The tea was warm. It slid down her throat as each cell
lapped up the thawing liquid.
"Ahhh" Cornelia breathed while her breath instantly turned
into frost in the wind outside. It was minus 10 degrees at the
moment as she waited for the bus in front of the corner shop.
Angelo, the old Italian man who ran it, had lived in the
neighbourhood for years and knew Cornelia hated coffee, she only
drank tea. The weather didn't bother her so much; it was just a
normal day, unrelated, unimportant and boring. At least she had
tea. Yummy, milky, sugar heaped tea. And as she sat and sipped
away on that cold morning she missed the warning signs, the words
in a thick heavy accent saying "Don't worry, it will be alright"
still echoed in her head against the blaring soundtrack that
accompanied every movement in her life but as the screaming car
came from around the corner, Cornelia had no knowledge of what
the days ahead would bring.
Beep, beep, beep, beep
Cornelia opened her eyes, still blurred and hazy her head
rang with each tiny noise created. The beep of the heart monitor,
the screeching of people in her room, the metallic tang of
trolley wheels on the lino floor.
"ah.........ah" A stutter was all she could manage to get
the attention of the 3 people that now stood above her bleached
"Cornel!" Someone familiar rushed over but she wasn't quite
sure who until the blur morphed into a haze.
"Don't startle her! Cornelia? Sweetie can you hear me?" her
father's voice rang out the clearest across the room but echoed
like a drum in her ears.
"You were hit honey, hit buy a car." Cornelia tried to turn
her head away but the tubes chocked at her throat and the beeping
"OK, I think she needs some more rest now, once she's
stabilised you may come visit again." The foreign voice ushered
the hazy figures from her room.
Silence coupled the terrible tiny noises of the outside
world made her head swim. She wanted to puke so badly but once
again the tubes hindered all. With her eyes closed, little white
spots of light tired to dance in the darkness she saw. What the
hell happened? Her mind questioned to no one.
"You go hit by a car that's what happened" a child's voice
responded from the left.
Cornelia tried to open her eyes again but the blurriness
throbbed at her head even more. She saw an outline of something,
of someone standing in her room. The beeping increased. She
started to panic. How did this kid get in her room?
"Your fine, I'm the least of your worries, just don't die
k?" the kid tapped the bed sheets so that she felt a slight
vibration, then nothing. The room was eerily silent again.
Cornelia waited for a door slam, a handle turn, anything! But the
room stayed still. She heard no breathing, no rustles of sounds a
person would make, just silence.
I swear to god I've go round the bend! Mother always said I
was the nut of the family! She lay there unable to move more than
her arms she lay in the hospital room in sheer terror. The
dreadful feeling that something was still in your room, someone
was still watching you but they weren't there.
Somehow she had managed to sleep in the night. When
Cornelia woke the sun blinded her still fresh eyes and forced her
to put her hands in front of her face. Hey, I can move my arms
she grappled at her neck to find the tubes had also been removed
softly through the night. Her body suddenly felt heavy, like the
doctors had poured lead into her muscles to replace her bones.
Speaking of her bones Cornelia had broken so many she was now in
a lower body half cast, one of her arms was bandaged up and her
ribs were also in bandages. She didn't feel any of the pain that
would have associated these injuries if it wasn't for the high
amount of morphine she was hooked up too. Surprisingly she wasn't
getting the usual silly side effects that people who were high on
prescription drugs attained.
"ah...ah" Still no voice she felt at the rough patches
where the bandages sat at her throat oh god did I lose my voice?
She felt miserable feeling over her body for other parts that
were soaked in blood crusted bandages and tape. Small tears
dropped from her eyes as she lay back in the stark white room.
They stung a little but she needed to cry more than ever now, was
she going to live damaged somehow? And all she did was wait for
There was a knock at the door and the nurse came in to do
"How ya feelin love?" the worn women asked. You could tell
her face said she loved the job but her eyes screamed of the
horror she became a ring side spectator to over the years and
each trauma not without its told on the old women's heart.
Cornelia tried again to say something but stutters of
sounds came out instead.
