Her backpack was already full. Rebecca was surprised to discover she had accumulated so much stuff in her time here; proof that she had stayed in one place too long. Peter’s appearance had been a wake-up call. It was only a matter of time before he returned, and she intended to be gone long before he did.
Frustrated at herself for getting attached to so many things, she began grabbing things out of the bag. Discarding most of the clothes, she was able to make space for a few charms and other tools. This house, these rooms, had come to feel safe. No longer. Thomas couldn’t protect her. No one could protect her.
The only thing now was to run. David was restored to his body. There was nothing more she could do here. It was time to leave. Running was all she knew how to do. Her magic couldn’t protect her; if anything, it is what got her into this situation. She just needed to find some place where Peter couldn’t get to her, wherever that might be.
Having reduced the contents to the bag to only the most essential items, she took one more look around the room before opening the door. The stuffed bear was staring at her from the entrance to the lab. Somehow its face, which never changed, looked sad.
“I’ve got to go. It isn’t safe here anymore. Not for me.”
The bear wasn’t like David in the rabbit; it only had rudimentary abilities to communicate. In this case, confusion.
“I can’t take you with me. I don’t know where I’m going, and it will be hard enough taking care of myself.”
Why was she explaining herself to this spirit? It was just a thing; it didn’t need her. It didn’t require nutrition or anything else. With or without her, its existence would remain the same. So why did she feel guilty for walking away?
“If you come, I can’t promise to look after you. Traveling will be hard, much harder than staying here.”
The bear gave the impression that it was shrugging.
“Fine. Let’s go.”
She opened the door just before Sarah could knock on it. Sarah looked at her bag and nodded to herself.
“I get it. Peter is after you. However, before you go, we have to talk. Then you can leave, if you want to. I won’t stop you. You need to hear me out first.”
Rebecca took a step back to let Sarah in. Whatever she had to say, Rebecca felt an obligation to listen.