Okay, long time no update! Please don’t kill me! I’m sorry, really, but I’ve been busy lately, between back to school, and getting sick, and all kinds of crap. I’m only able to update now because my stupid doctor is making me stay home today. So, I’m taking advantage of my free time to update this barren site! I’m putting up a lot to compensate. Without further ado…. 😉
As soon as Artemis was out of sight, Butler got to work on Holly.
He had to stop the bleeding, so he took the coat he had on and put pressure on the more serious wounds, trying to staunch the bleeding.
She did lose a lot of blood so far. It covered the concrete floor and some of the walls as well. Holly was also covered in it, and Butler wondered just how long Artemis tortured her.
But that didn’t matter right now. Captain Short was going to go into shock, and perhaps die, if he didn’t do something soon.
So he wrapped his coat around her and picked her up. She was already unconscious, head leaned back and struggling to breath. Butler took her upstairs towards the front door. If he could complete the ritual for her, then she would have magic to heal herself.
But just when he was about to get to the door, Butler found that he couldn’t. No matter how hard he tried, he physically couldn’t get to the door.
Artemis put those rules on her, so she can’t leave the house, he thought. And I have her, so I can’t get out either. I could take her to the green room, but there are no acorns there.
Fortunately, that was the time Juliet got back. She opened the door, took one look at Holly, and almost screamed. She would have, if Butler hadn’t spoken to her first.
“Go back outside and get the first acorn you see. Then meet me in the greenroom,” he said, turning around.
“What hap-” Juliet started.
“Juliet, please, I’ll try to explain later, just go!” he said, walking away.
Once he got to the greenroom, he put Holly down next to the nearest pot of soil. As soon as Juliet came back, and Butler took the acorn and wrapped Holly’s small hand around it, then plunged it into the pot of soil for her.
Blue sparks appeared for a brief minute, everywhere. Lighting up the dark corners of their minds. That’s all they saw before Holly collapsed, unconscious. Not bleeding so badly anymore, and but also not completely stopped, and only a few of the smaller wounds were healed.
Butler looked at the elf for a minute, not understanding why the ritual hadn’t worked completely. Then he remembered that fairies were supposed to complete the ritual at a specific place and time, and none of the requirements had been met here. They were lucky anything had happened at all.
He sighed, then picked her up and carried her to her room, telling Juliet to take care of her for now and, if he turned up, not to let Artemis in under any condition.
Then the bodyguard went to go find his charge.