Chapter 10 "Incinerate"

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Mom walks into the room and breaks the moment so I forget all about the shifting design on the doll's dress. 

Mom looks sad, but I'm still angry - I have to be angry, I have a right to be angry.

"Erika I am so sorry you had to find out like this."

"Since you were in on the great deception, I find that a little hard to believe but ok."

She looks defeated and I feel bad for a split second. I know that beating her down isn't going to get me home to bed any faster and I'm getting tired.

"Mom, I'm a witch - you're a witch - dad's a witch - I'm going to need some time to process all of this. I can't be ok with you tonight but I also don't have the energy to fight with you."

Hermione ushers Morgan and Willow towards the door.

"I think we'll all step out for a minute and let you two talk." she says as the three of them leave.

Mom takes a seat on the sofa across from me.

"Erika, you haven't changed, you're still you. Now you'll have this added part of yourself" that won't take too long to get to know."

"Magic, of all things to get to know."

"I know it has to be a shock and I am really sorry for that."

"Mom, it's just - why did you hide it from me for so long?"

"Well, because you are Reine Des Sorts, but mostly because I was really scared. On the day that you flew with your kite - you wouldn't stop talking about it after you did it. You were so excited, happy - you had discovered your hidden talent and you loved the feeling of astral projection."

She pauses to dab a tissue at the corner of her eyes. 

"I knew you'd do it agin. I was so worried that next time you wouldn't be able to come back; you were so young. So undisciplined, without any way to train you and the prophecy of your birthright, we decided to protect you."

I didn't mean to steer the conversation in this direction, this was a conversation for another time. My eyelids feel heavy, I'm really tired - this has been too much.

"Mom, I know that Oliver told you I'm in danger and it's late so let's stick to what's most important for now. What do I need to know to keep myself safe?"

My mother nods in agreement.

"The spell has been broken, your memories and full power will return now, all of it."

"How can I be useful against an enemy by floating outside of my body? I mean, it's not like my ghost self can pick up an ax and stop an attacker."

"Erika, I can't give you all of the answers, some things you will have to figure out on your own. But, there was a well-known prophecy at the time of your birth. People of magic and non-magic have heard it." She looks at me very seriously now.

"The coven of a Reine Des Sorts female will one day face a great evil. The coven leader will use Reine Des Sorts powers to vanquish an ancient source and end an ancient war."

 "So it has always been my name that's freaked people out here."

"Yes, it has."

"Everything that's happened, all of the strange stuff - it's all making sense now."

My mom nods and stands up again.

"Erika it's late, and I think given what happened to Charles tonight, that  it would be safer for you to stay here with your coven. You already have a room here for college."

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