Chapter 4 - Memories

Chapter 4 - Memories

A Chapter by Talia M.
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Kai is confronted by glimpses of his forgotten past when a young woman comes to his door.

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My dreams were full of strange images. I saw a small, dark-skinned, barefoot boy wearing faded overalls and running in circles in the middle a field of green grass, giggling hysterically. He looked to be about 7. My head told me that I should recognize him, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t. I tried to speak to him, but before the words could leave my lips, the image changed. I saw Lilith again, her sinister glare on her face as she pointed a finger at me. Too late, I noticed the men around her, wearing all black with an emblem of the sun on the foreheads of their expressionless black masks. I stepped back as they advanced, the strange twisting sensation that came with my newly discovered teleportation powers wrenching at my stomach. I saw one of the men raise a small throwing knife, poised to throw. But before he could hurl it at me, the shimmering smoke obscured my vision and it cleared to show another scene.

I was in a room. Or at least, I assumed that I was. I was standing on something, but everything was pitch black except for a single beam of light that shone on a tall figure. His back was turned to me, but I quickly realized that it was myself. The other me turned, and I gasped in horror. His eyes were black, devoid of all color and light. The skin around his eyes looked cracked as if he were a doll with chipping paint. The shimmering vapor poured off of his skin, pooling around his feet in dense plumes. His mouth widened in a dark, malicious smile.

I sat bolt upright, gasping in a breath as my eyes flew open. I was back in Mrs. Werner’s house, laying on the long couch with a warm blanket draped across me. I groaned and lay back again, the pain of my injuries quickly returning. The light of the sun was beginning to shine again outside, birds singing in the dogwood tree that stood on the front lawn. A clock ticked softly on the wall, the time reading 6:45 am. Sighing, I closed my eyes in an attempt to fall back asleep. Sleep didn't find me again, so I lay awake for the next two hours, trying to piece together what I had seen in my dream.

Suddenly, the sound of the doorbell rang out in the room, causing me to nearly jump straight out of my skin. “Kai?” called the voice of a young woman from the other side of the door. “It’s me, let me in.”

It didn’t sound like Lilith, so I dragged myself to my feet, leaning on the couch arm for support. I limped to the door and cautiously opened it. A girl who looked to be about my age stood on the doorstep. The early morning sunlight made the mop of curly, ginger hair that hung down to her shoulders look like a ball of fire on her head. Freckles dotted her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. She wore a mustard yellow hoodie over a black Pink Floyd t-shirt, skinny jeans, and black high-tops. Her pale blue eyes lit up as soon as she saw me.

“Oh, I’m so glad you’re safe!” she cried, throwing her arms around my neck in a tight embrace. “You can't go scaring me like that!”

As I stood in the doorway, stunned, Jay ran up behind me. His hair looked like a rat had been living in it and he was still wearing his pajamas.

“Kai, who is this?” he asked, just as baffled as I was.

“I, uh…” My words failed me. I had no idea who this person was, but something in the back of my mind was tugging at me as if I was supposed to remember her but just couldn’t.

“Oh, sorry,” says the girl, detaching herself from around me and turning to smile at Jay. “My name is Ailbe Solas. I’m Kai’s girlfriend.”

I took a step back in surprise. “Woah, really?”

She frowned at me, placing her hands on her hips. “What do you mean?”

I scratched the back of my head nervously. “You… may want to come inside.”

Standing aside, I let her pass into the house and sit on the couch before I closed the door and went to sit down next to her.

“Alright, spill,” the girl demanded, crossing her arms.

I tried my best to explain in the gentlest way possible that I had lost my entire memory and couldn’t remember anything about myself, much less about her. I also recounted the events of the previous day and everything I could remember from before I went to the hospital, Jay filling in bits here and there. Ailbe sat and listened, her frown slowly softening as we spoke. When we finished, she uncrossed her arms and placed her hand on my arm.

“I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through,” she said. “I should have stopped you.”

“Stopped me from doing what?” I asked curiously.

Ailbe smacked her forehead. “Right. Amnesia. You don’t remember. Basically, you insisted on checking out a suspicious warehouse the day you disappeared. I had family business that night, so I knew I wouldn’t be there to back you up if something went wrong. I wasn’t able to convince you not to go.”

I placed my other hand on top of hers. “It’s not your fault. If I was too stubborn to listen, the fault is all mine.”

She chuckled. “Yeah, you’re pretty darn stubborn sometimes.”

“How long have I been missing?” I asked, changing the subject as the thought popped into my head.

“About a week,” she replied, shrugging.

I glanced over at Jay questioningly.

“Yeah, about that,” he said cautiously. “You were in a coma from the time we took you there a week ago until yesterday.”

