While most people were still recovering from Joanne’s announcement, Darlryan was scowling thoughtfully at her.
â€œInd can probably fix what the young lady has done to herself so far,â€ he said. â€œBut it’s interesting. What she’s describing isn’t clairvoyance, it’s a temporal affinity. We always knew it was technically possible but I don’t recall any confirmed cases. If it tears you up that way, I guess we know why, now. We can fix it for now but continually fixing you isnâ€™t practical.â€
â€œIf I make it the end of this war, I’ll stop then,â€ Joanne said. â€œWe need my gift to stop the enemy flanking us so much.â€
â€œShe has a point,â€ Adrian said. â€œShe’ll be a valuable asset in clarification merges now we know.â€
â€œWe can discuss that later,â€ Sonia said. â€œWe’ll certainly ask Indaturan to fix her up but what we do after that we can discuss later. I’m more interested in what she said about the kids. Game over?â€
â€œWe don’t necessarily win this war if we keep them alive,â€ Joanne said. â€œBut we definitely lose if we don’t. How badly we lose varies with who we lose but at best we have a possibility of resisting, at worst everyone loses regardless of side.â€ She gave Lydia a wry smile. â€œTry not to die, Lydia Keefe-Morgan, because that’s you.â€
â€œWha–â€ Lydia stared at her open-mouthed. â€œWhy?â€
â€œI wish I knew,â€ Joanne said. â€œBecause it doesn’t seem to be anything you do. Whenever I try to sort events for the war, I get sicker than usual and my visions are really hazy. I feel like someone is trying to stop me.â€
â€œBlock you, you mean?â€ Sonia said.
Joanne frowned and shook her head. â€œNo. It’s more like someone else is reacting to the changes I’m testing and adding variables to stop them. It worries me because they’d have to share my gift to do that.â€ She hugged herself and looked at Darlryan. â€œYou said there were rumours; could they be true?â€
â€œGiven that I don’t think what it’s doing to your brain would be unique that’s unlikely. Human brains aren’t designed to handle that sort of stress.â€ He narrowed his eyes. â€œThough, maybe… yes, that might work.â€
â€œWhat?â€ Sonia asked.
â€œIf they did their manipulating in resonant form they’d be better able to handle the energies.â€ He stared at Joanne. â€œYou’re definitely not resonant but you are pretty close. Maybe close enough to learn to be a tasaria, like she was in her former life.â€ He nodded towards Julie. â€œIt would be a good test if you’re willing to try. But for now, will your mother let you come with me to get your brain fixed?â€
Joanne shrugged. â€œIt’s not really her affair since it’s my brain, but I should at least tell her where I’m going.â€ She rose to her feet. â€œI’ll be right back.â€
â€œYou’d better release that essence bug she gave you,â€ Matthias said. â€œI don’t want you getting in trouble and she’s bound to ask.â€
â€œDon’t worry. I’ll find it in a few days and then yell at her about it.â€
Joanne giggled at that. â€œShe’ll be so annoyed.â€ She produced a bubble of essence from somewhere and popped it. A tiny bright thing vanished into the wall. â€œI’ll see you in a minute.â€