Take Me to the Moon 5.29
Elise’s long-awaited confrontation with Grim came late one afternoon. She heard crying coming from the kitchen, and Fiona yelled, “Mom, come quick! Mom!! Grandma’s fallen.”
Elise was not fazed. She confidently, gleefully, approached him. In her palm was a spindly red flower with deep green foliage, it’s life-force so strong that it’s fragrance overpowered Grim and made him do Elise’s bidding.
“She will live,” Elise commanded. Grim was forced to relinquish his hold on Delaney.
CathyTea watched Elise’s power trip with strength and wisdom gained by finding the way through grief, rather than fighting it.
As Grim washed his hands, Delaney stretched, and flexed, and felt control over her body return.
But Elise was not content. She sat down, and began to insult Grim. “That son of a llama has finally been put in his proper place,” she taunted.
Ewan was not ready to accept this hollow victory. The whole spectacle disturbed him.
“I’m ok,” Delaney reassured him.
“Mom,” Ewan said, reaching to his mom as she walked away. “What’s to gain from taunting Death?”
Within half an hour, night fell, and once again, Delaney collapsed on the ground.
“No!” Elise cried indignantly.
“Elise, it’s time to let me go,” Delaney said, and with her final ounce of determination, she added authoritatively, “It is my wish.”
With those words, Delaney closed her eyes and her body relaxed, a smile on her lips.
Elise felt immobilized. No one knew if it was the force of Delaney’s will that stayed her, or her own agony.
But either way, Grim gathered her mother’s life force in his fetid palm. This time, it was Elise that was powerless.
Grim turned to Elise and jeered. His derision jolted her.
Ewan saw the look of determination on Elise’s face. The look that proceeded relentless contention. After decades of conflict with his sister, he knew that . He summoned all his willpower and left the room.
Elise descended on Grim with ferocity. She unleashed all her hatred and scorn. Her hands reached for his bony neck.
Her husband watched in horror as Death unceremoniously turned her on her head.
But the next moment, Elise had him in a head hold.
Elise released him, his head spinning.
“Mortal.” A chill reached down Elise’s spine and adrenaline ignited her veins.
Elise Tesla-Goth, granddaughter of Cassandra Tesla and Bella Goth, daughter of Delaney Tesla, saw her life flash before her eyes, but she did not flee.
“How dare you terrorize my family again only moments after our hard-earned victory.” Her eyes blazed with livid outrage.
He raised his hands. Elise waited for the death knell. Instead, Grim put his hands up in utter vexation.
Bewildered, Grim left the Tesla house. He would savor the anticipation of taking up against this unexpected adversary, this worthy foe, another day.
Rest in Peace, Delaney Tesla.
Delaney was a formidable trailblazer.
She was born between November 8 and November 18, 2014.
She died October 24, 2015.
In death, she shares the monument to her achievement with her life long soulmate, Alexander Goth, without whom she would not have had it all.
Delaney is survived by three children: Ewan Tesla-Goth, Elise Tesla-Goth, and Eric Tesla. She leaves behind three grandchildren: Felicity Tesla-Goth, Fiona Tesla-Goth, and Ashlee Tesla.