Fireflies - Chapter 15

in fantasy •  10 months ago

Though you might be tempted to start reading here, I suggest you avoid confusion and flip a few pages back to chapter 1 & chapter 2

The instant he knew her, she could feel her own energy magnified. They were sharing the same cyclical essence again.

Horror and panic tore at his mind, but her emotions were more powerful. “Lia! DON'T - ” Before he could stop her, she catapulted herself into his arms, embracing him fully.

It was too late. His essence sang with hers and threw a burst of electrons that tore the sky in a display that would put the Northern Lights to shame.

In the next moment, he vanished as Talia was flung forward. The raw sound of his anguished cry ripped through her soul as she landed on the ground, touching nothing but the trail of his essence-flavored energyprint.

Chapter 15


There would be a flood of tears if she could suspend her physical assessment long enough to realize what had just happened. The surge of energy that had exploded from their connection was the equivalent of electrocution, and her body, mind, emotions and essence were all suspended in a state of shock. In a daze, she tried to piece together what had happened.

Bryd... ladybug... Bryd... fusion... recognition... waiting.. BRYD... explosion.

She repeated the scene over and over again in her mind as she shuffled around her world in a daze. With thoughts in one direction, emotions in another, and her body in yet another, she couldn't lift the confusion long enough to follow any train of thought. There was the hint of something – something slippery, but she couldn't grasp it firmly enough before it slid out of her grip again.

But what? before the explosion? Explosion??? Where was the.. can't think...on empty... what was that... right before... gonna exhaust my... a separate energy? impossible... so tired.

Her brain shifted into auto-pilot. Humans, no matter their gift, prioritize self-preservation as the highest on the list. In the struggle between seeking answers and survival, life trumped all. Talia crawled a few more meters before her strength gave out. She surrendered the battle and slipped into a semi-oblivious state of connection with her surroundings. As if she were the queen bee, she could feel the teeny, tiny frenetic antics of the hive buzzing around her – repairing her atoms, one by one.

This would take time.

There had been times in the past when she had run her energy lower than normal. During these situations, her mom had learned not to panic, but to continue to nurture and care for her “sleeping” body in the real world. All of Talia's physical needs were being cared for in her world, however, she also knew that she couldn't stay indefinitely. Though she could revitalize in her world, there seemed to be a delicate balance between alternating her presence in each world in order to maintain survival in both. She had never tested the limits because she never had the need. Talia hated to do this to her mom, but she knew on a primal level that if she left too soon, she might not have enough to return. She would stay a bit longer than she thought was necessary, just in case.

Before attempting to re-emerge, she would need to wait, heal, and restore her gift fully. Then, she had to find Bryd. Together, maybe they could unravel the mystery of what had happened, and sort through the tangle of emotions that were felt the moment before the explosion. Again, she began to fight through the daze and force her brain to submit to manual override. She needed to dig deeper into that singular moment. The intensity of the emotions had overwhelmed every cell. Some were his. Some were hers. Some were theirs – and some, were not theirs.

Auto-pilot re-engaged. The flickering behind her eyelids stilled while her brain pursued the primary point of peace. Her body and mind rested while the worker bees of energy continued to tend, surround, repair and flow through their "queen". The absolute furthest thing from her mind was the singular beacon of light that had been present in both worlds for a few, integral moments after the explosion.

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Thanks for adding me to your Sweet Subscribers! I am in Chap 6, and I can't wait to read all chapters!


Hi there!!!!!!!!!!! :) we have been missing one another! hehehehe
(oh.... and something is headed your way!!! maybe tomorrow???)

and I was very happy that you asked to be added - hope you're enjoying it! :)

As if she were the queen bee, she could feel the teeny, tiny frenetic antics of the hive buzzing around her – repairing her atoms, one by one.

I see what you did there Dreemie. Lol Love you girl!! How very sweet are you. Another great chapter babe. Can not wait to get Chapter 16. I have to know what the hell is going on!!! The suspense is killing me!!!


hehehehe I knew the bee would find it. Chapter 16 is being written right now... and i'm LOVING it so far. (and hating it! lol)


So Um.... does that mean we get the chapter before Wednesday??? Huh dreemie??? Please!!!

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Lolololol sorry monch!!!! But...maybe a sneak peek paragraph for you hehehehe

Oh common!! You did not tell us anything here! :D Beautifully written darling 💚💚💚


hahahahaha well i did tell you ONE thing ;) no.... TWO!!! hehehehe
Look carefully!!!! :) (you have me smiling!)

I'm getting quite hooked on this now, I really want to find out what will happen next.



I love it!!!!! That gets me super excited!!! Hehehehe

I just finished writing chapters 16-18... I THINK they're good!
16.. yeah I like that one (and hate it too! Lol)

Hopefully it will pull you along!!! Luring you deeper and deeper under my spell!!! Lol

the apocalypse is coming!!


hahahahahahahaha - your comments always make me laugh first... and think second ;)

@youngboss... i'm not sure why your notifications aren't working... but here is your personal invitation ;) i hope you enjoy this chapter!!! :)


Am Now getting notifications, thanks

You supplied a ton of information in so few words, yet kept us dangling. It just continues to draw me in...

We need two chapters twice a week, darnit.😀


hehehehehe well... i can tell you this - chapter 16 is getting my creative juices flowing!!!!! all i can say is.... FINALLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYY......

and 4 a week? oh boy. um... hmmmm well.. let's see how much I get done today!
hehehehehe hope you had an eventful day and found LOTS of little delicious treasures (and I hope my chapter 15 was among them!!! hehehehe)


It was, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found enough morels for my next stir fry.😀