He found that he could still travel forward and backward in time, and anywhere across the known universe — really anywhere across space and time — but that limits had been imposed on his wandering, once he had accepted the care of Joseph’s memories.
For the Scottish mage, traveling between different strands of the multiverse was no longer possible; those doors had been slammed shut as the door to Joseph’s life and family had been thrown open to him.
Further, these limits didn’t seem to loosen as he fed Joseph’s memories back to the younger man, and he began to supplement these memories with life as it went on for Bethany and Andrew, even introducing the squirrely twins, Chuckie and Ducks, into his stories, without telling him they were Bethany and another man’s; there would be time for that, much later, when Joseph became stronger and more collected.
He retained Joseph’s life story even as he shared back the details, and found himself strangely satisfied with the simple-stranded, tragic-comic life: finding your soul-mate under a full moon and a folk song; wincing as the sticky, sandy, octopus arms of tousle-headed and snot-nosed children scraped over sunburned shoulders; the cool push of digging your feet deep under hot sand while miniature cities and roads are built around you on the strip of beach of a small urban lake.
Perhaps it was changing him, making him more vulnerable in a way he hadn’t experienced since he was wee bairn at his mother’s knee, but he was drawn again and again to explore Joseph’s life, as if the players were his own family.
He was, therefore, in no hurry to take the drastic step that might release Joseph from the Shadow World they both occupied; the three fates tipped their heads, and then chuckled as they peered into the first sister’s basket of strange materials, to see what new threads were to be spun.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)
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