Aurora’s hands fell helplessly to her sides and she let out a long breath. After everything they had been through, she was sure that God would return Gabriel to her. How could she have been so wrong?
“I’m sorry child,” Lucius whispered as he got to his feet. “We tried.”
Tears rolled over Aurora’s cheeks and spilled onto Gabriel’s chest. “Thank you Lucius,” she whispered. “Now if you could please leave me.”
“Of course.” Lucius got to his feet. “Aurora, your parents would be very proud of the woman you have become. You really are your mother’s daughter.”
She smiled through her tears and thanked him for his kindness. Lucius had saved her life. If only she had been able to save Gabriel’s.
As the Council turned to leave, a gust of wind blew in through the window scattering the earth across Gabriel’s chest. Aurora dipped her head as another tear slipped over her cheek. One quickly gave way to many, as she could no longer contain her sadness. Tears pooled on Gabriel’s chest and Lucius had to look away. He hated to see her in so much pain. He turned to leave but Armain caught his arm.
Aurora’s tears had begun to bubble across Gabriel’s chest.
“Aurora, open your eyes child.”
A second gust of wind blew in, stronger this time, stroking her hair the way her mother had done when she was a child. Aurora opened her eyes and caught her breath as she saw what was happening.
“The air,” she managed. “It’s mixing with the tears and earth.” She knew how to save him. The only element missing was fire.
“Everything you need burns inside you child,” Lucius smiled. “Now I believe.”
Aurora closed her eyes and opened her heart. She called upon the power of her father’s ancestors and the passion that fuelled her. Images of the battle flooded her mind. Visions of Melloch glaring back at her from behind Gabriel’s eyes. She saw Aurel’s broken body and her sisters screaming. She saw her mother lying on the kitchen floor all those years ago and the fear in her father’s eyes. Her eyes flew open and deep inside flames flickered higher than ever before. She cupped her hands and when she opened them a single flame danced in her palms. She threw her head back and a gust of wind blew in through the window.
“I have given him the four elements of life and all of my love. Bring him back to me!”
She pressed the flame against Gabriel’s chest and closed her eyes. The wind collected the earth, water and fire and gathered them into a funnel that rose up from Gabriel’s chest. It spun higher and higher until it reached the ceiling. Aurora got to her feet, opened her arms and shouted at the top of her voice. “Bring him back to me!”
Suddenly the fire went out and all the air disappeared from the room. Dirt scattered across the floor and the tears on Gabriel’s chest and Aurora’s cheeks dried up.
“Please bring him back to me,” she whispered as she fell to her knees beside him. “Please…”