“Ehem . . .”
Al ister and Janis both turned to look at Lumen.
“Oh hello, my boy, Merry Christmas! Sorry about that.
Janis and I don’t often get time to read the paper. As you can see, we got a bit carried away in it.”
Wrigley trotted over to Janis.
“Niet, Niet! You brrrought dog? Niet!”
Janis stood up on the edge of the couch. Lumen was pretty sure he was speaking with a Russian accent this time.
“Oh, don’t be such a baby, Janis, he just wants to say hel o.”Lumen said with a smile.
Janis shook his head.
“Don’t you know cats and dogs have been enemies forr all time? He vants to eat me!”
Lumen shook his head.
“No, Janis, he just wants to say hello. I think he can tell you aren’t a normal cat. Tell him to sit. I’m sure he’ll listen.”
In almost a whisper, Janis told Wrigley to sit, and he did just as Lumen said.
“Good boy, Wrig. Come over here and leave the scaredy cat alone,” Lumen said.
Al ister chuckled.
“What can we help you with on this lovely Christmas evening? Shouldn’t you be with your mother? Or Sofia?”
Al ister asked.
Lumen turned pink when he mentioned Sofia. He didn’t know Al ister knew about her.
“Uh, wel , I was with them earlier. My mom works the night shift, and Sofia went home with her dad. I went to the Paxum to find Yu and Lucy. That’s why I’m here, actually.
Lucy was down in the Genaqua, and after she left I saw a hooded figure go into the forest. I fol owed it, and saw some lights flash, and it was gone.”
Al ister looked at Janis. It was like they were speaking telepathically.
“Did you see who it vas?” Janis asked.
Lumen shook his head.
“No, but it had to have been Chester, right? I have seen him do that before.”
Al ister nodded his head and stood up. He walked over to the fire and leaned on the mantle. Lumen and Janis waited for him to say something.
“Though it is against the rules to jump from the Genaqua, there wasn’t a serious crime committed. Nothing we can do right now.”
Lumen disagreed with Al ister.
“What? What if he is planning another attack right now?
Wherever he goes is where he must be planning out these 210
attacks. We should catch him. Can’t you tel where the lights led him anyway?”
Al ister shook his head. Janis spoke for him.
“Ve checked arrea, zere is no flaw in Al ister’s vorrk.”
Lumen had to replay what Janis said in his head to fully understand.
“Then how is it possible for him to jump?”
Al ister turned back toward Lumen.
“The lights . . . some consider the lights to be a fifth element. You can become a master of the lights just as you can become a master of fire, or water. The difference with the lights is they’re impossible to ful y control. It is as if they are their own being. They can present themselves at opportune times, in a time of need for example. Chester must have been presented in a time of need, and he seized it.”
Lumen looked at the ring on his finger. He often forgot that it was there. Al ister took notice.
“Not like your luxem. Your luxem is used in a time of danger, to a designated area. Most people are never presented with lights like Chester presumably has. There is no tel ing what prompted the lights to help Chester. This phenomenon is called Incipiam. Some believe it to even be a myth.”
Lumen had a mil ion questions buzzing in his head.
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