"Thanks all right love, don't stress yourself, it's just
from the tubes there, they had to go through your throat to fix
some stuff up, give it some time. Ya family will be around again
today to see how you're doing. Now time to change the
The old women changed Cornelia's dressings and laid down a
new set of sheets that weren't stained with a red goo from the
night before. Cornelia tried to go to the bathroom but found
herself being degraded to peeing in a tin tub since her leg
functions were immobile. She couldn't stand the silence and the
hub of daily noises. Cornelia was very much accustomed to having
one earphone dangle out of her ear at all time. Even sleeping she
listened to music so that it was the first thing her mind woke up
to. The low humming of the fluorescent lights was driving her
mental as the nurse tucked her into the bed. Cornelia wished it
was a hot young nurse doing the job, you know, like the one you
see in the old war movies but she managed a smile as a thank you
for the effort.
"Get some rest dearie everyone will be here shortly and I
will bring in ya breakfast soon." The word "breakfast" itself
almost had her hurling up so she decided to lie still. Mistake
number one. The little noises were everywhere! She was blessed by
the gods with supersonic hearing or as she seemed to think cursed
her each day to hear every bloody noise in the world! The tapping
began of something outside running up and down the hallways; the
monotonous beeping of the machines, a wind outside hissed at her
window and made the Perspex glass shudder in fear. The noises
were all around and Cornelia began to cry again, restless,
helpless and now stuck in a trap of noises leading to one
monstrous headache when suddenly -
"Cornel!!!" the high pitched female voice screeched from
the entrance way. "Oh sweetheart look at you! I knew I should
have driven you to work! I'll never forgive myself!!" The over
dramatic flailing women who now was kneeling beside Cornelia's
bed and grabbing at the sheets in a guilty way was her partner
Lia. Quite the bubbly, girly kind of gal, Lia now blamed herself
for what had happened and poured gift after gift out of a bag to
give to her beloved.
"Lia... give the girl some space." Zen walked into the room
the other house mate of the trio. "How ya doin love?" the fop
asked pulling up a chair and turning it to sit backwards at the
end of Cornelia's bed so he could rest his face in his
"m..e....ah...." Still no words would form from her mouth
as Lia let out another moan for guilt.
"It's ok love rest up everything been taken care of, your
Pop took care of the bills, your here for another 3 weeks hun."
Zen patted the end of the bed then tried to gently grab
Cornelia's toes that were sticking out like little white towers
from under the blankets.
"Oh my angel!" Lia wailed lifting up the blankets to see
the extent of the damage. Cornelia was glad that she hadn't seen
her last night when it was still all blood soaked and crusty, she
would have gagged at the sight. She gave a little smile to
herself at the thought as Lia wrapped her back up and planted a
gentle kiss on her lips. Her brilliant sapphire eyes were tinged
with red from all the crying she had been doing.Cornelia raised
her hand to comfort the other girl as Lia snapped it up within
"They said the guy was high love, he was driving absolutely
off his nut! He didn't just hit you he took out have of Angelo's
store too! Thankfully the old man is alright and he's the one who
called the ambulance then he beat the snot out of the driver,
when the police arrived he had to be restrained and the other guy
was also carted to a different hospital in hand cuffs. I don't
think he's getting out any time soon so you got nothing to worry
about." Zen had a goofy puppy smile like a happy cavalier in the
"They also said you're not in any danger, you have a shit
load of broken bones - not going to lie about that - but the
doctors said you didn't lose as much blood as they thought and
that the head trauma was contained." Head trauma? Cornelia hadn't
felt her head yet and sure enough a huge bandage was covering the
back left of her skull. Tears pricked her eyes as the tiny
waterfall started again.
"Oh my baby!" Lia was at it again but Zen just smiled and
continued filling in the gaps.
