Quantum Voyeur

QV14Vote until May 5, 2014

In the previous episode, Alana time-jumped to a new location where her mother told her the truth about her past. After arriving back at the lab and briefly confronting Conners and Cash about her past, Jason walked with Alana back to her room where readers voted that she continue to not fully trust him despite being the only one there she is comfortable around.

Episode 14

I am glad to be walking down the hallway with Jason. My mind is racing, filled with uncertainty. After what my mother told me, I am not sure who I can truly trust. I know Dr. Conners and Mr. Cash certainly had ulterior motives. From her attempts at mentally attacking me, I know Lily definitely cannot be trusted, ever. It’s hard to trust anyone here at the facility, even Jason. As much as I want to trust him, I still think that his kindness is just some part of an elaborate ploy to make me trust him. They want me to let down my mental guard, lower my defenses, so they can control me and use my mental powers for their benefit. In fact, I don’t even fully know what the findings from the trips I make are being used for. I need someone I can trust, someone I can confide in. I just cannot be certain it’s Jason, no matter how much a part of me might want that. Yet, he has always been so kind to me. He was so helpful during the MRI. It actually felt as if I somehow was able to draw some strength from him during that ordeal. He was supportive and I needed that, in the room with everyone against me.

“You did great back there!” Jason tells me with a warm smile, as we are slowly walking down the hallway.

“Thanks,” I tell him. I think for a moment, and then add, “It helped having your support there, Jason.”

Jason touches my shoulder gently. He gives me a warm smile. “Alana, I can imagine how tough it is for you sometimes, here. All you do is work, being part of research, barely sleep, back to work.” he pauses “The world is beautiful out there. I wish…”

At that moment I feel that he catches himself from saying more than he should. After all, all they tell us here is that the world out there is dangerous, that we are only safe here. Maybe my guesses are right; the world out there is far friendlier… But why won’t Jason tell me that? I see him change his tactic, “I just want to say that… anyways… I will gladly give you any support you need.”

We walk a little further.   I can tell he wants to tell me something more but he is reluctant.

“Can I confess something to you?” Jason asks.

“Of course.”

He hesitates for a moment then slowly says, “When I first came here as an intern, I was quickly promoted. I liked the job, it paid well. But after a while I became aware of things… that…” he looks at me and tries to say something without actually saying. There are cameras and microphones everywhere, he is being careful. What is he trying to tell me? I concentrate on his face, trying to catch any incoming information mentally. He keeps looking at me… I feel like a lot is coming in… Is he trying to tell me we are in danger? I am in danger? He wants to help me? This place is not what they make us believe? But I already know that… Well at least I see him trying to tell me this, instead of lying and being misleading like everyone else here.

I nod.

Jason looks me in the eyes and says, “I just trust you have a greater purpose and I want to be a part of that.” Well, that was safe to say, I think, even if Conners and Cash heard it now. I am still confused about his motives, though. I want to know more. I want to hear him tell me what he wants to say but can’t.

I lean into Jason and try to establish mental contact with him so I can hear him better in my mind.

Suddenly, Jason staggers backwards and grabs his head.

I move forward and steady him by the shoulder. “Jason, what’s wrong…”

“I don’t know,” he grimaces. “My head…such pain….”

I concentrate and mentally scan his mind. I can sense now the pain coursing through him surging through each of his nerves, jolting his muscles.   This is not natural pain. He is being mentally assaulted.   I use my mind to reach into his mind. I need to sense who is responsible for this attack. I am pretty certain I know, but I cannot lash out until I am sure.

I close my eyes and let my conscience guide me to whomever is attacking Jason. I see Lily, well a representation of Lily; she is holding Jason’s brain in her hand and squeezing it. Our minds lock. I’m not sure if I am in Lily’s mind or we or both in Jason’s mind. It does not matter.

“Lily, stop!” I say, not sure if I say it out loud or mentally.

Lily turns to me and smiles. She is resisting me.

“Why harm Jason? He has done nothing to you.”

Lily continues to squeeze. “I know he is special to you, but not for long… By the time I am done with him his mind will be mush.”

“I cannot let you do that!”

Lily laughs.   “You’re not traversing through time now, Alana. You are on the mental plane. This is where I am at my strongest!”

I curl my fingers into fists. “Foolish Lily, this may be where you are strongest but even here you still pale to me.”

“Let’s see about that!” Lily shouts.

Lily waves her hand.   A tornado forms and whips out at me. The force of the wind crashes into me. Lily is strong. But I cannot let her win or Jason is doomed. I picture in my mind Lily’s tornado dissipating into a small refreshing gust. The hair on my head gently sways with the breeze. Now to stop Lily, though I do not want to hurt her accidentally the way I did Bob. I look into her past … I see her parents; they never loved her, left her early. This woman is hurt. I let myself grow bigger in size in her own mind until I dwarf her. I give her a hug, a supporting caring hug. She is now small in my hands like a little baby. She seems to like that. That’s the way to tame her – that’s right. No one gets hurt. She calms down. She releases her hold on Jason. She looks at me so innocent now and happy.

Looking at Jason I see he is no longer in pain. He is a little dazed and confused. He leans on me. I like it.

“Jason, you’re going to be okay now,” I tell him.

He grins. “Yes, I know…but what just happened? I thought I was having an aneurysm.”

“Jason, someone is trying to stop us… I mean stop the communication between us…” I feel like he hears me but not really. He is still in a daze.

We start to walk again. Jason is slow and weak but I can feel his strength returning with each step. I think I should say goodbye now and get some sleep before tomorrow’s trip. Or maybe I should take him into my personal sacred place where he and I can talk safely?  Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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