Because I willed it so. Because I reached upwards to catch her soul as the Tree of Life shook her essence free from the Higher Realm, while the Demon was looking down, stoking the black flames of the Qlippothic Spheres.
But now..with the Demon gone, so was her pilot light. I pressed lightly on her belly. Her Soul Drive extruded from her navel..a lucky first guess as to one of the many places she could keep it safe. I held it close to the lantern's light. The diagram of the Tree was intact. The sliver of rock glimmered from the Fae blood that had been absorbed into its sigils.
The voice echoed in my brain. I smiled as I felt her spirit communicate to mine from within the stone.
"Yes, Qli. It's me."
I finally sense you as I first saw you when I opened my eyes.. I knew someday you would be free.
I could only nod as I bit my lip. Finally, I gulped hard and whispered,
"But this is a terrible price for my freedom. Your paralysis. So many hurt.."
What matters now is you are here as you truly are. I did everything I could to confound the Demon's plans without incurring his wrath and risking your own body and soul. I rushed to Tombstone at your plea, not that of the Prince.
I nodded sadly. "He almost succeeded..trying to have me killed so he could claim my body all for himself." A long, quiet pause as we listened to the crickets..the rustling leaves, the rippling of the waters. The cool night breeze blew across my cheek. All little things..little things I never realized I would miss so much.
I shook my head and came back to my senses to deal with the here and now.
"Qli..I don't know how to power your body again!"
The same way you conjured my soul, Father.
I slid her Soul Drive back into its hiding place. Was I strong enough after all this time? With no preparation to retry what took me years to accomplish, both with the Demon's help and interference? For the first time, I recited the formula as it was meant to be spoken, unobscured by intricacies meant to confound the Stranger inside me
with ends in sight, with means defined
imbue this clay with spirit mine
the goal condoned, the process blessed
the Sacred Spheres I do request
my will is strong, my faith endure
endow this flesh with light so pure!
Blue eyes shut tight as the edge of Tanglewood floods with luminescence, multiplying with each orb invoked that floats in formation above the creator and the creation,
KETHER.. CHOKHMA.. BINAH..
Words that would have burned the Demon's tongue to cinders echo among the trees.
CHESED.. GEBURAH.. TIPHARETH.. NETZACH..
The wind begins to howl, spiraling the leaves around the pair.
The air is warm and smells of roses..
But something is wrong. I am still too weak. My body misused for years. My soul taunted by my captor until I had all but given up hope.
The Spheres are not phased down far enough..I need help to widen the portal! I must draw from my own life force..
FATHER! NO! I will not allow it! I will not see you cured just to die over me!
And I will not have your soul crumble to dust in my arms! Then how..?
Friends? Yes! YES!!
Here I send my distress call through the aether, between the gaps of time and space. It matters not what you think of me now or then..all I want is my daughter to walk again! I reach out to you Dear Reader..if ever you loved my sweet Qlippothic..close your eyes..see her in your mind..and channel what energies you can to her..let her LIVE again!