Before Colli could react a loud clap of thunder rattled through the huge space. A second boom silenced when Jonan raised his hand.
“Mommy.” Trevan jumped up. Splashing through the water, he ran to his mother.
A third rumble half silenced when Colli raised her hand. Energy shook through her.
“You have the power.” Jonan smiled.
“No.” Colli stood and moved to the door. “I gave it up. I don’t want it back.” A bolt of lightning struck the ground before her when she forced her way out. It didn’t stop her. Only when she realized Mary was not by her side, did she turn and look back. Mary sat by the stream, her right hand reached out as if to grab hold of Colli.
“Colli?” Panic in her sister’s voice and eyes lashed at Colli. A blast of warm wind pushed against Colli.
“You can’t leave yet.” The voice of Illianna’s brother cracked with the next bolt of lightning that struck the ground. The door slammed closed.
“Please.” When Illianna placed her hand on Colli’s shoulder, a tingle of power brought memories Collie fought against. “Come back inside for just a moment.” Illianna pleaded
Colli wanted to reject the entreaty , but pain reflected in Ilianna’s eyes. “I won’t change my mind.”
“Maybe, but let us finish. I promise the choice will be yours.” Illianna returned to her husband’s side.
Jovan had picked Trevan up, to balance him on a shoulder. “Please.” The simple word rocked Colli’s resolve. His free right arm he wrapped around his wife.
“Say what you will.” Colli wanted to stomp her foot. Instead she rolled her shoulders back. “Then I’m going to leave. And Mary with me.” She realized how foolish she had been to bring Mary into this situation. Now she hoped to give in long enough to gain release and escape for them both. With one last blast the storm outside passed.
“Mommy. Daddy. I’m hungry.” Trevan squirmed on Jovan’s shoulder and slipped to the floor. Before Illianna or Jovan could grab him, Trevan ran from the room.
Illianna looked at Colli and Mary. “Please, just a little more patience. I’ll be right back.” She followed her son.
“Before my wife returns I must give you advice. Mainly this is for you Colli, but it covers Mary as well.” Jovan looked over his shoulder in the direction Trevan and Illianna had disappeared. “If you truly have lost your connection to The Discipline, then you must leave. And quickly. However I sincerely doubt this is true.” A smile betrayed a hidden understanding. “After all, you muffled the thunder. Didn’t you?”
Colli sat down beside Mary.
“What do you mean? She muffled the thunder? But how?” The look of panic strengthend on Mary’s face.
“Mary.” Colli placed her hands on either side of Mary’s head. She turned Mary to face her. “I’m sorry I brought you into this.” Colli ducked her head, then brought her eyes back to look into Mary’s. “I truly believed this was a simple nanny position. Instead my past has come to haunt us both.” Colli couldn’t explain better. After all this time and her attempts to deny it, they were trying to force her back into The Discipline. “We’ll leave here and not look back.” She failed to put the animosity she felt into the look she directed to Jovan.
He smiled. This irritated her even more.