Chapter Thirteen: Sisters
Rowan wasn't sure how long she had been asleep, but she woke in her room with a cold ice pack on her forehead. She had a splitting headache. Raven was next to her.
"What happened?" she asked groggily.
"Shh…" Raven whispered and brushed her hair affectionately out of her sister's face. "You used your powers to destroy Kestrel, and in the process destroyed the entire subway system and Dr. Gray."
"What about Kestrel?"
"We believe she is still alive. She'll be back."
"Did Robin and the others get out safely?"
"Yes. Everyone is fine. You've been out of it for days now. We were worried…but that doesn't matter now. You are ok." The little kittens jumped up onto the bed and snuggled close to Rowan. Raven tool their advice and kissed Rowan gently on the forehead and sat on the bed next to her. Rowan crawled tentatively into her big sister's lap.
"Why did Kestrel want me?" Rowan asked. You not ready to know, Raven thought. I'll tell her when she's older.
"I don't know," Raven lied. They lapsed a few moments in silance. "I'm sorry," Raven said, "for the way I've been treeting you."
"I know. That mental connection goes two ways ya' know." Rowan giggled and Raven stared at her wide-eyed.
"I have been sensing your emotions probably as long as you haven been sensing mine. That day we met at the mall."
"You recognized me. You didn't even know about me."
"I sensed you were related to me somehow. I pretended you were my sister. I didn't know your name so I called you…Jessie." upon hearing her name, the little black kitten leaped into Raven's lap.
"What did you call me?" Rowan said, already knowing the answer.
"Tigress." Raven replied. She held her little sister closer to her chest.
"I know you think that I don't love you but I do. We're all each other has you know.
"I love you too big sister." Rowan said and Raven ruffled her hair.
"Hey, what do you say we go play volleyball with the gang?"
"Last one there's a rotten egg!" Rowan called bolting up out of Raven's lap.
"But the first one's got to eat it!" Raven called and she chased after her, feeling more loved then she ever had in her entire life.