â€œAmisia is doing very well,â€ the unicorn replied. â€œThough she keeps sneaking out of bed and reopening her wounds or her healing would be even further along.â€
â€œI want to look around,â€ she said. â€œThis city is pretty.â€
â€œYou can look around once you can walk more than two steps without bleeding all over the floor,â€ he said firmly. â€œIf you won’t consider yourself, then at least consider the effect it has on Alison when your condition worsens. You’re jeopardising her recovery as well.â€
â€œBut I’m bored!â€ she complained.
â€œWhat about a wheelchair?â€ Darlryan asked. â€œWould that be okay?â€
â€œWhat’s a wheelchair?â€ the unicorn asked.
â€œIt’s a human device for helping with mobility.â€ Sonia projected an image of one before looking at Darlryan. â€œThat’s not a bad idea.â€
â€œWhat a useful device,â€ the unicorn said. â€œYes, that would allow her to leave her bed without reopening her wounds. Can you obtain one for her?â€
â€œOf course,â€ she replied. â€œI’ll send it this evening.â€
â€œThank you,â€ he said.
â€œYou’re welcome.â€ Sonia knelt down by Alison. â€œAnd how are you feeling?â€
â€œMuch better, but it feels weird. I can feel things shifting inside my head as Amisia recovers.â€ She looked at Savira who was standing between Estara and Indaturan. â€œWho are you and why are you chained?â€
â€œThis is Savira-ida,â€ Darlryan said. â€œShe attacked Lydia and lost. We’re going to knock her into transition to keep her out of mischief.â€
â€œThat’s the other reason we’re here,â€ Faith said. â€œThey’ve asked me to raise her and I have to go back to earth to look after her egg, so I’ll have to be away for the rest of your healing. Arran, Edwin and Logan will still be here, though.â€
â€œThat’s okay, Auntie Faith,â€ Alison said. â€œFather told me about Savira and her experiments. Transition will be good for her, I think.â€
â€œI hope so,â€ Faith knelt down by Alison and hugged her. â€œI’ll keep in touch with Edwin and Arran and come to see you once the egg hatches, if you aren’t home by then.â€ She rose to her feet. â€œOkay, let’s go.â€
Savira looked around as they emerged on Earth. â€œVoid! This is Taloa? It feels so different from my mother’s memories of it.â€
â€œIt’s a lot more crowded now than it was then,â€ Darlryan said.
â€œYes, I can sense that,â€ she replied. â€œI think this is going to be interesting.â€ She frowned and looked over at him. â€œYou’ve grown up here as a dragon, haven’t you?â€
â€œYes,â€ he said. â€œTwice actually.â€
â€œHow did you deal with feeding before you knew what you were? Not that I’ll remember, but it is worrying me.â€
â€œAnd you want reassurance.â€ Darlryan rolled his eyes. â€œThis is my niece. Quite happy to dissect people to see how they work but won’t feed without permission.â€
â€œFeeding without permission is rude,â€ she said. â€œAnd unnecessary. I still maintain my experiments were necessary.â€
â€œSee what I mean.â€ He chuckled and shook his head. â€œWe’re not as hungry at first, Sav. It’s still perpetual but much less intense and you’ll actually need to feed very little. You’ve never been a child as a dragon so you wouldn’t know that. In both lives, I worked out that I was a psychevore before it grew too intense. In my first life, my adopted mother realised as well and worked with me to deal with it. This life was more difficult because I was stuck in the care system but I managed. I’m sure it won’t be too hard on you because Faith-alra knows about it and will help you.â€
â€œOf course I will,â€ Faith said. â€œDon’t worry, we’ll make sure your needs are met ethically.â€
â€œThank youâ€ Savira bowed to her and turned to Darlryan again. â€œOkay, I’m ready. Do it quickly, please.â€ She closed her eyes and her shoulders tensed slightly as she prepared for the blow.
â€œOf course, Sav.â€ Darlryan produced a large metal shard in one hand and impaled her with it in one smooth blow. The only sound she made was e a sharp gasp before she exploded into a blizzard of brown ice, which swirled around for a moment before gathering together and forming an egg at Faith’s feet.