Dreams and Reality
"Dreams are our most memorable moments replayed in our sleep, as nightmares are the replays of our darkest moments "
A faint voice rang in his head, a nostalgic voice, a familiar voice. But in the darkness, he couldn't see anything and didn't know who it was that's calling out for him.
"Wake up Garret!!!, come on let's play!!!"
He opened his eyes, to a little girl sitting on top of him, now he remembered that voice; it was his sister, Ellie. Garret looked around in surprise; it was his old bedroom in Manhattan, before his father took him to the facility. In disbelief, he touched his sister's face, her warmth was real.
"Wha...what're you doing?"
She backed away from him swiftly, confused at her brother's behavior.
"You're real?....what, what's going on here, where's the bear, and Wisecracker?"
"Of course I'm real!! What are you talking about, Wisecracker? Come on you slowpoke, get up already!! It's beautiful outside!!"
Ellie tried to drag him out of his bed, Garret's head was still ringing, as if he was hit by a rock, he eventually got up on his feet and familiarized himself with the nostalgic surroundings. He looked around his room, it was arranged just like he remembered it, the books, the superhero posters, the computer games, he still couldn't believe what he's seeing, then the door opened and a man walked in.
"Garret, Ellie, I see you both are awake. Today I'll have a meeting with my co-workers in our house, so please try to play outside alright?"
Garret couldn’t believe his eyes, a man he thought was dead, standing right there infront of him, a little sister he once forgot, pulling his arms playfully like years ago, a drop of tear ran down his cheeks, he walked toward his father and hugged him.
“Garret? Are….are you alright there son? What’s going on?”
“It’s nothing……it’s just a bad dream.”
Garret backed away, wiping tears off his face. He followed Ellie down the stairs to the lawn in front of his house, the weather was nice, and a soft afternoon sunlight gives warmth to him while the cold breeze kept him refreshed. He could remember everything in the neighborhood, his childhood friend's house beside him, the playground on the opposite side, he could vividly remember asl these even though it has been 8 years since he had to go to the facility after.....
Garret's thought came to a sudden stop, as he began to realize something grim.
Ellie wasn't supposed to look so young after 8 years, his childhood friend's house was supposed to be demolished, and the scenario he's seeing right now matches what happened that day, he was lost in deep thoughts when he heard ellie called out to him.
“Garret!!, come on, let’s play!!”
Garret turned to Ellie, who’s running out of the lawn to the street;
“Wait up, I’m coming!!”
He began to walk toward her when he felt a sudden impulse, a foreboding sense of danger. With each step he took toward his sister, the impulse became stronger, and then as if it was by instinct, he ran as fast as he could toward his sister and pushed her out of the way.
“Ouch!! What the hell!!”
Ellie yelled at him, her face was red and she was about to get back at him, then her angry face turned pale as she screamed for her brother.
“Garret!!!! Watch Out!!!”
Garret remembered it now, and when he looked to his right, there it was…..the bus bumper that crushed his limbs that day before he lost his memories. That was the last thing he saw, then everything fades to black.
He opened his eyes to a sunlight shining onto his face, he took a deep breath and sighed, there was no pain in his chest, nor tears in his eyes....it was just a bad dream.
He look around the infirmary and saw his friend Ms. Wisecracker. She was bruised and her head was covered in bandages. But even with the bandages all over her head, Garret can remember her pretty face and unique yellow eyes staring at him.
“Hey, you finally woke up! Thanks for saving my life back there. My sister got the kill team back in time to save us.”
She got up and sit beside Garret on his bed, she was smiling, even though she barely survived a bear attack. Her smiling face was enough to lighten Garret's mood up a bit.
"Hey, you can smile!! That's a relief.....I thought when you wake up from your bad dream you would fry me with that lightning of yours"
"Lightning?......wait...how did you know I had a bad dream? can you look into someone's mind or something?"
Garret asked his friend in a comical voice, and she smiled back at him.
"Oh come on, I don't even need a mental link to know when you're having a bad dream, you kept screaming names while you were asleep...well, aside from like, Mom!! Dad!!!, help!!"
"Names? what names?"
Garret knew he could be sleeptalking, but he was curious, who else other than his parents and Ellie would he call out to.
"Well, there's Ellie, then Karen.....I think I heard about Salazar and Carter too. You were quite noisy though, I couldn't get much sleep."
Garret was puzzled, it was normal for him to call out to Ellie or Salazar, Carter was a name he heard once but he forgot about it, but Karen was someone else.....someone he didn't know before.
"You tell me, I just met you 3 days ago and even then we spent most of our time sleeping in here. But really, I was rather surprised that you could shoot lightining out of your hands, never saw anyone did that before"
She got up and walked toward a nearby deskwith a water jar, she poured 2 glasses and gave one to Garret.
“Lightning?......What happened? The last thing I remembered was a bear right on top of me”
“You mean you don’t remember anything?....like when you blew that bear right through the pine forest with that lightning bolt of yours?"
Wisecracker was surprised that Garret didn't remember anything, she touched his head and rub her water glass on it.
