Chapter 14: Trying To Find A Way Home Natalie's POV
The next few days were amazing. I got to hang out with my new friends, Walk around in Paris and spend some time with Quasi, make some new pieces of jewelry, crack some jokes with the gargoyles, everything. Even my 16th birthday was coming, so I felt like I had everything that I wanted in my life. Everything, except for my family. I often thought about them and even wondered if they knew that I got teleported here. I was missing them.
Just three days before my birthday, while Quasi was ringing the bells for the morning mass, I was standing out on the balcony looking at the morning sky. I saw people coming out of their houses. Most of them were families. I sighed as I looked at how happy they were, It just made me wish that my family was here. I sunk to my knees and laid my head on top of the railing as I looked on in sadness.
Then I felt a large hand gently placed on the back of my shoulder. I looked over my shoulder to see Quasimodo standing above me as he asked,
"What are you doing out here by yourself? Is anything wrong?"
I simply said, "Ah, nothing. I'm just thinking?"
He asked, "About what?"
I didn't want him to worry, so I said,
"Just about how my birthday is coming up."
He said sitting on the railing,
"Oh, I bet. Y-You must be really excited about it."
I said trying to sound joyful, "Y-Yeah, yeah, I am."
I looked at me with a raised brow and said,
"You don't seem that excited. What's bothering you Nat?"
I sighed and said,
"I just wish my family was here that's all."
He asked, "Do you miss them?"
I nodded and said,
"I just wish that I could see them again. Even if it's for a minute, I would just like to see them."
He asked me, "Well, why can't you?"
"Well, it's just not that simple. Because I don't even know how I got here in the first place. Like I do know, but I still don't know how or why it happened like it did."
Then he asked me, "Then how did you get here?"
I realized then that I had to tell him. I knew it wouldn't be easy and that his feelings would change about me, but I also knew that if I wanted to see my family again, that would be the only way. So I asked,
"If I tell you this, do you promise not to tell anyone else or freak out or think of me differently?"
He had an unsure look, but then he nodded and said,
So then I took a deep breath and said,
"Well, what happened was, I came home with my dad after I finished my last day of school for summer break, and I went into my room with my dog and I was just so happy that summer was here. Then I saw that the light in my room was on I kept trying to turn it off, but it wouldn't turn off. Then all of a sudden, I was locked in my closet and the light kept getting brighter and brighter, and I blacked out. Then when I woke up, I found myself in the rafters."
Quasi had a lost look on his face as I said,
"Quasi, from what I went through, I think I was teleported here."
Then Quasi said,
"But if you were 'teleported' here, wouldn't that make you a witch."
In disbelief, I said,
"What? No! Quasimodo, I'm not a witch. If I were, I would have magic spells and a flying broom, but I don't. And if I were a witch, I would've known it a long time ago."
He nodded and said, "Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry. But the only other way if you weren't a witch, is, if.."
He looked at me as his eyes grew bigger and he asked,
I immediately knew what was coming, so I said,
"Yes Quasi, I'm from the future."
His eyes grew bigger with shock and I said,
"But that doesn't mean that I don't love you the way I do now. Quasi, I-I didn't tell you because I thought that you would've saw me as a freak, or a witch. And I thought you would've judged me or hated me if I told you. I-I'm sorry Quasi, I'm sorry-"
I was about to turn away in shame, but he surprised me when he took my hand and said,
"What would ever make you think that? Natalie, no matter what, I'll always love you. E-Even if you were a Unicorn I'd still love you."
I smiled in response.
Then he said, "I promise, I'll do everything I can to help you see your family."
I asked him, "You will?"
He answered, "Absolutely, you helped me and promised to not scream at me, now I will help you."
I smiled happily and said, "Thank you Quasimodo."
He nodded and said as we got up,
"Now come on, lets go find some answers so you can see your family for your birthday."
I smiled and said, "Okay."
And with that, we left the cathedral and headed to the town square to find some answers.
We walked up to Esmeralda's tent and Quasi asked,
"You know we'll have to tell her about this right?"
I asked, "Do you think she will believe me?"
He said, "Well sure, it may seem a little far fetched to her at first, but I'm sure she'll be able to help us."
I nodded and said, "Okay."
And with that, we walked inside of the tent to see Esmeralda.
