Alyce's whole life hinged on what happened in the next few moments, and if she and Ezra survived then he had to carry out the ceremony to remove her powers and make her fully human.
Still trapped on the bed by the herbs Alyce waggled her finger and more herbs fell from her fingers, then from her hand and then from her wrist. Just as she felt her wrist regain some movement she head Ezra approach. His heavy boots thumping on the hall floor and him calling quietly “Alyca, are you upset? I told you I would be back as soon as I could. You’re not still shy, are you sweetheart?”
Fear filled her. Fear that Matthew would kill Ezra. Only her hand could use the power of the Sheridan witches, but it was enough. She willed her hand to move in the path of a spell and willed it to work. Alyce felt the burst of pure energy leave her fingers and her body jerked with the force of it making more of the herbs fell off, but she stopped the flow of power even as it started and she heard Matthew roar in agony. Ezra was close, too close. He was in as much danger, or more, from her if she let her full power loose as he had been from the waiting Matthew.
In that moment Alyce knew she must not use the power to kill. Even Matthew she would not kill. The power was like an evil force, and her only desire was to remove it from the world for ever. And for that she needed Ezra, he lover and husband. Only he could cut off her hair and join her in burning it on a barren hilltop under a new moon, while reciting the ancient incantations needed to release the power of the Sheridan witches into the void.
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Matthew felt a searing pain grip him and roared in agony and fell to the ground turning as he did to see how Alyce had managed to attack him. And even as he fell in agony his eyes popped at the sight of her body shaking and the herbs scattering onto the bed and the floor. "No," he roared, trapped in a web of pain that immobilized him, but seeing the herbs, all that was restraining the unimaginable power of the Sheridan witches, falling away from Alyce's naked body.