“Hey!!, I'm not having any amnesia!! but really...what do you mean by lightning bolt? I don't even…”
Garret was confused, first he had a bad dream, and now Wisecracker is telling him that he's able to shoot lighting out of his hands.
“Ah, don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone….not that they don’t know already though. To tell you the truth, some of us were test subjects like you. All of us have some weird power we can use…..I myself have an eagle’s eyes and my sister have a jaguar’s reflex, that's how I could see the boar before he came close, and that’s how my sister's kill team got to us so fast.”
“Whoa........slow down there Wisecracker, What do you mean? Test subjects?..powers? I don’t even know that I could shoot lightning bolts out of my hands until today……. Wait, you have an eagle's eyes?”
“Oh….well, now you know….right? And aye, I do have an Eagle's eyes.”
Garret noticed that her yellow eyes were unique since the first time they met, now he knew why it has such color and why her pupil seemed to be able to see through everything. It was actually the result of the so-called experiment she's talking about
"Wait.....if you really have an Eagle's eyes, then why did you not see that Giant, Angry, Grizzly bear back then?"
"Well.....there's a certain limitations to that, sorry."
“Alright, but there must be something you haven’t told me….. like how you and me got these weird stuff and power”
Wisecracker scratched her head.
“Well…I’m not even sure if you went through the same thing I did or not……and you’re the first I guy ever saw to have any power like this. Most of our powers are animal-like, courtesy of the E.P.'s genetic splicing”
“Alright, I'll just ask Salazar about this power stuff later, but E.P.? what is that, a secret organization or something?”
“You remember those men in suits right? Enlightenment Project's Tactical Soldiers (EPTS), that’s what they called themselves. We just call them E.P. agents, and they are the ones responsible to our current conditions. Me and my sister were taken as a child to one of their facilities. They ran tests on us and injected us with weird chemicals. At the end of the day, we were put in a containment cells. Then we realized that those chemicals those scientists infused into our body gave us some kind of super powers like enhanced strength, bone claws, camouflage, and so on. That's how you…you know, got the power…right?”
“Maybe…..but I wasn’t injected with anything. Not that I remember of”
“Well.....maybe you couldn’t remember, but it doesn’t matter really. Those chemicals were stabilized later and now it’s harmless. and you get lightning bolt as a plus right?”
Garret couldn't wrap his head around all this, but since Wisecracker seems to be optimistic about it, he figured believing her again wouldn't hurt.
“I see…thanks for telling me uh……Wisecracker?”
“Ok....no more Ms. Wisecracker. My name is Valora, nice to meet you, よろしく (yoroshiku), Enchanté, 很高兴认识你 (Hen gaoxing renshi ni), . You can call me Val”
She smiled at him, Garret cleared his head of any doubt he had about her, he concluded that the girl before him is someone he could trust. He smiled back at her out of relief and joy, as if she was someone he knew a long time ago.
“Garret, a pleasure to meet you too Val”
Garret got up on his feet and shook her hands. suddenly, the infirmary door opened and another girl walked in, she was surprised to see Val and Garret up on their feet already, and dashed towards them. Garret was surprised by her agility and fell to his bed.
"Hey!!, you're still a patient here, so lie down!! What's wrong with you sis? I thought you still have that concussion in your head."
The girl said in an angry manner, then she looked at garret trying to get up and quickly pushed him down.
"Hey, not you too!! Your ribcages were shattered and punctured your lungs, you shouldn't be getting up any time soon!! At least not after we could examine it!!"
The girl quickly took out her handcuffs and locked Garret to his bed,
Val sighed, she picked the girl up by her shirt collar and take her away from garret's bed.
"Look, he's fine. if he has punctured lungs, do you really think he would be conscious?"
Val said to the girl in a funny tone, trying to calm her down. she dropped the girl down on her feet.
"I know it's fine and all, that the damn thing will fix our bodies right away, but the after effects are still there isn't it? you are lucky that I found you before you turned and we don't even know what he would become if..."
Before the girl could finished her sentence, Val closed her mouth with her hands and turn her toward Garret.
"Oh come on, it's not that serious, we didn't lose that much blood, it's fine!! Look, why don't you go introduce yourself to that guy you just pushed down huh?"
The girl walked toward Garret, who's trying to unbind his hands as Val instructed and took a long look at him, she tried to smile, but the only face she could make was a squint.
"Hello, my name is Ringo, Val's sister, nice to meet you, bye!!"
She went out of the infirmary as quickly as she got in, leaving Garret confused about what just happened, including how she could move so fast in just 3 seconds. Val went back to her bed and lay down, she turned to Garret once again to say goodnight and fell asleep before he could say anything to her.
Garret was ready to sleep again, despite the nightmare he had just hours ago, he did not waver about it.......it was just an illusion, and dreams are what kept him on his path all these years. He closed his eyes, and let his wild imagination work in his mind....
Let the forbidden flame of old times, burn the ignorant to cinder. Let those who were forgotten, rise up again in number. Those who wronged us shall remember, that the light they worship is just an illusion. For that we who lurks in the dark, shall be the torches that brings their annihilation!