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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.
Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...
Ding Fernando: very nice read.so realistic you can hardly put it down,i really like the character so human despite posessing immortality and eternal youth.though i would prefer a better ending..i still love this novel and i am recommending it to all sci fi fans to give it a try .you will love it too!!
Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...
Sara Grover: When I first started reading, it was a bit slow; though only because it was so information intense and fast-paced in trying to describe how this complex galactic corporation/government like entity controls known space. I would suggest maybe adding a preface to better educate the reader to help av...
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 ...
Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...
Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...
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...
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...
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.