…which is why you don’t roughhouse with lepers
Amnesia & Magic
I’m reading the first page, which is in English and all about asking Mother Earth to bless this ritual and confer Her wisdom and a bunch of other stuff. It takes me about a minute and as the last word leaves my lips everything goes crazy.
The cave starts to melt away, replaced by a clearing in the middle of a forest made up of really big trees.
Animals start coming out of the forest. Many of them look like they’ve stepped out of a book of fairy tales.
There are people coming into the clearing. They aren’t Humans or Elves. Not sure if all of them are actually “people”.
I’m glowing like a spotlight.
Dak is laughing out loud.
Then he’s got two knives in his hands (note to self: chide Bill on his frisking skills) and he’s moving faster than any Elf I’ve ever seen and he’s stabbing all of the FBI agents, including Bill. They fall, but there’s no blood and they look paralyzed. Dak is yelling something in Elvish.
He’s about to stab Hoover when the fed hits him with a spell that turns him to stone. I move to attack him, but then stop, because he’s got a gun pointed at Dak.
“He’s made of soft limestone, so bullets will knock off big chunks of him. He’ll be in very bad shape when the spell wears off.” He’s smiling this “I’ve got all the cards” smile at me and I swear I’m going to knock it off his face when all of this is over.
Then he loses the smile and tells me to get on with things as he moves in close enough to read the book.
The book is open to the pages the Oldest One mentioned. There are my three choices, but I can also see the faintest image of what Hoover can see. It’s a ritual that will bring all of the Power from the Elven world into our human world. Hoover actually giggles as he reads it. My fist aches to punch him until I’m ready to drop. Instead, I read my three choices, which boil down to…
1: The elves return to their world and that’s it for Magic on Earth forever. The effects of all spells ever cast are negated.
2: Things stay as they are, but the elves channel even more magic to us, this time without the debilitating physical effects.
3: The two worlds merge into one, which they had been about a million years ago.
I can see good and bad in all of these, which makes me hesitate. Then the Oldest One clears his throat and Hoover pulls a second pistol on Dak. All of the people and animals are looking at me.
I take a few more seconds, then make my choice. I swear that I can hear my grandmother laughing.