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The Other Life (Nov 24 2017)

Complete By Améa Nedvidek, in Australia

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Narragyambie ★ Mousie
25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

Amea lived by the clock. The clock imposed a schedule, a daily routine that had to be fully completed by the time Zane returned from work. She knew with one glance at that clock how far she was behind, or whether she would have time left over to be with herself. Today was one of the good days. Today she was ahead.

She'd learned to cook in her time as a dutiful wife. The girl who once couldn't tell the difference between sugar and salt now prepared small feasts every day. She'd done as much as she could for the night's meal, the rest she would have to start at the exact right moment so it would be ready when Zane stepped through the door. 

He liked that. He liked coming home to a ready meal and her willing embrace. She liked when he was happy. She liked the moments where he praised her efforts. Lived for that. Amea was certain that today, she would be ready. The house would be ready. Dinner would be ready. And he would smile for her.

But she had some time to wait. Time enough to investigate the broad, flat parcel she'd found on the doorstep some days before. Her name hand-written on it. She knew that writing, and it struck fear deep into her heart. Amea had hidden the package as soon as it arrived, but it called to her still. 

Walking down the hall, she caught sight of herself in the mirror. Frowning, she walked closer. Lines were encroaching around her eyes, her hair had lost its shine. The once-long locks had become brittle and broke easily, leaving tangles of hair through the house. She cut it short a few months back, but it still looked tired. Amea rubbed her eyes, trying to summon that pale beauty that had once been hers. It wouldn't hold. No matter how hard she tried, her abilities were too weak.

Even her eyes weren't right anymore. A grey watery blue. She turned away from the mirror. 

Retrieving the parcel from it's hiding place, she sat on the couch. Her fingers traced Jezebel's handwriting on the surface, before gently tearing the paper away. She had a few hours. The clock said so.

Under the wrapping, an album. Hand decorated, with vibrant pictures of... her family. Caleb --- he was so big now. Lorelei and the triplets. Jezebel smiling at her. And a note, simply saying she was loved and missed. 

Amea bit her lip. She couldn't resist looking further through. Even her mother seemed happy. As she flipped through the album, her eyelids grew heavy. She yawned. And--slipping down into the softness of the couch, with the album clasped against her chest--she fell asleep.

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Life with Amea had been going fairly well thus far. They had escaped all of their troubles back home in Victoria, and were now settled in their own little cozy home in Western Australia. The past few years had been tough for Amea, being away from her family. He knew this, but it was for her own good. They were nothing but meddlesome fools, just like his mother had been. Last year, in July of 2016, Zane had fixed his mother's meddlesome ways once and for all. She would no longer be of trouble to him. It hadn't been hard for him to do. What was difficult was convincing his uncle that it had been necessary. After all, she was the only person in his family that he had spared himself. In the end though, he agreed it was best, and the deed had been completed.

Zane was sure, somehow, that Amea's family was keeping tabs on her, and somewhat keeping in touch, though he couldn't prove it. If he could, then it would be dealt with accordingly. Adele, however, had kept her word after saving Amea that fateful night years ago. She had allowed Amea to return to him, and for that she was awarded with knowing that his uncle would not bother her. She kept her word, and he kept his. 

Today had been a busy day for him. His job in town wasn't a hard one for him, but it took a lot of his charisma to accomplish. Zane, though not the most pleasant person, had a way of charming most around him. He had a gift with people. Always had. He typically got his way, one way or another. Today, the charm wasn't all he had to use. The person he was in contact with had been a little difficult, but they had come around eventually. It just took a little extra convincing.


He was looking forward to his usual hot meal. Amea had become an excellent cook lately. He could tell she was really putting forth effort in her job as his wife. He appreciated the small things that she did, and he'd let her know when she was doing a good job. He hoped today she had fixed one of his favorite meals, as he had hinted at it before leaving the house earlier in the morning. 