"Hun, the doc says you will be out in three weeks max!! And
we promise to visit you and look," Zen produced a small black
bag. "I brought you your life supply! Head phones, Ipod, charger
and your PSP. I brought you some new games and grabbed the old
ones and yes I brought the charger for that too. Tomorrow I'll
drop the laptop off at least that will be a good way of
communicating till your voice comes back little chook." He dumped
the bag next to Cornelia's hand so she could reach. She snapped
it up and pulled out the head phones shoving one into her right
ear, her hands fumbling not keeping up with how fast her mind was
telling them to work faster. Cornelia signed as the tunes started
up again, finally a release from the agonizing silence. Lia
pulled out the charger and stuck it into the wall for her so that
the music player could lie on the table between the juice
provider and the bed. Her usually perfectly straight long aurban
hair was now messy and draped over her shoulder. Cornelia felt
sickly for making her worry so much but Lia smiled and reached
out to her face.
"It's ok sweetie you're going to be ok, I have everything
ready at home and look I brought this for you." Lia placed a
small stuffed Panda on her bed. Cornelia burst out into tears
upon seeing it and snapped it up just as fast as the head phones,
instantly transforming from an adult to a complete child for a
few seconds. The Panda was a childhood remnant that Cornelia used
to believe would always stand guard to protect her while she
slept through the night.
"Just as I thought you need him more than me huh?" Lia
joked and Cornelia smiled putting the fuzzy toy in the crook of
her arm between her body.
They talked for another hour until it was time for her
friends to leave. Lia left with another kiss and said she would
be back after work. Zen patted her head then the Pandas and waved
goodbye as he left the room behind Lia.
Alone again. Cornelia said to herself but at least this
time she had the bear and music. It was a slow, long-winded day.
After getting bored of playing for 2two and a half hours,
Cornelia had a nap only to wake up to a warm wet feeling on her
left. One of her stitches had blown wide open letting vital
fluids seep out into her sheets. The nurse came back and changed
her - once again Cornelia wishing it was Lia in the outfit - but
gave another smile in gratitude. By the time the night rolled
around Cornelia and managed to work the TV and watched a little
with Lia before she ended up falling asleep arms curled around
her head on Cornelia bed. She left around 11 pm and the nurse put
the lights out after. Cornelia finally felt a little like home as
she did her nightly routine of placing Panda at the end of the
bed to guard her and brought her sheets right up to her neck. The
'Sleep mix' tracks now played as her head throbbed a little from
the morphine change only 10 minutes ago. As the faint glow from
the drip hung above her head Cornelia started to doze off when
she heard a voice.
"Great you're not dead but WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING!"
the child's voice was now back and when Cornelia's eyes snapped
open not only was there a child standing there but her cute
stuffed little Panda was now around a meter high and growling at
the kid from the end of Cornelia's bed.
"ah...ah" She tried to scream but her voice failed its
mission and she closed her mouth.
"Get rid of it!" the child yelled still cowered mostly in
darkness behind the sink in the far left corner. Panda growled
and growled but Cornelia still couldn't move how was she going to
control that thing? Just then the Panda turned around to face her
but something was really off. This wasn't a cute cuddly Panda
toy, sure the fur was the same material and the basic shape from
behind but the face, Cornelia now understood why the child was
terrified because she was just the same. The Pandas paws where
long, gangly arms, as if someone had taken his paws and stretched
them out through a pasta machine. They had giant spikes for claws
at the end and the proportion reminded her of the time she
dislocated her arm playing basketball in high school. The back
paws remanded stubby and short and normal (if anything on it was)
to the original Panda. The Panda's face was a mangled mess of toy
fur and teeth. Its mouth had been stretched and torn wide
revealing gleaming razors all pointing up and down. His eyes were
large red crazed glowing fireballs in black sockets, he looked
like he was about to laugh like Muttley would at Dick Dastardly
when he's plan to cheat the Wackey Race was soiled for the 100th
time in a row. The Pandas ears were in points, not round at all
and his neck was elongated like the arms once again resembling
something that had been previously disjointed form its body. The
creature sat staring at her then a abnormally long, wet and stick
thin tongue licked her cheek. The shiver that ran up her spine
should have killed her from fright but the Panda-thing just sat
there looking at her grinning madly.
I guess you can hear what I'm thinking can't you? Even the
voice inside her head sounded shaky with fear. The Panda nodded
"I have always heard you from when you where very young
until now. But this is the first time you have been able to see
me, that bump to your head did you a world of favors, no?"
