I’ve lost time on how long I’ve been sitting here, the hypnotic purr of the engine, almost lulling me to sleep. It’s so quiet and dark.
Once more I looked over at the small compact house, one solitary light shining behind a curtain. I thought I saw it twitch for a moment, but then all was still again.
Why is she taking so long. “I just need to pop into the house and get something.” She’d said. That must have been at least half an hour ago, but I’m holding back from going to find her, I’m not sure why it’s just a feeling, I’m over reacting aren’t I?
I recline my seat, it’s a comfortable enough car. A good sound system, plenty of room, its warm too and smells of incense, worry beads dangling from the rear view mirror, they’re apt, that’s how I’m feeling at the moment. Sighing, I fiddled with the sound system finding a playlist entitled ‘Haunting Music’ no thanks’. I carried on looking, ‘Happy Hits’, that’s better. I tried to get into it, tapping my foot along with the rhythm, humming away to myself.
When the car door was wrenched open I almost screamed. ‘How long do you call this?” Lisa didn’t answer, just jumped into the car, slamming her foot down on the accelerator, she roared away. “Woa, what’s wrong?” She ignored me, shaking, tears glistening in her eyes. “Hey,” I said more softly, “talk to me Lise.” Still no reply. I’ll have to wait it out.
We must have been driving for at least half an hour before she pulled up into a layby. She turned to me, so I took her hands gently. We’d been friends for as long as I can remember and I’d never seen her like this before. She’s the happy go lucky one, me the intense moody one. She’s good for me, and I don’t like this at all. “Please tell me, you can tell me anything, you know that.” I,I think I’ve killed him.”
Now that I wasn’t expecting, but I did’nt let go of her hands. “Your brother, I know you don’t get on but…..”
“He wasn’t going to let me go, saw you were in the car, said you were dangerous.”
“Me? I’m a pussycat.” Winking at her I tried to lighten the mood. Now, tell me what happened.”
“It was dark when I went in, then I realised there was a light on in his room. I thought he was out you see, but he’d parked round the back of the house for some reason. I tripped over one of his damn books lying on the floor, he heard me, came storming down the stairs and asked me where I’d been.”
“He still treats you like a child,” I muttered. She gave me a warning look, so I didn’t say another word.
“I glanced over at the window without thinking, so he looked behind the curtain and saw you in the car. He was going to go out to you and in such a rage I didn’t know what he’d do. I grabbed hold of him and pulled him back, but he caught his heal on that book, lost his balance and fell against the stair railing. He hit his head, oh there was so much blood, so I ran” She buried her face in her hands and sobbed.
“Shhh, its ok it’s going to be ok.” I rocked her gently.
“Will you heal him, please Leo?”
“Are you sure you want me too? He’s evil that’s why he hates me so much.”
“Yes I do, he’s my brother, and I’ll be a murderer, I’ll go to prison. Please Leo for me.”
‘Yes you heard right I have the gift of healing. My actual name it Leonora and that’s what I was put on this earth to do.
Unfortunately Daniel, Lisa’s brother is the total opposite, he is supposed to be a cleanser, ridding the world of evil, but he’s out of control and now he ‘cleanses’ anyone he feels like, if they rub him up the wrong way, he just gets rid of them.
“That’s emotional blackmail Lise, he doesn’t deserve to live.”
“Would you rather I go to prison then?”
“That’s not fair, you know I’d do anything for you.”
“Then do this for me then, I’m begging you Leo.”
“This is wrong, I’m going to regret it.”
“That’s a yes then?”
I sighed, and looked away as she floored the accelerator.
It didn’t take long to return, considering the speed Lisa was going.
We entered the house and there he was, flat on the floor blood pooling from underneath his head.
“Hmmm he’s a bit of a mess.”
Lisa hung her head.
“Don’t, you dare feel guilty he deserves everything he gets.”
I knelt beside him. “You’re sure you want this, it can stop here.” she nodded, so I laid the tips of my fingers on either side of his temples and breathed out allowing the flow of healing into him. I could see deep into his consciousness as I did so, it was dark and forbidding so much hate. I wanted to pull back, nearly did then his body tensed and I felt the steady beat of his heart. Too late now.
“What the hell?” Carl staggard to his knees and made a grab for Lisa. “You murdering cow.”
With a flick of my fingers I floored him. “I’d be happy to reverse my gift to you. Say the word Lise.” Raising my eyebrows I looked at her hopefully.
“No, no, I, I want to give him a chance.”
“Just one wrong move.” I glared at him. “Get up, slowly.”
“No need to overreact.” Carl staggered to his feet, dusting himself off.
He was a tall man, a flick of short blond hair framing an intelligent face with the tell-tale gold speckling his iris’s, making then shimmer. If you looked into them they would stop you in your tracks.
Because she was his sister and I was a healer, myself, and Lisa, were immune to his power. Other’s weren’t so fortunate, and that was the death of them….literally.
