She was standing in the room flooded with light that felt as corrosive as acid. Breathing was difficult. And yet even the acid light couldn’t burn out the truth that lied naked in front of her. The deed had been done. It’s consequences irreversible. The pallor whiteness had taken over the woman. Gaia stood next to her staring at her hands and for a moment too brief to truly register she felt… Grief? Regret? Relief, perhaps? She didn’t know and there was no time to dwell on that.
As she took a step away from the bier memory vertigo slammed into her like a vicious tornado. She was running and everything around had turned into a blur. What had just happened? Her hands were trembling and covered in some strange liquid. It was dark and viscous. She couldn’t tell what it was. Blood? Where had it come from? She wasn’t bleeding as much as she could tell so it wasn’t her blood. That was a relief. But what if it was somebody else’s blood? Ridiculous. How could I have somebody’s blood on my hands?
Razor-sharp memory shards kept on flashing before Gaia’s eyes – her fingers gripping the handle of the dagger Pietro had given her, a dark figure appearing in front of her out of thin air as she was crossing some campo and blocking her way, an argument they had engaged in. And then everything had frozen as she had seen pain and surprise reflecting on the woman’s face which then turned into hatred.
And now Gaia was running. Something urged her to run as fast and as far as she possibly could. Her senses were telling her there was danger, she had to get away from, and that it was breathing down her neck.
A gust of wind blew her hair into her face forcing her to close her eyes. It took Gaia time and considerable effort to brush the hair back. She stopped and looked around, confused.
She was back in the room with light as corrosive as acid.
The woman was still dead.
[words from something yet to take its full shape; photo taken at the amazing experience that was Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the wreck of the Unbelievable” (a dedicated post (or several) coming your way a bit later)]
Soundtrack: Within Temptation “What have you done” (click here to listen)