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Sturt ☆ Family Busybody★ LilyCat
15* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

The layers of planes that existed were boundless, Lorelei had realised in her short time as an ethereal wanderer. She had realised that ghosts, or souls, were on a completely different plane of their own, and it had taken some practise for her to be able to assume something of a kind of form that they would be able to see. She hadn't even tried for gaining the attention of the living yet, it seemed far easier to allow her family to believe she was within her body, sleeping peacefully. While she had played with a few threads here and there, it had also taken some time, examination, and study of Matt before she knew what was wrong.

So it was that the girl had worked on being able to make herself at least viewable to the wayward spirit of the man, as she wandered the halls of St Ringos Hospital, telling herself not to get distracted by other things that were going on through the walls. She was not a saviour of any kind, and did not really wish to be. But she had promised Aiden that she would find a way to bring his brother back, and she had always been taught that it was important to come through on promises.

Now, as she reached the room where the man lay in a coma, she viewed the machinery that kept him going with fluid and other bodily essentials, before then reaching out with her energy, following that very frayed and almost broken thread between the body and spirit.

"Uncle Matthew," Her 'voice' sing-songed softly along the void, "Come and talk with me?"

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Narragyambie ★ Sadrienne
51 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Being neither dead, nor really alive, was... boring. Though Matt had an unobstructed view to all the dramas of the world, he had no desire to watch. His ability to manifest himself to the truly living had dwindled as he forgot more and more what it was like to be real. They had run out of specialists. Out of options. Kate hadn't even come to see him tonight, and that... hurt more than he'd expected. He didn't want her to mope around after him, but on some level he'd never wanted her to stop. He wanted her to move on... and he didn't. He waited by his own wasted body, watched the door for her to enter.

She didn't. Another voice sounded instead.

He turned, surprised to be addressed at all. What was Jezebel's daughter doing here, and why was she...? Matt frowned. There was something not right here. 

"Lorelei, why are you...?" Matt wondered if he really wanted to know. Had the girl been killed? Or was she stuck in the same horrible limbo as he was? He made his way closer, now that he'd asked the question, he needed an answer to it. Damned curiosity. At least if she was in this same predicament, he would have company? Someone else who understood the thin line he walked between existence and not. 

There were other questions, too. Like, where was Kate and why wasn't she here yet? She was always here at this time. Was Hazel enjoying school? He realised now just how much he'd looked forward to Kate's updates, and how empty he felt without them. Even if he could just go and haunt Hazel to find out for himself, it didn't seem... right. He knew she was forgetting him, another fact that made him uncomfortable. To Hazel, he only existed in Kate's memories of better days. 

"What are you doing here...?" he asked, that worried frown back on his face. "You aren't... dead are you?"

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Sturt ☆ Family Busybody★ LilyCat
15* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

It didn't take long for the man to respond and Lorelei brushed down her simple white frock before offering him a warm smile. Even in the form of a teenager, she looked like herself, the only things that had really changed about her form was her size and the sharpness of her features, the childhood roundness having melted away. She clasped her hands at her front and allowed the man some time to absorb the idea that she was here, and not in a physical sense. She wasn't quite like him, but she would certainly look and feel like she was. It was a lot easier this way, less confusing for him, less questions for her to answer.

"Something happened at the party my mother and father had to celebrate their happiness, and I did something to help others... which resulted in me being ejected from my body, in a way," The girl pursed her lips in some thought to her answer. It sounded the least horrific, and didn't cast any blame on anyone. And she had not said that she was dead or that she had essentially inhaled an entire enhanced sleeping curse that could have very well killed her. Yes, this was going well so far. She would just divert any questions he had about specifics.

"Not dead, no. I am in-between, similar to you in a sense," Lorelei answered with a brief nod, "Rest assured, that I am completely fine, and there are plans in the works to restore me back to a proper living state. It will take a little time, but my family have a solution that they feel will be successful." A reassuring smile was offered, to try and put the man at ease. She didn't want him to worry about her.

"I was here to help you, in fact. I have been studying your own situation, and believe I may have found the problem. I did promise Aiden that I would help you return home. That is, of course, so long as you wish to," Obviously, the girl couldn't force the issue, if he wanted to remain where he was for whatever strange reason. It generally was a waste of resources to continue keeping his body alive if he had no will or desire to return home. But one never knew what strange things drove humans to make some choices.

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Narragyambie ★ Sadrienne
51 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Matt frowned, the story sounded... pretty well par for the course with Adele and her lot. He hoped for their sake, and Lei's, that if their situations were that much the same that she didn't spend as many years as he had in this state. While he listened, he continued to look up and over at the door. Waiting. Why wasn't Kate here? What was she doing instead? He tried to hide his disappointment, but it was clear in the slope of his ethereal shoulders. 

