I recover quickly a look next to me and I see Muse. I smile thankfully. I turn and we all swim out hand-in-hand. I announce that Darkmist has passed and a cheer erupts from the crowd as the remaining of the enemy flee.
As everyone is being treated to I look over to see Draco and Iris talking. Iris has a large rip in her side though I don't think either of them have noticed. I want to swim over and heal her but I know I can't. It would be saving her life, twisting her fate, I cannot do that. My powers are too weak at the moment, so if I tried I would kill her and possibly myself. I watch as Iris' eyes finally fade. I shake my head slightly. I look over to Draco who is trying to get her back and his eyes suddenly fade too. My eyes widen. No no no, that's not right, it can't be. Some of the others bring him to a rock and set him down, his eyes open again. I swim over to the crowd and my sister and Muse follow.
I stay in the back listening to the commotion. I lean over to my sister and whisper, "Star, this might be a good time to practice your healing power." She nods and pushes her way to the front.
We emerge and my brother announces the filthy traitor's death, after so we make our way to a little crowd around a fish laying on a rock. Draco, I believe was his name. He seemed to be injured and another fish was yelling at him. My brother leans over, "Star, this might be a good time to practice your healing power," He tells me. I nod and slip past everyone to the front. Breme, the angry one fell down and I lightly pushed him aside, apologizing quietly. I take a deep breath and turn to Draco, "Alright, the wound's on the your chest?" I examine his chest. I bite my lip. "Oh my, I got to get to this quick or he might die..." I say softly to myself. "Ok this might take a while and feel a little weird," I tell him raising my fins over his chest. I close my eyes and think about calming things. I channel my energy into my fins. My fins grow warmer and warmer. I open my eyes as light flows from my fins to him.
I turn to Muse. "I trust you to gather everyone up and direct them. The injured need to be cared for, if you know anything about healing herbs, please gather some, my sister should be able to help the wound but there will still be a pretty bad scratch," I tell her.I smile and reach up to her and before I reach her my fins fall limp. I feel my smile suddenly fade, my energy was almost drained completely from that burst... Pain explodes in my head. I sink down to the river bottom and collapse there. My eyelids close slowly...
Iris has died, and Draco did too, for a second. But he came back. He's a mess. Stardust heals his wounds, but she can't heal his broken spirit. Silverbeam is talking to Muse, when he suddenly collapses and his eyes begin to close.
I'm not going to let him die too. We still need him. But how can he be saved? Stardust can't because she'll die too. The only choice is for one of us to sacrifice our life force in order for him to live. No, not one of us. Two. I turn to Oliver, and we give each other a meaningful look. It's time.
We join fins and turn to face Silverbeam. I take one last, deep breath, and let go. Oliver and I are traveling down a dark tunnel, faster and faster. It seems like we'll never stop, when we're thrust into... I don't know what it is. A soft light is everywhere, and it looks like the paddy. Like our home. But it's not. It's a ghost of the real realm, a reflection. We are dead. The shimmering forms of Neptune, Iris, and a fish that must be Shona swim into view.
"You have made a difficult sacrifice." Iris says.
"It's worth it," I replied. "They're safe now."
"You did the right thing. It is not yet Silverbeam's time to leave, he has years and years to go. He still has work to do. You two have fulfilled your destiny. Now come," She says, gesturing her fin.
"Where will we go?" I ask.