From the series: Found In The Old Notebook – Part 1
July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
‘Immortals don’t die, child. It’s not possible. The day the universe blows up in pieces, maybe they will vanish. Yet, they will not die. They continue to live in a different dimension.’
‘But when the universe explodes, they won’t have bodies anymore.’
‘Don’t underestimate the power of magic, Miss Reed. Mortals see their bodies as the thing that makes them being alive. They might believe their souls continue to exist in whatever place their faith says it exists. But not immortals. Body, flesh. These are just concepts. Perception, as you might call it, can change.’
As he said that, Dr Shaw pulled his sleeves up and closed his eyes. Suddenly, right in front of Agata Reed’s eyes, his body started to become paler and paler. His fingers were becoming transparent and she looked at his face, only to see the wall that was behind him.
‘That. Is. AWESOME.’, was all she could mutter.
‘Please, Miss Reed. Don’t use of this commonplace language in this house.’ As he said that, his body started to become visible again. ‘In fact, I would much prefer if you refrained from using it whatsoever.’
‘But it was awesome!’, she repeated to his utter annoyance. ‘Am I going to learn how to do that?’
Dr Shaw sipped his tea and looked at his watch. ‘In due time. But as I said, the body is just a matter of perception. You will see that when we study transfiguration.’
‘Yet, Miss Reed, you must be aware that it’s a very strenuous process and many have failed before you.’
She nodded, smiling, unable to hide her excitement.
He finished his tea and got up. He went to his desk, where there was a book. It had a black leather bound cover. The book seemed relatively new and he put it in front of Agata.
‘You must read this. For tomorrow.’
The book had nearly 900 pages. She opened her mouth in shock, but closed it just as she realized that Shaw was gone from the room.
She opened it with a small sigh. The book was entitled ‘A Manual’ and it didn’t have an author’s name or year of publication. Agata got up and grabbed paper and pencil to make notes. When she turned her back, she heard a loud noise. It made her jump and drop everything on the floor. She looked up and saw a woman standing by the door.
The woman was short and blonde. Her nose looked like a small potato and her eyes were of a milky colour. She wore ragged clothes and carried a small shoulder bag.
‘Ahn, hello’, Agata said.
The woman didn’t say a word. In fact, she wasn’t even looking at Agata. She was looking at the book. Suddenly, her body tightened up and her eyes narrowed.
‘Are you the girl Shaw is tutoring?’ the woman asked in a demanding voice. Her eyes were inspecting the room. Agata stared at her. ‘Maybe, who are you?’, her ear lobes were tingling, ‘How did you get in?’.
The woman smiled and shook her head.
‘Do you know who I am?’
‘No.’ Agata said defiantly. She wasn’t feeling comfortable in this situation. Where the hell was Shaw?
‘You must be scared. How rude of me’, the woman said, ‘My name is Morgana. I have known Shaw for many years’, she said, sitting down in the sofa and taking off her coat with an effort. ‘What is your name, child?’
‘Agata. Agata Reed. Are you really Morgana? THE Morgana?’ Agata asked eagerly.
‘Yes, I am. Come sit down. Do you have any tea?’
Agata wasn’t sure she should leave her guest alone in the living room. While she pondered, Morgana looked at her with interest.
‘Nevermind. I wouldn’t leave you alone in my living room either.’, she said suddenly. Agata blushed.
‘I thought you were taller. And a brunette.’ the girl said, shyly.
‘I was. Once. Many years ago’, Morgana replied, with a smile. ‘Now, where’s that old rag of a wizard?’
‘He…well…he vanished.’ Agata said, confused.
Morgana looked around the room and got up.
‘Yes, he does that a lot.’, she said, absently. She started to scan the shelves as if looking for something.
‘Can I help you with anything?’, a voice said behind Agata. She jumped on her feet. It was Shaw, wearing a wet raincoat and closing an umbrella.