I woke with a start and with Bill shaking me awake. I tried to catch my breath as I settled down and sat back a little. “What’s up?” I quickly asked trying my best not to give way that I was quite grateful that he had woke me up.
“You were different, it scared me. I had to use a charm on you.” Bill sighed and I could see the shards in my lap. I grasped one of them and used my own manna to activate it. It only gave me a number that sent chills down my spine. I threw the shard to the side as Bill came close to me.
The charm was a vital reader and he either overdid the spell to where it shattered or I was being taken to the same place that Macel resins. I couldn’t say much other than he almost took me again, over and over.
“Who?” Bill asked in a hushed tone to calm me even further like a father calming a child.
“My old partner, Macel. He killed himself a year ago and it is not the first time he has tried.” I wined through my tears while Bill now looked concerned. His eyes looked like he was searching for words from a distant past just to show that he cares but I knew I was just digging up memories for him.
“Talk to me about him.” Bill said and I was stunned that this had turned into more of a therapy session that I desperately needed.
“Well, He was kind but liked to be alone. What we didn’t know was that he was swiping coins and using it for his own fortunes instead of doing good. I felt something was happening a few years before but we grew up together so I didn’t see a thing. Next thing I knew he was gone, a smoke spell in a sealed room.” I sighed. “I wish I knew better but I got caught up with life and even forgot about his birthday. I still wonder if I just sent him a recorder light then he would still be here.”
“I know the feeling.” Bill chimed and I looked up at him in wonder while he continued. “My father was never close to me either. I know it is not like a partner that you trusted but it does travel the same road.” He said and it sounded like Grag instead of the Bill that I know.
I smiled thinking that I have someone to reveal the first time to. “It was strange I was in my room and I could hear some of the castle’s servants and some of the Royal family talking to someone. I went to investigate to see Macel standing with them. I couldn’t help myself since he was wearing his rugged coat that he always had and was just the way I remembered him when I was younger and first met him that I just ran up to him. He immediately scooped me up and I berried my face into the coat by leaning my head on his shoulder.
Then when he was taking me away I hear Gragon behind me telling me that this is a lie. I didn’t want to believe him but when the smell of death wafted up my nostrils it all made sense.” I said and tears once again got the best of me while Bill was silent but still kept me close to him like he always did when I felt bad.
“You fought.” He said for me and I sighed while nodding my head.
“I did but I couldn’t get him to let me go until we were outside the gates of the main section of the castle. I don’t know how I, or Gragon now that I think about it, got him to falter but he did. I tried to scramble away but he grabbed my ankle and started to drag me with him.” I am starting to ramble now while Bill just listened. “I kicked him in the face, though it wasn’t his face it was that of a druid that I kicked. I can hear the agonizing scream while I made my escape to the door. I turned around once I was inside and slammed the door in its face and making sure it was locked before I woke.”
“Wow.” Was all I guess would come out of Bill’s mouth. It didn’t please me much though I didn’t expect it to. “I really don’t know what to say other than you are a very skilled myter.”
“I question my actions since then though I know I am doing right I can’t help but still feel the pressure of being what he saw me as.” I chimed.
“I have the same thing in my family.” Bill said and I felt better since now he is hugging me as I felt like it was the wrong time to show my true feeling towards him but I felt much safer than I ever did before I talked to him.
I was just hoping that there would never be a third time that Macel would try to take me.