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March 31, 2019

April Gale 10

This week's Words for Wednesday prompts are: television 


Summary of what happened so far (spoilers if you have not read the earlier parts): April Gale comes to Windy Shadows with her aunt, Josephine Tyler, meets her grandfather Harry Tyler, a few ghosts and a few odd servants. Then she met a young dragon named Tim who dropped her on the roof.

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April Gale 10

Harrison Tyler should have been prepared for any emergency but when it comes to his family, he can only do what he can. When he heard Tim's roar, he had rushed out of his room but at the door, he stopped. Josephine can handle it, he thought. It is her responsibility now. His time is coming to an end. He must allow Josephine to do what she can and yet, when Mrs. Summers rushed up to his door telling him Josephine wanted him on the roof, he knew he had to go.

Harry fears what he might see and yet, when he is on the roof, the sight of his daughter cradling his granddaughter, makes him want to break down and sob. But he keeps his face placid. It has only been one day of his silent excursion but he must break it.

Josephine wants to tell him he should not use his power but he gives her a nod. Harry smiles at Josephine's sorrowful face and the bits of blood on her fingers. He lays a hand over April's forehead. A shot of electric shivers runs from her to his hand and over his body. He closes his eyes and allow all of April's pain to seep into him. He opens his eyes and removes his hand from her forehead. "Take April to her room." He waves a hand at them.

Josephine and April appears in April's room. Josephine is not surprised to see Mrs. Summers there. Josephine's father always hires the right kind of help. Mrs. Summers lifts April out of Josephine's arms and onto the bed.

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"Help me!" April screams and she opens her eyes to the round face of Mrs. Summers looking down at her with a half amused grin. April shift into a sitting position as Mrs. Summers props up the pillows. April looks down at her hands and pets her arms and legs. "I'm alive," she says. Mrs. Summers stands there still looking amused. "Yes, dear, you're alive."

April looks around her. She is in her room in bed surrounded by the semi darkness. The curtains are closed and and the only source of light is a single candle on the table far from April's bed.

"But how? I remember the roof was coming up very fast and then I blocked out." April tries to think of the moment after but all she remembers is Josephine's blurred face.

"Master saved you. I knew he would." Mrs. Summers purses her lips into a straight line with eyebrows a little drawn down.

"Master? Do you mean grandfather?"

"Yes." Mrs. Summers walks to the windowas and pushes the curtains apart allowing daylight to fill the room. Then she blows out the candle. "Miss Josephine has instructed me to keep you in your room for a couple of days."

April sticks her feet out from under the covers all ready to get up but Mrs. Summers is quick and is instantly by her side. She eases April back into bed. April leans against the pillows. She has never felt so weak before.

"Now, Miss April, you must stay put until your aunt deems it is alright to leave your bed."

"Alright." April wants to ague but she feels much too tired and weak. Her head aches terribly. She rubs at the sides of her forehead.

"I will fetch your breakfast. Do not go anywhere." Mrs. Summers gives April a small but kind smile and leaves April to herself.

Why her head is pounding away, April isn't sure. But she did fall from a great height. She remember hitting the hard surface but she had not felt any pain then. It must be serious if Aunt Josephine allows her to sleep this late.

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Josephine remembers her mother's vision from years ago but today it came true. Her mother has always had visions but they almost always happens years or even decades later. Josephine could not understand how such a gift would be useful but at the moment, just thinking about it makes her weary. It is not always a good thing to have her mother's vision come true for she always had visions of terrible futures. But April was hurt like her mother's vision. But Josephine had forgotten it until today.

She sighs. It is no use trying to justify what cannot be changed. She had witnessed yesterday's disaster and yet, if she had not given up the dumb notion of not using her powers, then April would have been saved. Yes, she is fine now but the consequence is too great. Her father's lost of his vital energy will not be gained back as before. She have noticed his fatigued face when he appeared on the roof.

"My dear Josey, how is April?" Emma appears as if she have been there always, standing close and almost solid and yet, she is not alive, not the way Josephine would have liked.

"She needs time to recover. Mother, do not disturb her now. I have asked all the servants and Father to keep out of her room aside from Mrs. Summers. Father said she used to be a nurse. She can take care of April better than either one of us."

Emma nods. "I had hoped I was wrong but now this..." She presses a hand on Josephine's shoulder. Josephine wishes her mother is alive. She cannot find comfort in cold hands but she smiles at her mother.

10 comments:

  1. I need to go back and read the weeks I missed, but this is heart-achingly sad.

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    1. yeah, it's pretty sad for the moment but hopefully more fun things will come their way.

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  2. Glad that April was saved, unfortunately at some cost to her grandfather.

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    1. yes, poor harry. I wish I can say he will be well but for some odd reason, I have an idea that he won't be but I haven't written that yet...

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  3. Such a good story. I hope next weeks prompts lead you further.

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    1. I hope so too, thank you for providing the inspiration.

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  4. I hope Emma is able to help Josephine feel better about things that are happening. I hope April recovers without any ill effects also. I see Tim has some learning to do, but that will come with time. He is a very young dragon after all. Nicely done with the words.

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    1. I hope things will work out, but I guess I should be the one to know that but I have yet to think of the next part.

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  5. This sounds quite serious. I hope they get sorted out.

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    1. so do I.

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