“Solana! It’s been too long!” her mother cheered. “How have you been?”
Wiping the tears from her face, Solana smiled, “I’ve been well. But, I was a bit lonely without you two here. You’ve never been gone for that long before.”
“Aw, Solana,” her father patted her head, “Did your friends keep you company while we were in New Perfi?”
Solana nodded happily, “Oh, that reminds me!”
She turned around and locked eyes with mine. With an inviting smile, she called me over, “Elijah! Come meet my parents!”
For a moment, I remained where I was, studying the two in more detail. Solana’s parents seemed to be doing the same. Maybe they recognized me as Eve and Samuel’s kid, causing them to grow wary. After all, I was the son of two traitors.
But their solemn stares quickly reverted into pleasant, welcoming grins. Solana beckoned me closer. Although reluctant at first, I took even-paced strides towards the family, extending my hand to them.
“I’m Elijah. Great to finally meet you,” I introduced myself.
“Hello, Elijah! Solana has told us so much about you!” Solana’s mother grabbed my open hand, and a flurry of Yellow and White Essence expanded outwards. She stared with the same admiration that Solana had when we first met. “So it’s true. You really do harness White Essence. We thought that maybe it would be impossible for your color to manifest anymore, but here you are, channeling such a commanding ivory through your body.”
I scratched my head embarrassingly, “I guess it’s not impossible anymore. How long ago was the last one? Three centuries ago?”
“Around there,” Solana’s father spoke up. “I know for a fact that no one is alive to tell us about it. I’m sure the archive has the exact date the last one registered though.”
I shrugged, “Oh well. What matters now is that they’re not extinct like you all thought.”
Solana’s parents smiled in tandem. “You’re certainly right about that,” her father replied.
“Well, I’ll see you two around lunch time. Elijah didn’t get much training yesterday, so he needs as much as he can get today.”
All of us were shocked by Solana’s demand. Her parents had just returned, but rather than spending time with them, she wanted to train me?
“Are you sure you don’t want to spend some more time with your parents, Solana? I don’t want to get in the way of you three. Besides, the Master said we didn’t have to train today.”
“Actually, he said it was up to me whether or not we train today, and since you missed out yesterday, I’d rather make it up now. It’s not like Mom and Dad are going to disappear while we’re there.”
I raised an eyebrow, “You’re absolutely sure that you want to train?”
“Positive,” she glared assertively.
“Alright, then. You are my mentor, after all.”
What the hell is up with you, Solana, I thought to myself.