Zane checked the mail before making his way to the front door. Nothing. She had already checked the mail. That's one good thing for the praise box towards her. As he neared the door, the usual smells of food hadn't hit his nose as they usually do.

Zane stepped through the front door, and into the living area. Amea was asleep. Something on her chest. He quietly made his way toward her. There was no meal waiting on him. Something would be done about this, but for now he wanted to see what it was she had been looking at. It was new. Nothing she had owned. He knew everything she had in his home. He slipped it off of her, trying not to wake her, and when he saw what he was looking at, he became infuriated. 

A family album.

They left for a reason. He was the only family that she needed. He stared down at her, his cold eyes surveying her.

Then, he cleared his throat loudly, the album still in his hand.

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Narragyambie ★ Mousie
25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

For a moment, she had escaped. For a moment, she was back behind vivid blue eyes, curtains of dark hair, soft and pale skin. For a moment, she was strong and she was free. In her dreams, she stood atop mountains and gazed at the stars. In her dreams, she felt the buzz of her abilities singing in her blood. 

One eyelid lifted at the sound of his voice, a dark thunder that penetrated her dream and brought the rain. The other eyelid followed, and a dozy panic as she sat up and looked at----the clock. 

Then Zane.

The album.

"Love, I---" but her mind was not awake enough yet to find any words that could explain this. Jezebel's vibrant family smiled at her from the decorated cover. Even they looked sinister between Zane's hands.

She stood, smoothing down the front of her dress.

"Dinner, I---yes, will take a minute only," she stammered her promises. "I did not mean to sleep, the heat---" her words fell into thickening air. She knew what had happened to his mother. She knew how far he would go, she knew it too well. Would he do the same to her family? To Jezebel? Worse: to her children?

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Zane looked at her, the corner of his mouth twitching at her stammering. He was angered. He wasn't sure what made him more angry though. Was it the fact that she had failed him with her wifely duties? Or the fact that she betrayed him by having contact with her family? Sharing memories behind his back? What else was she doing behind his back? He held his hand up, his palm facing her, indicating that it was time for her to hush. He'd had enough of her excuses.

He shut the album hard, and clutched it in his hand at his side. He looked her up and down, then lifted the album up , about to hit her across the face with it, but then put it back at his side. 

He looked at her with disgust, and then in one swift motion threw the photo album into the fireplace, and it immediately ignited.

"Get my dinner ready." His calm demeanor clearly stated that the real fire had not yet ignited. He'd had enough disobedience today, and was not about to accept it from his wife.

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Narragyambie ★ Mousie
25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

Amea flinched as the album was raised, bracing herself for the pain. It didn't come, but what did was worse. The cold irritation in his voice stung more than any blow, and she knew it was only the beginning. Quietly she nodded, and removed herself to the kitchen.

Usually, she was able to push his disappointment out of her mind and get herself back on track to pleasing him again, but today the potential consequences of what she thought were her foolish actions circled in her mind. 

"I am sorry---," she mumbled, her hands shaking and clattering dishes. "I did not ask for, not want---they are obsessed that I am family." the stove wouldn't light. Her effort to do everything right fast was getting everything wrong. As she wrestled with the stove, her elbow knocked the bowl of prepared meat to the floor.

"Jezebel, she says she worries for me is all---" as the words slipped off her tongue, she realised they were wrong. Jez's occasional visits were as secret as the album should have been. Even if they were only brief conversations at the door before Amea turned her away. "... I will make that she stop..." 

Amea's hands dropped to her sides, defeated. The unlit stove, the uncooked food on the ground. She stood, and she shook. And she waited.

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Zane just watched at her feeble attempts to get things going for dinner. First, the stove would not light, then she knocked the bowl of meat to the floor. His pale skin became red with anger, and she just continued to speak of her family, and not apologizing for ruining his dinner. Not apologizing for failing him. 