Shocked and a little bewildered by the voice in her head the
child still yelled profanities at her from the corner of the
"What the fuck?! Get rid of it! Don't talk to it!" he
proceed to yell. Then without warning a small slivery metallic
object was thrown at the Panda. The ball splat like liquid
mercury on the side of his head and the Panda froze stuck in
time. It was like pausing a DVD in front of her. Suddenly the boy
stood up, brushing himself off and walked into the light of the
drip beside her bed. The eerie blue light made him look more
frightening than the horrible stuffed creature now sitting frozen
in front of her. He looked down at her smiling like a Cheshire
cat bearing the same razor toothed smile as the Panda did. A
Cornelia looked up at him she realized he was a boy but looked
like he could have been in his late teens maybe 18 or so. He
turned to the beast and stuck his forked tongue out at it making
funny faces until his attention returned to the trembling
Somebody help me! She screamed in her mind.
"Ha, that was his job! Some guardian he is! Wait till the
court hears about this!" the boy s eyes were stuck as if he was
looking up at something on the roof but somehow still they looked
down into Cornelia's. Shimmers of green eyes flickered colors
under the blue light thought it was the horns which Cornelia
feared the most. Coiled black, sleek gloss horns grew from the
boy's tussled hair. They came curving down towards his eyes and
pointed their sharp ends at her face. Leaves and berries strung
his hair and his alabaster face and black smudges of dirt smeared
almost like earthen colour makeup on his face. He had no shirt on
and his thin pale frame glowed against the light. Cornelia could
see writing tattoos and symbols all over him. She didn't
understand what did this daemon wanted with her?
"You owe me mortal; I saved your life now you must save
me." Cornelia was confused when the boy suddenly started to reach
for her neck. His hands were gritty and icy cold. He squeezed
hard and she felt faint still high on the morphine she keep
saying it had to be a dream. Just then the boy let go.
"No not yet, I mustn't yet, not like the last one but there
now you will carry that with you." He pulled a large leaf from
his head and with the flash of his bony hands he turned into a
mirror before her. Cornelia saw a tattoo like his, a letter
symbol it looked like on her neck.
"You owe me a body, I want your body." The creepy grin on
the boys face made Cornelia squirm.
Why me? Why mine? Go get someone else's! She yelled at him
with her mind.
"Ha ha you're funny! I like that; I think I'll be funny
just like you when I get out of here!"He brushed his unnatural
hand against her face and this time she knocked it defiantly
You didn't answer my question why me? And what's he?
Cornelia pointed a wobbly hand at the Panda.
"Why should I tell you?" the boy grinded turning his large
smile into a large sharp frown.
Where am I? Cornelia squeezed at his patience.
The demon boy pressed his face close to hers; leaning down
Cornelia could smell a sweet sticky sent, as if he had been
washed with the purest of honey. He kissed the side of her face.
The frosty touch sent a heat wave through her body.
"I'm of the Faye." The body whispered snakishly "I've come
to give you whatever you want in exchange for this." He brushed
his hand across her limp body but she still felt the cold touch
run across her skin even under the plaster. The daemon kissed her
over and over again with Cornelia struggling beneath him those un
- proportional eyes always staring at her she started just as
frightened back. His hand got closer to her chest as he was flung
across the room. The grinning Panda had sliced into him as the
black sticky ooze dripped from its paw.
"May the Seelie court curse you damn guardian!" the boy
The Panda only growled again and again getting louder with
each movement the boy made.
"Well its seems doomsday has come early this year, the last
angel has gone so I will leave this round to you Guardian but she
can't stay awake forever." Cornelia recognised the lyrics to her
music and as the words danced off his lips almost the same way
they did for the artist she felt light headed, dreamy and
excited. She felt herself wanting to chase after him that's when
she noticed the extra needle next to her drip. It was shoved
crudely in the same hole as the hospitals drip yet had a bright
gold liquid in it.
"That should keep you in my dreams for now." The boy
responded and wiped his chest licking the black goo that now
dripped down his green tinged hand from the light of the door.
And in the darkness he disappeared.
