopped hissing and leaned against my leg. As soon as my fingers made contact I sent a stream of healing energy into his frail body and he immediately laid down. My hand moved down his back, feeling the bones almost poking through his skin as I sought out his injuries. He had mange and his fur was full of fleas but there were no broken bones. I got rid of the fleas and mange, took care of a few cuts and scrapes and knocked a respiratory infection out of his lungs before I pulled back my hand, satisfied he would be okay.
There. You’re still one of the sorriest looking things I’ve ever seen but I think you’ll make it. I stood slowly, a little drained from my second healing today. Stay away from those mean boys from now on, you hear me.Terribly. It’s been wonderful to have some time to myself, but it’s been long enough. I want my baby home.
Dora turned to face Harper. It’s also been really nice spending time with you this past week.I’ve gotten to know you better, Dora continued. I feel closer to you. I’m trying to break old patterns, and you’ve really helped me. She paused. Thank you.
Harper looked up and in the moonlight saw the sincerity in Dora’s eyes. We’re sisters, Harper said. You don’t have to thank me. She broke into a broad grin.Dora released a wide smile and nodded, looking out at the moonlight dancing on the Cove. I like that.