Tuesday, July 9, 2013
To Trust a Viper - Part 2
“Don’t be daft, Viper. She’s just had a child, she’s in no condition to go anywhere.” Larkspur raised his sword again. “Tell me what to do or so help me God.”
Viper let out a low hiss. “It isn’t up to me. Only the mother can heal her child.”
“What is this illness?” July asked, stroking her daughter’s cheek. “How long do we have?”
“It is a poison of the blood,” explained Viper. “It was not done by any being, but just an act of nature. And thankfully, nature has provided a cure.”
“Then I shall fetch it,” said Larkspur.
Viper shook his head and sighed. “You cannot sir, for it lies in the valley of the serpents. Only she can enter, for she has the essence of a new mother. If you were to take one step in that valley, you would be struck by the venom of the copperhead vines and die a slow death.”
“And what of her?” Larkspur pointed to July. “Do you just expect me to take your word that they will leave her be?”
“I don’t think we have any other choice,” July whispered, cradling Ruby close to her chest. “How long do I have?”
Viper held up three long fingers. “You have three moons.”
July thrust the light sheet off. “Then I must go now. When I get to the valley, what is the cure I seek?”
“You search for the flower of honey, its nectar will cure little Ruby.”
July handed Ruby to Larkspur and pushed herself out of the bed, a small groan escaping her lips as pain ripped through her body.
“At least let me take you as far as the valley,” begged Larkspur. “You can’t do it alone.”
July put a soft hand on Larkspur’s arm. “Honey, I need you to stay here and watch over Ruby. I’ll be fine.”
“You don’t even know how to get there?” protested Larkspur.
“I will show her the way,” hissed Viper.