I look between Emma and Maleficent daughter. "You don't have to be evil. You do have a choice in your own life. You have a say-"
She looks over and rolls her eyes. "When everyone thinks you're evil you sort of just go with it." Someone laughs quietly. I look over at Brighid. "What's so funny?" "When everyone expects you to be evil that means you have to? Really? Just stop it. Oh, you're the daughter of an evil fairy. Terrifying. I used know a daughter of Loki. The sweetest little girl you'd ever meet. Ended up getting killed in the woods because she was tired of people calling her evil and tried to help someone. She was ten. You're at least fourteen. You can either deal with your problems or stop complaning."
I have no idea why I actually said anything. Mani and Sol. This is lovely. I turn and whistle sharply and Dew comes cantering over. I jump on her back and she runs off. Why did I talk about Lizza? Why did I say anything at all?
We reach the forest easily and she goes faster. As though she knows I need to get away. Why am I overreacting? I don't do that. What is happening?
Dew stops and slows down to a trot, and then walking to the edge of a pond. I slide off her back and collapse on the ground.
It's today. Isn't it?
I turn Phil into a sword. "What."
"You're arrival at the camp with her. A few weeks later..." That explains it. Why I'm being.... emotional.
"Do you want to go find some monsters?"
I look over at him. "Sure." We're bound to find something if we go even a little father. A good way to not be..... angry. Emotional. A good way to keep other campers safe too.