“That’s how Lilith was able to find me…” I thought out loud.

“It also gave me plenty of time to track you--” Ailbe stopped abruptly. “Wait, did you say ‘Lilith’?”

I nodded warily. “You know who she is?”

Ailbe stood suddenly and began pacing back and forth on the carpeted floor. “Oh, this is bad. This is really bad.”

“What’s wrong?” asked Jay, speaking up.

Ailbe anxiously ran her slender hands through her hair, her face creasing with worry as she explained. “Lilith is an agent of an organization called the Order of the Midnight Sun. She’s tried to kill Kai multiple times in the past year, almost succeeding on some of those attempts. It had been a long time since her last attempt, I thought she’d given up.”

The Midnight Sun. An alarm began ringing in my head and my thoughts raced back to my dreams when I’d seen the masked men. “I think she’s the reason I’m here in Maryland,” I said quietly, my expression far away as I tried to focus on the image from my dream.

Ailbe’s pacing stopped immediately as she swiveled to face me. “What?”

I explained my dream to her, describing the masks of the men and the dagger thrown just as the mist from my teleportation obscured my vision. She stood in silence, tapping her chin, appearing to be confused about something.

“Wait…” she said as I finished. “You can’t teleport more than a few miles at a time. This doesn’t make any sense. My powers allow me to see the heat remnants from when you make a jump, but I didn’t see any other teleport jumps in between the warehouse where you disappeared and here. I didn’t even see any landing points. Somehow, you got 2,500 miles in a single hop.”

“You have powers too?” asked Jay.
“Yeah, I do!” she replied. Grinning, she held up her fist and it burst into a ball of bright, white flame. “Pretty cool, right?” she said, extinguishing the fire and lowering her unscorched hand. Her eyes suddenly widened. “Wait a second… It must have been the Order!”

“What was?” I asked, getting lost by the quick changes in the topic.

“How you got here! The Order must have found some way to grab you mid-teleport and drag you across the country.”

I rested my elbows on my knees and steepled my fingers. “Okay, so what exactly is this Order?”

Ailbe explained that the Order of the Midnight Sun is an organization that tracks supers across the world and takes down those it sees as threats. It began as a research institution that studied the powers of superhumans in order to learn more about what makes them super and to develop new technologies to further along the human race. However, when the founder died and his successor took over, things changed. Instead of taking in volunteer supers for testing, the Order would capture them and keep them locked in stasis so they could not escape. Operations gradually worsened as superhumans that realized what the Order was up to began to retaliate against them. Agents began being deployed on killing missions, targeting the most dangerous and powerful supers that could potentially bring them down if they fought back.

“Does the government know what they’re doing?” I asked as she finished.

She shook her head. “When the new leader began changing things, the Order dropped under the radar. They do all their work in secret now. The only reason we know about the Order is because we knew someone who escaped from them.”

“Really?” I wasn’t really as surprised as I sounded. When she had said it, a light in the back of my mind seemed to flicker on for a second and I knew that the memory of the person was still there, just buried deep under miles of static. “Who?

“His name is Griffin,” Ailbe explained patiently. “He is an asterokinetic, which basically means that he can summon and manipulate cosmic energy. While Griffin is only fifteen years old, he is extremely powerful, which is why the Order was unable to contain him.”

“Where is he now?” I asked.

She shrugged. “Not sure. I haven’t really heard from him in a few months. I think he went back to his family, though. He had been missing for several weeks and nearly died escaping, so I’d understand if he wanted to go home.”

Suddenly, a great crash outside shook the ground, making the windows rattle. I immediately rushed to fling open to door and stumble out onto the front lawn, closely followed by Ailbe and Jay. The first thing we saw was a giant crater in the middle of the street and a cloud of dust rising up from it. In the center of the crater stood a young boy, probably just a little younger than Jay, with styled reddish-brown hair wearing a navy blue vest over an orange shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, capri-length jeans, and black basketball sneakers with neon green stripes. He looked normal for a boy his age. Except for the swirling blue energy that surrounded him like a giant hamster ball. The energy slowly dissipated and his eyes opened, revealing his black irises speckled with stars and streaked with the colorful haze of nebulae.

“Hey guys,” he said, casually brushing the dust off of his vest and stepping out of the hole in the asphalt.

“Griffin.” Ailbe stepped forward. “What are you doing here?”

“I'm here to warn you,” he replied, expressionless. “They're coming.”



© 2019 Talia M.


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Hello! I'm Talia and I am 16 years old. I write almost every day. It's one of my main hobbies, aside from drawing. I'll get a spark of inspiration from one of my vivid dreams or something I see on Pin.. more..

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