The World Jumper

This movella is for the New Direction project.
I'm a World Jumper, cursed to relive the worst of my memories again, and again, and again. But, only one thing can heal me. Easy as it may sound, another being is searching for what I seek, and I must find it before she does... I must. For it will surely mean the destruction of the world, as we know it.

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5. Capture

My eyes were heavy, so very heavy. It would be nice to not have to open them. But of course, I wasn't allowed the luxury of just giving up, I needed to finish what I started and find that item. I tried moving my arms, but I couldn't, they were bound with rope. Good thing dad taught me how to undo knots. I released myself from the bonds and had a look around the room I was in. It was dark, but my eyes quickly adjusted to the light. There was no visible door, so I tried to World Jump out of here. It didn't work. A high pitched laugh cut through the air. A wall slid down to reveal her, my ex-wife, Myst.

'So how's it going Arthur? Found it yet?' She mocked.

I didn't say anything, I didn't want to give her the satisfaction.

'Was it perhaps..' She paused.

'THIS?' She cackled.

She held out a box, it was of red wood, with gold inlaid in patterns along the faces and a gold along the edges. It seemed to be glowing with power.

'Unfortunately, I can't open it, but you can.' She said hungrily.

'Good luck with that.' I replied.

'Oh, I think you misunderstood me, your going to open the box.' Myst said.

'No I'm not.' I argued.

'You have nothing to hold against me, I have nothing left that I care about.' I added.  But then my mind thought of Maria, her wise remarks helped me, Jonathan, for never lying to me (not that he could) and Lyra… Little Lyra. I cared about them, but I better not tell Myst that or she'll target them.

'Oh, but I do…' Myst explained.

My eyes widened, how could she know about them?

'I offer you freedom from your curse. Isn't that what you want.' She explained.

'For all your taunting memories to just disappear.' Myst started walking around my kneeling form. Whispering in my ear.

'It only has one use.' I spat.

'Oh does it/ now that’s a shame, but I never planned on using it for myself. What I really want is something from you. When you were cursed one memory was given too you in exchange.' Myst said.

'I want your power.' She concluded.

'Have fun with that, I have no idea how to use most of it. Just the World Jumping and energy sensing part.' I replied.

'Oh but when the curse is lifted, the memory that the witch took will be given back too you.' Myst explained.

'Memory? What memory? You said nothing about taking a memory.' I asked.

I was getting seriously confused.

'Oh, did I forget too mention it? Silly me.' She mocked.

Myst was still clutching the box.

'We have a little problem though' Myst continued.

'The memory that will help you open this box is locked away, somewhere that only, special extraction can bring out.' Myst explained.

'Where are you going with this?' I asked.

'My scientists are just going to run a few tests, don't worry it won't hurt. Much.' Myst turned and left the room, the wall slid shut behind her.

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