Chapter 23:

~Scene XXIII~

Nymphea Vol I: Tale of Two Words

The elderly woman came from out the back with a small tray. She placed the tray on the table in front of Silvia. A light scent of sweet herbs released from the tea kettle. The scent grew stronger as two small saucers were filled to the brim. Silvia watched the woman lift one of the saucers in front of her.Bookmark here

“Here is your tea.”Bookmark here

Silvia took the cup and held it closer to her chest. The woman smiled and walked over to Kye. As Kye was given his cup, Silvia noticed that the woman looked familiar. She recalled the mysterious woman she had met last night before the incident. Bookmark here

“If I’m not mistaken, I believe we’ve met before?”Bookmark here

The woman lifted a brow as placed the kettle on the tray.Bookmark here

“Ah, yes. I remember that voice. You’re the one I meet near the old tree.”Bookmark here

Kye slowly lowered the cup from his lips. He stared at Silvia with a puzzled expression. Bookmark here

“You’ve met the blind woman before?”Bookmark here

“Yes. Before you found me, I had stumbled across an old willow tree when I met her. We had promised to meet with each other again.”Bookmark here

The woman sat across from them and reached her hand in Silvia’s direction. Silvia placed the woman’s hand in her palm. She looked at the woman’s face with only one question on her mind.Bookmark here

“Do you really know who I am?”Bookmark here

Kye turned his head in anticipation to hear the answer that followed next. The woman nodded her head.Bookmark here

“I’ve been waiting for you, princess. Your mother told me you would appear before me in due time.”Bookmark here

Slivia’s eyes widened with surprise. She leaned toward the woman in disbelief. Kye could see she was taken aback by the woman’s response. Bookmark here

“You knew my mother?”Bookmark here

An apologetic expression fell on the woman’s face. She held Silvia’s hand while the thought of the encounter she once had with the Queen.Bookmark here

“Yes, I had spoken with your mother before her passing. Her belief in unity and peace is what encouraged our world to come together.”Bookmark here

Kye stares at the woman suspiciously. He leaned back in his seat, unsatisfied with the answer given. He interrupts the conversation. Bookmark here

“But how did you know she was from the other world?” Bookmark here

The words shot off his lips as he gave a piercing glare. The woman let go of Silvia’s hands and gently grasped the kettle on the tray beside her. Kye and Silvia watched intently as she preceded to pour herself tea. Bookmark here

“Everyone has their own unique spiritual energy. It has become easier to read them ever since I lost my sight…but this is apparent to any sage.”Bookmark here

“You’re a sage? I thought they all perished during the war.”Bookmark here

Kye responded with hostility. The woman smirked. She put the tea up to her lips then placed it back on the table again. Silvia’s eyes lit with curiosity. Bookmark here

“I’ve heard about sages before from my brother. He said he once saw a sage reattach a knight’s arm back on his body. Since that day I’ve always wondered what one looked like. So, you can cast spells?”Bookmark here

The woman laughed. Bookmark here

“Sorry to disappoint you but I don’t cast spells. I can only manipulate aura and energy. Although, healing charms are a simple task for any sage.”Bookmark here

Silvia leaned in closer to the woman in excitement. Her eyes sparkled with eagerness. The woman raised a brow as she brought the saucer to her lips again.Bookmark here

“Do you think you can help me get my body back?”Bookmark here

The woman placed the tea back on the table and slowly stood up from her seat. She began to gather the tray and kettle.Bookmark here

“After another night's rest, I’ll see what I can do for you…but I make no promises.”Bookmark here

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