Based on the prompt what happens if someone is allergic to the energy of the Magi? from ysabetwordsmith.
It was the only thing Terrence could do to help the girl in his care. He knew, after many lectures from his older sister Marnie and several mentors, that using his energy to heal someone was a last resort. Everything else had to be tried first. It was too easy for energy healing to go wrong. That was why they had turned to making medicines rather than using energy to heal. Sighing he tried not to listen to the voices in his head, repeating the same things over and over again. If he didn't try energy healing then the girl in his care was going to die the same way all the others had.
Carefully he channeled his energy into the crystal he wore on a chain around his neck. Once the crystal was warm to the touch he knew that he could use it on her. He removed it from the chain and placed it gently on her forehead. She moved uncomfortably, moaning slightly under her breath. Breathing slowly, he tried not to think of all the horror stories he'd heard about energy healing going wrong. Focusing on her he gently pushed a little of his energy from the crystal into her body. For a moment he thought everything was fine. Everything was going just as it was meant to. Then she screamed. It was a terrifying sound that seemed to go on for hours, even though it was probably only seconds because someone ran into the room at the same time as it stopped.
“You should have come to me before you tried that,” the person said, lifting Terrence's hand, with the crystal still tightly clasped in it, away from the girl's forehead. “Now we have to wait and see if she comes through what you've done.”
Terrence looked at her, feeling tears well up in his eyes. “It was the only thing I could do.”
“I know.” There was a long silence. “We should have done it days ago but everyone is scared of energy healing since your aunt... well, since what happened.”
“Her magic is fighting with your healing magic. It only happens in people who are allergic to our healing energy and before we stopped it was a very rare occurrence. I think it's something that might happen more now because no one is used to having a mix of magic in their bodies.”
“It's not your fault. I should have been the one to try working with energy healing, not you. Your mother's going to kill me if something happens to you.”
“I made a choice Sherryl. If I get ill because I choose to heal someone then that's simply the way it's meant to be.”
“You know how many people have died because of this disease.”
He nodded, watching the girl's face contort with pain. “Saving the life of this girl would be worth it.”
“You're more like your sister than anyone gives you credit for.”
For the first time Terrence looked at Sherryl and smiled. “She taught me everything I know. If it wasn't for her I never would have become a healer.”
© K A Jones 2011
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