Prompt: she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders, and the weight of her sister in her arms. [written 29 September 2019]
“Evie!” she screamed, stumbling as she ran to her sister’s side. When she reached her, she fell to her knees, cradling her head in her arms. “No, no, no! You’re gonna be okay, Evelyn. I’m gonna get you home.”
“Cadence.” said the voice in her head. “Cadence, can you hear me?”
“Yeah,” she croaked. “I can hear you, Toby.”
“What happened?” he asked.
“I don’t know.” she sobbed. “One minute I’m fighting, the next Evelyn is on the ground.”
“Can you get her out of there safely?” She looked around. The only enemy left in the clearing was Mordecai, the one who’d been attacking her before Evelyn stepped between them. Cadence tried to tamp down her fury, but the air still crackled with heat around her, and her eyes blazed white.
Mordecai took a hesitant step towards them. “I… I didn’t mean to… She jumped in front of me. Is she..?” he stuttered.
She shot him a glare. “What did you do to her?”
“I don’t know. It was meant for you, to bind your magic. This shouldn’t be happening.
She ignored him, carefully picking up Evelyn as she stood. “She’s a changeling, you bastard. Her entire life force is her magic.” she growled. “And if you ever come near her again I swear on everything sacred in this world that I will kill you.”
“Cadence” Toby warned.
“I understand.” Mordecai said, head low. “Go. Take her home.”
The fire in her eyes dimmed a little, and she nodded at him. “Mordecai.” His head lifted hesitantly. “If you ever cared for either of us, I won’t see you on the battlefield again.”
She walked away, with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and the weight of her sister in her arms.