“Just humans. I wonder about that. After everything that’s been done to me, can I really say that I’m still human?”
“You are.” Jeff said.
“You sound so certain.”
“Because I am. No matter what those mongrel’s sons did to you, you are still my daughter. You are still Teresa Farsigh.”
She leaned her head back into her pillow and smiled. “Teresa Farsigh. That is my name. That is who I am. That is who I have always been. Even when I didn’t know my own name, I was Teresa Farsigh. Do you have any idea how amazing that is?”
“To have a name and to know it. To have an identity. To have memories. To have a home. To have a family. To feel like I am not 100% alone in this whole big world.”
“I know exactly how you feel.”
“Yeah. I love you, Tessa.” Jeff sighed softly. “I’m so sorry I didn’t…I wasn’t there for you. All of these past years, I wasn’t there. And we were so close. Just a quick run away. And I didn’t know. I honestly didn’t know. I swear I didn’t know.”
“It’s okay, Dad. It’s okay. How could you have known that there was a mad scientist factory in our small bit of the world?”
“I don’t know.” He chuckled. “My stomach is growling like crazy. I’m sorry. I gotta let you go. I’ll talk to you later, okay?”
“I love you. Be safe. Stay safe. I can’t lose you again.”
“You won’t. I promise you won’t.”
“Okay. Gotta go.”
“I love you too. Bye.” He ended the call.
Missy laid the phone down on the bed. “I wish I could run to him and hug him and tell him that I really am okay. I really am here. No one is going to steal me away again. Not ever again.”
Her heart ached. “After all, Antioch is dead and he can’t come after me ever again.” She turned her head to the side. “I just wish that it wouldn’t hurt so much.”
Capernaum watched the ghosts milling around outside the hospital.
No babies, though.
Some of them looked hopelessly lost, like travelers stranded in an unknown land without a map.
None of them were Antioch.
Where are you, my friend?
There was no answer to his question.
He looked over at LM.
LM did not look back at him. He was lost in his thoughts.
Capernaum touched the half-fey’s shoulder and resumed his ghost-watching.
Jeff put his phone back into his pocket. He took a moment to compose himself.
Tessa will be okay.
She is safe.
I don’t have to worry. But I guess I will always worry. Just sheer force of habit.
His stomach’s growling sounded suspiciously close to a roar.
Jeff took the hint and returned to the wedding party table.