Hand holding fire
I turned around and headed back to the door, my hands folded, close to my heart. I only had one question answered, and that answer sparked a bunch of new questions. I found the handle in the dark and shook it.
The door then unlocked and Rohtaan was standing outside. “Sorry bout that,”
“It-it’s fine, I guess,”
“It’s really not. I should have warned you,” I walked out of the room and down the dark hall. Rohtaan hurried behind me, fire still dancing on his fingers.
“Well, at least I mostly understand why I’m here.” We walked in silence for a moment when I suddenly stopped in my tracks.
“In my vision,” I snapped my fingers, trying to remember something. “That…leader, lady. Of the…council?”
“Did she control fire and ice?”
“Her name is Viallanne,”
“Okay, Viallanne. If she controls ice and fire, how come you can as well? It seems like she’d be the only one that could.”
Rohtaan seemed to tense up. “Well, I…I mean…”
“Are you related?”
“Related? Oh, no, no, no. Definitely not.”
“Then how come you control fire?”
Rohtaan looked down and walked past me. “Wait!” I said as I caught up with him. “I don’t want any secrets between us. Who knows how long I’ll be here. You can tell me. I won’t tell anyone,”
Rohtaan sighed and the hall was silent for a moment. He then suddenly stopped in his tracks. “I loved her,” I froze.
“Yes. I thought we were bound to be soul mates. We met in the forest one day, she was gathering berries and I was just taking a stroll. This was before she was ruler, when our land was filled with peace. As soon as our eyes met, it was love at first sight. We went on dates and got to know each other better and fall in love even more. After almost a year of dating, I proposed to her,”
I gasped. “Did she say yes? Did she?”
Rohtaan laughed slightly. “Yeah, she did alright. In fact, I gave her half of my fire-powers along with a ring made of lava, which is why she’s so powerful and has two elements,”
“Oh, makes sense,”
“And a year or so later, we decided to start a family and we had all of these wonderful dreams and plans…” Rohtaan voice began to drift and fade as the light in his face disappeared.
“But, one day, a little after she gave birth to our daughter, she got news that her father, the king, had perished. She was devastated. I was being foolish, my head up in the clouds, thinking about our future. I was too busy to care…” A tear slipped down his cheek. It looked like he had aged forty years within the past few minutes.
“I don’t remember exactly what I said, but something cruel and terrible slipped out of my mouth and…and that was the final straw. While I had gone to take a walk after we had a huge fight, she told the council that she’d accept her role as the new queen. So, I came back to an empty…dark house, with only a note and her ring on the kitchen table…” I walk up next to him and stood on my toes to put a hand on his shoulder.
“I…I’m sorry. I mean, everyone makes mistakes. I certainly do. She shouldn’t have just left you like that for one mistake,”
“Oh, no. That’s not even the end,” He said bitterly. “I immediately went to the Court Palace, where Viallanne and the council live. I guess the guards didn’t know about Viallanne and I yet, so they let me in. I begged her for mercy and to forgive me, but she refused. She wouldn’t even let me see our daughter! So, after tons of pleading and begging and apologizing, she said she had enough. So, since she said that I had ‘no conscience’, she banished me to here for eternity: keeper of lost consciousnesses.” I took my hand off of his shoulder and placed it in his hand.
“Wow, I…I can’t believe she had the nerve to do that, she sounds terrible! No offense, or yeah, uh…how do you feel about her now?”
“It’s weird. I’m mainly angry at her, but I do miss her when I think about the wonderful times we had. I guess I wish I could just turn back time to when things were good and happy.”
“I understand. I wish I could do the same.” I began to walk forwards, bringing Rohtaan with me. Once we reached the end of the hall, Rohtaan put out the flame on his other hand and sighed. That’s when I realized something important.
“Hey,” I looked up at Rohtaan. “I just realized, that as much as we want to turn back time, we shouldn’t. I don’t know if you guys can here or not, but you can’t on earth. Even though it may seem good for you back then, you never know what someone else was going through at that same time. Maybe while you were having fun with your new family, someone was dealing with a great tragedy. And I wouldn’t want to put anyone through anymore suffering than they need to. And I know you would too. So, basically, as much as we want to turn back time. We can’t. And if we could, we shouldn’t. We need to let time flow on it’s and work things out. Because, in the end, it will all be okay. Even if it’s not in the way you expected.” Rohtaan’s purple eyes glistened brighter than I had ever seen them.
“You know, you’re a lot wiser than most people would see you as. I respect that,” I tried to keep myself from blushing, but it was hard not to. Adults backs on earth didn’t say stuff like, “I respect you” to me ever. “It’s going to take time for me to fully embrace what you said. But, hey, time is on our side, isn’t it?”
Suddenly, I felt a jolt go through me as I disappeared for a moment. “Rohtaan? What was that?”
“That means you’re going back to Azudacluke, kid,”
“Really?” My body flashed and disappeared briefly again.
“Yeah. If you were dying, you’d be flashing red. But you’re flashing white, which means you’ll be fine.” I flashed three times with a grin.
“Thank you for taking me into that room so I could see what I needed to know,” I flashed twice.
“No problem. Thank you for teaching me something that I’ve needed to know for a long time,” I flashed four times.
“You’ve been super nice, Rohtaan. I’ll miss you,” Three times.
“I’ll miss you too. Don’t tell anyone this, but you’ve been my favorite visitor,” Five times, with myself blushing. I looked at my arms to see that they were now half-visible. “And hey, no offense or anything,” Six times. The room was getting darker. “But don’t try to come back anytime soon.” We both smiled as I waved goodbye and the room faded to a soft black glow.