A women watched bitterly as the images in the mirror taunted her with glimpses of the outside world. The mirror, if you could call it that, was the only piece of furniture in the room. In fact other than the women occupying it ,there was nothing else in the rooms. There was no walls, no ceiling, only an abyss of nothingness. In the beginning she had attempted to wander the nothingness but ultimately ended up in the same spot. In the center of it all, staring at that mirror. However the mirror, as torturous as it may be, was the only thing that kept her sane. Ironically the mirror had been designed as a tactic to shatter the sanity of whoever was imprisoned with it. Paired with the mind numbing boredom and endlessly changing daylight cycle designed to prevent the prisoner's body from developing a cycle; this room was designed to make people suffer. No food was ever served and no bed or furniture provide for sleeping. One would expect to perish quickly under these conditions if it weren't for the spell placed upon them during imprisonment that made them immortal to such trivial things.She was left with nothing. Except that mirror, but that mirror ended up being all she needed. The mirror showed her what her heart desired but could never have. In the beginning it had ripped her heart in two but now all it did was provide her with the tools she needed. So with a cold stare she watched as the Fairy Prince laid in the arms of another. But unlike centuries ago she smiled, a cold heartless smile. He had unwittingly provided her with all the tools she needed and he would feel the pain that he had once inflicted upon her.
Kendra woke up that morning feeling sick. She had felt off for a few days, but that morning she just felt sick. Honestly Kendra had almost forgotten what it felt like to be sick, the perks of being married to a unicorn. Bracken, being as overprotective as he was, insisted on healing her is she so much as sneezed. She had to admit it was cute, if not a but annoying at times. Groaning she rolled over intending to snuggle up to the unicorn who always seemed to be a walking furnace. Her plans changed, however, as her stomach clenched and her throat burned as bile began to rise up. Hopping out of bed, Kendra bolted for the bathroom to empty the contents of her stomach. She felt her hair being pulled back and a strong hand rubbing her back. Bracken whispered sweet nothing's into her ear, attempting to soothe her as she continued to dry heave long after she stopped puking.
" Easy, Kendra. Just relax. " He said as he grabbed a hair tie from the counter and tied her hair away from her face before moving his hand to her forehead. Cool waves washed over her soothing her aching stomach and somewhat easing her nausea. After a moment she was able to stop heaving and sit up. She leaned against her husband who wrapped an arm around her. Bracken stood, momentarily releasing her from his hold as he filled a glass with water and handed it to her.
" You don't seem to have a fever and I can't sense any illness. " Bracken muttered thoughtfully, more to himself than to Kendra as he replaced his hand on her forehead.
" No, I'm fine. I probably just ate something that didn't sit right. " she replied, desperately trying to convince him she was ok. So despite Bracken's worried stare Kendra pushed herself to her feet, using the counter to steady herself as she stumbled momentarily. Bracken instantly reached out to steady her, placing one of his strong arms around her waist.
"Kendra, why don't you go lay back down I'll stay home and -"
" No. The fairy realm needs you Bracken besides I'm fine. I told you its probably just something I ate." Kendra replied firmly, despite the fact that a having a day in with Bracken sounded absolutely heavenly. Bracken was the prince of the fairy realm meaning that their one on one time was usually limited.
"Kendra, throwing up isn't fine." Bracken insisted, his blue eyes pleading with her to let him help. Kendra, however wasn't about to cave that easily.
" You said it yourself, there's no illness. "
" Just because I didn't sense one doesn't mean their isn't one. It only means that its not big enough for me to see or heal yet."
" Or it could mean that theirs nothing wrong with me. There's no reason for you to stay home. Besides, you're the prince you have duties that you can't abandon just because you think I might be sick."
"Nothing that goes on in the fairy realm is more important to me than taking care of you" Bracken replied gently, moving one of his hand to cup her cheek. The tenderness and concern in his gaze was almost enough to shatter her resolve. Almost.
"I'll make you a deal, if I can hold down some breakfast then you go to work. If I can't then I promise to go back to bed."She compromised searching her husbands eyes as he contemplated the option.
"Deal, but only if you promise to take it easy and that you will call me if you feel worse" He agreed looking and sounding extremely reluctant.
" I promise. " she smiled standing on her toes to kiss his cheek before leaving to get some breakfast.
Kendra placed the last of the breakfast dishes inside of the dishwasher and made her way out of the front door. After plenty of convincing that she was indeed feeling a lot better, Bracken left for the fairy realm. Kendra has to promise him several times to contact him through his horn if she felt sick again. Kendra couldn't deny that she still felt the slightest bits queasy but that wasn't anything some fresh air couldn't fix. If she was being honest she wasn't completely convinced that what she told Bracken, about what she ate was true but she figured it couldn't be too bad if Bracken hadn't sensed anything. She headed toward the main house intent upon visiting Seth while he was home. Seth was a Knight of the Dawn and a good one at that. Add that to the fact that he was a powerful shadow charmer and you get someone who is highly sought after for missions. As a result Seth was rarely home so Kendra cherished the few time she did get to see her baby brother. Kendra shivered doing her best to ignore the chill beginning to creep up on her and wishing she had grabbed a jacket before leaving the cabin.
After a few more minutes of walking, the main house came into view. The fairies fluttered around the yard, tending to the beautiful flowers that surrounded it. Seth stood not far from the edge of the woods laying out one of the milk tins.He smiled excitedly when he noticed her.
"Hey sis!" He said jogging over to her. She smiled but it very quickly faded. Though it was still early in the day it was hot, and you could tell that Seth had been working outside for a while now. Usually the smell wouldn't bother her, but right now it brought back the awful nausea that had plagued her earlier that morning. She quickly ran to a bush at the edge of the forest and began to puke once again. Thankfully she recovered from the spell quicker this time but unlike the first time it seemed to drain all of her energy leaving her exhausted.
" Kenzy? Are you ok? What's wrong? Should I call Bracken? " Seth said worried at his sister's sick state.
" No, I'm fine. " she replied begging her teeth not to chatter and trying not to shiver.
" Kendra throwing up isn't fine. " Practically parroting the words Bracken had said earlier that morning.
" I'm just a little sick to my stomach, nothing to worry about. " Kendra replied trying to reassure herself as well as her brother. Seth looked ready to argue but looked up and smirked. Kendra followed his gaze to the retreating form of an Astrid. She groaned, of course her incredibly overprotective husband would send them to look after her.
" Well have fun convincing unicorn your fine, when that Astrid reports he's gonna flip. " Seth joked but quickly went back to his worried state as he looked closer and Kendra. Kendra blinked, shaking her head slightly as her vision became unfocused. "Ken's, You're really pale. Come on let's get you inside. " Concern practically came off of Seth in waves as he wrapped an arm around her and began to help her to the house. Kendra was beginning to realize how awful she felt. but she was not ready to let go of her 'tough girl's resolve yet. She pushed away from her brother determined to convince him she was fine. Suddenly a wave of extreme dizziness hit her. She felt herself falling and being caught in Seth's arms. Something wasn't right she knew it. Her head pounded like the worst migraine she had ever felt, her stomach and throat burned like she had swallowed fire, and her muscles felt like they were being ripped apart. The edges of her vision darkened as the pain became too much and everything began to fade. She felt Seth pick her up and heard her name, but now matter how hard she tried she couldn't respond. Finally , unable to fight anymore she gave in and let darkness consume her.