Gen 4:8 Alone With You

Merida’s Point of View

We’d been sitting with a police officer at the table when the police officer’s radio crackled into life, Emmy didn’t leap up like she would have done last week. She’s lost hope.

“Officer Reeves? We’ve found a body by the volcano, looks like gun wounds.”

“I’ll be right there.” The officer stood up and cast a look at Emmy who hadn’t reacted since we put the coffee in front of her an hour ago.

“Make sure she stays here.”

“I will,” I reached across the table and placed my hand over Emmy’s, she looked at it blankly,

“Emmy, please say something.”

“What do you want me to say Merida? That I don’t think that’s his body they’ve found??” Emmy stood up, knocking her chair backwards,

“I can’t say that because I don’t believe it!! Of course that’s his body!! Gun wounds?? Sounds a lot like somebody from James’ past don’t you think?”

“Emmy, please calm down!” Emmy sank back in her chair, narrowing her eyes at me,

“I wont pretend like everything’s fine. As much as you want me to.”


Emmy’s Point of View

Of course that’s his body.. I have no doubt who did it. Or why. I stormed off to my bedroom and saw the pile of James’ clothes that mother had taken to the dry cleaners for me. What’s the point in keeping them here?? He’s dead. He’s left me alone. Misty came into my room and rubbed herself against my legs, a gesture that usually calms people. I’m barely a person anymore.

“Emmy can I come in?”

“Whatever Sebastian.”

“Look Ems, this isn’t going to be what you want to hear but..”


“Think about it, you barely knew James, your engagement was pretty damn quick don’t you think? Are you sure you were even in love with him or were you just afraid of being alone?”

“Get. Out.”

“Emmy, seriously think about it.”

“HOW DARE YOU?? I’m working my ass off trying to find a cure for you and here’s you sitting around all day, accusing me of being afraid!!”

“I’m not accusing you of anything, I’m merely questioning your shotgun engagement.”

“Most people in my family got engaged fairly quickly after meeting.”

“That doesn’t mean you had to. Because now look where you are.”

“Sebastian you have 5 seconds to get out of this room before I tear your stupid wolf head off. And you can bet that I’ll be curing you sooner rather than later, I cannot wait to get you out of my house.”

“Ems, calm down. I’ll talk to you later.” And with that he breezed out. As much as I hate to admit it, Sebastian had a point. James and I did get engaged fairly quickly, could it have been because I was afraid of being alone?


“Huh?” I shot up out of bed, I could have sworn I heard someone call my name..

“Emmy…” Hang on.. I know that voice.. This is a dream. As much as I know it will hurt when I wake up I can’t resist it..

“James? Where are you?” A blue light shone in the corner of my eye but when I turned to it it disappeared.

“I don’t know if I should let you see me..”

“Please James!”

“As you wish,” After a blinding flash of light left me half blinded a blue figure materialized in front of me, with his head bowed,

“James?” He looked up at me, his eyes glowed brighter blue,

“I’m sorry,”

“Can I.. I mean.. Are you solid?”

“I don’t know..” I walked over to him and placed my hand against his cheek, he leaned into it. He felt freezing,

“You’re cold,”

“And you’re warm.”

“Am I dreaming?”

“That depends, I can go away and you can believe it was a dream.”

“No, don’t leave me again!”

“You really want me to stay? Like this?”

“I could bring you back!”

As I spoke the birds outside were beginning to tweet and the edges around James were beginning to fray,

“Where are you going?”

“Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow night. Sleep, my princess.” James kissed my forehead and faded completely,

When I awoke I was alone, and my heart hurt. I went through the motions of daily life, then stepped into my alchemy room, the only place I ever feel alive. The cure for Sebastian was just bubbling when a wind blew in the room and some wolfsbane fell into the cauldron.. But there are no windows in this room..

“Hello?” No answer. Of course. What was I expecting? James to appear like he did in my dream last night? The cauldron began to spit and I took it off the heat.. It looked like mouldy orange juice, and didn’t smell much better, but it’s worth a shot I suppose,

“Sebastian, can you come here?” Within seconds Sebastian had run into the room, and I swear had he been in wolf form his tail would have been wagging,

“Did you find a cure?? And jesus what’s that smell?”

“That’s your cure I’m afraid,”

“Ew. Well hand it here then.”

“Feel any different?”

“I don’t know,”

“Well, what usually makes you transform? Besides a full moon?”

“Um.. Getting angry I suppose.”

“Try and get angry,”

“Roger that!”

I could sense frustration within 10 minutes, but Sebastian hadn’t even bulked up let alone transformed,

“Is it safe to say I’m cured?”

“Hmm… I would say so.”

“Do you want me to move out now?”

“I guess.. All of the houses here have a basement, yours could easily be modified for the next full moon, you know in case the cure doesn’t work. I assume you’ll be taking my sister with you?”

“If she wants to come with me. I know you want to be alone for a while,” I nodded once and turned to clear up all the ingredients, after a few seconds Sebastian walked off to go find Merida.



“Huh?” I stretched out my legs and opened an eye, to see James standing at the foot of my bed,

“Hey there sleeping beauty,”


“You’re welcome for earlier by the way.”

“What do you mean?”

“That gust of wind?”

“You did that?”

“Yeah, it’ll make it easier for you. He’s been causing you a lot of stress recently.”

“How do you know?”

“I’ve been lingering here ever since I died.”

“How long is that?”

“About a week, long enough to know how much pain I put you through, and how much pain you are still in.”

“Not any more.”

“Yes, even now Emmy. You can’t let go of me, like you should, because I stand before you. I’m messing with the natural order of things.” He sat down beside my bed as he spoke, holding his head in his hands,

“Please don’t leave me again!”

“I can’t stay here, you know that.”

“Fine. Then let me join you,”

“What?! No! I can’t let you do that Emmy!”

“Then I cant let you leave. As selfish as it sounds, I can’t. And I won’t.”

“You couldn’t stop me if I wanted to leave.”

“You wouldn’t leave unless I forced you to.” He smiled faintly,

“You know me too well, move over.” I moved over to my side of the bed and he sat down beside me,

“Spend the night.”

“I always do,”

“You know what I mean,”

“I do, and you and I both know that’s not happening.”

“You said I can pretend this is all a dream right?” He looked at me uncertain as to where I was going with this,


“Well if it’s my dream, surely I’m in control.”

“But say its not a dream? Then surely I have some kind of control?”

“Pretend its a dream for 5 minutes James..”

“5 minutes? I’m offended!”


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