TS21: Dissonant Echo
Jove was fairly certain he was dreaming. Not that he was ever sure when it happened, but something was definitely not the same as the waking world. He was walking through the university, and somehow he knew all the hallways. He was heading towards the top of the circular tower to stop Dion. It was the memory that got him. He knew he was going to fight Dion, but could not remember how he had learned that.
Just before he got to the top of the tower, a different Jove was knocked into the stairwell. He bounded painfully off the stone steps and hit the stone wall. This new Jove looked at Jove and said, â€œGood youâ€™re here. Sorry I canâ€™t stay, follow me.â€ Jove watched as he stood up and ran onto the roof.
Jove climbed the stairs and watched as Dion, in his mythic form as a huge red dragon, eyed the other him. The other him spoke, â€œTell me Dion, was Mark hobbled as well?â€
The dragon paused and narrowed his eyes. â€œYou already know that. Why are you asking?â€ He looked around, and the dragonâ€™s eyes found Jove. Dion drew slightly closer, as if trying to make something out. â€œA dissonant echo? Jove, do you really think this will change the past?â€
The other Jove responded, â€œNo, I remember what was said.â€ He grinned, â€œI also figured out what my mythic form is.â€
Dionâ€™s eyes went wide, â€œI wonâ€™t let you tell him!â€
The red dragon lunged forward bringing sharp claws to bear. Time seemed to slow, and the other Jove turned towards Jove and said, â€œThis isnâ€™t your vision.â€
Dionâ€™s movement sped up, and he smashed the other Jove, sending him off the side of the tower. Jove felt like he was falling, the other Jove was him, a future him, and he was about to-
Jove bolted upright in his bed with a startled yell. This was followed by his sheets being pulled away and the sound of a muffled thump on the floor six feel below. Chris burst into the room, the lights coming on. Jove looked awkwardly around.
â€œOw, did you have to do that?â€ Rai said from under the sheet.
Jove looked over the side of the bed, â€œRai, what are you doing?â€
Rai was slowly untangling himself from the sheets. â€œYou were whimpering, so I thought Iâ€™d come in here and just put a hand on your shoulder.â€
Chris just stared.
Jove asked, â€œHowâ€™d you get wrapped up in the sheet?â€
â€œYou started whimpering again when I pulled my hand away,â€ Rai blushed. â€œI thought that maybe you could use someone to be next to tonight.â€
Jove shouted, â€œYou got in my bed?!â€
â€œItâ€™s okay.â€ Rai said, finally free of the sheet. He offered it to Jove, â€œI put shorts on first, so it doesnâ€™t count.â€
Jove grabbed the sheet and pulled it onto the bed. He was grateful he choose to bring sweatpants to sleep in. â€œBefore or after you put your hand on my shoulder?â€
â€œHey, Iâ€™m just Tanâ€™s suppressed outgoing desires,â€ Rai objected, â€œItâ€™s not my fault he feels that way about you.â€
At that point, be it because he had heard enough or because he was satisfied Jove was safe, Chris decided to leave the room. Jove watched the door close. After what felt like a long time, Jove said, â€œRai, that wasnâ€™t cool. I know youâ€™re not Tan, otherwise how could you have a separate magic aura? So, take responsibility.â€
â€œIâ€™m sorry Jove.â€ Rai sighed, â€œIt didnâ€™t occur to me youâ€™d object. Is that why you yelled?â€
â€œNo.â€ Memories came flooding back to Jove. The dream, heâ€™d almost forgotten. â€œCrap.â€ Jove scrambled out of bed and quickly headed out of his room. â€œI hope Chris is still up.â€
To Joveâ€™s surprise, Chris had three hot cups of tea prepared in the main room of the suite. Jove paused, â€œI dreamt I was fighting Dion. It didnâ€™t seem like a normal dream. I think you two and Tan should hear it.â€
Rai came out with Jove and sat down, taking a cup of tea. â€œYouâ€™ve had a rough day. It could just be a nightmare.â€
Jove started with the one term that he had not heard before, â€œRai, whatâ€™s a dissonant echo?â€
â€œA…â€ Rai paused, â€œI think Tan knows, but I wanted to hear this. Canâ€™t you ask your grimoire?â€
â€œRai, get Tan.â€ Jove was frustrated, and did not want to deal with this right now.
Rai pleaded, â€œIf I go away, I might not come back tonight.â€
Jove leaned over to Rai instinctively, and cupped a hand under his chin, â€œGet Tan.â€
Rai swallowed and nodded, then blinked. His eyes went from red to blue. â€œJove?â€ Tan asked, â€œWhatâ€™s going on?â€
Jove pulled his hand back, suddenly embarrassed. â€œIâ€™m not sure. I wanted to ask you what a dissonant echo was. And then maybe let Rai back out.â€ Jove wasnâ€™t sure how he got Tan to come back, but he was positive it was something he had done.
â€œWhen a divination is told to someone involved in it, you get an echo. Basically the echoes are the times you didnâ€™t tell the person, the way the divination changed, and what happened when you told him every possible version.â€ Tan shrugged, â€œA dissonant echo is when you do that with the vision. You scry on yourself in the future, and your future self tells you something you could not have learned any other way. Itâ€™s a very advanced technique and extremely unreliable. Each echo is more distorted, and some of them will have outright lies, because all you are really looking at is yourself repeating what you heard in the vision.â€ He looked at Jove, â€œWhy do you ask?â€
â€œI think I just had one.â€ Jove blushed, â€œCan you listen in while we talk to Rai? I didnâ€™t mean to get him to leave.â€
â€œI think so.â€ Tan blinked, and his eyes were red again. Rai laughed, â€œWow, Iâ€™m glad you didnâ€™t hear the end of that sentence. Anyhow, thank you for letting me listen tonight.â€
Jove took a breath and looked between Chris and Rai. â€œThere were three, no four parts of the dream that seemed important. Iâ€™ve never had a vision before, so this might be a nightmare. But Iâ€™ve never heard of a dissonant echo before, so that gives it some weight. First, I was fighting Dion.â€
Chris growled, â€œHe will not harm you again.â€
â€œItâ€™s okay Chris. Weâ€™ll figure out what it means. Still, I guess thatâ€™s important because it wasnâ€™t something I said. If the rest is just echoes, that part was real.â€ Jove took a breath, â€œI asked him if Mark was hobbled. Heâ€™s from my world though, so how could he be?â€
â€œYou just learned Chris was hobbled today.â€ Rai offered, â€œMaybe you were trying to say that Mark was raised by a Vorax?â€
Jove nods, â€œThatâ€™s possible, but letâ€™s not jump to conclusions on that one. I mean, I donâ€™t like Mark, but his behavior hasnâ€™t been dangerous.â€ Jove took a sip of his tea. â€œNext, I said I knew what my mythic form was. I think I was reassuring myself that I had one. Last, I said the vision was not mine. I really have no idea what that could mean.â€
Rai shook his head, â€œI got nothing. But, Tan has something for you that might help. Weâ€™ll be picking it up at first light.â€
Jove nodded, â€œThank you. And no more sneaking into my room, okay?â€
Rai started to say something then thought better of it. â€œOkay. Iâ€™m sorry.â€
There was an awkward pause, and Jove asked, â€œHave you done it before?â€<< TS20: Past Focus || TS22: Interface >>