The World Walkers

The Stormkin

Travelling to Taithmarin

Adam’s side of the story, after the journey to Taithmarincharacter

The room Adam was in was not the one he had been in. Although that hadn’t been. It had been a corridor, and he’d been angry. He remembered the anger more than he really felt it. Joel had called security on him, but security hadn’t acted the way he thought it would, which… he raked a hand through his hair. Slowly, trying to work out what could have happened, he looked around, grateful to see that they had at least made sure he kept his suitcase. Not that it was going to do him that much good. According to Joel he was on another world. Something he’d blamed on Zoe when his anger got the better of him, and that… it hadn’t been fair of him, but when he thought of her he started to feel the same anger he had done before. If she hadn’t… he shook his head. There was no way she could have known what was going to happen.
Someone stepped into the room then, thankfully taking Adam’s mind off thoughts that weren’t going to get him anywhere. “We felt your emotions, Adam.” The person, if that was what he could really be called, studied Adam. “We brought you here to help you, because it was obvious from the way you were acting that you were better off not being anywhere near Zoe. I take it that was who you were thinking about.”
“Yes, I was.” Adam shrugged. “She is the reason I’m here.”
“No, the magic of this world is the reason you are here, and it would have brought you even if you hadn’t been with her. That is the way the doors of Taithmarin work. You were called. You are someone the doors believed should be here. It’s the same for her. Neither of you would have been here if you weren’t supposed to be. It has been heard of for someone to step through a door to find that the person who had been next to them no longer was. That is rare, though. The doors try not to do that. It is better to bring through someone when they are alone, or with someone else who is meant to be here.”
“Why did it choose me?”
“Given time you might work out the answer to that question, but most of your race don’t. I am sorry to say that. I know this isn’t easy for you, and you have my sympathy, because I was lucky enough to be brought to this world for a different reason. Those I loved were already lost to me. My people had been dying, so Taithmarin made the decision to save us, and for that I will always be grateful. Had it not I would have died too.”
“My life is on another world. How am I meant to to be able to build a life here when everyone I love is there?”
“Knowing your people as I do I doubt this will help you, but they aren’t going to remember you. When you stepped through the door everything about you that existed was wiped. The memories they had of you are gone. Anything that might have reminded them of you is gone. If you were to return then you wouldn’t have the life you led before.”
For a long time all Adam could do was stare at the… he still didn’t have a name, or a race, or another, and he wasn’t sure he cared enough to ask. Only if they were right then he needed to let go of the life he had been leading, to make a new start on a new world, and he… emotion swept through him. Fury, and despair, and hatred of everything… until his hand was taken by the security guard. All that emotion was drained away, in a way that terrified him, and he shook his head in disbelief. “What are you?”
“I am one of the Stormkin. My name is Alcaeus. When you are feeling overwhelmed with emotion I can take that from you. I will keep taking it from you.”
“Or you could let me feel it. Like I would do normally.”
“Unfortunately I can’t do that. Not with the sheer amount of emotion you are feeling. That’s why I was called in the first place. You are one of those people… what you’re feeling isn’t normal, Adam. Coming through the door can have an effect on people, and it has on you. Most people get upset. They get angry. They get overwhelmed. That is normal. You are feeling it so much more than others, because of who you can be. I know that’s not going to make any sense to you right now. It is going to take time for you to learn what it means, but, like I said, you were chosen for a reason, and I have a feeling it has something to do with this.”
“Alcaeus, I don’t want this.”
“Most people don’t.” Alcaeus took the seat opposite Adam. “I’m not going to lie to you. Over the years I’ve dealt with a lot of your kind, and there are very few of you who actually manage to make the transition successfully. That, I think, is to be expected, because you aren’t in the same position so many of us were. Most of the races you will deal were brought here to save them from extinction. I can’t tell you why the doors chose your people as one that should be brought here, but it did. I want to do what I can to help you through this very difficult time. For that to happen you need to be more open to letting me help you.” Their eyes met for a moment. “Normally you would have been dealing with one of your own kind, like Joel, only that would not have worked out well for you.”
“Did Joel know?”
“Joel would have had some idea. It wasn’t the only explanation for it. You could have just been a very angry person naturally, and if that was the case I would still have been useful. With you it was more of the only option that would have worked.”
“How long will it take for me to be able to deal with my emotions?”
“That is a complicated question.”
Slowly, Adam nodded. “I just asked you how long a piece of string was. I’m sorry. That was an incredibly stupid question.”
“Yes, you did, and I will always be grateful to Joel for teaching me so much about your Earth sayings. There was a time when I would have had no idea what that meant.” Alcaeus smiled. “I am certain that the time will come when you’ll be able to see Zoe again, and until that point she will be helped through this transition by Joel.”
Even though there was no reason for it Adam could feel the beginnings of another emotion – jealousy. Zoe was living with another man. He held his hand out to Alcaeus, who took it without saying anything, and nodded in understanding after he took the emotion. “Zoe and I weren’t together for very long, but back when we first got together I thought she was someone I would fall in love with. Only then life meant that we spent a lot of time apart. As much as I wished things were different I found myself drifting away from her, and she suggested that the two of us should go away together, so that we would have some time to see if we could make things work. I didn’t know that we could. Maybe, if things had been different, a holiday would have worked out, because we had a base to build up from. To me it felt like there was no base. Yet now I think of her with someone else, and emotion overwhelms me.”
“That, as hard it is will be for you, is normal for you now. Emotion is one of those things you’re going to need to learn to deal with differently to before. It’s a big learning curve, and that’s not going to make finding yourself on a new world any easier. Like I said before I will do what I can to help you through this time. Until you are more capable of dealing with those emotions we are going to be spending a lot of time together.”
“Do we get to sleep?”
“Yes, and there is a potion I can give you to help you have a mostly dreamless sleep. That will free you from the emotions for a short time. Once you’ve had a little more time to come to terms with what have happened to you we can start your lessons, but, for today, I think it will be better for us to simply talk about what it means for you to be on Taithmarin. What I do know is that this world is very different from your own, and Joel said you don’t have magic there.”