The Sun's Tear

"Do you think rabbits carry their skin around?"
"I don't think so. Have you ever seen a rabbit walk around with its skin over its shoulder?"
"No."
"Then they probably don't."

In an age where drakaina are going extinct and selkies are eaten as a delicacy, two selkie siblings find their childhood washed away when they find a locket that can raise a person from the dead.
What created the locket — and who wants their fingers on it?

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7. Final Chapter

 

Dark was getting closer.

Sil and Arthur ran through the streets of Erast, searching for the street where her body was until Arthur called out to him.

The once cold, dreary corner of grey and wet was cast in shadows. They sat down and turned her on her back. Sil grimaced at the sight, but Arthur looked unfaced.

Arthur took in a deep breath, "Let's try." He said, taking off the amulet and giving it to Sil. They both sat there for many minutes, trying to find a way to activate it. But they had no such luck. They could only find a hidden compartment behind the gemstone, and soon, it'd gotten too dark for them to see.

"Why doesn't anything work?!" Arthur yelled, kicking and throwing pebbles at the ground.

"Didn't Celosia need a lock of his hair?" Sil asked, raising his chin to look at Arthur.

"Yes... yes, she did, that's right!" Arthur exclaimed, scurrying to Aff's body. He kneeled and took out a few of her hairs, giving them to Sil, "Try now!" He said, sitting down beside him.

Opening the locket, he placed the strands of Aff's hair inside and clicked it back in place.

"You!" A voice roared, heavy footsteps coming towards them from behind.

They jumped, retreating backward at the booming voice. It echoed off the walls like a scream in a cave. Celosia towered over them, her lip curled, the shining scales on her body reflecting the moonlight.

"Where is the locket?" She hissed, checking their hands with sharp eyes.

The darkness around them disappeared and a glowing, orange light blinded them. A loud, screeching sound made them fall to their knees and cover their ears. It got so bright, that Sil couldn't see anything.

It stopped. He opened his eyes.

She stood in front of him. The hole in her chest had been filled and her face looked warmer than ever.

"AFF!" He yelled and ran to her with his arms outstretched. 

Aff stood there, her eyes wide and arms shaking, tears running down her face.

"SIL!" She screamed.

His legs gave out. The world around him couldn't stop spinning, he tried moving his arms, to reach Aff before he fell.

Hitting his head against the street, he felt the back of his head get wet, a stinging around his stomach.

He heard Arthur run up to him, "SIL!" He fell to his side, shaking his body from side to side. "No, no, no, no... You can't die here, you'll be all right, it's okay..."

Celosia shook her hand, the blood from Sil's stomach splattering everywhere, her fingernails dripping with red. "That locket could only be used once! We were the only drakaina left... my husband was the only male left! Our only hope!" She screamed, "and YOU used it to revive this measly selkie?!"

Arthur grabbed Aff's hand and the locket. "Aff! Run!" He screamed, bolting in the other direction, holding her hand tight as they ran from the sight, from Celosia. 

Aff's cries rang through the murky streets of Erast as she was dragged away.

Some say they still hear them.

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