Gage Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America- Earth 10:32 A.M, April 25th, 2018 A.D.
“No vas a creer mi suerte, Amá,” I groan to my mother once I plop down on our living room couch.
She sets down her Sudoku book on the rocking chair to look at me. “¿Qué te pasó?”
“I have a project with Lonan.”
She raises an eyebrow. “Okay, but there’s something you’re not telling me...”
She knows me so well. “I have to go over to his house later today to work on it.”
“Come here,” she orders, beckoning me over.
I obey, getting up from the sofa to walk the short distance to where she was sitting. When I stop right in front of her, she takes out a tiny vial from inside her loose pants, holding it up to me.
Reading the label, I say, “Holy water? What’s that for?”
“Get down to my level.”
I crouch down until I’m at eye-level with her and she pops open the vial. “What are you going to do?”
“I need you to look up for a moment.”
My head raises to look at the ceiling and before I know it, drops of water are sent into my eyes.
I scramble away onto the floor, rubbing at my eyes. “What was that for?”
“Calmate. I need you to be able to mind-link with me, and since you’re not a full Moonwalker yet you need the help of Holy Water.”
“Thanks for rubbing that in,” I mutter. Then a question occurs and I look up at her. “But why didn’t we mind-link before? You know, when I went to school?”
Her lips purse. Suddenly, her voice is in my mind, “Because Holy Water drains out of your system after 45 minutes.”
“What if I’m there longer than that?” I ask out loud.
“I’ll come looking for you. And make sure you answer in my mind, not out loud. Lonan will suspect something’s up.” Her voice leaves my head a little fuzzy.
I nod, letting out a long exhale. I stand up and will myself to speak to her mind. I push at doors inside her brain until they open, but it’s not like she put up much of a fight anyway. She allowed me to. Then I speak, “I’m in.”