The Lost One Book 1: When Destiny Calls

A thousand years ago she was cursed and disappeared from memory and time. She returns to the Kingdom with darkness in her heart. Feared by the Light, sought by the Darkness. A forgotten past from long ago comes back to haunt her. Can she change her fate or is she doomed to the Darkness forever? Magic always comes with a price. Will she be willing to pay it?

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8. The Greatest Gift

Time went on and John and I spent all our free moments together. My training was over so I had more time to spend with him. If Yen Sid noticed me sneaking out to see John he didn’t say a word. I wasn’t sure how he was taking to the idea that I was basically sneaking out to see a guy. He didn’t show his emotions very much and rarely smiled. But sometimes I’d see a knowing look in his eyes like he knew something I didn’t. Which was probably true. Grumpy know it all.

 

Communication was rather hard at times since John only had a very basic understanding of signs and even then it was rather crude. So mostly I wrote what I wanted to say on paper. We’d walk in the different gardens. The North Gardens were full of different types of fruit trees, bushes and the like. If it could grow edible fruit, you’d find it here no matter where the tree normally grew. The gardens supported all sorts of plants.  The South Gardens were the vegetables and herbs. We came here if I needed to pick herbs for Yen Sid and I had fun telling John about the different types. The West Gardens was where we first met which was the flower gardens. Magic seeped into the soil made it possible for many different types of flowers to grow here all year round. It was truly a beautiful place. The East Gardens were used for garden socials with gazebos, tables, statues and fountains. There was even an area where one could play croquet minus the flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as balls. There was a badminton court too, as well as a small dance floor for dancing.

 

If we weren’t in the gardens, we were in the kitchen. I don’t know why, but John just liked watching me while I worked. He was also my taste tester. Silver never objected to me using the kitchens. He liked to try what I made, if he liked it, he’d at it to his box of favorite recipes  

 

John usually liked what I made and it came to the point that he stopped eating with everyone else and ate the meals I’d make for him. Ani would usually join us at these times. I’d catch John watching us curiously. When I asked what was wrong, he asked if I was Ani’s mother. I quickly told him no and he seemed almost.... relieved. I didn’t question it for long.

 

Other times we’d go walking on the beach or horseback riding. I always rode with John since I didn’t like riding on my own but John never complained.

 

Soon John started going to the beach alone. He said he had something to do there that was a surprise. I was dreadfully curious, but knew it wasn’t my place to ask.

 

I still met up with Gwen sometimes when I wasn’t with John and we became really good friends. I think it was sometime around here that someone decided I needed to be rescued from my tower. And I didn’t even want to be rescued.

 

That was how I met Tony Stark. He got it into his head, I needed to be rescued and basically broke the roof of my tower. He basically carried me off to his tower. Steve just about blew a gasket when he found out who I was. But things calmed down and I actually had a lot of fun. Being with the Avengers made me realize just how much I missed being in modern times and being normal. I’m not sure how it happened really, but Tony once more got it into his head I needed a new family. So my name went from Desmoira Sinclaire to Desmoira Stark.

 

That’s right. Tony was my new big brother. He was even happier when he learned he was getting another baby sister. Though Tony would never say it where Clint could hear it, he understood what it was like to lose your parents. Sure, we drove each other crazy at times, but we just... fit.

 

I met Loki there too. He got assigned to teach me things that Yen Sid wouldn’t. Like shapeshifting and illusions. We worked hard on them and we formed a rather... well shaky friendship. Loki wasn’t one to let people in easily, but he wasn’t snarky with me like he was with the others so I took that as a sign that he liked me, the very least tolerated me.

 

From Widow I learned combat and more than once got knocked flat on my butt or ended up with bruises or sore limbs.

 

I never told John about these visits. All he knew that I had a brother and I’d go visit him. Thank goodness for glamour spells because I think John would have freaked out if he saw all the bruises I usually came home with. He asked me no questions and I told him no lies.

 

Towards the end of a wonderful month together, John asked me to meet him at the beach. I made sure Ani was watched over before going down to our meeting place. He was there like he promised but there was a mermaid sitting on the rocks next to him. It took me a moment to realize this was Gabriella, a friend of Ariel’s who was deaf.

 

I smiled at her and quickly struck up a conversation using my hands. She seemed surprised I could sign, but she smiled and started signing back. She said she was happy to meet someone who could sign like her. We got on really well despite that she couldn’t hear and I couldn’t talk. She smiled and pointed at John saying he had something to say.

 

I looked at John from my spot next to Gabriella. He looked really nervous, but took a deep breath and started to sign. His movements lacked grace and he stumbled over signs. But I didn’t care. Just the thought and care he put into learning so he could understand and communicate with me was the sweetest thing he could have done.

 

I knew I was crying, but I just couldn’t help it. He stopped and came over worry in his eyes. I jumped up and hugged him tightly, accidentally knocking him into the surf. He let out a grunt of surprise, but hugged back.

 

And the moment was ruined when a huge wave crashed down on us covering us with seawater and seaweed. We both sputtered and sat up, but we still held onto each other, smiling.

 

Thank you. What you did for me... was sweet beyond words. What you gave me was the greatest gift anyone could give.

 

He smiled and brushed some hair out of my eyes. “Because you are worth it. I’m not going to let something like a language barrier come between us. You mean so much to me Moira.”

 

I smiled back. And you me.

 

“Des!!!” A voice screeched off in the distance.

 

John helped me up as Lottie came running towards us. She stopped once she reached us and bent over, gasping for breath.

 

“Land sakes I’m sweating like a sinner in church!” She gasped fanning her face.

 

Lottie what is it? Is someone hurt?

 

“Goodness no! Dessie it’s time! We gotta go!” Lottie said before she grabbed my hand and dragged me away from John.

 

I couldn’t ask what she meant by it was time, but I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that my days as Moira the maid were over…

 
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