Chapter 13

Kamilla was surprised when I let her in on my secret but not offended that I hadn't told her earlier. On the contrary, she understood why, and she promised not to tell anyone, not even Selby. I sat with my arm around her, and proceeded to demonstrate my powers to her. First of all I looked intently at the window. Fixing my mind on it, I opened it with one arm around Kamilla and the other in my lap. Kamilla stared. I shut the window in the same way. I then asked her permission to use telepathy.

"Go ahead" she said confidently, cuddling up to me.

I gazed deep into her eyes and thought to her "I love you".

Her eyes widened.

"I love you too" she thought back.

"What about empathic manipulation?" she whispered aloud.

"Well I usually only use it to calm people who are scared or angry and, right now you're totally relaxed."

"Fair enough" she replied.

I raised my eyes and stared at the round clock on the wall opposite us.

"What did you do?" asked Kamilla.

"I've stopped time. Usually, only I can move about in frozen time but this time I made an exception for you."


I stood up. "I'll prove it darling. Come here."

Kamilla also rose, and followed me out. We went first to the kitchen where Kamilla's mum appeared to have frozen in the act of drying a cup. I moved my hand in front of her face. She didn't even blink.

"That's amazing" Kamilla gasped.

"I can even rewind time" I said quietly. "But I have to be very careful when I do that so as not to mess up the past or the future or cause paradoxes."

"Can you fast forward time?"

"Yeah, and visit the past or the future whenever I want to but I seldom do."

We were both silent for a moment.

"I'll show you my animal mimicry before I restart time."

I went outside. Kamilla followed. There was an apple tree in her garden. I caught the trunk and started to climb the tree, exactly the way a cat would. Kamilla stared. I went all the way to the top and then came back down.

"It's different from turning into an animal" I explained. "Animal mimicry is mimicking animal traits while in human form. I can turn into an animal though if I want to."

I turned myself into a black cat and sat in my girlfriend's lap for a few minutes. I then jumped off and turned back into myself once more.

"And I'll show you social cloaking later on. I can't do that alone."

We went back to the sitting room and sat down. I looked across at the clock and restarted time.

"So, what are you planning to do this summer?" I asked her.

"Finish The Conquest and return it to our local library. I had to return the one I borrowed from our school library without finishing it when term ended so I borrowed another copy from our local library."

I laughed, stroking her hair again.

"You really love that book don't you?"

"It's amazing" she murmured.

"I love it too" I admitted sincerely. "Are you borrowing Devastatingly Magnificent and Foxtail and Eagle as well?"

Kamilla stared up at me. "Did you just read my mind?"

"As it happens no but I guessed. So, apart from reading..." I prompted her.

"I was thinking of joining one of those ameteur drama groups" She smiled teasingly. "Provided you don't mind what I do when I act of course."

I laughed. "Of course I don't, and as a matter of fact I was thinking of doing the same thing. I also enjoy acting."

"Snap" she teased.

Kamilla's mom came in just then and saw Kamilla lying with her head in my lap. She smiled.

"I knew you two would get there eventually."

She went out again.

"I promised to pop in and see Selby one of these days" I mused. "I didn't get a chance to hang out with him today as I came here almost straight away. We could go together if you like?"

"Together sounds nice" Kamilla replied.

I sat in a peaceful, contented and happy mood. I couldn't believe how lucky I was.

The End

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