Episode 44: Back On

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I'd been spending more time with Del

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I'd been spending more time with Del. Whenever I felt his touch, my bad feelings were sucked down the invisible drain.

There was one bad thing I couldn't sweep under the rug though. I hadn't used either of my powers in months. I had no idea what would happen if I did. I hadn't gotten around to testing them yet.

I wasn't allowed to do that anymore.

Cyan was laying on the couch. She had some kind of pads on her ankles.

Del and I were passing through to go in the backyard.

That was when it happened. My body gave out. I hit the ground before Del could do anything.

Cyan perked up. "Are you alright?"

That was when currents shot through my body in different places. My God. They burned. It was like my body was on fire.

"Del?" My voice shook.

"I'm right here," he said.

"Del. It hurts." I felt tears in my eyes. "It hurts so much."

That was when I had to scream. I had to. It didn't matter that screaming wouldn't take the pain away.

Del took me into his arms and caressed the top of my head. "I'm not going anywhere. You're safe in my arms. No one can take you from me. No one can hurt you again. It'll be alright."

He got up and brought me into the kitchen. He was gonna take me into the backyard so I couldn't break anything in the house.

"Something wrong?" Cole came out from the side of the house.

My lightning shot into the air but Del caged it in earth before it could get away. We didn't need the neighbors seeing that.

Del brushed my cheek. That way he was able to draw out some of my lightning.

Crash!

Cyan ran out and grabbed Cole's hand. "What's going on?"

It happened again.

Del used more of his earth to tuck it away.

This time I let out a nasty shock. This one hit Del directly. It would've done him a lot of damage if he didn't have power over earth.

After a few minutes it seemed like my episode was over for the time being. That was a relief.

It had sapped my strength. I couldn't hold myself up. I was drenched in sweat. Really, I felt horrible.

Ame appeared in front of us and knelt beside us. "So, what happened?"

Cole and Cyan rolled their eyes. "Sweet Minicha, Amethyst."

"Crap." Del pulled me closer. "I thought they were exaggerating. You really do stink at your job."

"That really isn't important right now, I suppose. Crisis averted for now." Cyan got closer. "So, what did happen? You didn't get the chance to tell us."

Del adjusted himself. "I don't really know. His powers could've come back on. This has happened before, but I was still pretty young. I don't think I really understood what was going on."

Cyan smiled at me. "Are they coming back?"

I looked straight at her. "They're starting to."

"That first time was subtle but this one wasn't, right?" Cole whispered in my ear.

He noticed? How? I would've expected Del to if he was there, but Cole? How much did he even know about my powers? He wasn't there when that Lock took me.

"Let me..." Ame said.

"No." Del got off the ground. He was still holding me. "You would actually choose to get electrocuted?"

Cyan and Cole stared.

"I mean... I think it's my job... so..."

Wow... Ame was ridiculous. If she did her job better, she would've popped in sooner. Besides, why would that be her job when Del could do it without getting shocked?

He laid me on the couch. "I'll be back, 'kay? I need to look for something."

I just looked at him.

"I'll help you." Cole ran after him.

Cyan stayed with me. I felt relaxed having her there. There was just something about her.


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Anyway, I was outside with Del a few days later. I'd gotten my strength back by then. It was nice. It was a warm day for late winter/early spring.

"Hey, Del?" I put my hands behind my back. "Do you think you could make a box with your earth?"

He tilted his head. "What for?"

"I wanna work with my lightning. I don't wanna shock Cyan or Cole on accident."

He raised an eyebrow. "You sure that's a good idea? That thing just happened a few days ago."

"I can't put this off forever. I don't wanna hurt them." I had tears in my eyes. "I gotta be ready."

Del wrapped his arms around me. "Remember what Hannah said?" His voice was soft. "It's not good to use your powers when you're sad, scared, or mad. They can get pretty nasty if you do."

I knew that... I needed them to listen though. Things could get really bad if I didn't. A Lock could show up at any time.

"It'll be okay if a Lock shows up. I can handle it. You know that." He smiled. "I won't let anything happen. They're safe. You're safe. There's no need to rush."

But I didn't wanna depend on him forever. I was the Nachimian Key Keeper. It was my job to protect everyone. I had to do my job. That was what I was expected to do.

"I know why you wanna get the lightning to listen again, but it might be better to start with the metal. It's okay to start out small. There's no need to rush."

I didn't care. This was something I wanted to do. I wanted my powers to listen again.

Electricity pooled in my hand. My fingers were tingling. It was a welcome feeling. It was familiar. Invigorating too. This must've been how I felt when I was ten or eleven. When it first came in.

The electricity ran up and down. It was like it was relieved to stretch its legs after a long slumber. It was in a good mood. The free moment definitely helped with that.

It cracked in my fingertips. It gave off a faint white glow. It sorta looked like I was an open light bulb.

Del smiled. "Looks like your powers are happy to be out in the open again."

It did. No. Of course, it was. My lightning was part of me. It was an extension of my body. It didn't matter that we'd been apart for so long. It must've really respected me.

I rubbed the lightning. It was like stroking Honey almost.

Still, it was stiff. It would listen to me, but it had its limits. I'd have to work if I wanted to get back to where I was.

It was worth it though.


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Yay! Star's powers came back on! Thoughts? Theories? Predictions?

~Shino out!

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