"Wait, wait, wait, calm down, it's not like I'm a ghost or something!"
"Rosanna, what is it?"
"Open the door!"
Rosanna slowly walked away from the mirror and opened the door.
"Why are you so mean to me? I've told you I'm not a ghost. Well, if I were you I'd probably freak out, too, but…"
"What the hell?"
"The reflection is… is…"
"Rosanna! But that's… you!"
"Oh, here we go again…"
They all stared at Rosanna's reflection in the mirror. Instead of Ellie's black hair, the reflection had blonde hair. Like Ellie's hair, the blond hair was highlighted, but into black. The eyes, instead of blue like Ellie's eyes right then, was brown.
"Can you stop staring, please?" the reflection asked. The voice wasn't Rosanna's, it was Ellie's, though the appearance was Rosanna's.
"So you're saying that you're Ellie?" Phoenix asked.
"Yes, Uncle Nick, how many times do I have to repeat that?" Ellie, in Rosanna's form inside the mirror, rolled her eyes in surprisingly very Ellie-like way.
"But it's hard to believe that you're Ellie, since you're in Rosanna's form and in the mirror like that…" Thalassa said in small voice.
"Auntie Tess!" Ellie straightened up and glared at Thalassa. If the mirror was tall enough, Phoenix was sure he would see Ellie stomping hard on the floor.
"Yeah, she's Ellie, all right," Apollo muttered.
"But how did you end up this way?" Pearl asked. "To even switch appearance and all…"
"I don't know," Ellie answered, her expression darkened. "But… after I lose my consciousness, I just felt… trapped. Then when Rosanna went in front of the mirror, I just got free. But I changed like this. I really don't know why."
"So now we need to find a way to switch them back?" Trucy asked. "Wait, no, that won't solve the problem, Rosanna will also be trapped in the mirror, then…"
"First we need to find Raphael," Maya concluded. "Then ask him to reverse the ritual. We have no other way than that. While we do that, Ellie has to bear being trapped in the mirror."
"You're really saying these kind of things?" Phoenix raised an eyebrow. "Last time I remember you think only about food."
"Hey, I am the master of Kurain Channeling Technique!" Maya retorted, a bit smugly.
"So we're going now?" Rosanna asked. "To find Renata and Raphael?"
"Wait, are you saying you want to leave that spot?" Ellie asked warily.
"Yes, why?" Rosanna asked back.
"No, nothing," Ellie answered. "Just go. I want my body back."
"I'll be willing to give it back as soon as I can," Rosanna replied.
Ellie hated it.
She was fine with Rosanna using her body – she was sure Rosanna was going to give it back to Ellie. Rosanna herself said she didn't want it, and Ellie didn't detect any lie in her statement.
The one she hated was her situation right now.
The place she was trapped in was dark, cramped, stuffy, and to put it simply, totally uncomfortable. She couldn't move, and breathing was hard. She had never had claustrophobia before, but then she knew she wouldn't be able to stand narrow places anymore.
"Oh, look at you. You look so pitiful, to be trapped in your own mind like this."
Ellie looked around. All she could see was darkness. "Who…?"
Then, a figure appeared in front of her.
"Raphael?" Ellie whispered. "How come you're here?"
"I have my own methods," he answered. "But look at you. So pitiful, I almost cried watching you."
"Just cry then, why hold back the tears?" Ellie replied bluntly. "What are you doing here? What do you want?"
"I sometimes feel that you are far too straightforward," Raphael commented. "I'm here to discuss a few things to you."
"Good, because I also need to talk to you," Ellie said. "Give me back my body."
"Ah, exactly why I'm here. I want to make a deal with you."
"If that will give me back my body, I'm willing to listen."
"Okay," Raphael began. "Let Rosanna use that body."
Ellie blinked. "I changed my mind. I'm not listening."
"Hey, hold on," Raphael chuckled amusedly. "I'm not finished yet."
Ellie eyed him warily, but nevertheless curious to listen anyway. "I only want my body back. I'm not listening if you can't give me back my body."
"Fortunately, I can," Raphael smiled. Ellie's eyes lit up at the statement, but she knew she shouldn't be too happy. There was something more of it.
"Okay, start talking," Ellie said finally.
"Let Rosanna use that body for a period of time," Raphael said. "I still can't let go of her, I want to be with her again."
"What good will that be for me?" Ellie raised an eyebrow. "Even though I'll have my body back later, it would only benefit you."
"Do you have negotiating class in your school?" Raphael frowned. "You gave me a reply far too fast, I haven't even able to think of a retort." He closed his eyes. "Ah yes, I remember. What about that late little blackbird of yours?"
For a moment Ellie forgot how to breathe. "How do you know about Skye?"
"Like I said, I have my methods," Raphael grinned. "How about I revive that bird? You can be together again with it."
Ellie couldn't help but snort amusedly. "Revive, you say? I'm the one who has the ability to revive the dead, though in process I'll be the one who's dead. How come you can make Skye alive again and yet I'll still be together with Skye?"
"I know a method, a spell, which will alter the soul of the dead which you want to resurrect into a body other than yours. You will lose the power to revive the dead forever, though, but I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem to you." Raphael chuckled. "After all, it is a gift that is more like a curse."
"But…" Ellie put her face in her hand. "No, no. Skye died protecting me. I don't think he'd be happy if I just resurrect him like this."
"But aren't you happy if you're with him again?" Raphael asked. "Wasn't it you who said that you prefer the blackbird over that bluebird?"
Ellie once again forgot how to breathe. She never meant it that way. She was only too mad at Kailani that time to think straight. She wanted to take those words back. She wanted to say that she was sorry to Kailani. She wanted to make everything right again, but it was too late for that. Everything had already happened.
"Come on, don't tell me you don't want to have that blackbird back," Raphael snickered.
"If I agree to these terms, in whose body will you put Skye's soul in?" Ellie asked quietly.
"Why, the bluebird of course!" Raphael answered. "Where else can I put it in?"
Ellie bit her lip. However annoyed she felt whenever Kailani chirped, however noisy and loud she was, however much she hated Kailani for not being Skye, she had somehow accepted that Kailani was now a part of her life. She wanted Skye back, but she also didn't want to throw away Kailani. Both had been a part of her life she wasn't willing to let go of. But if she didn't agree to those terms of agreement Raphael offered, would she still be able to go back to her body?
"I see you're still hesitating," Raphael finally said. "I'm sure your family will be coming and ask me to reverse the ritual soon. I'm waiting for your answer until then."
"If I don't give you my answer then, what – " Ellie wasn't able to finish the sentence, for Raphael was already gone.
A/N: schoolworks, i hate them! It's still the first week of school and I already have a bunch of it!
Sorry about the long update... I wanted to update faster, really. But school started last Monday and I ended up being unable to update. I can't even listen to my beloved K-pop in peace anymore, and certainly I can't watch Korean dramas as freely as before. Then what about my beloved Gaksital? It's still ongoing and I don't want to miss it!
Anyway, that's your 13th chapter. I can't promise to update faster because of school, but I'll try to update as soon as I can. Please tell me about what you think.