Chapter 40 (Edited)

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I grunted, as I was crushed into a hug by none other than Laura.

"Eira, I thought you were dead," Laura cried. "Why the hell did you do that?"

I hugged her back, weakly, struggling to breathe. "Still... poisoned, can't... breathe," I gasped, as I lost control of my body and started to fall.

Laura quickly let go of me tightly and held me up, so that I was still on my feet. "Ralph."

Ralph appeared besides Laura and handed me a glass vial. "Last one, be glad."

I looked up at him, weakly. "Better... just... feed it to me. I don't think I can..." I coughed and again, I felt blackness trying to consume me. This wasn't how it should be like, with a slow painful death. I should've died in a battle, having a knife plunged through my heart.

I didn't want to die, again. How, many times- No, I'm not going to think about. I'm going to think about living.

Ralph quickly placed the vile in my mouth and helped me drink it. He stayed silent, making sure that I got every drip.

My head fell back down, before the energy surged through me. I lifted my head back up, and I don't know what happened had after that, but I felt powerful. I felt as if I could take on the whole world.

That was, until the the energy left me, and I felt weak, again. No one was holding me up, so I fell to the ground. I closed my eyes and panted, holding myself up, using my arms.

Strong arms wrapped around my body, and I instantly, relaxed into the person that was holding me.

I lifted my head, when I was able to and saw a man, whom I had known from a long time ago. I slowly lifted my hand to touch his face, sifting through my new found memories. I looked into those blue eyes, just liked my own, and frowned. I wrinkled my brows in confusion. "I know you," I whispered, as he held onto my hand.  My throat clenched up. "Father?" I asked in a whisper.

He smiled and nodded his head. Tears streamed down his face. "Hey, Baby Girl," he whispered. He pulled me into a hug, and I burst into tears, clutching onto him. "It's all right," he crooned in my ear. "It's all right."

Another pair of arms wrapped around us. These were feminine, and I knew that it was my real mother. I moved myself around, so that I have them both in my arms and cried. "I'm sorry," I whispered to both of them. "I really am so sorry."

"Shhhhh, Baby Girl," my mother said. "It is fine, and you are fine. Angesia is safe, once again."

I closed my eyes and just held them, crying. All the pain and all the trauma seemed to disappear. I was my parents arms, and I felt safe.

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After a few minutes, I let go of them and stood up, wiping my eyes. I saw guards around the people that had took me in and narrowed my eyes, not liking the fact that they were pointing their spears at my other family. "Guards, let them go, now."

Only one guards turned to look at me, still pointing the spear at them. "Bu-"

I stood taller and narrowed my eyes farther. The windows were flung open and snow swirled around me, making my hair swirl and everything whip around. "Do you dare defy my orders?" I asked, a sharp bark in my voice. "Let them go, now, before I fling you out the window. They took in your Princess when she was 10."

The guards finally realized who I was and flung their spears down on the ground before bowing.

"I'm sorry, Your Highness. We thought that they were the enemy. No one from New Earth can come here."

I raised an eyebrow. Eh, might as well be blunt. I might not be able to live that long, so I had to be blunt sometimes. "Are you stupid or something?" I asked, making my real mother tsk while my real father laugh under his breath. "Bane brought them here. They don't know what is going on."

"Damn right," my adopted father said. "Where the hell- oof."

I didn't let him finished, as I ran at him and pulled him in a hug. Tears streamed down my face, and it felt like this was the longest I have cried. Oh, how I have missed them. I had missed everything about them. "I'm sorry," I whispered. "You are all in this because of me."

He hugged me, and I could feel his silent sobs. "They wanted you," he whispered, his voice cracking. "You weren't there, and I didn't know if you were alive or not. I couldn't do anything 'cause I was frozen."

I smiled weakly, as I let go of him and then hugged my adopted mother and my sister. "I've missed you all. And, I'm sorry, that I had brought you into this. It wasn't my intention."

Janet rolled her eyes. "I knew there was something fishy about you. You could make all that ice stuff, and you can change water into ice. Now, can we go home, so we can chat?"

I sighed and looked at them, before I turned to look at the people that I had known and then forgotten, before remembering again. I then looked at my staff, that was still standing in it's spot, before I looked back at the family that had taken me in.

"I-I can't," I said, shaking my head, as I backed up and held my hand out for my staff. It came into my hands. "There are things that I have to do and get ready for. I'm sorry, but I can't go."

They stayed silent and looked at me, awe in their eyes. I knew that there was hurt in them, but I didn't care. It was to protect them.

"Well," Janet said. "Can you at least visit?"

I shook my head no, hating what I was going to have to do. "It is dangerous in my world. You all will not survive. So, I'm going to have to make myself a distant memory. Bane wants me. He won't bother you."

"But, why?" Janet asked, looking at me in sadness and a small bit of fear. My heart clenched, when I saw the fear in her eyes.

"Jan," my adopted mother said, softly. "It is to keep us safe. We are not of magic blood."

Janet looked at me, anger in her eyes. "What if we are still in this? We could die."

I shook my head and took off the necklace I had gotten for her. "If you are in danger, then I'll know," I said. I held out my hand and changed the necklace so that there was a snowflake on the back. I handed it to her. "I will check on you every so often. You won't know me so..."

Janet looked at the necklace and sighed before taking it. "I knew that you were Princess material," she said with a smile.

"I'm going to miss you all. And, thank you, for everything."

They nodded and went into a group. Each one of them had their arms around each other, and I felt a little jealous that they were in this as a family. I knew that I was going to have to do this without my mother and father, so that they would be safe and out of harms way.

I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and made them go back to their house. I had to make myself seem like a dream, so that I would protect them.

I was going to miss them, but I had a family and worlds to save. I knew that I wasn't going to be alone, as I felt arms around me. I looked up to see that it was Ralph and all the others hugging me. A smile graced my lips, as I  hugged them back.

For the first time, since this journey, I felt safe. I did not fear the future.

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