YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 17 (Chapter 63)

225 Days Until the Examinations of The Uncertain End (part 2)

Evester sat tossing his holoblade between his hands, starring up at the ceiling of the room they had gutted for practice. The dates were circling in his mind, and escaping through his voice. Attacks, dates of note, things that were to come. Each and everyone resounded both in thought and then in word, one after another after another.

Not enough time, he decided. Not enough time.

“Aren’t you supposed to be training us?” Heia startled Evester as she walked into the room. He stopped tossing his blade around and the dates came to a resounding halt.

“Kim and Uly said they were training you how to fall today.” Evester hadn’t expected her to be in the house, let alone the room. How much had he heard? Did it matter? Wasn’t he supposed to trust her?

“They can’t train all of us.” Which was to say that Heia wanted him to train her. Wanted him to trust her.

“And Phil and Lynx were supposed to teach you knots and how to break them.” He deflected her once more, knowing he was making excuses then.

“Still too many of us. Besides you need to teach me your codes.” Her words caused him to sit up straighter. Had she truly left the other lessons to seek him out for the coded language? Or was she making excuses like he was?

“You have other things you must learn.”

“Last I checked, learning a whole new language is the hardest of them all.” She shifted her weight daring him to say something else.

“It is.” He decided to accept the reasoning. Plus the language was a complicated one, with words, phrases and the use of syllables and stress. It was not easy. It would take time and he did need to work in earnest with her.

“What are you worried about?” She knew that she had her in, and exploited it all too eagerly.

“Five days here, is five days we do not have Heia.”

“It’s five days.” She approached him with slow steps, dragging him to his feet with her eyes.“A lot has already happened. What more can?”

“Much more than you realize. The news only reports what is the most important to note.” Evester watched as her expression shifted to utter disappointment. She was so angry with the way the world was and all he could do was relay the facts. To try to fix it in the way that he knew, and knew she needed more from. “The longer we wait, the worse it is for us all.”

“The less people invest in trying to help or fix this, the worse it gets.” She was telling him that they needed more. More from his family. More from the Circles. More from the world.

Yet, they could not force the world to move. “Even if I gave them the documents, they’d want them destroyed more than to use them to help.”

“I know. That’s why you ran.” At least she understood that fundamental truth. Or partial truth, for it was because no one would use them, and the exhilaration of it. He was wanted, was still wanted, and yet he walked and breathed in their spaces and escaped multiple times. “So teach me.”

“I will.” Evester tossed his holoblade to her. She caught it with ease. “I have already started. But, you are right. I haven’t been giving you enough training. Still, you can’t simply skip out on the others.”

“And you can’t simply avoid us. If this project picked you, me, and Zeydar then we have to work together. Don’t we?” Yes, she knew that they needed to trust each other. As fully as they could manage.

“That’s the idea.”

“Then we better get to know each other real well. After all, trust is the most important part in all your exercises, Evester.” She smirked at him. It was not an innocent smile, but a full on threat that she knew exactly what he was thinking.

He hated that she was right, but he hated that she knew it, more.

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