Matheus closed his eyes and tried to imagine the world around him. It seemed faint at times and altogether too present at others. He took in a deep breath.

“Now,” Zsanr said, placing an encouraging hand on his shoulder of which Matheus was entirely too conscious, “try to see the time.”

He did as he was told, but not with ease. The memory was painful, as Wrath stretched out her bony fingers and sent electricity singeing through the steel-walled room. Matheus felt the pain again as he fell through the hole in time, a hole he opened, but he still didn’t know how. Zsanr assured him he would learn in time, but time was a luxury he did not have.

Kesstrel’s eyes were the most present, her gaze so peaceful, as though she knew exactly what was about to happen and was glad for it. Matheus admired her strength. He could never hope to be able to look Death in the face and smile. That was why the time loop opened, because he panicked.

“See the memory, but keep yourself on the outside,” Zsanr’s voice echoes as though from a great distance. Matheus pushed himself back mentally and saw a field outside of the Tower. He and Sean had spoken in that field as Kesstrel showed the others the way to the Tower. In this image, though, there was no Sean, and Matheus saw only himself.

“Focus,” Zsanr’s words were soft as a whisper as the elf faded into the background. “remember the details. Interfere only as necessary.”

In another world, another place, another time, Matheus felt himself nod. Zsnar’s last words were barely caught in the wind as it swam through the hay.

“Jump!”

Matheus opened his eyes.

The sun settled behind a cloud shaped like a maple leaf. Matheus remembered seeing that as he shielded his eyes before passing through the doors of the Tower. He looked to the distance and realised what he had to do.

He ran.

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Word: Singe. || Time: 15 minutes. || Character: Matheus Dorr.

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"You know, I don't know if you'll understand this or not, but sometimes, even when I'm feeling very low, I'll see some little thing that will somehow renew my faith. Something like that leaf, for instance - clinging to its tree despite wind and storm. You know, that makes me think that courage and tenacity are about the greatest values a man can have. Suddenly my old confidence is back and I know things aren't half as bad as I make them out to be. Suddenly I know that with the strength of his convictions a man can move mountains, and I can proceed with full confidence in the basic goodness of my fellow man. I know that now. I know it." ~ End of Act I in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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