"There you stand, speaking of people who mean nothing. I am your family now. Me. You need to stop being so pathetic, and so selfish!" He took large steps toward her, and grabbed her arms, and pushed her up against the counter. His nose was level with hers, and he stared into her eyes with a piercing gaze. "You disappoint me." He said softly. He did not raise his voice. The anger was evident though. The displeasure with her was growing with each passing second. "Food is on the floor. You did not clean it up. You just stand there, speaking of Jezebel like I give a damn. You know why we moved out here. To remove ourselves from meddlesome fools. I would have figured you would have figured out that I didn't need anyone in our business when I handled the situation with my mother. I actually liked her. I don't like Jezebel." He let go of her arms, and gave her a small kiss.

"I do love you, my dear Amea. This won't go unnoticed though." He removed his wand, and pointed it at the meat. Almost instantly the meat was cooked, and back in the bowl which was now repaired. However, it remained on the floor.

"Get on your hands and knees, and eat it like the bitch you are."

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Narragyambie ★ Mousie
25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

Amea stiffened as she was grabbed, hardly daring to breathe. Her body crumpled a little as he made clear his disappointment, but the worry niggled still in the back of her mind. She had made a terrible mistake opening that parcel, she had to fix it. Had to fix this so that Zane calmed down and everyone stayed safe. 

She sank slowly to the floor, her head bowed, staring into the bowl. Amea knew if she didn't eat as commanded, worse would come, but the knot in her throat and the queasy jump in her stomach warned her that any food consumed would shortly return. Instead, she looked back up at him from the floor.

"But I do like Jezebel," she pleaded softly. "You are my family, she is still my blood---I want her to be well, you'd... you'd not.." she tried to swallow down the knot but it wouldn't move. Words stammered awkwardly off her lips, afraid that Zane would make good on his promise to "deal with" her interfering family.

"It is not her fault. We are bound, twins, she does not feel to let go yet. I... I want only you, but to her I am always connected." Amea tried to explain, tried to make Zane see why Jezebel couldn't just walk away. Why Amea had felt the need to open the album, even though she knew she shouldn't.

"You could not understand, love. It is our blood, it is... complicated."

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he got down, yet she didn't eat as he commanded. Instead, she continued with her pathetic pleading. Her words were infuriating him the more she spoke. She was his, and his alone. Nobody else mattered. She needed to see that. 

"Bound? You are bound? What about your bond to me? We are MARRIED. I am the only one bound to you that needs to even remotely matter!" He kicked the dish across the floor, and it exploded into shards, meat flying everywhere.

He stared at the shards of glass, and back at her. "You want to talk about blood?" he asked, and picked up the largest of the broken pieces. He grabbed her by the arm, and yanked her up off the floor, then pushed her up against the yard. He held the piece of glass up, and cut his own hand open. He then smeared it across her face. 

"The only blood around here that matters is mine." 

He took the glass in his hand, and then took hers, pressing their hands together with pressure. 

"You know what I think? I think you're trying to escape. You're reaching out to your family to leave me. Is that what it is?"

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25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

"Yes, we---" the shard cut deep into her palm, a hot sting that became sticky with blood. "You do not have a twin, you do not know." Amea trembled, voice shaking with every word. This should have been a good day---where had she gone so wrong? 

"She---they---are part of me, I cannot forget." her explanations were doing her no favours, but she continued the fruitless path anyway, hoping he would understand. "I chose you of my own will, my love, but fate chose them for me and fate is a force far greater than me... I fight every moment to not think of them or how they might be, I want no such thing as escape but I cannot forget them."

Blood dripped between their palms. She closed her eyes, letting the tears that had been building fall down her cheeks. 

"Perhaps... perhaps if I was to see them very occasionally, maybe they would not try to meddle so? Maybe they would like you? We could all be family proper..." Amea kept her gaze on the ground as she spoke, not daring to look up at her husband.

"I could stop fighting to forget." she added softly. "I am so... so tired of fighting this."

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"You're tired of fighting them?!" He screamed, pushing their hands even harder together against the wall. "I'm sick and damn tired of fighting you, Amea! You need to learn your place in this household! My word is law." Zane withdrew his hand from hers, the piece of glass fell to the floor. He then slapped her across the face. 

