TS56: Double Feint
â€œWho are you?â€ Adenâ€™s character Lamont asked. â€œWhen youâ€™re awake.â€
Aether chimed with Mr. Johnsonâ€™s response. Most of the game had decided that this was a non-player character that Jove made up instead of someone played by his familiar. Edward asked if Mr. Johnson was played by Aether but Iâ€™m not exactly Aether.
Jove read out loud, â€œMr. Johnson shakes his head. He says, â€˜Iâ€™m just a faceless contact. Tomorrow night, Iâ€™ll find you. In the meantime, Iâ€™ll get the school records for the missing girl.â€™â€ Jove looked about, â€œAnd that seems like a good place to call game. We can worry about what you guys do before the next night this week.â€
â€œThis is not what I was expecting.â€ Edward said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot more story involved then I expected. What were those shadow things?â€
Tan shrugged, â€œNot sure, the rulebook only has suggestions. They kidnap dreamers into another world or oblivion or something. The specifics are in Joveâ€™s head. Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing what heâ€™s come up with.â€
Julius smiled. â€œIâ€™m glad I decided to show up. That was good.â€ He looked at Chris. â€œI canâ€™t believe you were so active. Evan said you were a good friend. Iâ€™ll have to explain that youâ€™re getting back to yourself.â€
Chris didnâ€™t respond.
Jove offered, â€œI think gaming is easier for him because only he knows what his character will do.â€ He looked at Chris, â€œIt was nice to see you be social for a while.â€
Carole called over from her game, which was also wrapping up. â€œYou coming for food?â€
Jove shook his head. â€œNot tonight. Itâ€™s been a long day.â€
The walrus shrugged. â€œI understand. Havenâ€™t had anyone try to kill me in a long time.â€
Jove shivered. This world was very different. He was used to just getting beaten up by bullies. Still, they did tend to only pick on him once. As everyone wrapped up, he asked the elephant, â€œEdward, was your hunch correct?â€
Edward nodded. â€œYes. Iâ€™ll have to let Azarias know. Iâ€™m positive your father is the author now.â€
Jove asked, â€œWhat makes you say that?â€
Edward looked around. â€œOutside.â€ He lead Jove, Tan and Chris outside into one of the courtyards. â€œThis doesnâ€™t get repeated. It will cause issues with the Animus Council.â€ He drew a few runes in the air. â€œNo one is listening. Thatâ€™s good. Okay, this is embarrassing.â€ He took a breath. â€œI think Dominus made my magic addicted to your fifth element, Void. I think he was planning on using me as an inside man within the Council, using that addiction to keep me in line.â€
Tan shook his head, â€œI donâ€™t get it.â€
â€œAeon calmed my magic. Jove, your game calmed my magic.â€ Edward spoke calmly. â€œWhoever writes Aeon has Void as a primary element and is using it without control.â€
â€œWritten words canâ€™t carry spell energy.â€ Tan objected, â€œNot after theyâ€™ve been copied. Not after being displayed on the internet.â€
â€œNo,â€ Edward agreed. â€œMore that the words were shaped by a connection to Void. I doubt Dominus could have written something positive, so your father is the only option that makes sense.â€
â€œSpeaking of my dad,â€ Jove asked, â€œWhy isnâ€™t Azarias back yet?â€
Edward paused. He scribbled a few notes on his ever-present spiral notepad. â€œHeâ€™s still in communication blackout? Something is wrong.â€
Chris asked, â€œWhat kind of wrong?â€
â€œIâ€™m trying to find out.â€ Edward said scribbling furiously. â€œMs. Astrom is under watch, theyâ€™re going to be moving her here for… Why would they do that?â€ He muttered under his breath. â€œIâ€™m here with his son, donâ€™t give me that communication restricted line.â€ He let out a snort. â€œThey located the programmer who maintains the Aeon server. Mr. Astrom does write it. Apparently, Leon- I mean the programmer is going to be visiting as well.â€ Edward stopped for a moment. He looked at Jove.
Jove shivered. â€œWhat? What happened to my father?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know.â€ The elephant said, â€œHeâ€™s missing. Azarias must be trying to track him and if thereâ€™s a communication blackout that means they think Dominus is involved.â€
â€œDad? Why would he be a target?â€ Jove found the answer to his question before it had finished coming out of his mouth. His father was a mage. His father could use Void. Merlin must have confirmed Jove was a Void user that morning and realized that his father might be one as well. â€œTheyâ€™re going to eat him?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know. Thereâ€™s too many unknowns here.â€ He took a breath. â€œWeâ€™re going to find him. I promise.â€
Jove nodded. â€œThank you.â€ He sighed. â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™m going to be sleeping much tonight.â€
The moment of silence that followed was cut by an alarm from Edwardâ€™s notepad.
Tan asked, â€œWhatâ€™s that?â€
â€œDid they find something?â€
Edward shook his head as he read. â€œNo. Someoneâ€™s breaking into the Council prison. Theyâ€™re trying to free Dion.â€ The elephant winced. â€œI have to go. Now. Before theyâ€™re overwhelmed. Iâ€™ll try to give you an update when I can.â€<< TS55: Shadow Start || TS57: Recursion >>