Gage Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America- Earth, 7:28 A.M, May 5th, 2018 A.D.
Lonan smiles once we enter again and Amá helps me lower down onto my bed. I slip off my chanclas and tuck myself back in.
Amá raises an eyebrow at Lonan and points to my window. “Out.”
Lonan scrambles off the side of the bed he was in, jumping onto the balcony with ease. “Catch ya later, darling.”
And then he’s off, his wings leaving a gust of wind behind.
I turn to Amá. “Why’d you kick him out? He helped save Apá.”
Amá crosses her arms. “I don’t care.”
I shrug my shoulders and raise my arms in an I-don’t-know motion. “Okay.”
I sink into my sheets, prepared to take a much-needed nap. I close my eyes, the ache in my head only further proving it.
But Amá nudges me and I peek one eye open with a frown. “Yes?”
“I still need to talk to you.”
I suppress an irritated groan and sit back up, blinking at her. “Okay, what about?”
“That I’m proud of you too. You’re a full-fledged Moonwalker now!”
The corners of my lips twitch. “That’s all you wanted to say?”
Amá’s eyebrows scrunch. “Yes, is there a problem?”
I quickly shake my head. “Nope.” I stare at her for a few moments, before a thought passes through my head. “Anyway~, I’ve been wondering about something.”
Amá nods. “What is it?”
“I... I was able to heal Lonan’s wings... Or rather, I was able to stop the curse power’s fire from spreading on his wings. How did I manage that?”
Amá lets out a questioning grunt. “Perhaps God just blessed you with that. He saw you deserved it.”
“Hmm...” I mutter, my eyes narrowing at my bedsheets. “Perhaps. And what the heck is the Nera orb? I heard that it can control God?”
Amá sighs. “It’s an orb that’s believed to be locked away someplace in Heaven. Only God knows where it is, actually. And it does control Them, in a sense. It’s able to take away Their power.”
My eyes widen. “God without power? How-”
Amá sighs again. “Don’t worry about it now. Leilah is gone.”
I bite my lip.
Amá pats my head. “You should get some rest.”
“Wait!” I grab onto her arm before she leaves. “Why didn’t God do anything to stop Leilah, though?”
“They did. They sent us down here, remember?” Amá questions, a sad smile on her face.
“Right...” I trail off, letting go of her forearm. “I should sleep now, I guess.”
Amá nods. She takes a couple of steps forward, stopping at the doorway to turn to me. “Sleep well, mija.”
A twinge nudges my brain and I pretend to yawn to hide my grimace. “Okay.” Amá closes the door behind her.
It takes a minute, but my eyes drift shut and I fall asleep.