When her eyes closed, Dae focused only on making sure she was breathing in and out and focusing. He kept whispering encouraging things into her head, and when she finally opened her eyes again he smiled. She had done it. ”See?” he said, speaking out loud for the first time in quite some time, “All you gotta do it breathe…and focus.” Dae pulled Skylar into a hug, moving to run his hand up and down over her back in a soothing kind of way. He kissed the top of her head before pulling away and moving to sit them both down on the bed. “Now I’m not going to lie to you Sky…the next few weeks, if not months, are going to be like that. It’s…going to be painful and it will feel like your head is going to explode, but whenever that happens…just breathe like I told you. Soon you’ll learn to control when you hear them and who you hear. Eventually you’ll learn how to project your words into someone’s mind. It’ll be easy to do with Morgan and I both helping you—Dad too.”
Dae moved, wiping the forgotten tears from her eyes and face as he smiled at his little sister. She was strong, like their mother. She would get through this. Ruffling her hair, Daemon chuckled and fell back on his bed, lifting a new dart with his hand before flinging it at the board on his ceiling. So close to the bullseye…so close. “….I know you couldn’t wait for this Sky…but it’s not all fun and games,” he said, his voice soft. “…there’s a lot more than you bargained for with these powers. Trust me…it’s not just a gift…it can be a burden too.”
“I know.” Sky frowned at his words as she settled into a comfortable position on his bed. She knew it wouldn’t be all fun and games but somehow, hearing it out loud made her even more surly. The pain, the voices… She didn’t want any of that. She merely wanted the satisfaction of knowing that she got her powers. That she, the youngest of the Montagues, was as gifted as the rest of her family. But with this gift would come hard work. Sky remember watching as her brothers and their father worked to hone their skill. It would now be her time to join them.
Her cold blue eyes watched as Daemon silently lifted a dart and flung it at the board. She watched, transfixed, as the dart sunk into the board - so very close to the bullseye. Her brother was a quick learner. He was so good with these gifts and she found herself nervously hoping that she’d be the same way.
“Do I have that gift too? Telekinesis?” Sky questioned. Gifts were hereditary and the similarities varied from family to family. The Montagues had always been a family that was particularly gifted in the mind. Telepathy, telekinesis… They had been through it all. Eagerly, Sky waved her hand over a dart. It didn’t move. Furrowing her eyebrows together, she tried again but there still wasn’t a result. She frowned, looking back at her brother unhappily. “W-What if I only have one?” Both her parents and her brothers had more than one gift. It would be such an embarrassment if she herself only had one.