Chapter Two: Turning Back
Gresha ran to catch up with her sister. They found Tenyar just outside the door at mid-speed. Gresha walked up to him and looked at the colors around him. She had frozen him while he was running back to them.
“How do I include him in our time travel?” Gresha asked as she laughed at the word.
Gretta chuckled, “touch him.”
“That’s it?” Gresha asked, looking at her sister.
“That’s it,” Gretta said with a nod.
Gresha reached her hand out and touched Tenyar on the arm. She watched as Tenyar’s essence fell from his body to the floor. Both girls laughed as he cursed, then looked up at his body in shock.
“Hello, Tenyar,” Gretta said as she helped him to his feet.
“Gresha?” Tenyar asked in shock.
“Nope,” Gretta said with a shake of her head.
“Over here,” Gresha said as she raised her hand.
Tenyar looked at her, then at Gretta and took a step back, a shocked and confused look on his face.
“We don’t have enough time for you to be shocked, surprised, or scared,” Gretta said as she grabbed Tenyar by the arm.
“Oh, you’re the aggressive one,” Gresha said with a laugh. “Mom and Dad would have loved that.”
Gretta looked at her sister and laughed. Tenyar pulled his arm from Gretta and looked over at Gresha.
“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what is going on,” he ordered, then looked at his body. “How am I there, but here?” he asked, staring at the girls.
“Tenyar, there’s no time. Time is about to reset,” Gresha said as she took him by the arm and led him into the room.
He stopped just inside the room and stared at all the frozen people around them. “What the hell?”
Tenyar looked up at the platform and sucked in a shocked breath. They watched him run to the platform and jump up onto it, then skid to his knees at Leih’s side.
The sisters looked at each other, then followed him. They stood off the platform and watched Tenyar take it all in. He looked at Gresha with Pilar, then at the two girls at the edge of the platform.
“How is this possible?” he asked as he got to his feet.
“Okay, quick explanation,” Gretta said as she pulled herself onto the platform. “This is my gift that Gresha got when she absorbed me. She can freeze time. And when she does, she can see me. And together, we can turn back time. But we’re running out of time to do that to save Leih.”
He stared at her. “Gretta?”
Gretta smiled, “yeah.”
He pulled her into his arms and hugged her. With a laugh, Gretta hugged him back.
“You guys…” Gresha said with a groan when one of the men moved.
“Right,” Gretta said, pulling away from Tenyar. “Okay, Bodyguard, here’s your first assignment for the new Kryer.”
Tenyar looked down at Gresha. “So, you know?”
“I do,” Gresha said as she wiped her eyes when tears slid down her cheeks.
“Tenyar,” Gretta said, getting his attention.
Tenyar looked at her. “Sorry.”
“We chose you because you’re fast and can get here before Fontaih stabs the prince and father of my sister’s children,” Gretta said, glaring at Fontaih.
“That knife,” Tenyar said, looking at the black knife in Fontaih’s hand. “Leih’s Kryptonite.”
“His what now?” Gresha asked as she pulled herself onto the platform.
“Hah-Nah saw that knife in a vision over twenty years ago. Before we lost our memories,” he said, looking at Gresha. “It’s the only thing in creation that can penetrate Leih’s skin.”
“Oh,” Gresha said, looking at the knife.
“Time,” Gretta reminded them, tapping the nonexistent watch on her wrist.
“Right,” Gresha said with a nod.
“So, how do we do this?” Tenyar asked, looking at the identical women.
“We open a rip in time,” Gretta said as she watched them.
“Won’t that hurt the time continuum?” Gresha asked, staring at her sister.
“If we do it all the time, yes. But as rarely as we will be doing it, it won’t harm anything,” Gretta said as she motioned for her sister to move over to her side.
Gretta placed her sister to stand three feet from her, then pointed to the air between them. Gresha looked at the air as she followed her sister’s movements and placed her hand to the air as if it was a wall. They pulled one hand down from the other at the same time, and a tear appeared. Gresha stared at it in shock and awe. Inside the rip, they could see blackness and stars with a swirl of colors.
“Amazing,” Tenyar said as he watched them.
“You can’t tell anyone outside the family about this,” Gretta said, looking at her sister and Tenyar. “If people knew about this, they would kidnap Gresha and make her use it more than it should ever be used. Not only can it ruin the time continuum, but it can also kill Gresha.”
“It’s my responsibility to keep the Kryer safe,” Tenyar said with a nod.
“I’m sorry about Hah-Nah,” Gretta said as she watched Tenyar move towards the rip.
“Thank you,” he said with a nod, then placed a leg inside the tare. A loud gust of wind swirled around him. He turned and looked at Gresha. “How will this work?” he shouted over the noise of the wind.
“I don’t know,” she said, looking at her sister.
“You will be back to before Leih was killed. Whatever you were doing at the time, you will need to stop and run here right away. Otherwise, you won’t be in time to stop it,” Gretta said as she placed her leg through the rip.
Gresha followed her sister and did the same. The three of them looked at each other.
“Will I remember?” he asked, looking from one to the other.
“Of course you will,” Gretta said with a laugh. “How else could you change time?”
They nodded to each other, then pulled themselves the rest of the way into the void. Gresha looked around her at the beautiful stars, then turned her attention to the rip and watched as time was turned backward. Everyone in the room moved backward. Like they hit the rewind button on a VCR.
