The Darwin Chronicles, Book Three: The Blackfire Meadows

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Chapter 6

Amy was lain on the kitchen table, Norie and Eliza bustling around, finding things they needed.

"Can't you heal her?" Dan asked Emmett. Emmett closed his eyes, trying to see if he had the power to heal her with his powers of a Legend.

"No," He responded miserably. He couldn't borrow her energy either, since her life was on the line. Dan left, closing the door behind him.

"We're going to have to strip her," His mother said gravely. "It seems she's been cut and burned all over her body." she took a knife and cut away the filthy clothing, leaving her in only undergarments. No part of her body had been spared, except her feet, face, neck, and palms. Her stomach, her legs, and her back were covered in the bloody ivy pattern, or blistered from burns. He could tell that beneath her undergarments, even her breasts were cut. "Emmett, you're going to have to leave."

"You're going to be able to help her, right?" He asked desperately. He'd never be able to forgive himself if she died without him explaining things to her, and he knew he'd never be able to live again if she'd died. Alive, but never really living.

"I'll do the best I can. Now leave."

Emmett went into his bedroom, swallowing his misery, the image of her battered, almost-naked body burning into his mind when he closed his eyes.

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