Cornelia tried to pull the needle out but it was wedged in
tight against the drip, the sparkling gold liquid dripped into
her skin making her hot and cold all at once. The giant Panda
walked up her bed; he made barley a dent in the sheets for his
size and plonked himself on her lap. He again licked her face in
the dark as Cornelia opened her eyes.
Was it all a dream? She looked down at her arm and only the
one needle was jutting out from her skin. Though her face was
wet? She looked over to Lia sitting beside her with a wet towel
in her hand.
"Morning baby." The girl said "You had a fever all night.
The nurse gave you something for it but I took the day off work
to come look after you." She dipped the moist cloth into a metal
bowl of water wringing it out and dropping it gently back onto
"I...had a dream?" the crocky voice with barley auditable
tones reached Lia's ears making her eyes light up with
"Oh I missed your voice," she half hugged Cornelia then
picked up the stuffed Panda that was back between her arm and
body, and proceeded to rub it in Cornelia's face but she panicked
and blocked the toy with her arms.
"Cornel? You ok?"
"Dream.... Panda....Monsters..... Faye"
"Faye? You mean Fairies? Ok I'm taking you off that much
morphine sweetie" Cornelia looked up into Lia's eyes but to her
horror saw the black horns hiding behind her head. The grinning
smile of the demon boy popped up from behind Lia's head as he
draped her arms around her neck. His ghostly form now had its
long taloned legs floating in the air behind him. Cornelia wanted
to scream but he mouth was magically zipped shut. So she
stuttered and bumbled with noises making Lia fuss even more. The
boy stroked Lia's worried face and played with the straight locks
of her the way Cornelia used to do to get her attention. The
frustration and terror built from the restraint, couldn't speak
yet and that thing was all over Lia!
GET OFF HER! Cornelia yelledat him letting her eyes say all
"Tell me you love me." The boy continued tossing and
turning in the air around Lia.
Cornelia's eyes were wide with anger and she was helpless
what could she do? Suddenly she picked up the stuffed Panda and
threw it head on with her mirage target. It thankfully
disappeared and Cornelia breathed heavily lying back in her
"I have no idea what just happened but I'm going to take
the Panda home ok?" Lia said frightened by the sudden outburst of
"N...o" She croaked. She had no idea what was going on, why
this boy wanted her or why he was haunting her in the
"I'm worried about you" Lia held Cornelia's hand. "Oh god
that drip! What a dodge job, your hand is all red, they must have
had a trainee nurse do this or something?" Lia rubbed at her
lovers hand and to Cornelia the pain was enough to make her gag
and grapple at her hand. The usual soft touch of a dress maker
had turned into the searing flame from a hot poker. Of course the
drip! Cornelia pulled at the needle but the foreign object
remained implanted in her skin.
"Cornelia?! What are you doing?" Lia shouted pressing the
button for the nurse.
"I....get...out" finally she managed to rip the slender
needle away form her skin, dragging out the never connections the
metal had become fused to. He hand bleed furiously as the chunk
of skin missing now sat with the drip n the other side of the
"Dear god! What's wrong with you!"
"That was what was stopping me talking" The still crackly
words came out a little more solidly as Cornelia sat up in her
"What?" Lia gasped.
"I -" before Cornelia could tell her story the room
"Very clever little clover." The boy recited a line from
Batman and Robin. "I didn't think you would figure it out that
"You what do you want?" Cornelia's words hissed at
"I told you I want you or more be it I need her." He
pointed a long greenish hand toward Lia's temple and curled it
around a lock of her hair.
"Yes, you see in order for me to obtain my body or our body
to be exact, I need to steal your lover here. I can't keep your
body unless she falls in love with me."
"So that's who you were talking to when you said do you
love me?" Cornelia could start to feel the effect of the morphine
erases from her limbs as the boy jumped up and stood with his
legs spread apart over the top of her in the bed. He, just like
the Panda, left no dent in the mattress and he stood like a green
peter pan in the daylight.
"Where am I?" she questioned.
"My dream, you're in my worlds, I put you in a coma. You
and I have business. You see I'm stuck in this limbo; I've been
waiting for someone with your heart and emotion to get me out of
her! My families land is under this hospital, it was squashed by
the humans years ago and we exists only in dreams now, no more
flowers, no more trees, just dirty humans and buildings that are
cold, hollow towers to us. You took my home I will take yours."
