As, Roesia made her way up to her tiny hut, she planned on what she would tell her mother. She would say how sorry she was for disobeying her and disrespecting her. She would let her mother know how much she loved her. Roesia would tell her that she would take of her now and put her personal life on hold until her mother’s days were up. Sadly, Roesia would never get a chance to tell her mother these things.
When Roesia came to their property, she went straight to the house. Her mother wasn’t there. She checked the fields and the outhouse. Her mother was nowhere to be found. Then, from the corner of her eye, Roesia spotted a lump on the ground. Curious, Roesia went over to investigate. When Roesia walked closer, she realized it was her mother lying in the grass. She turned the old woman over, and had to turn away to gag. Her mother looked the same as she had the other night, only there was a large stab wound in the woman’s chest. Roesia’s mother was dead.
Roesia couldn’t think of anyone who would have done this. She and her mother had always kept to themselves. They never really had friends, but they certainly didn’t have any enemies either.
Suddenly, something occurred to Roesia. When she had asked the wizard to set her free, she had blamed her mother for being the one who was holding her prisoner. So this was how she could have had fun in the village all day without her mother interfering. Her mother was no longer around anymore to control her. The wizard’s logic made sense, but it also made Roesia feel like she was going to vomit. How dare he hurt her mother! He should never have brought her into this!
Roesia gently laid her mother back on the ground. She promised the corpse she would be back to bury her when she got back. Roesia silently slipped into the forest. Now he was the one who was going to pay the price.
When she reached the wizard, in the center of the wood, he had his back toward her. Roesia had the element of surprise, and she was going to use it. She wanted revenge. Just before she lunged, he spoke.
He said, “Girl, what are you trying to do? You won’t hurt me. You don’t even have a weapon.”
Roesia became aware that that was true. All she had were her hands, but she was sure they would be enough. Although, now she didn’t have a sneak attack on her side, so all bets were off.
“You killed my mother,” she accused him.
“Very true, but you lied to me,” the wizard remarked.
This stopped Roesia in her tracks. What did he mean? If this was about her name being Elizabeth, he had no right bringing that up when she was discussing a murder.
“You see,” said the wizard, interrupting her thoughts, “if you had told me your real name, I would have punished you right away instead of going through all this trouble with your mother and all. It’s a shame really. A wasted life I say. But, what can I do? My hands are tied. I only grant the wishes, not make them.” He smiled deviously.
“What would my real have anything to do with this?” asked Roesia cautiously.
“You have been through the forest once before. No, I don’t mean yesterday. In fact, this marks your third visit to the woods. Congratulations,” he holds out his hand, but Roesia only stared at it in disgust.
“Oh, come on Roesia, be a good sport about it,” he laughed. Roesia looked up at him, started.
“That’s right,” the wizard affirmed, “I know exactly who you are. I knew your mother too. You might as well add your father to the list as well. You see, you mother came into the forest, where thanks to me, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. That baby was you, of course. Then four years later, against all warnings, your father came tramping around like he owned the place. I struck him right done, I did. Then yesterday, you entered the forest. I would have struck you right down too if I knew who you really were. Oh well, it’s better late then never.”
The wizard held up his hand and put as much force as he could into a single spell aimed at Roesia. Nothing happened, so the old man tried again, then again.
Finally, he sighed, “I forgot. Your mother asked that I would never hurt you. Her one wish was for you to be safe and protected. I guess I can’t kill you, but I can do this!”
With another flick of his wrist, he turned Roesia into a rose bush.
Away in another town, Terryn could tell something was wrong. He didn’t know what was happening, but he knew Roesia was in trouble. He could feel it in his heart.
All night he rode, arriving at the little village by the afternoon of the next day. He questioned some of the kids of where he could find Roesia. No one knew her, but they all knew of her. The hermits lived up on the hill above the valley, they would say. Terryn followed their directions.
By nightfall, he reached the home. He found that no one was there. He also saw Roesia’s mother’s dead body, but Roesia wasn’t around. He figured Roesia must have gone into the forest.
As he meandered blindly through the woods, he ran into an old man. The old man told him he could solve any problem that Terryn had. Terryn didn’t have to think twice before he answered.
“I want to find my lost love,” he demanded.
“Oh, the romantic type. How darling,” said the strange man sarcastically. He had to solve his problem anyway. So with a wave of his arm, the girl was no longer hidden.
The wizard didn’t know that Roesia was Terryn’s lost love, but she was. He was shocked, and more than a little angry when Roesia changed back from a rose bush to a human and ran straight into Terryn’s arms.
“You wench tricked me!” he screamed.
“No, wizard, you tricked yourself. If I were you, I would leave this forest. It seems to be more trouble than it’s worth,” Roesia sassed.
This made the wizard even more upset. He understood his magic no longer worked on the girl. Now he lunged at her.
Luckily for Roesia, Terryn was there for her. He took out his sword and ended the wizard, once and for all.