"Yes, I---" Matt blinked, staring at Lorelei. "Of course I want to go home." 

It was all he'd wanted for years. Go home, or go on to... whatever was next, he had stopped caring which. One way or another it would free Kate. But the chance to be there with his family in the physical realm again? It was more than he really dared hope for. Matt didn't want to be disappointed again, he'd been through so many stages of hope and devastation that he wasn't sure if he could handle another one. Maybe that was what would be needed to end this. One last disappointment.

"You promised Aiden?" Matt winced. Excellent. So his little brother was also going to have his hopes crushed, that was... fantastic. She hadn't made promises to Hazel as well, had she? Much as Matt wanted to believe that Lorelei had found the problem and could fix it, he had his doubts. So many others had said the same and failed. What chance did this young girl have? Even if she was a blue-eyed freak?

"You---you really shouldn't have done that," he shook his head. "How's he going to feel when it doesn't happen? I just... have you seen Kate? She's normally here by now."

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Sturt ☆ Family Busybody★ LilyCat
15* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

Lorelei's head canted as she watched Matt continuously glance toward the door now and then. She knew who he was expecting, but she also had a feeling that Kate would not be coming over this evening either. As he confirmed that he wanted to go home, her smile brightened and she bounced on her toes lightly. Perfect! She would be able to get him back where he belonged and her promise to Aiden would be fulfilled and the teenage boy might start to feel a bit better. She had been visiting him at night still, making sure he wasn't haunted by nightmares, but had not given the impression that she was anything other than a dream. He had been upset by the goings on at the party, and she didn't want to cause him more distress.

"Good! Then, we shall return you back to your form and all shall be well," The girl nodded, though then tutted at the man as he told her that she shouldn't have made the promised, along with asking where his wife was. "I do not think she shall be coming in tonight. She was in Narragyambie last I saw, and... well, that was not long ago at all." She said with a light nod, and then smiled a very knowing smile at the man, far too much intelligence in her gaze for someone of her age. Even of her apparent teenage age, as it would seem now.

"And do not fear, I can see where the problem lies and am able to repair it. It is something that doctors and specialists cannot fix because they are unable to see or manipulate the threads of the ethereal plane the way that I am able to," The girl's confidence was absolute. She knew what needed to be done, and would be able to do it without much fuss at all to be honest. All that really mattered was that Matthew was ready to return, "I can do it right now, if you so wish. And I am certain that once she hears of your recovery, then Auntie Kate will race down."

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Narragyambie ★ Sadrienne
51 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

She made it sound so simple. Like there was just some bandaid that hadn't been applied right, and he hadn't needed to be in this stupid coma for years. Matt found himself getting a little mad that if she did have the answer, why hadn't she bloody well come forward before? He knew it was unfair and irrational, clearly something had happened here, but... her easy tone and confidence grated on his nerves in a way he couldn't quite justify.

"In Narrie?" Matt frowned, trying to make sense of it. "But she... she comes here on Fridays. Why would she be there? Is... is Hazel okay? Did something happen at school?" it would have to be something quite serious for Kate to just... not show up. Even though she thought he couldn't hear her, she told him when she would be there next. Or why she wouldn't be, if there was something else she had to do. She'd never just failed to turn up.

He panicked a little. Lorelei's assuredness was very unsettling, it made him wonder if he was really ready to go back. It would change things, it would upset the delicate balance that Kate and Hazel had. What... what if Hazel didn't even like him? What if they'd all grown so far apart that they couldn't go back? 

"Right... now?" if he'd needed to breathe he would have held his breath. This was fast. Very sudden. But... it probably wasn't going to work. Better to rip that disappointment off like a bandaid? Yes. Matt nodded. "Okay... what... what do I need to do?"

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Sturt ☆ Family Busybody★ LilyCat
15* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

"Yes, in Narrie," Lorelei responded, that was what she'd said. She didn't understand where there was a need to question it, she didn't stutter. It seemed the man was in some kind of shock or surprised state, however, which was a mild bother. But the girl was at least a bit understanding and she offered a reassuring smile and shake of her head. "Hazel is doing very well. She is loving being at Tallygarunga, and has not been in trouble for anything," She laughed softly, the man's concerns were rather endearing, if unfounded. But then, it seemed that there was some ritual that hadn't been observed. That was not Lorelei's business, though. Her only business here was to fix Matt up so that he could return to his life with his family.

"Right now," The girl once again confirmed what she'd said, so that there was no question about it. She could already see the very delicate and frayed connection between the physical man and his spirit. "Simply be near your physical self. What happened is that the tether that holds one to life never snapped when you were in the accident, but it was damaged and frayed so much that you could not return to your body, leaving you in a state of not being in one place or the other... in-between," The girl explained as she moved near to the bed and examined the frail-looking man.