When we got inside, Esmeralda saw us and smiled as she asked,
"Oh, hi Quasi! Hi Nat! What brings you two here?"
Quasi said, "Esmeralda, we need your help. Natalie in particular."
She asked me, "What is it, Nat?"
I asked her,
"If I tell you this, do you promise to keep it just between you, me, Quasi, Phoebus, and Clopin?"
She said, "Well, yes of course, but what is it?"
I took a deep breath and said,
"I'm from the future."
She gave me a confused look and asked,
"What? What are you talking about?"
I explained my whole story to her and how I got here.
Once I finished telling her, she said,
"Huh, now that's a crazy way to get into Paris. Especially in our time."
Quasi then asked her,
"Esmeralda, is there any way you can help us? She misses her family."
"Well, I'm no sorceress. But I think if I can catch an vision of that event, than maybe that will give us a clue."
Then she walked over to a crystal ball and looked inside of it. She asked me as she was looking at it,
"Natalie, you said you were teleported here by some sort of glowing light in your closet correct?"
I answered, "Yes, why?"
"Well, I'm getting a vision of that event and I don't think it was just a light."
I asked, "What do you mean."
Quasi asked, "What else could it have been?"
"Well, I'm looking at it and it seems like it could be magic or something magical."
What, something magical? Like what does she mean, what was magical, what brought me here?
As I was left in thought, we saw Phoebus come running into the tent. He said catching his breath,
"Something's going on in the cathedral."
Esmeralda asked, "What?"
Quasi asked, "What is it Phoebus?"
"I don't know, I just saw something bright glowing in the cathedral."
We rushed out of the tent to see a bright glow coming from the cathedral. And I recognized it, I remembered it as the same glow that brought me here. And it was coming from the bell tower!
"That's it, there it is! That's the same light that brought me here!"
Quasi shouted, "And it's coming from the bell tower, come on!"
And with that the four of us rushed back to Notre Dame and up the bell tower. Once we got there, I saw the light starting to fade.
I shouted, "No, wait!" And the light vanished.
I was beside myself. How could it just vanish like that? Why?
I said in despair, "It's gone. It's gone." As my eyes started to well up with tears.
Quasi said as he placed his hand on my shoulder,
"Natalie, I-I know you're upset-"
I said trying to do deny it,
"Why, why would I be upset? I mean, just because I-I thought that I would be able to see my family again? No, I'm fine. I-I mean, I didn't even really care that much about seeing them anyway."
Quasi said as he shook his head, "Natalie, i-it's ok, you don't have to-"
I cut him off and said, "No, Quasi! I'm fine! I'm fine! I am fine!" As I started to lose my composure.
Then he grabbed my hand and I said trying to fight all of my emotions "No! No! No!"
But he said, "Come here! Come here. It's alright."
As he pulled me into his arms for a tight embrace and I lost it.
I instantly lost it. I knew that I was never going to see my family again. It wasn't that I didn't love being here or being with Quasimodo, but with the thought of never seeing my family again, the people that I spent my whole life with, it just killed me. As I cried, I heard Esmeralda say as she placed her and on my shoulder,
"I'm really sorry Natalie. It's hard being separated from your family like that. Trust me, I know."
I said as I sniffled,
"I j-just wish that I could've at least gotten a chance to say goodbye." And I shed a few more tears.
I heard Quasi say as he gently rubbed my back,
"Oh Natalie, I wish there was something that I could do."
Then I heard Phoebus say,
"Look, I see something!"
We looked up and we saw the glowing light coming back!
I said, "I-It's the light."
Quasi said with a surprised look, "It's coming back."
Esmeralda asked, "How can that be?"
Phoebus said, "I don't know, but it's getting brighter."
He was right, the light was getting brighter. As it kept getting brighter and brighter, Quasi said as he shielded his and my eyes,
"Quick Natalie! Shield your eyes!"
As he shielded my eyes, I looked up with curiosity to see what it was. I saw that the light was turning blue and then all of a sudden, a woman dressed in blue with fairy wings appeared.
I knew who it was. I've seen her so many times as a child. I remembered the story of how she helped a young marionette puppet boy become a real boy, for an old puppet maker. Who gave a cricket the ability to become the young boy's conscience. I knew who it was! It was none other than the Blue Fairy!