A Mark to Share

"Is this true?" I wanted to search his eyes, find something, but he didn't let me.

"Yes."

"So-so you lied to me?" I felt hurt. I thought I had found someone who I could trust.

"Willow, I-"

"I trusted you!" Tears started to fill my eyes. "I trusted you! Why can't you trust me?"

"I-"

"Enough talk! You," The wizard pointed at me, "come with me or see your sister killed." I felt the desperation of one under pressure. I moved forward towards my sister.

"Willow don't!" Colin exclaimed. He reached out to grab my hand but I pulled away.

"I just want to touch her." I turned to the wizard. "No funny business."

"Wish granted." I inched forward again and reached down to touch Anali's arm. I sensed something different about her. Puzzled, I lifted up her sleeve. A black mark on her arm made me shudder. I remembered it from somewhere, but not by seeing it. A small plant grew next to me and entwined itself around my hand. I felt its power, and, using it, started to take the mark off. Before Jaen would think anything was up, I pulled my hand away. Backing up, I turned to address the wizard.

"I haven't made my decision. If you try to kill her, I will know." Turning into a hawk, I flew away.

Miles away from where I finally saw Anali, I turned into a human to see if my theory was true. Lifting up my sleeve I saw, faintly, the same mark. Smiling, I knew that I had taken half of her mark off and put it on my own arm. I would take half the pain she would've gotten if he squeezed that orb again. The mark linked us. I hoped it would give her a little of my nature nymph strength. Maybe, just maybe, it would keep Anali alive.

The End

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