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The Girl

The flowers were finally in bloom. Kara had lost the ability to walk through them long ago, so it didn't really bother her anymore, the way it used to. Instead, she wheeled herself along the paths through the garden, inhaling deeply.

Some days she went into the garden where the flowers could talk, but some times, like today, she preferred the silence.

Unfortunately, it didn't seem like she was going to get that today.

"Kara!" Her sister, Emily, was running quickly down the path. "Wait up!"

Reluctantly, Kara stopped. She tilted her head.

Emily caught up to her, panting. It seemed she had been chasing Kara for a while. She put her hands on her knees and gasped for air. "Mother said you shouldn't be alone."

Kara tried hard not to frown and instead said calmly, "It's a perfectly nice day out."

"Well, yes, but -"

"The paths were cleared this morning."

"True but -"

Kara was losing her temper. "Literally nothing can happen to me. There are giant walls, mild weather, and the plants don't bite. Go away!"

Emily scuffed her foot. "I can't. Mother made me promise."

"You're not my keeper."

Another scuff of the foot. "It's not safe for you to be alone. What if you got stuck or fell?"

Kara made a small noise of annoyance. "I'm sure someone would find me."

"Maybe. Maybe not."

Kara was silent for a long time. Her blood boiled. Then she made herself smile, despite that being the very last thing she wanted to do. "Fine, but if you're coming, then we're going to go see the animals."

Emily, who was terrified of them, especially the dragons that Kara so loved, shuddered, then sighed. "Fine," she said.