House Tamra is strongest in empathy, but is almost as strong in healing. One of the things I did in the Purges was kill the city's healers.
I'm the strongest healer alive, save my little sister. You would think I could do this.
Not healing, but healing turned inside out. You would think I could do this.
Turn the mind inward; find the way to stop the heart.
I cannot do this with pills, with razors, with rope or steel - ever since the first time, he's had me watched. Followed by Hounds. The moment I do anything suspicious, I'm pulled away, bound, and he's summoned...
But this. I have to be able to do this. No sign to the outside.
Find the way to stop the heart.
I may be the strongest empath, strongest healer, save my little sister. But he is the strongest telepath, and he bonded to me long ago.
And I just brushed up against his block in my mind.
I brace myself for his shadow at my door. "Alanna," he'll say gently. "You're not allowed to die."
And I try to still the panic. Because each punishment is worse than the last.
crisavec said "What about Alanna?" in another post.
Me: "What about her?"
Me: "Yah, but... anything specific on your mind? Because "Everything about Alanna" could top 500 pages! :)"
Him: "Oh, that's all you have so far? ;-)"
So far, yeah... this is bare-bones, a very quick summation of what Alanna's been trying to do since not too long after the Purges. It rose in response to laurelian's question. I was thinking, "Well, a lot of the characters really want the same thing, big-picture-wise. Huh. Not Alanna..."
The little sister mentioned is Katrianna. She doesn't know about Julia yet.
Thanks to slipjig, gandalfgreyhame, and spikesandstuds, we're up to $1,160!