Aaaaaaaand we’re back with ANOTHER Broken Reflections (part 24)! Are you new? Check out all of the previous parts HERE.
And believe me, you’ll wanna read this part, because, you know, something cool might just be revealed. *wink* *wink* 😛
(Also, all pictures are taken from my Broken Reflections Pinterest board right HERE.)
Alla closed her eyes, and slowed her breathing. “So I take it flight isn’t your ability?”
I shook my head, but I saw that her eyes were still closed. I gave a small, controlled chuckle. “No, I guess not.”
Pain flared again, enveloping my whole body. I clenched my teeth even harder. This pain was the worst yet.
“Just relax,” Alla told me, gripping my hand a little tighter. Quietly she added, “I need to concentrate.”
I nodded and calmed slightly as some of the pain slightly eased. The next time the pain came, it was dulled, which I was very thankful for. I tried to stay as still as possible while Alla held my hand, which was a little awkward.
At least, for me it was.
Finally Alla released my hand and her eyes fluttered open.
“I think I actually know what it is,” Alla told Dr. Eugene as she jumped to her feet.
I climbed to mine, though at a much slower rate. “What do you mean, ‘actually’?”
Alla turned back to me. “Abilities are very hard to control, and I’ve only been training for roughly four years.”
Four years? Just how long did it take to control abilities?
“And for me, sensing abilities is really, really hard. Like, really hard.”
She’d tried it before?
“But yours was like a beacon, despite you not knowing, which makes it harder for me to sense. Which is why ,at first, I wasn’t sure if you were an abilitized or not.”
“Now, Alla. Don’t tell him everything,” Dr. Eugene chided.
Alla bowed her head. “Of course, Dr. Eugene.”
Dr. Eugene nodded in approval. “Come. We shall discuss this for the rest of Sawyer’s hour.”
As Dr. Eugene and Alla headed off to one of the doors, I stood there awkwardly.
When the two were at a door, Dr. Eugene turned to me and said, as if an afterthought, “You may go.”
With that, Dr. Eugene opened the door, and held it open for Alla. With a final, sympathetic look at me, Alla went into the room – Dr. Eugene following.
Not sure what else to do, I walked to the stairs, my arm still in pain, but not near to the extent it had been earlier. I mounted the stairs, and pushed the doors with my good arm.
Not bothering to close the cellar doors, I collapsed next to Andy, where he still lay, eyes closed.
“Your done already?” Andy asked,not bothering to even crack his eyelids o
“Sawyer! Your arm!” Colleen Ada cried.
As if I didn’t know.
“What happened?” James asked, crawling through the grass to my side.
I shrugged, but winced from the effort. “I think I broke it.”
Colleen Ada came next to me as well. “Does it hurt?” A frown flicked across from her face, realizing how stupid the question sounded.
I looked down to my arm and saw that the color was no longer black, but was a light blue; and it was no longer twisted funny, but rather almost back to normal.
If I hadn’t been sitting, I would’ve jumped. “It’s-it’s looking better!”
“It doesn’t look good to me,” Colleen Ada said, her face showing concern.
Andy finally opened his eyes and crawled over. “Yeah, it looks painful.”
“Yeah, I didn’t notice.”
“You’re in pretty good humor for just breaking an arm,” James commented.
“Well it doesn’t hurt so much now. Like, it hurt really badly, then, like, a needle prick. Then it’d go back and forth. Now it doesn’t hurt too much.”
“That’s odd,” Colleen Ada said. She zoned, like she was deep in thought.
“Where’s Alla?” James asked.
“She was talking with Dr. Eugene for the rest of my hour. Dr. Eugene had Alla try to find out what my ability is,” I explained.
“Oh, I see.”
The four of us sat there in silence. After a few moments, Colleen Ada let out a gasp.
“What?” I asked.
I glance down at it. My arm was completely normal, except for a greenish undertone. Long, skinny, and pale.
“What? How?” I asked, confused.
“That must be your ability!” James exclaimed.
I gave that a moment to sink in. Healing. Not too bad for an ability, at least I didn’t get another pair of arms, or six more eyes, or something. Still, it wasn’t as cool as Paige’s, or Andy’s – or even Alla’s.
I admit, I felt disappointment. Jealousy.
“Why didn’t it heal my arm last time it broke? I was in a cast for a month. Do I get abilities suddenly, or something?”
Colleen Ada appeared deep in thought. “No, abilitized always have abilities. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Dr. Eugene.”
“Ask him what?” Paige asked, walking to us.
Everyone’s mouths clammed shut. Except mine.
“Where have you been?”
“Bathroom. Now, tell Dr. Eugene what?”
“We figured out my ability,” I explained. Part of me didn’t want to tell Paige about my gift of healing. Healing, though helpful, was such a lame ability.
“And what is it?” Paige asked, plopping to the ground in front of me in a somehow graceful manner.
“Healing,” I murmured, half hoping she couldn’t hear me.
Paige’s eyebrows arched up. “Really? That’s…”
“No, cool. Just you wait until you get an injury, then you’ll be happy for your ability.”
“The healing process didn’t make me happy. It was highly painful.”
Paige’s eyebrows rose even higher. “So you’ve experienced your healing before?”
I nodded, then went on to tell Paige about my broken arm. Then Colleen Ada decided to speak and said about the oddity of my first broken arm not healing.
“That’s … odd,” Paige said finally.
“Hey,” Colleen Ada said softly, gently touching my still exposed arm. Calm swept over me, no doubt thanks to Colleen Ada’s ability. “It’ll be fine. Healing is one of the most useful abilities there is.”
“Thanks,” I murmured. Colleen Ada must’ve picked up the fact that I was feeling discouraged.
“You’ll be fine!” Colleen Ada assured, and I felt belonging rushing through me, though no amount could fix the amount of uselessness running through me.
“Yeah, healing is pretty wimpy,” James said. “Everybody seems to have it. And look at them! They’re the ones who always end up bored and alone and watching And Griffith reruns.”
“James!” Colleen Ada scolded, elbowing James in the ribs. Hard.
So there you go, guys. Are you happy that I finally revealed Sawyer’s ability (or did I …?)?? Please let me know in the comments down below!