Raise your Daughter

I stood in the rain under an umbrella wearing my sister’s favorite red dress. When we were younger we had promised each other one thing. If she died first I would wear her red dress. If I died first she would wear my favorite green dress. Today my sister is lying in a coffin wearing my green dress. I didn’t expect her to die so soon. My red hair hangs down my shoulders in dreads, my black boots are muddy but I don’t care. My sister was dead; a part of me lay buried with her today.

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11. I once said I would raise your daughter

Arianna was upstairs throwing things around and yelling at her father and me. Rumple had been upstairs to talk to her multiple times but she would never get over her endless tantrum. When Ari got mad she would begin turning a green color like I did when I was jealous. Then her hands would start to glow with red magic, like her mother and finally her eyes would become engulfed in purple sparks.

            Unlike her sisters, Arianna would turn green with rage, red would shoot out of her hands and she loved vanishing into clouds of purple smoke. Her sister Aurora Ciara Ella Gold would only turn green with jealousy, shoot out green sparks and turn into a cloud of red smoke. Then there was Robin; she had been revived two years after Aurora’s birth. Robin looked exactly like me and was my spitting image. Arianna, Aurora and Robin Gold were my little girls.

“ARRIANA CORA ELAINE GOLD! I TOLD YOU TO STOP!”
            Arianna immediately stopped and reappeared in the kitchen in a cloud of purple smoke. She was seven years old and such a little troublemaker. A few moments later six- year- old Aurora came into the kitchen with her doll in hand and a big smile on her face. Gold brought four-year-old Robin in and she was half asleep. I kissed my husband first and then kissed my daughters. I served them bacon, eggs, waffles, strawberries, blueberries, sausage, orang juice, apple juice, milk, grape juice and finally a small slice of apple cake.

“Mummy this is yummy.”

“I’m glad you like it Aurora.”

“I don’t like this. I hate green apples, can I have a red one?”
“Arianna, after your tantrum no you may not. You eat what I give you, do you understand?”

“Yes Mummy.”

“Mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy?”

“What Robin?”
“May I please have some more?”
“Finish everything that’s on your plate.”

“Zelena can I see you out in the hall?”
            I got up and walked out to the hall with my dear husband. We had been married nearly six years and everything was perfect. I positioned myself to watch my children and listen to Rumple at the same time. He took the vial of blue liquid out of his pocket and handed it to me. I took it and examined the bottle; the bottle contained a small crack and only a few drops left. We had nearly used it all to revive Robin.

“What, why are you giving this to me?”

“Zelena, she’s six years old and time is slipping away. If you don’t revive Regina and Robin soon they will never come back. It’s almost been ten years for Robin. Please reconsider.”

“Rumple, Arianna is happy here. I can’t take it away from her.”

“She needs her mother or she’ll be the next evil queen. If Robin didn’t have you she would have been the next wicked witch.”

“You mean I have to say goodbye to my daughter and give her back.”

“Zelena, you don’t understand. Regina will never be able to come back. Arianna will never be good after she turns evil.”

            I held the vial in my hand and kissed my husband. I would soon be back. I just needed to do something first. I explained everything to Ari on our way to the cemetery and she was nearly in tears when I told her mother had died along with her father. Then I took out the bottle and told her one last thing.
“This potion can bring them back to life. Would you like that? Do you want your Mama and Papa, and maybe your elder brother?”
“Yes Mummy, I mean Aunt Zelena. I would like that very much.”

            We walked into the vaults and Arianna watched as I placed drops on her mother’s body first and then on her father’s. I didn’t have enough potions to revive Robin so he didn’t move. Regina slowly began to move her arms and legs. She moved her fingers and toes. Then her eyes opened and she stared at me.

“Zelena, is that you? And is that Arianna Cora Hood?”
“Yes Regina, it’s been six years.”

“Oh my!”

            My sister embraced me and we shared a happy moment. Then she took her daughter into her arms and cried tears of joy. Then Regina embraced me once more and she said.

“Thank you Zelena.”

“I once said I would raise your daughter.”

“And you did.”

“Raise your daughter, did I.”

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