"Let me know when you are ready, and I shall begin."

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Narragyambie ★ Sadrienne
51 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Why wasn't Kate here? Every time he imagined coming back, it had been with Kate present. None of this was how he'd imagined, and Matt had had a lot of time to imagine his return to the physical world. He couldn't describe how something he wanted so badly now felt so... sudden and not right. Like the stars weren't properly aligned or something, and the possibility of actually waking up was frightening. Of course, it wasn't going to happen. There was no way a kid could have the answers that dozens of doctors didn't.

Was there?

Almost reluctantly, Matt moved over to where his body lay on the bed. Lorelei's words made sense in an uncomfortable way, something Adele and her fellow freaks were known for. He'd met the mother once, and that had been... interesting. Lei acted far more like Lillian than he'd ever seen Adele, perhaps that was what left him so unsettled? Lei wasn't a child in the way he understood children to be. 

"Alright," Matt looked down at his withered physical form. It was in terrible condition, bony and fragile. He'd been so fit when he was struck down. He'd had more hair, too. Matt wondered if he should ask Lei if she could put him in a different body instead... something younger, less worn out. Maybe this was his one chance to become the more handsome friend of their group?

Well. He would have to kill Stuart first, of course.

"I'm ready, I guess?" he said with a thin smile. Ready for another disappointment.

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Sturt ☆ Family Busybody★ LilyCat
15* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

The teenage girl waited with all the patience of a saint while the man debated and dallied and thought about all manner of strange things like everything being 'right' and despairing at his own body. She didn't often pry, but it was much easier to see the ways that people thought in this state and on this plane. Thoughts were like the threads that held the world together, after all. There was so much that could be changed with a single thought, a minute decision. She wondered if many people truly realised just how much power the mind had over matter.

"A younger body would end up withering and dying, since it would not be yours," Lorelei answered the question that the man hadn't asked, because she felt that perhaps she should, especially since he'd entertained the thought of having to kill her grandfather in that same train. "Not to mention, the soul that you would be damning to an eternity of limbo," The girl added.

Once the man was what she decided was close enough, the girl stepped forward, moving her hands out between the 'ghost' and the shell. She did not really have to make any gestures, but for the sake of concentration and the man so that he knew she was going to do something, she would do it. Before she sent her energy toward that frayed tether, however, she send the man a momentary look.

"Tell Aiden that I kept my promise?" Lorelei asked, and then without another warning she smoothed her hands over the tether that tied Matt to his body, repairing it in a way that few would ever be able to understand or see for themselves. For the man, it would be almost a suction sensation as he was forced back into his body, followed by the no doubt unpleasantries of real sensations. The air in his lungs, the lethargy in his bones and muscles, the roughness of the sheets, the brightness of the light, smells of hospital, of antiseptic, and the taste of rubber in his mouth.

Invisible now would be the girl who only moments before said she could help him, though there would be a sense, a knowing that she was still there right beside him.

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Narragyambie ★ Sadrienne
51 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"Of... course..." Matt stared at Lei, more than a little perturbed by the way his thoughts were answered. Blue eyed freaks. Forever freaky. He'd assumed that going into another body wasn't an option, but that didn't make it less of an attractive idea. He was also now acutely aware that the weird child was able to see into his mind, and answer the questions he would never dare ask. Hear the thoughts he would never dare voice. That was unsettling, to say the least.

"I wouldn't actually kill anyone, you know. Or want them to be in limbo..." Matt wasn't sure if the explanation was really needed, but you never knew. He definitely didn't want to damn anyone else to the way he'd lived over the past years, that was a whole lot of bad karma. And as Lei asked if he would tell Aiden about what she was doing, he just nodded, still expecting this to not really work.

Except it did.

And it was horrifying.

He felt the raw edge of his own breath scrape down his throat, lights blinding to eyes that hadn't been used in years. All of his senses rushed in, the ache in his stagnant limbs and the bedsores that had developed, uncomfortable compression socks, the rattle of his chest, and sounds that felt like needles in his ears. A monitor somewhere started screaming, or so it sounded to him. Matt squinted into the space beside his bed where he'd seen Lei only moments before, but she was gone---or not visible. His arm, frail but heavy, shook upwards and he realised that it was for real.

He was back in his body.

Everything was pain. Intense, loud, assaulting pain. He tried to speak through rusted vocal cords, squeezing his eyes shut against the light. No sound could he make, but before long the room was full of nurses and doctors shouting around him. Excited, and too damn loud. He had a long and painful road ahead, and he wished that Kate was here now. Like it should have been, like he'd imagined... but he was back. 

And it hurt like hell.

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