"I love you, Amea. Don't you see that? All of this?" He looked around at their home. "Us coming out here? That was for us to be able to be away from everyone else so that we could focus on each other. Are you losing focus on us?" He asked, and then something dawned on him. 

"I know why you're wanting to get out and see them. I know why you're always ready for me to come to work, and scared if I come home early." He took his hand, and placed it upon her throat, pushing her up against the wall, applying just enough pressure to cause discomfort but not enough to cause choking. "Who is he? You're cheating on me, aren't you? After everything I do for you, you're cheating on me."

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25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

"No, I am not! I am not losing focus!" her bloodied hand curled up against her chest, the other reached up for the hot red mark developing on her cheek. "I want only you, but it is not as simple as what I want. Or what you wish it to be."

She shook her head, sniffing back tears.

"I am not seeing another. I know of none others to even see! I would never stray to another love, never. We made promises. I forfeited everything that was mine in order to be yours, a sacrifice I would make again--I swear it." years of submission had turned her into a shadow of her feisty former self. Zane was her world. 

"But please, love, listen." she begged. "What I am--what my family are--we are connected. I do not like it, I have never liked it, but it has always been. I feel them, they feel me, like what it is to see something out the corner of your eye. They will always be with me even when I try my hardest to shut them out. I never gave them our location. They just... know."

"They know when I am happy, when I am not. They know... that when you are away from the house, I miss you. They know that I talk to the cats to soothe that loneliness but it does not work." Amea swallowed. "I do not have the ability to shut them out entirely. Not without ending my life."

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Zane listened to everything she had to say, and he took it in. He was not sure what to believe from her. She swore she'd leave her family behind to be with him, yet here they were, getting into their business. Trying to manipulate her with photo albums. It was unacceptable. This connection was troublesome. Her family was troublesome. As she finished up, he just stood there, still inches from her, and looked into her eyes.

"Or their lives." He said with a sinister smile on his face. "Do not put me in that situation where I have to act." Zane lifted his hand up, and and rubbed her cheek. He then kissed her softly on the lips.

"I do not expect to be disappointed by you anymore. It hurts me when you act like this. You're being selfish, and not thinking of my feelings."

He looked around at the mess. "Clean this up." He said, and then went to the living room, having a seat on the couch.

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Or their lives.

The words made her sick to her stomach, sending a bolt of panic down her spine. She stood, frozen, everything else he said just garbled syllables. Suddenly she couldn't breathe, and she realised suddenly how deep a hole she'd dug. Not for her.

For them.

"No!" Amea cried out, charging after him to the lounge room. "No, you cannot--you would not! It is not the fault of them, only our blood, you may do as you like to your own family---" fear had her shaking, she felt electric. 

"---but you will not to my family!" her voice was rising, panicked, desperate. "Not to what is innocent, I---I will not allow this!"

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When she came charging in, he stood up quickly, and looked at her. Did she really have the nerve to tell him, her husband, what would be allowed? She had the audacity? He had to admit, this side of her was attractive, when she was standing up to him, but he did not accept insubordination from his wife. She had to know her place. He held his hand up, telling her that her time to speak was over.

"You insolent bitch. You won't allow it? You are not in a position to tell me what you will not allow. You have simple tasks. Have the house clean, have food on the table whenever I get home. Be a good wife. you fail me time after time. Now, I will say you've been doing better lately, but your family....your family makes you lose focus on what is important."

He stepped forward to her. "If you want them in your life, then you need to realize something. If they become too meddlesome, or try to pull you away from me, I will act."

He then slapped her across the face. "And you will never backtalk me again."

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Normally, she would have conceded. Normally, she would have returned to quiet, to placate him. Normally, she would have taken her punishment without another word. But today he had crossed a line, he had threatened her family. 

