I sighed. "Anju..." she was looking at me so confused, "Anju, I'm going to help you to control your powers."
She moved towards me as if to hug me, but I shrank from her. A tear rolled down her cheek. I ran forward and hugged her.
"Oh Anju, I'm so sorry!"
"Sorry, for what? I'm the monster!"
I pulled back and stared at her. "You don't think I've been avoiding you for that do you? You silly silly girl! I just knew I could never be, be your mother and so I didn't want to love you any more!"
Tears were rolling down both our cheeks. "I had a dream about my mother. She told me to let go."
"You can't let go Anju, she was your mother."
"Yes, I won't forget her, but I can let other people get close to me." She tightened her grip on me, and I kissed her forehead.
"Alright sweetie. I promise never to back off from you again. Now lets dry your eyes, and mine, and then we can get on with teaching you how to control your powers." She wiped the blood from her face, then offered it to me. After hesitating for a moment, I took her hand gently and drank the blood, then let her do the same with me.
I almost told her then that I wanted her to be mine, but I couldn't, it was still too soon. Instead, I took her hand and led her in to the flowers, to give her space from the house to practice.
My sweet little girl.