Full Scene in Chapter 4 of Heart Legacy, before revision
Sweet and savory spice smells wafted around them and she relaxed more. Now Baccat sent a detailed mental image of the abandoned warehouse district in the northeast part of Druida.
She frowned down at him and said in a quiet voice, "I thought we agreed to leave by the new and small southwest gate in the city?"
His back rippled. **You should know all of Druida, experience various neighborhoods of the city,** he replied in pompous tones.
Impatiently, she said, "I'm not interested in staying in Druida City. I'm determined to leave it. Living in the country at the Valerian estate will suit me fine. And it is in the south, so going out the north gate or the east gate would cause us to circle the city."
**You don't need to lecture, Me!** he snapped.
She ignored him and continued. "The more time we spend near Druida, the more chance we will have of getting caught. And I don't want to even think of the consequences of getting caught."
Her memory shied away from the hardest punishments in her life – whipping when she was young and, after she'd developed her psi powers, having depress-Flair bracelets manacling her wrists. Both had been awful, the physical and emotional hurt as she wondered why her mother would whip her when Lori hadn't thought she'd been bad.
Then the psi-blocking cuffs shutting off all sense of her magic, being unable to use an integral part herself.
It had been scary that there'd even been depress-Flair things small enough to go around her nine year old arms.
No, she didn't want to discover what her Family would do to her if they caught her. "They might kill you, you know," she murmured to Baccat. He hissed and leapt from her grasp, hunched in energetic anger.
Staring at him, she continued, "I'll try my best to protect you. To translocate you away if we're caught, but Cuspid and Folia, and especially the twins, can be sneaky."
**I agree. They can be sneaky and mean. Your Family is mostly unpleasant and all are sneaky and mean.**
She sighed. "Yeah, they are." And she appeared to have gotten the sneaky gene. Maybe if she were away from her Family, she'd do better.
**We should go to the northwest quadrant that I visualized for you,** her Fam insisted.
**Because the legendary secret sanctuary of Druida City is there.** He sat, stopping their progress to the front of the temple and the street, and looked at her from the corner of his eyes, lifted a forepaw and licked it.
**FirstGrove? The estate that only lets in the desperate?** She replied telepathically. All right, that did intrigue her. Then she shook her head and continued the conversation telepathically. **I am not desperate.** She frowned. **I don't think I could be desperate . . . unless they caught us, and if they did, we would probably never escape the Residence again.**
Her Fam sat solidly, staring up at her. **You brim with hope.**
**I do. I truly am full of hope.** She smiled. **I feel better today than yesterday. Probably the horses.**
She drew in a big breath and again herbal smells swirled into her nostrils, but also the scent of the city, of people, of shops selling wares she'd never find on her land, crafted and Flaired goods. Wonderful things. **I am not going to the warehouse district.**
**Would you like to view the Turquoise House?**
"No, why would I?"
**To educate yourself. You should not believe just what the Yews and Yew Residence teaches you.**
"I don't," she said curtly. "I haven't since I was young and my nurse told me to think for myself, and not to believe people who were mean to me." Since her Valerian nurse had been dismissed within a week of that warning, it had truly stuck with Lori.
Along with the kindness of the old stableman and finding her father's memory spheres and recording spheres, she'd been able to block most of the toxic negativity of her Family and their teachings. Lately she'd considered that her heart and spirit had been saved from tainting by her nurse and the stableman, and her father's spheres.
But Baccat's words that she lacked a wide education flicked her on a raw spot. It hadn't been easy, analyzing the Residence's and her teachers' words and figuring out what might be true or not.
"You've told me of the Turquoise House often enough," Lori said. "Let's go explore!"
That shut the cat up.