Life and death flowed through the halls of the hospitals but none of it was supernatural save for one tiny life. I followed the pull of this new life, excited by the prospect of her existence. I turned the corner to the maternity ward and was greeted by a dear friend.
“Sage! What are you doing here?” Lily’s hair swirled around her face.
I embraced her tightly. “I’ve come to talk to you about the babe.”
“My granddaughter, she’s barley four hours old! How could you possibly know about her?” She pulled away and put her hands on her hips.
I laughed. “The same way I know about everything.”
She waved her hands at me. “Right, oracle. I always seem to forget. Well come in and see her.”
Lily led me into the door to our left. The woman lying on the bed looked incapable of conversation. I glanced at the label on her iv and rolled my eyes. Morphine. A man stood beside the bed; he grabbed the railing knuckles white with anger.
“Who the hell are you?”
“Richard! Sage is a close friend of mine. She came to see the baby.” Lily chided Richard but made for the bassinet on the far side of the room.
A frail boy stroked the infant’s head. “Gran, isn’t she perfect.”
Lily scooped the baby up and cradled her close. “Austin, she is.”
“She’s far from perfect, she wasn’t a match for Austin. We needed her bone marrow to match! Elaine went through hell with this pregnancy and it was all for nothing!” Richard’s words held a venom that a proud father wouldn’t have been able to muster.
“You knew there was a chance that the baby wouldn’t be a match. And Elaine was beyond excited to have a daughter. Stop being hateful.” Lily handed her to me.
I looked down at the sleeping girl and was shocked by her white hair. I hadn’t expected it to be so pale given everyone else’s coloring. Her cheeks were pink, and she was pleasantly chubby. She was the cherub baby any parent would want. I smiled knowing that this little girl was something special and only Lily and I would ever know.
Elaine moaned from her bed and Richard put his hand on her forehead. “Mom why don’t you take your friend out for coffee. I’m going to have the nurse take the baby to the nursery so Elaine can rest.”
I went and sat the baby back in the bassinet. Her brother started rubbing her check with more affection than her father probably ever would.
Lily and I went out into the hall and wrapped my arm around her. I knew her son’s anger was uncalled for and could see it cut her to the core.
“Don’t let him get to you. You need to be strong for that little girl. She’s going to need your wisdom as a wolf goddess.”
She looked at me and the awe filling her eyes was all I needed to know that the babe was in the right hands. “She’s one of us?”
“Yes. She’s so very special. I’m not sure what the moon holds for her ability wise, but I know she will be with wolves one day. Her mate is going to make sure of that.”
She pulled from my grasp. “Her mate?” She stepped closer to me. “A werewolf is going to take her as its mate?”
I nodded my head. “He’s a good boy; he can seem dense but like any wolf he’ll be a good mate.”
Lily rubbed her forehead. I could tell she was apprehensive. “I’m not going to be able to tell her what she is. Richard would make sure she believes I’m insane.”
I reached out and gripped her shoulder firmly. “Then simply lay the groundwork. Ensure that she will respect non-humans. Help her grow into someone that can contend with a male wolf. She needs to know that fate has a funny way of making things work. We’ll be sure when the time comes, he’ll court her. It’s the polite and practical thing to do.”
Lily chuckled. “Practical, wolves aren’t practical.” She quieted. “Are you sure about all of this?”
I pulled her into a hug. “Yes, and as long as she has you to guide her, she will be able to cope with the unexpected and foreign idea of a wolf lover.”
She hugged me in return. She didn’t say much but I didn’t blame her. Knowing the fate of her granddaughter added a weight she hadn’t been expecting. I didn’t want to tell her how special the babe was. She’d been created for a purpose that wasn’t met at birth and now she had a new one. Lily would have a difficult time with her son’s anger when it came to raising the child wild. Though if anyone was up to the challenge it was Lily.
I released her from my grasp. “Go make sure that girl is safe. She’s going to need your love and protection.”
“Thank you, Sage.” She turned and headed back to the room.
I left; in time I would see them both again but for now I was needed elsewhere.