Hey guys, here is the 4th path of Proud Infinity.
We last ended with Trego getting shot and stumbling back to his room where he sees a black wave come out of his old work place that destroys everything and in the next moment thinks he is killed.
“Ahh!” I sat up, throwing the covers off of me. My breaths came fast as I was hyperventilating, my eyes flung around, trying to feed my brain that everything was okay. After a few panicked moments I realized I was alive and that it was the morning. The sky was turning blue from its brilliant orange. The colors of my shirt, the room, everything was there, and I never loved the morning so much.
“What was that…?” I lay down again, holding my face and trying to figure out what that was. Some crazy nightmare. Ugh, been a while since I had something like that. I opened my eyes through my splayed fingers and saw my two black socks on my desk, and it reminded me about the other part of being shot and the grim ends I resorted to. Kind of badass in a way. At least my subconscious thought I was legit.
For a moment my heart jumped. It was just a dream right? My left hand shot to my right shoulder, and nothing. No shot, no pain. My right hand worked perfectly. But I remembered the pain, I remembered gunning that guy down and taking his gun, I remember throwing up over myself, but my white shirt was completely clean.
I put two fingers on my forehead and took a few deep breaths. Okay, just some whack dream. Damn, that was insanely real. The more I thought about it, the more I remembered random details like the old guy by the fence, fighting that guy at the bar, and…that girl. For some reason I felt she was really important to whatever that dream was about, even though she played almost no part in it at all.
I wiggled my fingers a few times, feeling that their motion was really divine; there was this complete satisfaction at the simple ability of being able to move them. I moved one at a time right down the line, thinking about complex the movement actually was.
I heated something up for breakfast. Tried reading a little, a book about a guy who would not take pain killers whereas all his enemies did and could not feel pain; I wasn’t convinced someone could win in a situation like that. The sun was coming through the slits on my blind and the sunlight made me think about that dream again.
Man, I just could not drop this. I had a few nightmares before, but this one just would not subside. “Alright, just drop it. I am not shot, and that whole thing never occurred.” I rubbed my shoulder a few times and, convinced it really was just a dream, left my room to go about my day.
The monotony of the day once again lay before me. But one thing was still bothering me. It felt really stupid, but I wanted to check. Levels of precognition existed, that was a fact. There were three major varieties of the Chrono Psionic that was based on that. I daydreamed a bit that maybe somehow I unlocked a power like that.
Strangely, there was a bar right where I had dreamt it. My hopes raised a bit that maybe something special was going on with me. My scientist mind tried to look for explanations. It was possibly not that odd, as I was probably through here before and the subconscious has a really good memory.
My heart rate was quickening as I opened the door, and the bar lay out in front of me the same way I had seen it before. There was the bartender I argued with, the guy close to me whom I had envisioned clubbing down after breaking his knee. My heart fell when I recognized another man in here as the one who shot me and I killed later in the dream.
This was far clearer than any dream I had had before. Faces were always kind of vague, even the most visual of dreams were based a lot more on feelings and metaphors. I recognized this guy’s ugly face and I had never seen him in my life.
I staggered backwards. “What the hell is going on?” My eyes went wide and my stomach dropped along with my heart. People supposedly had precognizant dreams, but that was all bullshit, no way any of that happens in real life. It defied science. If this was some Chrono Psionic, no wonder those people were so awkward and fucked up given how weird this was to me.
How could I have known about these people I had never seen!? The fear of what was happening was too much and I left before I checked much more. I turned and ran to the next spot of the dream: the fence overlooking the ReCorp complex.
No one was around here. Hmm, that was different. And just that simple fact brought a much needed sense of relief to me. I let a huge sigh out, and started laughing loudly. Oh man, okay. I have no idea what that was. Some low probability dream, maybe I had been there when I was younger or something. I was so desperate to find something, my mind assumed anyone’s random face was the face I supposedly saw in my dream. Sounded about right.
Yeah, well, whatever. Not like I was going to get gunned down later today. Yeah, some dream to just tell me to avoid that spot. Not that odd. There was actually some pretty crazy research in Psionics/Senses, and to have a dream about your death that you are then able to avoid is a lot less crazy than some of the stuff I had heard about. Not sure I believed any of it, but it was out there. There was some ‘danger Sense’ or something that was pretty common in Solarians as well that kept people out of getting killed; maybe that’s how this thing went down.
Wait…why the hell am I even jumping to these conclusions? It was some dream, period.
I laughed again, then my laugh got caught in my throat, and my breath froze. A bit further down a saw an old man…the old man coming on his walk across here.
I shook my head in disbelief. Okay, think critically. Maybe I indeed have a latent Sense that is manifesting itself here, and I foresaw the danger I would be in from the gunfight and warned me about the events that would occur. Take this slow, and experiment with what exactly will happen. I hated that I didn’t read more about how the Chrono Psionics worked, so I was stumbling blindly trying to conclude if I had something I knew nothing about.
‘Some sight huh?’ My mind played, or maybe it was ‘replayed’.
“Some sight huh?” the man stated. Hmm, what did I say back to him? I think I was dismissive. My mind found the right words as if I had said them a million times.
“Yeah, if you mean totally disrupting to the entire culture and planet that was already there.” Consciously, I felt like a watcher on a play I had seen before.
He started coming closer to me. I remember I did not want to talk to him, but actually I was quite interested now. I wondered if my intent would change reality, or was it only things I actually did? If I still acted the exact same but thought differently I wondered if that would change anything.
He came closer. “Yeah, you are young enough that I am sure you were displaced by what occurred here.” His hand motions were moving the exact same way.
Now here was the time to experiment. I think I was sarcastic with him. But this time it would be different based on how I acted. “You don’t seem too bothered. Let me guess, you retired here?”
He stopped, and looked a bit confused. I felt confused suddenly too, up to the moment I felt like I had seen this before, but now I was on a new path. Blinded.
Damn, what the hell was going on? Maybe precognition was weak.
“Good guess, yeah. I made enough in the Solarian Space Forces to retire. I feel bad for guys like you though.”
I almost got caught up in the conversation or the social mores of being polite but a deeper feeling reminded me that something profound had occurred here. I just didn’t know what it was.
I turned away from him. “See you.” Then I ran back to the bar. As I ran across the empty streets, dodging an occasional body, I wondered how much of my vision still applied? Could this new power of mine protect me only from a specific path, or a wide band of actions?
I opened the door to the bar. Last time I was spoiling for a fight, but no one would know what I wanted inside my mind, only my actual actions.
I went to the same chair and had the barkeep come over.
“What will you be having?” he asked. Yeah, he said the same thing, but perhaps it is predictable, nothing to gleam out of this small interaction yet. Anyone would say something regular like that.
The next part was something about asking about a job, and my mind said what it had said before: “Well, I’m here to find out if there are any jobs or contracts anyone has posted.”
He laughed dismissively. Hmm, this definitely seemed familiar. “I don’t even know you. You think I’d tell you one with these many deserving people here?”
The grunts again came up from around the bar. Hmm, definitely the same. I was not sure why it was occurring the same way even though I had done different things. I thought that maybe it was a very specific, A then B then C, and because I did B first it would change. There was a lot to learn here. The major thing right now though I had to end the timeline from occurring and ending up getting shot.