"What is important, yes?" she countered, her voice gaining a steely edge. "What is such importance that I fail so terribly? To have your dinner? To lock me from any other eye?" Amea shook her head. "In this place you are all I have. What more else can you take from me?"

"Each morning I wake to face disloyalty. In me. Not disloyalty to you---disloyalty to what I was to be. To mine family, mine country. To mine people, and this you believe is less important than dinner. I believed too." a spark had been lit. It flickered inside her, crackled along her skin. 

"I believed that you were all. Most important. That together we could have a life of much importance together, but what is this? This is not... life. You do not allow that I leave the house for your paranoia that I may know another person. You take me nowhere. You leave for many hours, you abandon me to tasks as a slave." Amea took a deep breath, her lips speaking words her brain hadn't given permission for.

"I want for to make you happy. I love you. I do as you ask. I do not ask for my family's contact---but it is there. They give it. I can only deny so much of what I am. I want to be giving you all you want. I want for us... children. Neighbours. To smile from your arm at a party." 

"You stand here and say what small contact my family makes will force you to act---you mean to end them as you did your mother." her eyes, strong and cold blue, levelled on his. 

"I will not allow it."

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Zane stood there in disbelief. Amea was, well, standing up to him. He knew he had to be careful. He had broken her, yes, but she was more powerful than she pretended, and he knew that. All of that was apparent. She was literally royalty. With royalty came power. Powers that Zane could never imagine. Of course, he wasn't going to let that bother him too much. She was a shell of her former self. He had broken her down. He wouldn't pretend, however, that this sort of backlash didn't scare him, but he wouldn't show it. He just stared at her as she spoke, almost admiring the beauty of it. 

"So, you won't allow it, eh? Fine. You want me to give for you? Fine. You want to contact you family? Fine. I am telling you this, however, you will not leave me. You will not divorce me. We will be together until the end of days."

He grabbed her hands. "Listen, Amea, I know that I am hard on you sometimes, but I do it because I love you. I want you to be the best for me. If you can't stop the contact, well, you can't help that, can you? I would prefer that you kept it minimum. I am afraid you will let your family influence you to leave me. I'm scared of losing you, Amea. I love you. You're the best thing that ever happened to me. I know they don't like me, and they want to do everything in their power to convince you to leave. I can't lose you." He put on a sad face for her, and forced a tear out to roll down his cheek.

He conjured up a washcloth, and wiped her face. Zane then gave her a soft kiss. "Forgive me my love. Since dinner can't be cooked, let's go out. There's a little restaurant in town. How about you clean up, put on your nicest dress, I'll put on my nicest suit, and we will spend the evening together. You on my arm for the world to you see that you are mine. What do you say, my love?"

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25 year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

He had broken her, yes---but now she was snapping. Her shoulders had straightened, and she looked him right in the eye.

"Removing my family for your own fear makes you naught but a coward." she said coolly. Where had this been for all these years? The cold fire was growing again. "Is this what your mother was taken for? Not because her meddling, but because you fear she might see truth and seek to counsel me?" 

"Were you afraid that she would see this?" Amea held up her bloodied hand, before reaching across to smear fingermarks across his cheek. "I was always yours. There was never need for this. Never. I have been afraid---afraid!---to fail you and still you give threats. You ask more fear." she shook her head. "I am not to be afraid of a coward."

"You have threatened to take innocence from this world. A dinner will not bring forgiveness." a thin smile settled on her lips.

"No. This is what will happen." drunk on the moment, she brought her injured hand back down and cradled it gently. 

"You will earn me. You will prove that you are worth turning back on all that was mine. Perhaps it is that you are not worthy, that I am not able to break this bond. Perhaps you are not enough that I can look only to you."

"You wish to be my whole world?" Amea tilted her head slightly. "Do not make it so easy to be distracted by the others who think of me."
 

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Zane was losing control, he could feel it. He couldn't believe that she was actually standing up to him. She wiped blood across his face. She was getting braver. Stronger. He could almost see it in her. This was not good for him whatsoever. Everything he'd worked all these years for. She had finally reached her breaking point where she could not take it anymore. He could see that. He'd have to be smarter about this. He couldn't use force. He couldn't use threats. The threats against her family just brought the anger and the drive from her. 

