“Are you sure about this?”
“Of course I am.”
“No, I’m serious. This is dangerous work. It’s not something you just jump into.”
“I know. I really do.”
“Then what made you decide to do it?”
By the time I got back to the alley, David was gone as was his truck. I didn’t blame him. He was already afraid of me before, now he had seen a man wear his shadow. He had seen another dimension filled with giant beasts made of shadow. I wondered how much worse things were going to get. Maybe not worse at all. Maybe I’d scared him so much that he would just leave us be. I wanted so badly to believe that, but I didn’t.
Gorilla immediately wrenched his arm free of my grasp and, in doing so, ended his attempt to rip my shadow from me. As soon as he did, Snake coiled tighter and Wolf and Cat attacked. They bit down hard on my shoulders and I felt the same pinpricks and searing pain. They had been practicing and I felt severely discouraged. Continue reading
I stood there for a minute, mindless with rage, when suddenly, understanding of what I had just done flooded my mind. David was in the shadowverse and I had sent him there. He was now at the mercy of the Dangers, and they had none. Continue reading
“You know this guy? He followed you?”
“Yes. I know him.”
“I knew you were bad news. You’ve jeopardized all of us.”
I couldn’t deny his logic and I knew full well how normal people could react to our powers. Still, I was unsettled by the facade. A part of me, wanted to believe that the message could transcend the messenger. The problem was I didn’t know his message. Continue reading
Jacob sat at his desk with his men standing beside him as they talked about something. He stood and walked toward me to greet me and usher me to sit on his couch. He asked me how I was doing and thanked me for letting him try to help me. He asked me if I was nervous and I told him that I was.That I didn’t see any other way, however. Continue reading
It was a relief to know that he had dealt with this kind of thing before. That other people had been through something similar. I was scared, however, to attempt to fix it. I was already a wreck. I was afraid something inside me might break. Permanently. But, if I did nothing, then I would never be able to take back my life.
“This’ll never work.”
I wanted to scream.
“Trust me, it will.” Jacob said. “Unless…”
I knew he had realized the issue.
“I see your frustration. This does pose a problem, but not an insurmountable one.”
I was skeptical, but I had no one else to trust and he clearly knew a thing or two.
“It’s common for emotions to be the key to unblock an ability. In fact, it is the most common, and usually, in these cases, the power is simple. By that, I mean it has a singular effect. Take Aria, for instance. She has two powers, but they are simple ones. Super strength has no other layers. It is merely exceeding strength. Highly effective, but simple nonetheless. And in terms of a block, once it is overcome, that’s usually it. Your powers, however, are complex as you already know. The block will continue to come back each time a new ability presents itself. Strong emotional outbursts can be a shortcut to unblocking abilities, but there is a longer and more permanent path. Your problem is a psychological one. “
“What does that mean?”
“Well, first of all, you’re not crazy.”
“Good to know.”
“There is just something inside that makes you subconsciously restrict your powers. Essentially, you are blocking yourself.”
That seemed to make sense. I found it amusing, however. All my life, I had dreamt of having superpowers. Now that I had them, I subconsciously didn’t want them. I wondered what it was that made me block myself. How would I get beyond it?
“So what can I do?”
“So, lying on a couch, talking about my feelings?”
“How long is that gonna take?”
“How long is that gonna take?”
“A session, a month, years. Hard to say.”
I leaned forward and put my head in my hands while I growled in frustration. Aria moved her chair closer and put her arms around me as Jacob paced back and forth in front of his desk.
“You know, there might be a quicker option. It’s not very conventional, but it might work.”
“Anything is better than living like this for years.”
“How does hypnosis sound?”
“Yes. I’ve been doing some research and it’s possible to put somebody under hypnosis with pulses of light.”
“So, you would be putting me under?”
“I would try.”
I looked to Aria for advice. She shrugged her shoulders and said “It’s worth a try.” I wasn’t so sure, but I didn’t see any other options, either. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust Jacob. It was just that I didn’t really trust anyone poking around inside my head. Still, I saw no other way. So I relented and Jacob said to give him some time to research. He said he would call me when he was ready.
It took about a week for him to get back to me. It was that next Friday when he called me into his office. I was nervous, but when Aria asked if I wanted her to go with me, I told her no. I guess I felt I needed to man up, and I wasn’t sure what I would say when I was under. She smiled sweetly and I kissed her before she walked away. I watched her go for a second then I slowly pushed the office door open.
I thought, for a second, that Aria had lost her mind or something. Her statement didn’t make any sense.
“What does that have to do with anything?”
“Think about it. You told me that the shadowverse comes from your mind, right?”
“Okay, then, where did the Dangers come from?” Continue reading