The minutes passed slowly. The hours of physical labor were a blurred memory. William slowly went down the stairs of the metro station. His mind uselessly tried to organize the ideas that he managed to imagine. I’m going to fall asleep again.
The memory of endless trips back home. Waking up far away from his stop. William decided to rest for a moment, regaining his strength before boarding the train. This was the first time he found the station benches welcoming.
William walked toward the bench with a smile on his face. A few minutes will be enough to recover the energy. Tiredness was the perfect companion for a journey that began almost immediately.
When he opened his eyes, the world returned to its original colors.
“Welcome,” said a mechanical voice. “You have received 300 points in your time in the recovery chamber.”
William only remembered having entered the chamber the day before. His dreams were fading like distant memories. Despite his insistence, it was almost impossible to make sense of images.
Apparently…I haven’t been able to generate enough points again, he thought.
William had to assign the points to different aptitudes to get out of the recovery chamber. Once he finished…the screen went blank. He opened the door with ease and returned to the only world he was used to.
A yellow cloud entered the chamber. William walked out slowly, looking from side to side. Everything was covered by the same cloud. Unusual—something must be going on. He pointed all five of his arms in different directions. His fingers loaded to shoot in case of an emergency.
This was the first time the chamber had appeared in such a distant location. Despite his insistence, William never managed to figure out the reason for waking up in random places. The only thing left to do was to look for others like him.
In the distance, creatures of darkness surrounded the man from whom the yellow clouds sprouted. William had no choice. The only way to survive the day was with the help of an ally.
William ran towards the creatures of the darkness. He shot bullets out of his fingers to get their attention. The creatures took on different aspects. Shadows with arms, wielding swords with blades of black smoke.
It was not the first time that William had seen the smoky sword. Although on previous occasions he had fled from creatures of darkness. This time was different. The points he has been allocating to the same talent were finally paying off.
Lighting struck in front of William. He grabbed the hilt and pulled it out of the ground. Raising the sword, he noticed that the bolt seemed frozen. Three of his hands hid behind his back and he began to run.
Some creatures of darkness turned towards William, raising their swords of black smoke. While the man from whom the yellow cloud sprouted was still on the ground.
William attacked furiously. Feeling the power of the sword of lightning clashing with the black smoke. More creatures of darkness spawn. Raising their swords and approached the man from whom the yellow cloud sprouts.
William fought to exhaustion with one of the creatures of darkness. It must have had a lot more points in dexterity since it was easy for it to parry William’s attacks.
It was impossible to get through so many creatures. William watched, unable to do anything to help. The creatures just ignored him.
The man, from whom the yellow cloud that surrounded everything sprouted, stood up. The creatures of darkness were ready to attack. Yet, for some reason, waited for the man to initiate the confrontation.
William looked at the yellow cloud returning to the man. It quickly entered his body. William watched as the cloud passed between his legs—revealing the crystalline rainbow of the ground.
Impossible, William thought. Witnessing the creatures being ensnared in swirls of yellow clouds. What is he doing?
The man raised his hand and closed his fist, compressing the creatures of darkness in the yellow swirls until they vanished.
William watched in amazement as the yellow cloud began to sprout from the stranger again. He wanted to get closer to the strange man. He wanted to discover the secret of his powers. This was the first time that William witnessed an experience of this magnitude.
“Sir,” William said as he approached the stranger. “How did you become so powerful?”
The man turned. A yellow cloud began to envelop William. Trying to escape was useless. Eventually, everything went dark.
When he opened his eyes the memories disappeared. William was still lying on the station bench, but he was not alone. Next to him slept a tramp who had not enjoyed the pleasure of being under running water for a long time.
The stank was repulsive.
William fell to the ground to get away from the man. How long has it been? he asked himself before looking for his cell phone. Six hours sleeping next to that rotten smell. William was surprised to notice that his belongings were still in his pockets. He then boarded the train to continue to his destination.