“Remember, whatever you’re doing, stop and come straight here!” Gretta shouted as she looked at Tenyar.
“Got it,” Tenyar said with a nod.
“Will, I ever see you again?” Gresha called out to her sister.
“I will always be with you, Sister!” Gretta shouted with a smile. “But if you really, really, need me, you can find me when you freeze time. But remember, don’t do it too often, and only if you absolutely need to or need me.”
“I love you!” Gresha called out over the noise around them.
“I love you, too!” Gretta hollered back.
Time settled into place, and the three of them felt themselves being pulled in opposite directions. Gresha felt herself being pulled back into her unconscious body. Tenyar felt himself pulled into his body wherever he had been on the station; at that point in time. Gretta smiled at her sister and disappeared.
Tenyar looked down at his wife in his arms. Remembering what Gretta had said, he kissed his wife’s forehead, then set her on the floor in the hall and turned to run back to the room, where the others were.
“Get out of the way, you idiot!” Tenyar heard Queen Neesah scream.
“Not a chance,” Leih said, staring at his mother.
“I may not be able to hurt you, Son, but I can hurt the ones you care for,” Tenyar heard her scream in anger as he came to a stop at the doorway. He watched as the man in black came up behind Leih and shoved him off the platform. Leih landed on his feet, then turned to look up at the man. The man removed his hood and grinned.
“Fontaih,” Leih said with a growl.
“Now this can be easy or hard, Cousin,” Fontaih said with a horrid grin on his face.
Tenyar watched as Leih jump onto the platform and took off at a speed even he had never felt before as Leih rushed at his cousin.
Fontaih smiled as he pulled out a black knife and thrust it at his cousin. Tenyar got between Leih and the knife before Fontaih could thrust the knife into Leih’s heart.
Leih stared in shock as the colors evaporated, and Tenyar fell to the floor, the black knife in his side.
Fontaih growled loudly, then disappeared into the shadows.
“Kill them!” the queen screamed.
Pilar watched as the blue mist appeared around them when the men opened fire. Leih looked down at his body as the blue mist appeared around him. He looked at his hand and flexed his fingers and watched the blue mist move with his fingers. He made a fist and grinned.
“Oh yeah,” he said as he looked at the men still shooting at them.
Leih looked over at his wife, who still laid in her brother’s arms but was awake and watching him. “I still like how you think, Short Stack.”
She grinned at him as he jumped off the platform and started punching men, sending them across the room and electrocuting them. When it was just his mother in the room, he moved to stand before her, the blue mist still around his body. She stared at him and the blue mist in shock.
“I remember everything, Mother,” he said, glaring at her.
“Leih,” she said as she backed away from him, “you wouldn’t dare punch your own mother.”
Leih paused for a moment. “You’re no mother of mine,” he said with a growl. “But you did give me life.”
He reached his still electrified hand out to her and touched her shoulder. She screamed in pain as she fell to the floor convulsing.
He turned from his mother’s still convulsing body and found his wife staring at them as she crawled out of Pilar’s arms. She was on her hands and knees seething as she watched the queen, who was still convulsing on the floor.
Leih noticed the sparks of electricity coming off her body, and her eyes were black with electricity flowing through them. Remembering this had happened last time she went up against Neesah, he rushed to her and pulled her into his arms, then kissed her. She sighed as she relaxed into his arms. He felt the electricity around her sting his skin, but he held her and continued to kiss her.
Gresha moaned as she wrapped her arms around Leih’s neck. The electricity evaporated from her body as she let the anger go and leaned into his kiss. She let go of all the pent-up emotions of the past few months in that kiss.
When he pulled back, he looked into her clear gray eyes and smiled.
“Hello, Gresha,” he breathed.
“Leih,” she whispered, smiling up at him.
“I love you,” he whispered before he took her mouth in another long kiss.
“I love you, too,” she said out of breath when he pulled his head back again.
She lowered her guard, and her blue mist returned to her body. They heard a groan from behind them and looked over at Tenyar as he pulled the black knife from his side.
“Tenyar!” Gresha yelped as she moved away from her husband and over to her bodyguard.
“Wait,” Leih said as he pulled his wife back to him.
He took off his shirt and pulled it over her head. It had a few holes from him catching lasers, but she was covered at least. She smiled at him, then moved over to Tenyar. Pilar was already at his side, examining his wound.
“You’re already healing,” Pilar said with relief.
Gresha got to Tenyar and took his hand into hers. “Thank you,” she cried, holding his hand to her cheek.
Tenyar smiled as he reached his other hand up to her other cheek. “Gresha,” he whispered.
“I am so sorry I didn’t protect Hah-Nah,” she said with a cry.
“It is how it was meant to be, young one,” Tenyar said as he caressed her cheek.
“She will be buried like a queen, I promise,” Gresha said as she closed her eyes.
“As you wish, my princess,” he said with a smile.
“Will you be okay?” she asked, looking at his wound.
“I will be,” he said with a nod, “super-speed comes with super healing.” Tenyar laughed, then coughed and groaned.
“Careful Tenyar, you’re not healed enough yet,” Pilar said as he held a cloth against the wound.
“Why did Hah-Nah kiss my wife?” Leih asked as he stood over his wife and looked down at Tenyar.