GENRE: Dystopian YA
Balicia is a Shuuen-uae, a vaguely elf like creature who's giving birth. Sil is the term for a female Shuuen'uae. Puma is a twelve year old boy. The MC is Evernow, a nineteen year old girl.
Balicia mutters instructions now and then but she's waning.
The Shuuen'uae births are similar to humans but not so difficult.
The child is small and delicate, encased in a pearlescent membrane that seems impermeable.
I don't give it a chance to falter, pulling it from Balicia as soon as I can safely grip it.
Immediately I crawl to her side to show her the baby, to ask what I should do next.
But Balicia is dead.
Her silver eyes are dim, the star-shaped pupils open and round.
I keen just as Elliaer did when he thought me lost, and clutch the unmoving child to my breast.
It's in stasis yet, until I place it in the earth so that its magic can settle.
In the place of a newborns cry is my own sobbing. My hysteria doesn't last long though.
I still have work to do.
My wound burns painfully but it helps to clear my head.
I can't move Balicia.
I stroke her hair, tracing the shape of her long ear and gently kiss her mouth.
When her child wakes, I will kiss her on her mother's behalf.
I murmur my love for the sil and then gain my feet clumsily.
When I stagger from the body I find Puma standing dumbly, watching me.
His gun has drooped to the ground.
His expression turns with disgust at the sight of Balicia's static child.