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Chapter Forty-One: Natalia

Jesse led Diana and I into the abandoned section of the warehouse. "There's an old dormitory back here. You guys can use that." He stopped in front of a rather large building. It could've easily been the biggest in the warehouse.

I stopped at the front door. "It should be perfect."

Jesse nodded. "I'll keep watch out here to make sure you're undisturbed." I opened the door and stepped inside with Diana.

The dormitory was covered in at least an inch of dust if not more. The beds were stained and slowly decomposing on the metal bed frames. I sent a gust of wind over the beds and caught the dust particles in a bubble. With a flick of my wrist, the dust incinerated, leaving the air clear.

Diana slowly walked over to the bed. "It's weird to think I could do that."

I followed behind her after making sure the front door was locked. "You'll get the hang of this."

Diana sat down on the bed with her feet hanging off the side. She clutched onto the dirty mattress, causing her knuckles to turn white. "So..." she said.

I sat down across from her with my legs crossed under me. "Do you want to start this or shall I?"

Diana pulled her feet onto the mattress, hugging her knees close. "I can't do it."

I smiled. "Sure you can."

Diana shook her head. "I don't know where to start."

I scooted closer to her. "I'll walk you through it." Diana dropped her knees and let her legs cross under her. "Close your eyes." She did.

I closed my own and lowered my defenses. She may be powerful, but she had no control over her abilities at the moment. A single defense in my mind could shut her down completely. "Now, imagine you're reaching out to my mind. There'll be a moment where it feels like you're falling and that is totally normal. You'll find yourself in my mind once the sensation subsides. You should see a hallway filled with glowing lights once inside." I could feel Diana's presence wandering around the hallway I created just for her. "You need to search for a particular light, one I'm trying to hide from you."

"How am I supposed to find it if you're hiding it?"

She moved randomly through the hallway; she had no idea what she was looking for. "Look for a piece of the puzzle you're trying to solve. You're trying to figure out what I saw when I entered your mind, right? What matches with what you saw?"

Diana moved toward the correct memory. I jumped into her mind, ready for the ride we were about to take together. She was finally going to know what we shared.

I popped up beside Diana as she stood next to the nightmare/memory that connected all of the puzzle pieces together for Diana. I already put the puzzle together myself, but I was curious to see what happened once Diana was taken from the nursery. "Is this the right one?" Diana asked.

I nudged her forward. "There's only one way to find out." She reached for the memory and dragged us both inside.

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