Chapter 4 – ‘The Powers Within’ – Part III: Growing Within
G.J. took a moment to carefully observe the faces of children and the youngsters among the crowd that had gathered around the Clock Tower. Their eyes were like transfixed on space, as if they were watching an enrapturing show, right in front of them, suspended in the invisibility of the air. But even if this was rather peculiar, what it was truly amazing was the way they seemed to be all synchronized with each other, curling their lips and lifting the tips of their fingers in what it looked as if in touching a delicate surface. However, the strangest thing of all had to be the fact that nobody seemed to notice. Nobody, as in not one of the adults in sight. Only Luke, and now her after he’d pointed it out, seemed to be able to notice that there was something odd with the young ones.
She stifled a small cry, grabbing Luke’s shirt with her one hand as she observed how a kid standing on the pavement in front of Luke, next to a now barking dog, was starting to tremble and even vibrate, lost in Luke’s gaze.
‘It’s always been like that,’ Luke thought. The moment he would allow himself to relax completely and just…be, without trying to hold onto the perception of separation…if there was anybody nearby that happened to be talking to him or just looking at him right then…their own degree of vibration was affected, freaking the hell out of them. It’d probably been the excitement of the event, and perhaps the natural perfume of G.J.’s skin entering his nostrils when he’d been whispering to her ear, that for a moment he’d forgotten to be alert, present, bodied, fleshed up…and now the kid couldn’t take his eyes away off his, and his own perception had begun to alter, something for which he certainly was not prepared. Luke started to mumble the word he’d found to be of most help in those type of situations, a pretty obvious one to which he’d arrived, when cornered by a bunch of other children in the patio of his school, many years ago.
“Solid, solid, solid…” —he repeated almost furiously through his teeth.
“It’s all right, Luke, focus on my voice and my touch, can you hear me?” —G.J. looked around her and fixed her eyes on Xora, who was standing next to the kid.
As if pulled by an invisible force Xora turned his sight from Harriet and her brother to G.J., who was now gesturing with both her eyes and head to a point next to him. He just then became aware of the dog’s barks and realised that there was something odd with the owner.
“Hey, kid, your dog is getting a little excited, is everything all right there?” —Xora placed his hand on the boy’s trembling shoulder. Roger, startled by the man’s contact, turned his head to face him, thus freeing himself from the trap of Luke’s eyes and the fierce energy that they expelled.
“What…I…I…don’t know…err…yes…Willow, stop…stop! Shut up, silly dog!” —he shouted, stroking Willow’s neck and back, knowing that would help him to calm down. ‘What the hell was that’, he thought to himself, ‘that dude’s weird…’
Luke pulled G.J. close to his chest—“Thank you, beautiful. It’s only been a split second but wow…”—he started to apologise—“I hadn’t let go this easy in…how long it has been… eight-nine months? These people are in for a surprise today, G.J., this energy is strong, real strong…”
“I know, I’m feeling pretty strange myself and yes, as you said earlier, the children are acting quite bizarre, although now that kid and his dog have pulled them out of what looked like a trance…” —G.J. replied, happy to rest her cheek against Luke’s warmth and observe everything and everyone from there, her little heaven.
It was almost the time and the crowd there gathered was starting to lower their tone, until most were talking in whispers, even if animatedly. Some children were clinging to their parent’s clothes, trying to grab their attention whilst others, the older ones were talking amongst them, pulling faces and making gestures with their hands and fingers, as in drawing spirals and cobwebs in the air. Growing within everybody’s chest…an alien sensation to which Luke was pretty accustomed…
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