Is the world we know today the world of the past? Will it one day be the world of the future? The only universal constant is human nature. Human nature will always be the leading force behind what is, was, and will be.
But what is human nature?
To those who would know, yet would not want to know. To see what one does not want to see. Hear what they don’t want to hear. During the future or in the past? What is true desire? When does difference become the same? When does it repeat? When did it first draw breath? Creation is always forgotten. Wondrous during its infancy. Adored and then finally forgotten. Time dilutes. Now and then become the same. And yet human beings will never respect what was then in order to better understand what is now.
“Run!” The voice was muffled or maybe just too far away.
It had come from outside and could have been right next to an open window or echoing from down the street. Kaszbein couldn’t tell. There were only two things his mind could extrapolate from the voice; its owner was female and in distress. The homeless man lazily lifted his head from the wooden floorboards of a previously abandoned home and stared out in the direction of the voice. A long yawn escaped him and he managed a quick brush through his short brown hair before rising to his feet. His eyes took in the tail end of the unfolding events. A brief glimpse of a woman with long red hair darting through the crowded town bazaar with three guards in close pursuit was all he could manage before the events moved to another street. Another yawn flowed from Kaszbein’s chest as he scratched the back of his head. Thoughts of his plans for the day quickly began overtaking the brief events he witnessed moments after waking.
Outside, along the busy streets of Nandule, two thieves attempted to make their escape from the pursuing authorities.
“You don’t have to make it so obvious that you’re gonna leave me to the wolves!” Tristina complained.
“Not my fault you choose to sleep in when I go running in the morning.” Miqeul replied nonchalantly.
“You ever thought about running in the afternoon?”
“I thought that’s what we were doing now.”
They turned another corner, one of them barely managing to zig her way past a horse carriage full of hay.
“Go to hell!” Tristina yelled back over her shoulder at the carriage driver in response to his less than polite outburst.