Well, it’s Day 19 in the 30-day challenge and I’ve completely run off track from a story perspective. But the good news is that I’ve been writing for more than 15 minutes each day.
I want to try and get back into the story writing groove, so here goes:
Shivani stood in the empty hall, staring at Patrick. His words were impossible.
“If you want to help them, then you have to choose,” Patrick said, as pulled out a key from his pocket. Shivani heard the click and he unlocked the door. He held it open for her once it swung open. “And it has to be your choice alone.”
“But, I’m not ready,” Shivani protested. It was too soon. Her mind still whirled from his revelation. She needed more time to prepare. Her stomach tightened as she followed him into the large dark room. It looked like a library, with its shelves that spanned the walls from the floor to the ceiling. “I didn’t even finish the school year.”
“I know. I wish that we had more time,” Patrick said, frowning at her. He flicked on the light switch. His concern was obvious, as he placed his hands on her shoulders. “I wouldn’t normally ask you to choose yet, but we need your help.” He dropped his hands from her shoulders and walked over to a panel on the wall behind the desk. “And we need it now.”
“Why can’t you come with me?” Shivani pleaded. There was no way she could do this by herself.
“I wish I could go with you,” Patrick said. A part of him was tempted to accompany her. “I really do. But I can’t.”
“Why not?” she demanded.
Patrick sighed. There were two reasons, but he would only tell her what she needed to know. “They know me. As soon as I enter that realm, the energy will shift. They have Seers who will recognize the change the minute I arrive. But you have a chance to get in there undetected.”
“But you can disguise yourself,” Shivani protested. There was a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach that she would lose this argument. But she persisted. “You can make them see what you want them to.”
“It’s not that simple,” Patrick replied, shaking his head. “Humans in this realm are unaware. It’s much easier for me to manipulate energy here. But the Devas and Asuras aren’t so easily deceived. It takes more energy to hide from them.”
Shivani couldn’t admit defeat so easily. She needed Patrick by her side for her first trip to Bharat. “What difference does it make if they do discover you? They can’t hurt you.”
“No, they can’t hurt me,” Patrick replied, and looked her straight in the eye. It was time to tell her the truth. “But they can hurt your parents.”