Suddenly, I feel the earth below me moving. I quickly move in front of Eileen to protect her from whatever causes the mini earthquake.

“What is that?” Eileen asks me when the shaking stops.

Just before I can reply, the earthquakes start again. This time, I hear faint stomps coming towards us. I am about to grab Eileen and make a run for it, but the odd thing happens. The large trees start to move.

Yes, you hear it right. They moved. How? The roots start to sprout from the ground and transform into legs.

I have no idea whether my eyes are playing tricks with me because I have never seen anything so strange in my life.

“Melanie!” a familiar voice comes from the trees.

It takes me a while to remember Beth’s voice. Beth is an Earth Elemental. Now I know how the trees are able to move on their own.

“Beth?” I call out. “Where are you?”

“Up here.”

When she says that, I look up to indeed see Beth standing comfortably on a thick branch of a tree. Her fellow Elementals, though, are clinging on the other branches for their lives. The sight of them is hilarious.

“Can you please put me down? I think I’m going to get sick,” Sebastian the fire wielder says.

Beth rolls her eyes but obliges. The tree gently put them down in front of Eileen and I.

“What are you guys doing here?” I ask them, looking at Carlisle since he is their leader.

“Beth insisted that we have to help you,” Carlisle says, casting Beth an annoyed look. Something tells me that none of them want a part in this war except for Beth.

“Why?”

Beth cuts Carlisle off. “I believe that the Peacekeeper will need my help. Nature is willing to do anything for her. Naturally, I need to do this on behalf of them.”

“You don’t need to do this.”

She shakes her head. “No, I want to. Believe me, you’re going to need all the help you can get.”

My eyes wander from Beth to Carlisle to Sebastian and finally end at Piper. Sebastian is still looking green. Piper looks extremely bored like this is a TV drama. Carlisle just has a defeated look on his face.

“Okay,” I say. “We need your help anyway. We have to get out of here.”

Beth smiles. “No problem. Where to?”

“Meadow Falls.”

Now I understand why Sebastian gets sick easily. Once I stick myself to one of the branches of the tree and the tree starts to move, I feel like puking whatever is in my stomach.

“I’m on my way home, August,” I inform him using the mindlink.

It takes a while for me to tell Beth which direction to go because we have to stick in the forest or else humans would get a heart attack when they see a walking tree.

The moment we reach the mansion, Augustus runs over towards us. He hugs me like there is no tomorrow as soon as I land on my feet.

“Don’t you ever do that to me again, you idiotic newbie,” Augustus says into my ears.

I bury my face into his chest, inhaling his comforting scent. “I’m sorry.”

He kisses me sweetly, oblivious that my parents are watching us.

“Wendy?” Eileen croaks out from behind me.

“Mum!”

I turn my head to see Eileen hugging the little ghost girl. She is sobbing until her nose and eyes turn red. Wendy is crying as well, not wanting to be separated from her mother.

“I – I don’t understand,” Eileen stammers, examining Wendy. “You – you should be – ”

Wendy shakes her head.

“Eileen?” Bibiana says in shock.

Eileen stands up, only to be crushed into a hug by Bibiana. Bibiana keeps mumbling, “My baby” and “I’m sorry”. Eileen pats her mum’s back, tears silently falling.

“I’m so sorry, mum,” Eileen mumbles.

“I’m sorry too, baby.”

Wendy hugs both her grandmother and her mother. Out of the blue, she looks up at the moon and the stars.

“It’s time,” she whispers.

“Time for what?” Eileen asks her daughter.

“It’s time for her to go to heaven, where she belongs,” Clair – Hades’s daughter – explains. “She has completed her task and she no longer has a purpose here.”

“What do you mean? We need her!” Bibiana yells at the Demigod.

Wendy takes her grandmother’s hand. “Don’t get mad, grandma. I just want you and mummy to be happy.”

“I’m going to miss you, darling,” Bibiana cries.

“I know, but we’ll see each other soon. All of us will be together again.”

Eileen looks very confused. “What are you talking about? You’re not going anywhere!”

“I’m sorry, mum. I love you,” Wendy says, glancing up again. “The light is so beautiful.”

“I love you too, baby.”

Wendy smiles at all of us. Then, her body starts to lift. Everyone watch as the little girl rises until the sky has an additional star. 

Author's Note

Goodbye, Wendy! Remember, we have a few more chapters before this story comes to an end!

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