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Part Two: The Girl
Her voice carries the softness of a feather on silk.
Her aura is that of a sunset on a tidally locked planet. Perpetual, haunting, notoriously hard to tear yourself away from, as if the key to its liberation lay in the sharing of its imprisonment with others.
I am never in control when am around her. I run away from her only to tumble and find myself reeling back into her arms again.
‘So you can unlock every door in the world, is that it?’ She asks one day.
‘Well, everything with a lock on it essentially, yeah.’
‘With a magical master key?’ She teases.
I sigh. How do I explain this part? Do I have a key or am I the key? Am I a manifestation of a practice or simply its practitioner?
Am I but a sorcerer?
I am not a sorcerer. I am hardly better than your average chemist. Or artist. Why then, if you think about it, your best of writers and artists are mere chemists too. How else would you explain how they affect their audience so? They intrude upon their audience’s chemical composition, causing them to ‘feel’, and laugh or cry, using otherwise lifeless symbols on paper or canvas. So men of art as it turns out, are men of science after all!
As am I. Only I don’t just make the science, I am it as well, but how do you go about explaining something you can’t quite articulate, barely understand yourself.
‘Yes.’ I reply.
‘Cool!’ She replies. ‘Well, what else can you unlock besides doors?’
Your heart and mind, and should I do it long enough I could bend your will to my own amusement if I choose. Maybe then I could be rid of you.
‘Just locks. Am afraid as far as superpowers go, mine’s not that glamorous.’