The boy bent down extending his nails and pressing the metallic
like spikes to her skin.
"You said you would give me whatever I wanted." Cornelia
blurted out before her head was forced into the pillow. The
question provoked him and at least brought her some stalling time
to figure out her next move. His torso slid back towards his legs
letting his arms extend into something you only see in your
nightmares. His face dropped so Cornelia only saw those freakish
eyes staring from inside his horned head.
"Fuck, yes I may want to steal your body but I have
limitations I must abide by before I eat your soul."
"My soul?" The boy jaggedly crawled back up the bed, limbs
as long as meter rulers, his legs still fixed from the knee down
to her bed, he twisted and snaked his way up to her face.
Cornelia noticed it in the new light of the day and with the boy
so close to her face, his eyes were dull. They had no shine, no
sparkle, and no warmth human eyes carried. He had no soul to
reflect in them. They were spectacular dull green eyes fitting
for a daemon fairy who had nothing to live for but to steal and
"I want to be human; I want to be the human you are." He
bent close to her mouth the words almost flowing into hers like
smoke from a cigarette.
"No," Cornelia breathed back. The smell of him, the look
and feel made her want to submit to his magic, she thought about
what it would be like to be a fairy, to have magic and to see the
world in a different light. After all her life was your average
ant line, she did what she was told and lived how the economy
made her. But what about Lia? She couldn't leave her with this
perverted monster.The boy glared at her from above, his eyes even
more freakish and unnatural in the light as he scratched her face
to watch her bleed. He licked the tips of his claws and pressed
himself down against her body. Searing pain wreathed at her skin.
She screamed as her body felt like it was dripped in a giant vat
of acid. He continued the seduction.
"You won't be lost you know, you'll still be there, just
squashed down but you will still see everything." He kissed at
her throat and the ear splitting cry rang out each time he
"This is your own fault that needle was to help you not to
harm you." The boy said making her writhe on the bed. Her head
swam, her limbs were on fire and her body was weak from the pain
of her injuries. She turned her head on the pillow. He was making
her stomach turn at the same time she felt dust from his body
fill her like tiny electric charges. The drugs he had feed her
mad him intriguing and handsome to her.
Over by the door the stuffed Panda rose from his tipped
position on the floor and let out a sound that mimicked something
like a dying dragon. The boy turned his tipped head, his eyes lit
up and his face became spooked. The Panda charged at him from
across the room jumping the bed and tackling him to the ground,
the boy took out a chunk of Cornelia's face in the
"GET OFF MEEEEEE!!!" the boy screamed as the Panda tore at
his body. Green hunks of skin flew with black ooze all over the
floor. The boy scratched and kicked furiously at the giant beast
but that was not enough to save any part of him. The Panda raised
him in its T-Rex jaws and tossed the limp shredded remains into
the air. He then caught the boy in his paws and began to
"Oh dear god no!" Cornelia screamed as the tearing noise
turned into cracking.
"Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!" the boy yells became higher
and higher, his body was splitting in several places as if he was
merely a piece of blue tac that have been over used and stretched
out. His torso started to crack with holes as skin separated form
bone, muscle from joint. Black blood sprayed across the room as
finally his spine slipped out from the top half of his body as if
he were fish on the chopping board at the local take away
Cornelia hid under her covers, her eyes shut so tight it
she almost made them bleed, she was shaking inside and out as the
Panda gnawed on what was left of the fairy boy.
"Your wish has been granted." The voice rung out in her
"Save me!" Cornelia jolted up in the white room. The sound
of the monitor beeped away in the background but this wasn't the
same room she had been frozen in. 6 people now stood around her
bed, one being a priest in full black robes.
"What the?" Cornelia questioned as she watched Lia faint on
her left. Cornelia reached over the bed handle to look down at
the now sleep like girl but somehow she looked different, older
"Cornelia...... you're......alive........" Zen whispered
under his breath crossing himself as he did.
