Kor’Thank: Chapter 38

Peter, Kora and Eun were sitting on the floor, legs crossed, facing toward each other.  Their first session had gone surprisingly well.

“Not bad,” Peter admitted.  “Kind of relaxing, actually.”

“Magic usually is,” Kora agreed.  “It’s like psychedelics, only a lot more wild.  There’s no chemical that acts as an anchor, so anything and everything becomes a focal point.”

“Anything, everything…nothing,” Eun said.

“Exactly.”  Kora nodded.  “The less duality, the better.”

“It was…”  Eun wrinkled her brow.  “Meditative.”

Another nod.  “Meditation, magic…they’re both ways of piercing causality.  Merging your mind with the heart of existence.”

“ ‘The heart of existence?’ ” Peter asked.

“All the good stuff ‘the books’ hint at,” Kora said.  (When she said “the books,” she made quote marks with her index and middle fingers).  “Back on Elithia, we called it ‘the True.’  As good a name as any, I suppose.”

“It’s perfect,” Eun assured.

“I liked it,” Peter reiterated.  “But still—do you really think I’ll need it?  I’m sure it’s good to know, but—”

Kora’s eyes turned distant and speculative.  “I’ve been having dreams…vivid ones.  The skills you’re learning will come into play.  The True.”  Her eyes refocused.  “Everything leads to it.  It’s entertaining, sometimes, to pretend that’s not the case, but the True is woven into all of existence.  It is existence.  It’s inescapable.”

“In the end…” Eun said slowly, “we’re in a no-lose game.  We can make it unpleasant, but we’ll return to the True no matter what.”

“Exactly,” Kora said.

There was a long, weighty silence.

“So.”  Peter clapped his hands and rubbed them together.  “What next?”

Kora smiled.  “We’re short on time, so we’ll skip to the good stuff.”

“Which is?”  Peter raised an eyebrow.

“Think I can guess…” Eun ventured.  “Battle magics?”


Peter clenched his fists.  A cheese-eating grin arose on his face.

“Now we’re talking.”