"You're absolutely correct. I am a coward. It was fear of losing you. You must see that. When you left before, I was broken. You can not understand how I felt there. I was lost without you."

He just stood there, looking at her. "I was wrong to threaten your family. I said those things out of anger. I would never harm your family. I know they mean very much to you. I know this hasn't been easy for you. I am appreciative of you, my love, I really am. I do not show it well. 

I may not be worthy of you, you're right. Still, you choose to stay. I will do as you want, just please, forgive me for my threats. They were not meant."

Zane gave her a pleading look. 

"Dinner won't fix things, you're right. But, what if we moved? What if we moved back to Narragyambie? You could be closer to your family, to see them more. I believe our love is strong enough not to be broken by others opinions. We could even start a family of our own, and your family can be there for us for support and guidance."

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This was more pleasing to her. She waited a minute of silence before she spoke again, still riding this wave of power that had brought her back to strength.

"You harm my family," Amea replied softly. "You will wish you never drew breath. I will hunt you, and whatever of yours remain, until I am satisfied and in mine own grave. Do I make this clear?"

She looked around the room a moment, critical gaze surveying the drab decor. She felt alive for the first time in years, and everything around her seemed so... dead. Looking back at Zane, she nodded.

"Yes. We will move back." she said. "For a time. You understand that I cannot allow you to see mine family, not until I truly trust your threats are air. You will allow me to come and go as I please. You will make your own dinner when necessary. You will be an equal part of this house, a good husband to the good wife."

She gave him a smile, almost smug in nature. This felt more right. She caught sight of the side mirror. The circles beneath her eyes were fading. 

"Pack swiftly." she ordered. "We leave on the hour."

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Zane nodded. 

"Everything you say is fair." He said, and gave her a small smile. Zane thought in his mind he had won. Made her believe that he was caving in. He believed in his mind that he would be able to regain control.

At least, he hoped.

Zane went to their room, and waved his wand. Everything he owned was suddenly packed. He then made his way to the second bedroom, his study, and locked the door behind him. He then pulled out a piece of paper, and began scribbling a note.

Thomas, 

I'm starting to lose control over Amea. I fear she will soon be regaining all of her strength. It may be about time to act. Be prepared. Don't act until I say anything. Make sure you stock up on polyjuice potion.

-Zane

Zane waved his wand, and the letter disappeared, It would find it's way shortly onto the desk of Thomas Sollozzo. He looked around, waved his wand, and his stuff was packed in this room.

Within twenty minutes, everything Zane owned was packed, and ready to go. He found Amea, and put his hand on her shoulder softly. "I really do love you, my dearest Amea. You deserve better from me, and you will get it."

He looked around the home. "You're decorating the new home. It needs your touch to feel like a home to you. Your family will not be harmed by me, I promise you. You have nothing to worry about from me. Let's just get us back on track, and do everything we set out to do with our lives.

Together."

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Amea also thought she had won. It wasn't that she especially wanted to go back to Narrie, or that she even really wanted to be a close part of her family anymore, just that he had made such a scene of threatening them that this felt like a victory. Maybe it would be better this time around, she held no delusions that they were all going to suddenly be happy families though.

The pictures of Adele with Jezebel had bothered her. They looked almost like they had the perfect mother-daughter relationship, something Adele had never been able to afford Amea. Was that different now? And if it was, could Amea really forgive everything else to have it? 

She didn't know. What she did know was that seeing Jezebel so easily embrace the woman she'd tried her entire life to get close to hurt her in ways that she didn't have words for.

While Zane was busy, she took a moment and some paper, scrawling a quick note.

Jezebel. We are returning. Tonight. --Ruella.

Once she sent it, there was no changing minds. She walked toward the front door, stepping out into the heavy summer air.

Back to where it all began.

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