He looked down at the pool of blood and touched the back of his head. “You did a good job on me Sis.”
Lisa wouldn’t meet his malevolent stare.
Much to my disgust and resignation I said, “You’re hanging out with us until you start playing nice.”
“You’ll have a long wait in that case Leo.”
“Leonora to you!”
“Whatever.” He shrugged his shoulders. “Where to then?”
“Sit your arse down into that chair,”
“And zip it.” He flopped unsteadily into the chair, still weak for now, leaning forward, elbows resting on his thighs, head hanging down. “You know I’m going to kill you both when I’ve recovered right?”
I didn’t give him the satisfaction of an answer.
A small amount of blood trickled down the side of his neck, and Lisa left the room returning with a wad of tissue, she gingerly handed it to him.
He snatched it from her, and with a gasp she took an involuntary step back.
“Do you want to die a second time?” These were empty threats, we both knew I wouldn’t do it, not now. But I flicked my fingers again , pinning him to the chair. “Be a good little jack ass.” We sat like that for a while, his lip curling into a sneer, laughing at me. Then thankfully, his eyelids began to droop and soon, some not very gentlemanly snoring started. He was still weak and I needed to make the most of it, once he’d totally regained his strength, I had a feeling his threat my very well come true.
Lisa was pacing from one end of the room to the other.
“Hey, give your legs a break, sit down Lise.”
She slumped onto the sofa. “What do we do now?”
“You should have considered that before you persuaded me to bring him back.” My tone was sharp, which I instantly regretting, seeing her face crumple and tears start to fall. I sat next to her on the sofa. “Sorry Lise,” and put my around her, “I need to think this through.”
It wasn’t long before she too fell asleep, minus the snoring thank the heavens.
Yes I could fight him, I might even get the better of him for a while, but what it came down to was that I wasn’t I fighter, I was a healer, on this earth to do good, not kill. Even him.
But I could do something else. It would mean leaving my best friend for ever, but in doing so, I could save her and many others.
I could enter his mind and take control of him, pull him from this world so that he could never return, the thing was neither could I. I brought him back, so now I had to remove him….for ever.
It looked like I’d have to be quick about too. I could see his strength returning right before my eyes his skin was glowing with energy, he would just get stronger and stronger.
Writing a hastily scribbled note, I lay it by Lisa’s side, and sighed with resignation, this was not going to be pleasant.
As I stood over Carl, a heat was emanating from his skin, and his mouth was still tilted into that sneer, even in sleep he looked evil.
Kneeling hesitantly before him, I once again laid the tips of my fingers on either side of his temples and breathed out but this time it wasn’t my flow of healing that went into him, it was my soul, my strength, my love of the world, Lisa, all of the innocent people. I felt searing pain and resistance, Carl’s eyes snapped open, he knew what was happening but fortunately was still too weak to do anything about it. Then I was him, and it was terrifying, all of those poor people all of those souls.
“It stops here.”
Sitting up, I looked down upon my old body, slumped over, my head hanging. My mind was screaming, racing, I could feel Carl trying to push me out. ‘Gotta move fast I thought, dragging myself to my feet I forced this unfamiliar body to move.
I took a final look back. “Bye Lise,” then stumbled out of the house.
I dragged Carl’s body forward, he was pushing fighting trying to turn me back.
He began to scream and shout “Noooo you’ll kill us both.”
“I know,” I sighed, “but it has to be.”
“We can work together rule this pathetic earth.”
“Not a chance.” I half dragged half walked to the edge of a cliff near the house, and looking down at the endless drop, forced myself not to think not to hesitate, then with total resolve I stepped over the edge and plummeted down.
As I fell, tears were streaming down my, cheeks, his cheeks. I didn’t know myself anymore. But what I did know was that I’d done the right thing.
When Lise awoke there was no sign of Leo or her brother, she sat up and the note by her side brushed against her hand.
Opening it a moan escaped her lips, “No, no what have you done?”
She stood up, rushed outside, and bolted to the edge of the cliff. Lisa looked down, no sign, nothing.
“Hey Lise.” She jumped back. My voice echoed up at her. “It’s over, he’s gone well we’re gone, but that’s ok,” I said to her gently.
“How can it be ok, it can never be ok, you come back here right now.”
I smiled. “Cant do it, I have to go home, we have to go home, I felt Conrad beside me, we were no longer one, and he was like a ball of fury, but could do nothing about it now, it was too late for him, too late for both of us. As the wind lifted me away I looked down at the shell that used to be his body. “He cant hurt you anymore Lise, not you not anyone, I love you, you’ll be ok. You’re stronger than you think, always were.”
My tears dried, drifting away into the air then my soul flew, whisked away, one last look. “Ah well it was good while it lasted.” I smiled through my tears as I left.
“You’ll be ok I called to Lisa one last time. And she was, of course she was, she lived.