Part 5: The Faerie Escape
a free fantasy serial by Erin Zarro
I turned to face the woman who claimed she was my mother, but didn’t feel like my mother at all. My twin was with her, looking terrified.
Mother was pale, and her hands were clenched into fists. “Aisling, what do you have to say for yourself?”
Ronan stepped forward, putting his hand on my shoulder, but I shrugged him away. “Mother, I am leaving here. I belong out there with my family.”
Mother sighed. “Are we going to do this yet again? Your place is here, with me, with your people. I can’t understand why you persist in thinking about these people who aren’t even your real family. Maria will be joining them soon.” She smiled an evil kind of smile, and it made me sick to my stomach.
“I am Maria,” I said. “I’m human with a human family. I’m leaving.”
Ronan took hold of my shoulder again, and this time I allowed it. “Why would the tree want you to heal it if you weren’t one of us?”
Damn that tree. And damn if I didn’t feel guilty now. I glanced at Ronan, wishing he hadn’t said that. “I don’t know.”
“I know,” Mother said. “Because you are one of us. And you are the one to …