Tale Of Souls Chapter Eleven
“Sparky, sit up – sit .. Up.” My eyes were groggy, I could hear Kaji trying to get me to pay attention, but I didn’t know what was going on. My eyes opened, and we were right back in the hospital … This time I was back to being 21 but everyone was around Lily’s bed. This time jumping, this walking – i’m gonna die early with a stroke. Worse off, I’ll die early with a stroke, stuck in the past. These are timelines I’m not even familiar with. Did Mako just leave me or something and I’m on my own or what?
Oh that’s right, that fucking time loop, is this part of it or is it something else?
“Sparky… sit up…. SIT UP. SIT UP!”
“What’s going on…” I blinked, and I checked my neck – nothing was there, no bandages, no source of blood. I’m concerned.
“The timelines are fluctuating again. I’d say hold on we’re going in dry, but that was the desert we were fighting in a minute ago – I forgot the lube to go with sorry about that-“
Tensei slapped Kaji in the back of the head. For some reason the two of them were rivals. Kaji, a Californian kid with Ukrainian heritage. He’s got the ability to control and create fire – explode things from fire, and cook a fucking good steak over nothing. Tensei was a prince, intergalactic blood with the ability to control gravity and knock up other aliens like him… Male or female. I’d seen these people in a dream or three – but Lily and I ignored it thinking we were just over imaginative children with no life. I mean, obviously in the future – i’m married to Saitou – who I never realized until later on what was going on. It’s like the old NBC adage as a kid – ‘THE MORE YOU KNOW’ – or rather the MORE YOU DON’T know.
“Terrin, gimme the tape deck – this could prove something.” Tensei motioned for Terrin to pass the aforementioned tape recorder over. I’m still in the chair, it’s as if I never left the room at all. Head in my hands – i’m stressed out, and in this moment of time when it actually happened it may have been a nightmare. I’ll get out of it, but i’m stressed out how this keeps shunting without my permission. Fourth generation walker my fucking ass.
“Sparky. Sit up. You’re fine.” Kaji’s appearance was different, making it harder to understand even more now why he was familiar. Slick black hair with a large streak of flamboyant orange in a ponytail, with flame-like burns around his eyes. I’m used to seeing him with fluffed out blonde hair. I haven’t seen him in a long time because he’s not from our time, his doppleganger Felix is – but that’s a story for another day.
“I don’t understand what the hell just happened.” I rubbed my eyes and looked around the room for a minute. Tensei turned the tape on to playback what was going on…
“It’s anything BUT blank – there’s too much on here to process in one go. It’s as if it recorded every single timeline. It’s as I thought…” Tensei had a light bulb moment ; more as though he had an educated guess ready to throw into the mix.
“The timelines are screwed from point a-to-b, and the cause is, well of course it’s the problems with the government testing. They’ve opened up too many portals, stretched the tape inside the cassette and twisted time and space.”
“So Lily and I are the cause?”
“Far from it, you are not even a catalyst, but mere pawns to be frank.”
“You make it sound so fucking dramatic.” Terrin quipped.
“Think about it baka, this isn’t just space travel – this isn’t some fucking mars rover. Your government ripped holes in what they called “the time channels” to explore what was on the other side. YOUR timeline was never meant to meet with ours. Your poor Izuchi here was tested on LONG before you children were.” Tensei yelled back, angry as a mad cow I’d gather… Mad bull? Nah, I wanna call him a mad cow – gender neutral cow.
“Shut up, just get to the point…” My head pounds, I can’t focus. I’m not lying, I’ve got what feels like a headache across several versions of time.
“Justin, pay attention… We need to wake Lily up.” Terrin snarled and narrowed his eyes at Tensei, before thwacking me in the leg again.
“Terrin, I don’t want to wake her up for once, five minutes ago she was trying to kill me for shit I did in that timeline.” I growled loudly – I couldn’t bear the thought of her waking up right now. Don’t you fucking make me do this, I’m not ready. That came out of my mouth, but in all honesty I vaguely remember there being a time where she was alive and not attached to Tensei’s younger sister. A time when we were running from Izuchi? Was this what was on the tapes?
“Five minutes ago you weren’t in this timeline; five minutes ago you were in what I’d call hell. Now help me wake her up, for my sake please?” Terrin had a point, I was being selfish… but for a reason. Dumb reason sure… but it was me. I didn’t want her to wake up and tear my world apart again. “Also i’m aware you’re walking back and forth in time, so don’t fucking try and fool me child.”
Dramatic I know.. Also the royal version of “Get Rekt Son.” in his voice.
