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“Let’s take you to a medical bay. This will be simple to treat,” Batresh told her.
The Matriarch shook her head and raised her face to look into Batresh’s eyes. “You know we can’t do that,” she wheezed. Batresh wiped her mother’s mouth with a cloth, and caressed her forehead.
She looked at her mother’s withered hand, as she held it in her own. She knew treating her mother’s condition would only prolong her suffering and subvert the reason she was dying. Seeing her suffer was painful. Her mother wheezed as she inhaled, her lungs rattled.
“Will you remember me?” Batresh asked as she wiped her Mother’s face with a damp cloth.
The Matriarch lifted her thin arm, placing her hand on Batresh’s cheek, “My daughter,” she took in a breath. “You have been a blessing to me.” She paused, “Help me.”
Batresh stood and placed her left arm behind her mother’s back, helping her to lie down on the bed. “We should summon the Seven,” she wheezed again.
“Mother,” Batresh fought back tears. “Not yet.”
“My child,” the Matriarch responded, looking into her eyes. “Summon them.”
Batresh looked down at the fabric on which her mother lay, feeling as if she was already gone. She knew what must happen. She held her head in her hands and rubbed her eyes with fatigue. She wanted to delay. Her mother inhaled painfully.
She lay there with her eyes open, seemingly focused on an object in the distance, high above the roof of this ancient palace. Batresh felt her own shoulders grow tense. She stood slowly, and walked over to a chest adorned with golden serpents, and pressed a red jewel. A blue square of light appeared above the case, and the view of an empty room with desks and display-mounts appeared. She was surprised that no one was there. “Hello?” she whispered.
An elderly, hunched woman walk to the display. “Batresh,” she responded. She sat down at the desk over which the display hovered. “Is she ready?”
Batresh only nodded and the transmission ended.
Batresh turned around, facing her again. She watched labored breaths for long minutes. After a time, she heard the whirr of a vehicle as it sat down on the tiled roof above them. They would be here soon.
Batresh stood and walked over to the bed, sitting near the old woman. She heard what seemed to be a hissing sound coming from the old woman’s lips. She bent down closer. She heard people walking down the stairs that lead from the roof to the garden in front of this room. The old woman whispered, “Yes…”
Batresh lay her face next to her mother’s cheek, pressing her lips against the dry, withered skin. “Yes…” her mother hissed.
Tears stung the corners of Batresh’s eyes, “Yes, Mut?”
“Yes,” the Matriarch said again, “I will know you again one day.”
The door opened, and an elderly, hunched woman entered. Several other women were behind her.
Dru83: This is perhaps my favorite part of the Olafson story just because it is here that were are introduced to his "gang". The characters are so diverse and complicated that each of them could just about spawn their own story. Eric's buddies are just so captivating and the plot just rolls along. Again...
ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...
TonyHeredia: I've been reading science fiction and fantasy for many years and I still don't think I've read a story like this before. It is realistic, lusty and techy all at the same time. It jumps back and forth in time giving the reader two different versions of the same man. I found myself reading for h...
Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...
mullikin902: Do not start reading this book unless you have enough time to finish it in one sitting, because you will not be able to put it down! Superlative! Addictive! Deliciously wicked characters you can't get enough of. Impatiently waiting for the sequel!
Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...
Theresa Alley: right from the start it is of the genre I love!! And it doesn't slow down from there!! I love that it kept me reading til I had no more story left to read!! I finished it in one day!! love this book!! looking forward to more from this author, if not about ASTA, more of the same style!! PLEASE!!!???
Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...
SandraHan1: This story is very descriptive, with vivid scenes from the very beginning, which made for a good scene setting. I love the symbolism in names, such as “Naysayers”, “Hadd”, etc . The story itself is revolutionary, intriguing, emotional and exciting. I was very pleased to see that there is a happy ...
Pille: I have never read a ... werewolf/urban fantasy/any other genre ... story with this brutal honesty about kidnapping and mafia. It was a chilling experience but you also managed to write it as the best thriller and also give it a happy end. I must praise you for the amazing writing skills you have...