Episode 17: Awakening

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My eyes fluttered open

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My eyes fluttered open.

The warm, dazzling sun meant to greet me with kindness, but my headache made it unbearable. My throat felt like it journeyed through the Sahara Desert back home. Sweat glued my hair to my forehead. Breathing amplified by my pain and the quiet assaulted my eardrums.

"Why hasn't he come out of it yet?" Cyan's quiet, drawn out, disjointed words gave her an air of desperation.

I knew Ame had to answer. "It isn't time yet. He'll wake up when he's ready."

"But, when?" This was Cole. "This has gone on for far too long."

"No one likes it, but it's just a waiting game. There's nothing else anyone can do for him."

Cole moved my hair out of my face. "Are Key Keepers really that different from us?"

Cyan and Ame must've had their jaws on the floor with how Cyan asked, "How?"

"I kind of figured it out after everything that happened. Even though he's probably been through a lot, he's still done a lot for us. it's really incredible."

A boulder had been lifted from my heart. I hadn't realized it, but I wanted him to know. He deserved to know.

My eyes finally adjusted to the light. Cyan's eyes were red and puffy, probably from crying.

"I hate being tricked." This was Ame.

"Imagine how poor Alastair's felt," Cyan muttered.

Cole looked straight at me. "How had we not noticed sooner?"

"Rats!" Cyan groaned. "Sweet Minicha, Amethyst! We need to stop doing this to him."

Ame rubbed her temples. "Surely, Kayleigh agrees with you."

"Is that really important right now?" Cole knelt beside me. "How're you holding up, bud?"

I found a strength to smile. "It's just a headache. I'll be fine, Del."

My body still burned, but I wasn't going to tell them that. That seemed to be a side effect of coming out of a fever. It'd go away eventually.

In hindsight, Cyan and Ame must've thought I was out of my mind, or at the very least, groggy or delirious from the ordeal I'd just woken from. Right then, Cole sounded, even looked like Del. That must've been why I wanted to know.

"How does she do it?" Ame clenched her fists.

I pushed myself up despite my body's protests and laid on my pillows. "En and I did a lot for her."

Cyan raised her eyebrows.

Cole grabbed Cyan's hand. "Bickering won't help you."

That was very true. With my headache still tormenting me, I didn't want to listen to that.

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