Before Aurora’s foot even touched the old wooden porch, Jasmyne came bursting out of the front door her hands perched on her hips and a frown stretched across her forehead like the crease of the horizon. “And just what do you think you’re doing here?”
Behind Jasmyne all of her sisters suddenly started pushing their way out of the door and crowding around, all talking at once like a flock of angry birds.
“You lied to us!”
“How could you do that Aurora?”
“We trusted you.”
“I stuck up for you and you lied.”
Aurora knew she deserved it. Jasmyne had of course kept watch over the cabin and knew that she and Gabriel had returned home together. She knew they had to say their piece, but their voices were overwhelming. Compared to the tranquillity of the cabin and the quiet spaces she and Gabriel had filled with the brush of a hand or a whisper of love, the farmhouse was too bright and too loud.
“Sisters please,” she began. “I know I have done you wrong and I am in no position to ask for your help, but I need you. All of you. We are in great danger.”
Jasmyne rolled her eyes and tossed her hair back over her shoulder. “You have to be joking. You think you can just come back here and what? We’ll all fall at your feet?”
“Please sister, just hear me out. That’s all I ask.”
But her sisters were already exchanging glances and shaking their heads.
“We can’t Aurora,” Aria told her. “You had your chance and you tricked us.”
“We all believed you,” Amelia added. “I was the first one to take your side and you lied to us.”
“Amelia I’m sorry, I had to see the Council. This is bigger than you understand.”
“You didn’t seem to need our help before,” Jasmyne challenged. “What’s changed?”
“It’s Gabriel. He’s not who I thought he was.”
Jasmyne’s voice was so smug that Aurora found it hard to keep her temper in check. “Jasmyne I made a mistake, alright? I thought he was the one, but he is no longer willing to help us.”
“Us? There is no us Aurora,” Jasmyne told her bluntly. “You made that clear quite a while ago. Now you need to leave. You are not welcome here.”
They were the same words Gabriel had said just hours before. She was no longer welcome anywhere. She had lost the person she loved and her sisters were disowning her. She was out of options. Unable to hold back her emotions any longer, Aurora fell to her knees and wept.
No longer caring what they thought, Aurora sobbed as pain tore through her chest. She clutched at her heart and let out a sorrowful cry that carried across the wind and into the forest. In the distance her cries were met with the melancholy howl of a lone wolf. The sound echoed through the forest and was soon joined by another and then another. Before long the ghostly howl of more than a hundred wolves filled the air and when Aurora looked up through her tears, she saw a familiar face staring back at her from across the field.
“Aurel,” she whispered. “I need you.”
The wolf broke the tree-line and bounded across the open field until he was at her side. He dropped to the ground and licked at her face, wiping away her tears. Around them the howling ceased and Jasmyne glanced toward her sisters.
“Alright Aurora, you have my attention. Tell us of the danger we face.”