Chapter Forty One
I heard the loud bangs on the door and ignored them. I wanted it to just be me in this room.
I realized what Azalea had said about being with-child, and remembered that it wouldn't be 'just me' for a while. I was lying on the bed, and I rubbed my stomach with one hand.
Was the baby okay? I rubbed a little harder, as if trying to soothe us both.
"Rapunzel, let me in!" Eugene was banging the loudest.
"You let them take them, Eugene." I said calmly. The bangs stopped as I spoke. "Why would you let them do that?"
"I can explain, if you let me in."
I shook my head. "Leave me alone."
Olivia's voice sounded from behind the door. "Leave her be. She'll come out when she wants to."
"You ready?" I ask her. She seems very nervous and fidgets.
"Never." Azalea says sincerely, then holds the door open.
Was she all right? The worry gnawed at me as I sunk into sleep.
"Rapunzel!" I could hear Azalea's voice. I was in the familiar room of white from my time with Eugene in the tower. "Rapunzel, help me!"
I run in one direction, surrounded by white. There weren't any walls.
Her voice screamed, "Rapunzel!"
"Azalea, I'm coming!" I turned around, expecting white, but a row of iron cages stand behind me. The white walls darkened to black, and moonlight glowed overhead.
"Rapunzel, it's terrible in here." Azalea's voice was in front of me, echoing and bouncing off the walls. I walked slowly, looking around with wide eyes. Olivia, Fernidia, Guy, Michael- Everyone was in a cell of their own.
Azalea's hand reached through one of the cages and I turned to her. Her eyes were glowing greenish gray and blood dripped from her lips.
She smiled at me. "It's terrible in here, Rapunzel." Her voice became frantic. She started gasping, "They won't let me out!"
Dwayne howled, "How could I have let my brother do this?"
Jacob was behind me. I smell the hazel nut soup and froze. His breath sent chills through my spine.
"You let me because I'm more powerful than you." When 'you' left his mouth, hazel nut soup and the taste of blood fill my mouth. Pain stabbed my heart and my eyes slam shut.
Azalea's cry echoed to me, "Help us, Rapunzel! Get us out!"
I sat up with a yelp of terror and clutched at my heart. I exhaled gustily and moved to the washroom. When I was finished, I washed my hands and sank back down onto the bed.
I looked at the chair barging the door, and sighed.
I got up to move it, and opened the door. No one was in the hallways. Not even the guards. Morning light filled the halls. The chandeliers weren't lit, since it was morning. I moved to the Dining Hall, took a plate of fruit, mostly pineapple from one the waiting maids who managed the tiniest smile I ever saw. I smiled back - my smile was even tinier- and looked at the crowds eating at the tables. Mother and Father were talking to Guy, Michael, and Eugene who hadn't seen me arrive yet.
The room quieted as I waddled to the table. Fernidia had an empty seat between her and Stephanie, a little away from Michael and Eugene. I sat down in it, and started eating like nothing was wrong.
Fernidia looked at me, and I saw an apology in her eyes.
I nibbled on the pineapple while I considered accepting. Olivia took my plate and looked at the quiet room. "Keep eating!" Her tone was unusually sharp. The crowd was mostly the guards and a few maids. The men mumbled and started eating again. The women all exchanged glances and glared at the men. I was pleased to see that all of them agreed with me.
After eating, Stephanie and Fernidia helped me to the library.
Stephanie looked at me while Fernidia and Olivia began searching for books. "Want to talk about it?"
"Whose idea was it?" I answered her question with a question.
"Not Eugene's, but I still don't support it." Stephanie massaged my sore ankles. "None of the women do, and most of them weren't even there."
"Do they know what happened?" I asked, looking for Olivia. She was talking to Guy, who had escorted us, in a hushed angry tone. His eyes sharpened and went cold. She turned away from him and began to walk toward us. I blinked when I saw that her face was becoming streaked with tears.
"They got the news from Fernidia and Olivia." Stephanie explained.
I hugged Olivia when she reached us. "What happened? I know something's wrong."
Olivia met my dark eyes with her blue ones.
"Guy wants them executed."