Revolutions Series

Freed's Letter #3

A dusty letter stained with dried frog mucus

Dear Mumsie,

The moon is big and white like milk tonight, Misha’s sleepin’ soundleh’ on ma’ pillow, smoke comin’ out from her wee little nose holes; I can hear the snores of Randy in the other room, and as usual I can’t hear anything from Jin’s room. I just went and had a peek at him, he’s always sleeping still like a rock, never movin’.

I couldn’t sleep, so aym writin’ to ya’. I’m not the onleh’ one awake too, I’ve been hearin’ David shiftin’ around in his bed for hours and sometimes I’d hear footsteps like he’s pacin’, I think he’s still bothered about whot’ happened yesterday.

Ya’ know, mum, ya wouldn’t believe it, but, this giant thing with eyes on its black armored arms appeared out of nowhere and pulled us all into another yesterday- but it wasn’t a normal yesterday, it wus’ a very old yesterday and hot too! There was a giant slimy frog that I whacked with a stone pillar, sum’ harpies that I also whacked with a stone pillar, and sum’ giant explodin’ lizards that I whacked with the same pillar! I don’t have it now, it broke. There was lava, and big monkeys, lots of red hot rocks and a big tower with a pretty tiled floor. We went ta’ this tower and found out it wus’ home ta’ some mages who were buildin’ a wheel called ‘The Wheel of Fate’ to talk to their goddess- we actually met her, I forgot her name though. They also had a nice view, it was so high I saw the whole world. I actually drew a picture with everybody in it, I think it looks nice. I wanted to live there, because it was so pretty, but I changed my mind when the mages tried to kill us.

It all started when they finished buildin’ the wheel. It was in this huge tall room without a roof at the top of the tower where my lamp stopped workin’ and everyone’s magic didn’t work. Our guide, a lanky crazy old man in a hooded robe called for ‘the oracle’- and ya’ wouldn’t believe who it wus’, mum! It was that traitorous evil witch! The one who betrayed ma’ friends and tried to kill ‘em! I was gonna’ attack her, but Jin stopped meh! She looked at me and asked me if she knew me, like she didn’t know who I was, and David was tellin’ me that it wasn’t her, it wasn’t their friend. I was so confused! It was her, she had the same face, but I knew that the others knew her more, so maybe I was wrong and so . . . I put my sword down. . . Then she started a spell to talk to their god. The crazy old man started laughin’ as the wheel glowed and turned, then a blindin’ light flashed before our eyes and then their goddess came down from a gate where beyond its threshold wus’ onleh’ whiteness.

I told her mah’ name and asked her for her blessings, since I wanted to have long life like that crazy old man, but she greeted the others first. She wus’ very curious about us, she knew our names and our lives then said that there was somethin’ wrong. I didn’t get everythin’, but there was sumthin’ about the records of a person called Akashi- I think he’s oriental- and that all our yesterdays and nows’ and tomorrows are written in his records, but that it stopped somewhere, which from what I got wasn’t supposed ta’ be. She was mighty ruffled about it, and in a voice full of fear and anger asked us who we were. David said we were ‘voids’-I don’t know what that means- then he said we were ‘nothings’. I actually felt offended, but there wus’ somethin’ in the way he said it that felt like there was a truth in it that I didn’t understand. Then she whispered somethin’ in her oracle’s ear. I heard a rumblin’ and the tower shook. Something gigantic outside was climbing the walls of the tower! I looked up and a great scaly black claw emerged over the top of the wall followed by the head of a massive dragon. It roared a deafenin’ roar that shook the entire tower, then fell down with a great thunderous crash on the ‘Wheel of Fate’ that didn’t crack or break. The oracle leaped on it’s back then, pointing at us, said, " Kill them."

I cut her down, mum . . .

The mages stopped fighting and the whole room became silent. Then it was broken by David’s terrible cries. I thought he went mad. He wus’ sayin’ , “You killed her, you killed her . . .”. Remi wus’ tryin’ to bring the dead girl back, and the others were grave and silent. I didn’t understand. Then Jin told me that everything we went through was all for nothing now . . . I can’t put it into words, but I got that. I know that if you don’t have a past, you won’t have a tomorrow. David wus’ sayin’ the same thing too, he was upset because of the time lost, but I wasn’t. They’re all lookin’ at this wrong. If everything in the future will not happen now because that lady was dead, then doesn’t that mean that all the innocents who will die in the future will live? I’m happy she’s dead, although I can’t say that out loud . . . I know that they’ve lost a friend and it was me who killed her . . . or someone who looked like her . . . I don’t get it . . . All I know is, I’m sure I didn’t do anything wrong.

What do you think, mum? My friends are strange folk. They keep people who have betrayed them and David doesn’t keep an eye on that Ice Mage, Hayate. I’ think David is losin’ his edge . . . mmm . . . I think I’ll try and ask him what’s wrong.

Oh, the sun is risin’, mum, did I stay awake the whole night? I hear the others gettin’ up too. Misha is startin’ to wake too. I’ll write to you again, mum, tell ya’ how this will all turn out.




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