I walked home after I told Adam I would think over his proposal. And I would. My phone started to ring, another gift from him. It was Viv and she would want to know the gossip about tonight. Vivian was an intern like me, with the same fashion magazine but she was much more into high fashion then I was, she dressed like rock star but she used charity shop buys and the sewing machine to recreate looks she couldn’t afford. She was hugely talented at the fashion part and I was hugely talented at the writing part, we made a good team.
I picked up and I could hear the tapping of the sewing machine, Viv was breathing down the phone but I took a while to say hello. She laughed “Adam is perfect,”
I sighed down the phone, I knew I was coming across ungrateful but Viv knew how I felt and even though she was jealous of the expensive things that Adam bought me and the expensive places he took me to eat. She still understood. She had wonderful, vibrant purple hair, she was short and slim but had a huge presence about her. She was kind, clever and a constant friend.
“You haven’t made up your mind then?” she asked as I sighed again, wondering down the streets back to my apartment promising myself I would control the sounds I was making, especially the sighing.
“Where does he live anyway? Not that I really want the details because I am a green-eyed monster but as your friend I am interested,” she chirped as I could hear her hand stitching her outfit for tomorrow.
“He has a wonderful seven-bedroom house in Pinner, near the golf clubs, you know the type, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, a house his parents are proud of, not that he really spends much time there,” I told her “it’s a beautiful house, full of character with long black wooden beams in the ceiling, nice open kitchen and mass amounts of space.”
“Mass amounts of money more like,” Viv scoffed from the other end of the phone before laughing at herself. I took the phone away from my ear to check the time on it, ten to eleven, I needed to pick up the pace.
“It wouldn’t be much different to now,” Viv reassured me, and I knew it but I didn’t want to give in to his plea, he was a wonderful man however the lawyer spin he put on everything made me feel manipulated. It made me feel vulnerable.
I pressed the code into the apartment lock and climbed the stairs as Viv explained to me what she was putting together, then she spoke about the article we were putting together, telling me which designers she would like to feature and how we could impress our boss. I listened as I got changed out of the evening dress I was wearing, into skinny jeans, a hoodie and some comfortable trainers before crawling into bed.
“It eleven so it’s time for you to go, right?” Viv said as she noticed it was nearly seven mins past eleven and I told her I would see her tomorrow before putting the phone down and bracing myself.
I looked up at my sparkly square light and white ceiling, closing my eyes, took three deep breaths. Feeling my comfortable double bed with silk sheets turn into a small single bed covered in a cloth sheet. Opening my eyes to be greeted by the blazing sunshine, pouring through the glass ceiling of the time tower library. I jumped down from the top of the book shelf, smiling as I walked passed a child collecting books.
“Good morning Zuri,” Geck the time tower librarian said to me as I walked up to his desk. His mossy green coloured skin used to scare me and as a child I was convinced he was an alien, as I educated myself on all the creature at lived in Enamite, I learnt that he was a flower fairy. They lived in the far reaches, past the mountains and over the river, in valley’s full of flowers with little white mushroom houses. It was a vibrant sight but also poisonous if you didn’t know how to inhale the pollen properly.
His tiny wings expanded when he needed them, they were also a mossy green colour, long and thin, with curls at the end. Geck didn’t look like his wings could possibly carry such a tall and strong fellow but they did the job and he kept the library and its magical residence safe. Including me.
I had been able to travel here since I was around ten, I don’t remember the exact date, one night I closed my eyes and when I opened them, here I was. In a totally unfamiliar land. It was apparently the parallels between the two worlds that I could manipulate, I didn’t understand however and had spent years trying to figure out a way to not change between the parallels in the universe but every night I still ended up in Enamite and if it wasn’t Enamite it was somewhere much worse. I was the protector of Earth, Geck told me when I was younger that my passing between the worlds signified that Earth was safe from all the other crazy, dark and horror movie like worlds out there. Enamite was the world in between that stopped all the other worlds from attacking Earth, it was full of amazing magic creatures who trained their whole lives to protect earth, my job in all of this was to make sure I came back every day to prove that Earth was fine.
“How do I get home this time?” I asked Geck and he frowned like he usually did. Pressing his hand on a book, he searched the realm. He then smiled “The portal hasn’t move beautiful Zuri,”
“The same place as yesterday then,” I said to him as he passed me as bag of supplies. It wasn’t yesterday to them. I had been gone a week, one day on earth was a week for Enamite. For a long time, I was too scared to leave the time tower and Geck would make me portal home, but it drained his magic, I got older and he pushed me to explore. I spent years reading the books, trying to figure out who I was and how I could harness my time powers so that I could find my own way home. But nobody could help me. After so many failed attempts I spent my time trying to get home, I didn’t look anymore into my magic. I ignore it and plod on.
Geck was frustrated by my need to get back to earth because he was convinced I was born in Enamite but we were never able to prove anything. I could see why he would be frustrated however, Enamite was amazing. It was like a fairy-tale. I had met people who could do all kinds of magic, different creatures such as the wise elves and beautiful witches, wonderful wizards and scary shapeshifters, the fierce flower fairies and the kind humans. Nothing was enough to convince me I belonged here however.
I left time tower and headed out onto the country road, the road I was taking would send me straight through the forest of Neptune and towards Letterlite, the city of Elves, which is were for the last fourteen time shift the portal to earth had been sat. The forest of Neptune was the water forest, giant bubbles of water floated from the large river that ran through, the sparkled with magic and inside them the creatures that lived in the forest were born. The Wads, they were very strange looking, a cross between a fish, a tiger and some kind of talking, intelligent being but I wouldn’t say human. The Wads walked on all fours, were a beautiful blue colour with fins on their tails but a face much like a tiger. They do speak, they are dangerous but I had never had trouble with them before. Avoid the bubbles and avoid the Wads. That’s what Geck had taught me.
