I didn’t go look for mother in her chambers, I went to the throne room, where I knew she’d be. Every night, mother would always go to the throne room and sit at the foot of father’s throne and put her head on the seat and cry. Sure enough, the silver doors were cracked, and I could hear mother’s heart-wrenching sobbing coming from inside. I slipped in through the crack and slowly walked down the red carpet with muffled footsteps.
I reached out and put a hand on her shoulder. “Mother?”
She jerked up and looked up at me with a tear-stained face. “Alyessia! You should be in bed,” she said as she tried to wipe away the evidence she’d been crying with a soaked sleeve. I pulled a handkerchief out of the pocket in my nightgown and sat on the floor next to her.
“What are you doing out of bed, my raven?”
“Nirvana came and saw me.”
“She did?” mother asked in a soft voice.
I nodded. “She said that there was someone controlling her and she hadn’t meant to turn Gwen into a statue, and that I needed to go somewhere far away and hide so He wouldn’t find me.”
“And who is this mysterious ‘He?’”
I shrugged. “I don’t know. She wouldn’t tell me.”
Mother nodded. “Well, then maybe we should send you away, I can’t lost anyone else I love. I’ve already lost your father and two daughters so far, and I don’t want to lose anyone else.” Her voice cracks and she starts crying again.
I hugged her as tight as a twelve year old girl could. “Don’t cry, mother. I’ll stay alive and just fine, I promise!”
Mother smiled through her tears. “You will? Well come, let us go and fetch Boss and a horse.”
“A horse? A horse of my very own to ride?”
Mother nodded as she stood and took my hand. “And we’ll wake up Tianna so you’ll have someone to take care of you until you can come back.”
I sighed. “Okay.”
Mother laughed and led me down to Boss’ apartment.