Two men are standing with their backs to me. The silhouette of the one on the left reminds me of a previous dream, set far back in time. The man on the right turns to face the other man and I realize that it’s Jordan.
Both men take up combative stances with staffs in hand and begin sparring. Their moves turn them in a circle and I gasp as the other man faces me, it’s the young man who merged with his dying twin, but he’s older.
I watch in confusion, are they fighting?
No, the man is coaching Jordan, guiding him. Though Jordan is smirking as though he finds irony in this mans’s attempts to teach him.
We walk for a while in silence. Suddenly he looks at me with a big grin.
“Wanna race?” he asks.
I grin, “You’re on hot shot!”
Before he can say anything else I take off in a flash. Wow! Guess I was right, I’m running so fast! Yet everything seems to be going past me in slow motion. It’s crazy. Then Caelsah blasts past me. Damn it! Why does he have to be so good at everything?!
When we get to a clearing by the lake we stop. I’m amazed that I’m not in the least bit out of breath.
“Keep grinning, Beauty-boy, I’ll beat you one day,” I grin at him.
He laughs at me and I stick my tongue out at him as I stretch out on the ground to look up at the stars. Caelsah lies down beside me.
Mom comes into my room, “Well, how did it go?”
“Okay, I guess? He knows I’m hiding something from him and knowing him, he’s imagining far worse things than the truth. But I don’t have a clue how to even broach this stuff with him. It’s been hard enough for me to accept.”
“I know sweetheart and I’m so sorry for that.”
“It’s fine, I understand that you were just trying to protect me. But everything is so much more complicated now.”
“Yes it is.”
“And how is it possible that I can be so confused about my love for him? I’d never even questioned it before. I mean, I know that I love him and I do know that I don’t want to hurt him, but beyond that, I’m really not sure what exactly I want.”
“Honey, you don’t need to make any rash decisions. Give yourself some time to adapt.”
I nod. “So I’m assuming that you already know about the plans Jordan and I had made before we moved here?”
“I trust you have news worthy of my time?”
“I do my lord. Rumor has it that Amanae’s memories have returned.”
“You think I am interested in rumors? You are supposed to be gathering facts for me.”
“Yes sir, but it’s been a little difficult, as until today I haven’t had an opportunity to get close to her.”
“What changed today?”
Mailian smirks, “I used my charm of course. I’m working on getting a date with her. It’ll be much easier to keep tabs on her that way.”
“You did what?” Korali rages. “Idiot. Amanae is a carrier of Core Magic, she will only bond with a protector and that bond has already formed, whether she is aware of it or not.”
Mailian’s face drops, “Oh, I wasn’t aware of that. What’s Core Magic?”
With that stated, I stand up. “Tryaethus, is there a class that deals with skills connected to emotions?”
She looks surprised. “Oh, uh, yes? What do you mean emotions?”
Caelsah doesn’t seem too pleased by my dismissal of him, but that’s too bad. He’s just going to have to get over it. We may have been close ten years ago, but it was different. I was just a child and so much has happened since then.
“Well, for a while now, whenever I take a deep breath it utterly calms me down,” ironic I think to myself, I could sure use one right now, but refuse to take it.
“Interesting. Have you noticed feeling the emotions of others?”
I consider this, I don’t really know. Maybe? Could that have been the cause of so many irrational mood swings? That the emotions weren’t in fact my own?
“I’m not completely sure, but I think it might be possible.”
“Well, we could attend the empath class and see if it offers any insight for you.”