“Sparky, do as your boyfriend says.” Kaji grinned, knowing full well what was in my closet full of skeletons as he’d tell me to my face. The problem here is? I wasn’t married yet in the situation we’re in – I didn’t get married until long after Yasuo and Ryan started their kinky hanky panky dancing in their rooms.
“If not for me, do it for sensei. The short time you’ve been here has been of major importance to him and the rest of us.” Kaji kicked me in the foot, quite hard. “And if you don’t, I’ll set your pants on fire.”
“Fine…” I sighed and stood up out of my chair.
I don’t know how I’m going to do this, she’s in a coma, narcoleptic dreaming or plain dead. How in god’s name this won’t be blamed on me in the end I don’t know. Terrin was standing across from me as I got up and walked towards the bed Lily was in. I didn’t want to fuse with her, so this was going to be an interesting project.
“Lils… wake up.”
“Lily, wake up.”
Both of us tried the conventional method – and it seemed that sleeping beauty refused to wake the fuck up. I was flustered because I was scared she was going to come out and try to kill me again like those horror movies you see on TV.
“LILLIAN. Get the hell out of bed – your boyfriend, and Justin need your alertness for something.” Tensei rudely yelled into her ear – somehow his voice worked and not ours. Supposedly you wake people with rudeness on his planet.
“Thank you Tensei… But did you have to make my girlfriend go deaf?”
“Yes, because you both are dead to the world in this situation – she’s not the cause, she’s a key. Same with Justin, they’re all keys to this… and part of his key is the cause, which isn’t fair I know but it’s something we gotta figure out.” Tensei slapped the side of the bed enough to shake the final sleep out of Lily’s bones.
Then within seconds Kaji yelled loudly in front of her ear.
“LILS YOU FUCKEN OWE ME FIVE BUCKS AND A COKE.” Kaji coughed, “AND GIVE ME BACK MY CDS I LENT YOU LAST WEEK – I DON’T NEED YOU DOING ANYTHING DIRTY TO THEM.”
“I GOT IT THE FIRST TIME THANK YOU.” Lily woke up as if it was a normal Saturday morning, quipping that someone was waking her from her only day to sleep in. “I don’t even… wait, we…where are we? “
“What’s the last thing you remember?” Tensei had his list in his pocket of shit to ask when she wakes up, must be something he knows from his timeline.
“Last thing I remember was seeing Dad, why?” Lily was either lying, or she didn’t recall anything that just happened. . “Justin why the confused face?”
See Dad? I was just off seeing Damien, when… When did we see Dad? I mean I know i’ve seen him since I was younger. We all have, I mean let me just remind you how many times Rana’s finger has been up his own father’s nose!
“Hon you just tried to strangle the shit out of me and explode my insides. Excuse me if I’m not warming up to you…” I’m just letting shit roll out of my mouth by memory now, there’s no use in trying to say anything different. I barely remember this moment of time, but yet here’s the information rolling out of my mouth like it was yesterday.
“What do you mean?”
“Ask your boyfriend…”
Lily tilted her head in confusion and then realized quickly we weren’t alone. It seemed as if she was blind to the fact other people were around us as she woke up.
“Terrin what’s going on?”
“Lily… there’s been an issue – I don’t know how to explain it.” Terrin bit his lip lightly, he didn’t want to confuse her, and at the same time he was confused himself. “According to some of these friends of ours… the time and space thing… some strange sort of thing, and it is starting to collapse.”
“Lillian, listen – “
“Your birth certificate says Lillian, you are not a flower.” Tensei was being quite matter of fact.
“WELL MR OBVIOUS.”
“You are as loud if not louder than my half dead sister …”
“Listen up regardless, timelines merged and collapsed twice already – many of us are past/future or other timeline versions of each other or related to an event etc. Think of it as if in my time, Terrin exists, but because we knew each other in that time somehow I have come to yours.” Tensei smiled, his strength was waning after all the battles he’d already fought – I could tell, and he had to breathe more in-between sentences.
“I still don’t understand.”
“Lily, I wouldn’t worry about it, in the next one you’ll probably sprout three heads and eat my flesh.” I was about to be slapped for confusing her and complaining, but I didn’t trust what was going on.
“I don’t even get what you’re saying, I collapsed I assume at dad’s and was knocked out by the narcolepsy … So why are all these people here? And who’s that over there trying to fry the hospital equipment with his fingers?” Lily pointed to Tensei and then Kaji and then looked back at me. “And what is this complaining you’re on about? I didn’t do anything, I was asleep!”
“The tapes prove you weren’t – you were in this time, but the tapes we recorded somehow had enough to record a few of the dialogues in the last four hours.” Tensei sighed, and played the tapes for her. “Listen if you can…”
Within minutes things went dark again…
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