"Of course I am," Cornelia retorted. "I was only
"For 3 years." Zen said slowly still not believing that it
"3 years but I" Cornelia stammered and retched on her
words, her wounds had healed and she lay in just a plain white
bed. Her hair hand grown almost to her waist and her nails were
lengthy and sharp now.
"What happened to me?" Cornelia questioned to the blank
faces that surrounded her. Her Mother and Father huddled
together, Zen and her beloved Lia he now held cradled in his arms
still unconscious, Angelo with his little floppy old man's golf
hat his little mouth slack jawed and the priest who stood at the
head of the bed holding out his cross to her. Yeah that's what I
really want to see when I woke up she thought.
"You were talking with Lia then freaked about something and
the next minute you were asleep for 3 years! Doctors tried
everything to wake you and still you slept perfectly. You didn't
even need life support; it had doctors from across the globe
stumped for years! Now minutes before we were about to end it you
ping back to life!" Zen exclaimed.
"I was dreaming" Cornelia looked at her hands and felt her
legs once again free to move under the sheets. She turned to the
side of her bed imagining the black pool that should be there but
wasn't. She breathed out properly for the first time in ages. The
Panda toy sat on her bed side table covered in black stains but
looking the same cute and cuddly as ever. So it wasn't just a
dream she thought to herself and held the toy tight to her
"Thankyou" she whispered in its stuffed ear.
After getting dressed in some clothes Lia and brought for
her every day in case she woke up again, Cornelia collected her
belongings and finally checked out of her hospital bed. Lia
waited for her at the end of the hall with flowers and a warm
"I have missed you." She whispered to Cornelia as she
smiled in the hug.
"You won't believe the dream I had" Cornelia started as
they walked to the lift.
"Really? Well it must have been a very long one! You know I
almost left you? You go off and have a dream for 3 years and I
get stuck with all the bills?! You owe me a ton of fancy dinners
for that you know!" the girl started at her as she switched over
the earphones in Cornelia's ears.
"That's fair.... and you wouldn't leave me you would miss
my body too much" Cornelia smirked as Lia pouted and they got in
"So what did you dream about? Lia very girly said while
gripping onto her partners arm.
"There was a boy and he wanted to steal my body to be
human, I think he was trapped in the hospital. He said he wanted
to scone and steal you." Cornelia touched Lia's nose to make it a
"A boy?" Lia exclaimed.
"Yep, a young one maybe about 18, he was skinny as too! Not
my type at all."
"You know I lost a younger brother when I little, he would
have been 18 this year. She said as the memory of a boy was
recalled in her mind.
"What?" Cornelia froze as the lift skimmed past level 15,
"Yeah, he went mad when he was 15 and my parents had him in
this hospital for a year until he died. He just went silent one
day just like you. My parents took him off the life support a
year later and he died, just at the decision of my parents,
that's why I kept fight for you. I wasn't going to let anyone's
decision tell me you weren't coming home." Lia snuggled into
Cornelia's arm as she became a solid pillar of shock.
"Did your brother have any tattoos?" Cornelia finally
"Yeah he had a bunch of weird symbols on his chest. He got
them done by and underground artist, kept muttering that they
would save him or something like that. Why do you ask?" Cornelia
started to violently tremble then dropped her bag beside her as
the lift reached 6,5,4. She quickly lent into the mirror on her
left gripping at her neck. Thank god nothing. No mark, no symbol,
no tattoo, nothing.
"What the hell's wrong with you?" Lia asked as the lift
doors slid open and she picked up the floppy bag and feeling her
forehead to see if the fever had returned.
"Nothing honey, can we just go home, I've been here way too
long." Cornelia said almost bolting out of the lift. That's when
she noticed it. The small letter symbol tattoo not on her own
neck but on Lia's. She stopped mid run and starred.
"Forget something?" Lia questioned turning to reveal an
almighty razor sharp grin at Cornelia who dropped to her knees
It was Lia, this whole time she had been trying to re-unite
herself with her brother in the form of her lover, to make sure
he escaped the hospital and came with her. It was exactly what
fairies do, they charm you with their good looks and silver
tongues then swallowed you whole when you stepped back into their
ring of pebbles.