He can’t find out.
I can’t take this much longer.
The fire comes for us all, Lilith.
And she SAW me.
“Lilith, are you all right?”
“Lilith, can you hear me?”
“I’m fine. I just…for a minute there…yeah…no, I’m fine.”
“I don’t believe you, but I understand. Please do let me know if you need to take a break. Now, back to the fire.”
‘I think the door is locked! God, what do we do?’
‘Dude, I don’t know. The doors are glass. Isn’t there something we could throw at them?’
“She had seen me. She had seen me. There was a fire and the door was locked and she was trapped and she had seen me.”
‘Err, guys? There’s a woman in the fire now.’
‘Jesus. Why don’t they throw a lamp through the door or something? Hey Bella, come on and help me grab a rock. I don’t want to stand here and watch people burn to death.’
“But that’s what we did.”
“So why didn’t we call someone? We didn’t have cellphones back then. Why didn’t we run and get help? Well, by the time we biked back to town it’d be too late anyway. Or at least that’s what we told ourselves. At night, alone, when the dreams came.”
“We never talked about it after that night. Sometimes there’d be a silence, and everyone would know what it meant. Sometimes everything would go all brittle, and the right word would have snapped the world in two. But no one ever said that word.”
“I stood there and I watched Emma’s mother burn to death and I never told anyone. Until now.”
He’s going to kill her.
Bella glanced once more towards Mortimer’s portrait and sighed. For a moment it seemed as if a shadow had lifted from her face and the space about her was a bit brighter but then the shadow returned, deeper and darker now.
“My, look at the time. And I didn’t have a nice long nap like you did. I’ll get Cassandra to make up the guest room for you.”
“What?! No, you can’t end it there. Who set the fire? Why did Emma look at you like that? Did Emma and Seth die? What happened to them? You said I needed to hear this. Why?”
“Emma warned me. It was the first thing she ever said to me. ‘He’s going to kill her’. And I didn’t listen. I didn’t tell anyone. Even when I actually saw her mother dying with my own eyes, I didn’t do anything. Can you blame her for hating me?”
“You guys were just kids. It’s not your fault.”
“You’re very kind for saying that and I wish I could believe it. But now, at least, I have told you. The silence has been broken, and the world did not snap in two after all.”
Bella seemed to be fighting back tears. It tore Lilith’s heart apart to see this gentle woman in so much pain.
“And now you know. You have been warned and now you know what you’re up against. I’ve seen the lights at what remains of the Morrigan house. I know that Ms. Ursine died of unnatural causes after asking you to investigate them. Seth Morrigan is a killer. And Lilith, Seth lives.”