Before I entered the forest, I spotted another person walking the road. She was beautiful, long silver hair and she was wearing a stunning silver and blue wizards ceremonial cloak, this told me she was on a mission, sent by the High Wizard himself. I got closer and noticed she was lost, reading a book with maps on the pages and turning around to take in her surroundings.
“Do you think I might be able to help you?” I asked as I approach. The Wizard jumped and span around to look at me. She looked me up and down before saying “You, are exactly what I have been looking for!” in an excited tone.
“me?” I asked puzzled by the Wizards excitement in meeting me.
“You are Zuri, I have found you,” She said unpacking her bag full of things to try and find something she wanted to show me.
“How do you know I am Zuri?” I questioned as she pulled her head out of her bag for some air.
“You’re dress robes are particularly strange,” she told me in a straight tone, continuing to rummage while I stood waiting for answers. She jumped back and passed me a scroll.
“This is from the High Wizard,” I said hoping that I was hiding the tremble in my voice. The High Wizard was a very important part of Enamite, he can see things others cannot see and if he has sent a Wizard all the way to the Time Tower to find me, it must be something important. I opened the scroll, looking at the pages and then I showed the Wizard, she shook her head as the pages were blank.
“Impossible, when I picked the scroll up from The High Wizard himself, the scroll was written on,” she said, snatching the scroll from me and rummaging through her bag again.
“Did you read it?” I asked her as she sat looking very upset and puzzled on the side of the road. She looked out into the open field, across them towards another tower, that tower belonged to the Human King of this world and he was not a nice man. He couldn’t be, he was living in a world of magical creatures. She looked away from the tower and replied, “I did,”
“What did it say?” I asked trying not to get impatient with this meeting but I really wanted to be in and then out of the forest by nightfall. My tone however told a different story and the Wizard picked up on the sharp tone I had taken with her. She clicked her fingers, I was then sat next to her, I jumped back but I couldn’t go far. “Look here Zuri, I am here to protect you, I am Arian, daughter of the High Wizard and I am completely done for, if my father finds out I couldn’t even deliver a simple message,” She snapped at me then carried on rooting through her bag which seemed to contain a whole other world in it. She sighed heavily before letting me make my own choice to sit still by lifting the spell.
I decided to be a little kinder towards her, mostly because I knew that the realm of the Wizards was at the far reaches of Enamite, I hadn’t even made it there in the 14 years I had been returning. It would have taken Arian weeks to travel to find me here. I sat next to her, staring into the forest of Neptune, knowing I wasn’t braving it today as it would turn dark while I was in there and I could possibly be ambushed by Night Elves.
“The elves are exactly the problem,” Arian said as I thought about my crossing through the forest. I looked at her shock but she didn’t look toward me, she carried on searching. She reared her head a few moment later, closing her bag with a loud snap that echoed through the empty field before turning back towards me and saying, “Why did Geck not give you your robe to wear today?”
“I don’t know,” I said realising a step in my usual routine had been missed out. I had been so caught up in getting home and thinking through what Adam had asked that I hadn’t even realised I had left the Time Tower in my other worldly clothing.
“I even pointed it out when we first met,” Arian said in a smart tone “Is something else on your mind?”
“Yes, but that isn’t the point,” I told her sighing to myself.
“No, it isn’t, and you really need to stop sighing,” she suggested, I remember that I had thought that to myself earlier “back to Time Tower it is,” she then continued and I jumped in front of her, spitting “I can’t go back, I must go forward,”
“You have a whole week to get home before anyone notices you’re gone, yet you are instant on walking to the Elves within a night and taking their portal home, without question,” Arian pointed out walking back down to country road towards Time Tower as it started to glow Emerald Green, the night was beginning to draw in. I needed to follow her as the protection of a Wizard during the night is priceless to a human like me. She was clearly aware of that and even after me telling her I wasn’t going back, made a point of walking towards the tower anyway.
“Geck found the portal the usual way,” I told her, leaking small bits of information to her in hope she would do the same in return.
“You don’t have to bait me Zuri, I am here to serve you, to make sure you make it through this next Earth rotation, I however have an annoyance in that fact Geck has prepared you for nothing,” Arian told me as I followed her willingly back to Time Tower even though she insisted she was here to serve me. I didn’t want to go back to Time Tower, I wanted to go to Letterlite and take the poral home.
She turned to me, looking me up and down again. “I am wondering,” she began “Why you don’t have any powers yet?”
“Because I am human,” I answered her wondering slowly behind.
“Wrong,” she said, looking at Time Tower and shaking her head “You must have read books on the people whom fall from the sky,”
“The who?” I asked but she was not amused by my answer. I watched as she began to show signs of annoyance. Huffing, again dropping her bag but this time legs grew from it and it followed her. I knew she was talking about me, my kind of people, the people whom fall from the sky but I could never find any books or scrolls on my kind in Time Tower.
“There are hundreds of books in Time Tower about the people whom fall from the sky, I studied them around 60 years ago, I personally made the journey to Time Tower to learn about your kind as I had been chosen to look after you when the time would come that you needed your Wizard,” she ranted, I looked away and under my breath uttered, “my Wizard?” but Arian didn’t hear and continued her rant. “Don’t get me wrong, you are beautiful but you are a girl, I am not into girls, the worst part is every person who has fallen from the sky has fallen in love with their Wizard and they have fought the darkness together to save Earth, their love has blown away the horrible shadows that creep around this world waiting to destroy earth, we can’t do that, we are going to have to fight with our heads.”
She then scowled at me “Geck has a lot of explaining to do.”