“It’s not up to you to save the world,” Abi said. “Or even the human world.”
“What am I doing?” Nelson asked.
“Dear boy,” Abi said. “You are doing what you were born to do. I am helping you do it.”
“That’s what Jacque de Molay said,” Nelson said. He was feeling stronger, but he didn’t want to admit it. “He nearly killed me.”
“Yes, he did,” Abi said. “What do you think happened?”
Nelson was silent for a long time. He shook his head.
“Yes, you do know,” Abi said.
“Bathsheba said that I had to decide to leave there,” Nelson said. “You’re saying that I set my will to stay there. But…but I… I mean, I guess that’s how I got home but… Why didn’t I think of that sooner?”
“Good question,” Abi said. “I will tell you…”
Nelson looked over at Abi.
“I hate the Templars too,” Abi said.
He snorted a kind of laugh, and she smiled.
“May I ask you a question?” Nelson asked.
“Of course,” Abi said.
“Why do you take this fairy form?” Nelson asked. “You just told me that you are the most powerful being on this planet and yet you…”
He waved his fingers around and giggled like a girl in some kind of imitation of Abi.
“I do not act like that,” Abi said.
“I have seen those little Fairy Corps outfits,” Nelson said. “You look like…”
“Okay, okay, fair enough,” Abi said, with a sigh.
“Why bother?” Nelson asked. “You could crush all of these fairies and all of their bullshit and…”
“Oh my dear boy, do you truly not know that might is never the solution?” Abi asked.
“I…” Nelson scowled. “No. No. Is that true?”
“Of course it is,” Abi said. “You want to make real change then create community, connection, and be kind. That’s what works.”
“But…?” Nelson gazed at the ceiling. “Oh my God, I feel so much better. What did you do?”
“I took away that virus,” Abi said. “You’ve had it a long time. You don’t need it, do you?”
“AIDS?” Nelson laughed. “Really?”
“Oh, is that what it’s called?” Abi asked. She shrugged. “Humans and their viruses. Crazy really. Every living being has at least one virus associated with it. You cannot have life without viruses. Yet humans have this idea that they can negotiate around their virus.”
Nelson awoke screaming. The nurse assistant came in and ran out again. The nurse and the nurse assistant returned. Together, they tried to get from Nelson what was wrong.
He couldn’t stop screaming.
Finally, the nurse called the doctor and they agreed to medicate him. Within moments, the narcotic went into Nelson’s IV and ever so slowly, he stopped screaming. When his voice fell to a slow mewing, the medical professionals left the room, and Nelson was alone again.
He felt a hand on his arm. He turned to see Abi holding his hand while her other hand stroked his forearm.
“Are you in pain?” Abi asked.
“Terrified,” Nelson said, his voice a whisper. “I… I…”
His hand moved to his nose.
“Smell?” Abi asked.
“Yes,” Abi said. “You smell something like that wretched dungeon?”
“You smell me,” Abi said.
Nelson pointed at her. She nodded.
“I was trying to keep you alive,” Abi said. “You were…”
Abi shook her head.
“You…” Nelson whispered.
“Shh…” Abi whispered.
“’fraid wake up there,” Nelson said.
“I brought you home,” Abi said. “I won’t allow you to return.”
“Promise,” Nelson said.
“You can trust me when I say that no being on this planet has the power to defy me,” Abi said. “Not a one. But even I cannot save you when your will is set against it.”
When he looked at Abi, she looked like Bathsheba.
“You,” Nelson whispered somewhere between a question and an acquisition.
“I asked your mother to go to you,” Abi said. “She was busy trying to save your father, so I chose her ancestor. I had an idea that you and she were in the similar places. She was able to enter the prison of your mind, get you to see that you needed to let go.”
“She saved me,” Nelson said. “Lost in that tomb.”
“Lost in your own will,” Abi whispered.
“Yes,” Nelson said as a sigh. “That too.”
Nelson glanced at Abi to see that she was grinning at him. It was only then that he realized that Abi was doing something to him. He turned to actually look at her. Her hands had melded into his flesh.
“What are you doing?” Nelson asked.
“Strengthening you,” Abi said.
“Why?” Nelson asked. “Why help me?”
“Oh dear, child,” Abi said. “You stand at an important crossroad in human history. You may determine the difference of what will happen and what won’t happen. You must be ready for it.”
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His soft chuckling brought footsteps from the loft. He turned to a wet-from-shower Jacob running down the stairs. He turned back to the computer in front of him.
“You okay, Dad?” Jacob asked.
“Fine, fine,” Sam Lipson said.
Jacob put his hand on his father’s shoulder and looked over his shoulder.
“What’s that?” Jacob asked.
“Tres sent out this program for us to review and approve,” Sam said.
“Yeah, I saw that,” Jacob said. “Coffee?”
The coffee maker on the counter beeped indicating the coffee was made.
“Delphie set it up last night because she thought it would be an early morning,” Sam said.
Sam poked at the computer and then chuckled again
“Did you get any sleep?” Jacob asked, as he poured the coffee.
“Not really,” Sam said. “You?”
“No,” Jacob said, setting a mug down next to Sam.
Sam looked up at him.
“That meeting was…” Sam shook his head.
“Hard to describe,” Jacob said.
Distracted by the computer, Sam didn’t respond. He chuckled again. Jacob drank his coffee and ignored his father. He was waiting to talk to his father about what his father wanted to do with the company.
“Dad?” Jacob asked.
Sam looked up at Jacob.
“What do you want to do?” Jacob asked.
“What do you mean?” Sam asked.
“What do you want to do with the company?” Jacob asked, working to keep his frustration out of his voice.
“Oh, we job share,” Sam said with a nod.
“Last night, you…” Jacob said. “What are you looking at?”
Sam smiled at him. He turned the laptop around so Jacob could see the screen. The screen held a spreadsheet.
“What is that?” Jacob asked.
“It’s a… well I don’t know what it is,” Sam said. “Tres said it’s a ‘programmed template.’”
“I read the email while I was in bed,” Sam said. “I said to myself: ‘Sam Lipson, you are not any good at this computer stuff. Everyone’s counting on you so you better get up and figure it out before the kids get up.’”
“Okay,” Jacob said, grinning at his father talking about himself in the third person.
“So I got that laptop you bought for me,” Sam said. “It wasn’t charged so I had to find the charger and… Anyway, I got on the main frame by myself.”
“Well done,” Jacob said.
“I was impressed myself,” Sam said with a laugh. “I followed the link in Tres’s email.”
“What is it?” Jacob asked.
“It’s the job share,” Sam said. “He says in the email that he started working on this when we lost those state contracts.”