Book of Time: Remembrance

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
After Temporal finds out about her powers, she and her father begins training. The training session is interrupted when a situation arises and Temporal is surprised at how her father deals with it.

Submitted: July 03, 2009

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“Er..Father, why are we on top of Zanzubar tower?” Temporal looked off at the distance, thinking about her incident with Fate three days ago. ‘We’re farther up, maybe even twice the distance that Fate had me,’ she thought grimly. Temporal was not afraid of heights, far from it. She did not, however, want to experience hurtling towards the city at supersonic speeds again.

“Well Temporal, I think we should begin with learning how to control gravity. Granted, it is one of the hardest things to learn and this is the first training session, but if you can learn master this technique, everything else will be easy.” Kronos certainty and belief in Temporal’s powers confronted her, but there were still shreds of doubt in her mind. “I’ll begin by teaching you how to increase gravity’s affect on you. First, calm down, relax, and close your eyes. Allow everything to move around you. Allow everything to revolve around you. Can you feel it? The pull of everything around you, as if your entire body has become a giant magnet?” Kronos stared at his daughter intently. He knew she wouldn’t be able to increase her weight right at that second. Still, it would be good practice. ‘I wonder if I should have just given her the knowledge of controlling space and time like the way my mother did to me,’ Kronos thought. He entertained it for a few minutes before thinking, ‘No. Mother may have given me the knowledge, but I didn’t have the skill to will the power efficiently. At least with her, she will be able to learn the full extent of her powers and—‘

“Father, nothings happening,” Temporal sounded a bit disappointed. Kronos wrapped his arms around his daughter and said, “Don’t worry, you’ll get it, just not right now. Also, don’t do what you were thinking; it won’t work.”

“How do you know—“

“It’s a part of our powers. See, we are the embodiment of space and time. It is our birthright to manipulate space and time to help others in our own special way. We, with our gifts and abilities must be able to…hmm...” Kronos stopped, lost in thought. All of a sudden, a building nearby erupts into flames, the siren it emits shatters the silence and serenity of the morning.

“Father, what is it?”

“One of the city’s laboratories had an accidental explosion.” Despite the rural outskirts of the city, Zanzubar was perhaps one of the greatest research centers of Aikion. About one-fourth of Aikion’s research occurred within the city boundaries. Incidentally, or coincidentally depending on who you asked, Zanzubar was also in the top ten cities of accidents occurring daily, with a supposed five hundred minor occurrences everyday and thirty major problems every week.

Temporal stared at her father for quite a bit, waiting…waiting…waiting, before asking, “Uh, aren’t you going to do something?”

“How do you know that I’m not?”

“...Because some of those people seemed to be badly injured. Surely you wouldn’t allow some of the people to die, would you?” Temporal eyes seemed to be filled with terror over the thought.

“I am afraid that I would allow some of the people to die,” Kronos had a sad look on his face when he said that.

“Father, why? That...I mean, you’re a god you could easily…”

“Temporal! Sometimes, despite best interest, some people can not be helped, other times, it is better to not even help them,” he had lost his composure and seemed very enraged; the area around him seemed to distort a bit.

Well, after that incident, they both went home; Temporal was quite saddened that her father allowed some of the people to die. She didn’t understand, but she wanted to. But, her father was probably not the best source. She decided to ask her mother about his reaction, but she realized that her father would find out by using his powers. ‘There has to be a way to speak to mom without him finding out…Then again, if he was able to read my thoughts earlier, he would have stopped me from questioning him in the first place. Might as well take my chances.’ Luckily for her, after bringing Temporal home, Kronos went out again to ‘think’ according to him, giving her a perfect opportunity to speak to Lizzy. She went up to her parents’ master bedroom, where Lizzy was sleeping a bit. Temporal quickly woken her and began to explain what happened earlier and ended with, “Why did he become so angry when I ask why he didn’t do a thing?”

Lizzy paused for quite awhile. The awkwardness was palpable. “Temmy, well… A part of it was my fault. See, when I was a child, I was diagnosed with a disease concerning my heart. In fact, the day before I met your father, the doctors were certain that my heart would give out sometime in the next month and wanted me to be hospitalized. I managed to persuade them to give me a day to get my affairs together. I had decided right then and there that I would die on my own terms, not in some hospital ward waiting for death’s relief.” Temporal was surprised that her mother actually contemplated suicide at one point. It was one thing hearing about people committing suicide; it was another to hear about your mother thinking about it before you was born.

“In any case, I was upset. So, I planned to throw myself off Zanzubar Tower the very next day. I went up the tower and felt a sense of calm. I was determined to stop all this physical pain. And then, he appeared.”

“Father?”

“Yes. He seemed to literally float from the ground. He asked what I was doing up here. I told him and then jumped.” Once again, Temporal was crept out by the level of sincerity and calmness her mother spoke with while narrating the events. ‘She almost killed herself and she’s talking about it as though it was a simple walk in the forest or something. She must have truly hated her life…’ Even while explaining how it felt to feel the air, Lizzy did not sound fazed or awed by the experience, and actually sounded a bit saddened that she didn’t complete it. Lizzy noticed Temporal’s revulsion and asked, “You want me to continue? You seem a bit…pallid right now…”

“Er…Let’s continue tomorrow. I need to digest what you told me…” Temporal quickly left her parents’ bedroom and went to her own, grabbing a comic from the floor, and began reading. She did not want to think about her parents and yet she could not help but think about them. Her view of her parents had greatly changed. ‘They seemed so happy…I never would’ve guessed mom was suicidal…And I still have no idea why father is so depressed…Why did ask those questions…Still yet, can’t wait ‘til tomorrow’ She wanted to bang her head on the headboard behind her, but decided to double her efforts at reading, finally going to sleep with the comic over her head.


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