"What do you want?" Mary demanded, as I followed her out the door.
"We need to talk." I replied, calmly.
"No, we don't." Mary turned her back on me.
Imi! What is going on! Liam was shouting at me through our mind link.
Mary and I need to talk... She's not being helful-and neither is your yelling...
I don' like this babe. She was normal when we left.
I know, I know. Try talking to the angel.
Cal. And there's too many people around, unless you want it to be public knowledge?
Do your best Liam.
"Mary...Why are you so angry?" I said, quietly.
"You LEFT ME ALONE!" she screamed. "I had no one and you left me with her."
"I had to Mary! How was I meant to hide Liam from her? And you.. How was I meant to explain that to you? I thought you would be okay. It was better that you thought I'd died with them than pulling you into all this. I had no idea what to do. I just ran from it. It was easier for all of us. I didn't know what I had got dragged into with Liam. We're in the middle of a battle. Don't you think that I would have left you out of this if I could?"
"Why didn't you come back? You could have left me a message or something! How could you have let me think you were dead? You left me to her."
"What has she done to you thats so awful? Last I knew she was the only one who would take you in. You loved her! It was me that couldn't stand her. It was me she.." I couldn't say the word 'abused'. Mary didn't know about the beatings and mental torture.
"You left me in hell. And you expect me to forgive you?" she wheeled round, her face inches from mine. "I hate you." she whispered.
"I didn't know!" I cried. "I thought it was best! I wanted to protect you.."
"You failed. Worse, you left me with her when you knew what she was like!"
We were both crying by now, but neither of us was going to give up. We had bottled this up for so many years.
"You wouldn't listen to me." I said softly, tears still rolling down my cheeks. "I thought that because she didn't do it to you when I was around, that you would be safe. I didn't know she would start on you as well. I'm so sorry Mary."
"Sorry doesn't cut it this time Imogen." she snarled. "You blew it!"
I swallowed hard, holding back the fresh wave of tears. I tilted my chin up a little.
"I never meant to hurt you Mary. I have said I am sorry but I can't change the past. If I had known about Cal I would have taken you with me. I thought I was protecting you from things I didn't understand. By the time I understood enough, it was too late to go back for you. You had moved house, and I couldn't find you again. I never stopped thinking about you, but I thought you had moved on. I thought you were happy. I am sorry for making a mistake but I didn't know."
With that said, I walked back into the bunker, holding back the tears with a lot of difficulty. Liam went over to me in his boy form, putting his arm around me.
"Its okay babe. I'm here." he said softly. Cal came over to us.
"What happened?" he spoke urgently. "Where's Mary?"
"She's out there.." I replied shakily.
He left instantly. I walked into another room. Jake and Malchite were curled in a corner.
"Sorry," Liam said, steering me into another room. Jake had opened his mouth like he was going to say something.
Liam finally found an empty room. We lay down on a matress there, Liam still holding me. I just cried.
I'm such an idiot Liam. How could I have done something so stupid?
You weren't to know Imi. Don't beat yourslef up so much.
She hates me now. I did that. Its my fault.
Liam held me tighter. "You did nothing wrong Imi. You made the best descision you could. You couldn't have stopped it."
"I could have taken her with me." I replied miserably.
"No, you couldn't. You wanted to protect her from all this remember? How would you have done that if you dragged her from where she was happiest?"
"Fat lot of good that did." My voice was full of self-loathing. I felt Liam flinch beside me.
"You. Are. Not. To. Blame." he told me firmly. "I'm not bugding on this. You did what you could. Its not your fault it didn't work out, so stop blaming yourself!"
I rolled over, closing my eyes into Liam's chest. He sighed. "Things will get better."
There was a knock at the door.