Everyone tells me that you are in a better place now. That you will defend our great City from any intruders. You will ascend the heavens, they say. And fight the demons for us. The demons that make man evil. I’m told. It sounds like a great opportunity. They tell me that I can join you. Once I reach the year of Consolidation. They encourage it. Father doesn’t like it. He tells me to disavow my ties to you, brother. I told him that I don’t know what “disavow” means. He just shook his head and walked away.
I might join the Forces. I don’t like being alone. Mother is distant and Father. Why did Eliseo leave? Does he not love us anymore? And what happened? Why were you fired? What happened that made no one want you? I’m old enough now to understand. Father says I’m not. But trust me. As your brother. I can understand better than anyone. Maybe not better than Eliseo. But I’m all you have left. And you me.
When I’m outside I hear these sounds. My instructor tells me it’s just the wind. She tells me that I have an overactive imagination. I had to look up the spelling on that one. I also looked up the meaning. Maybe I do have that. But I know what I hear. Can you hear it too? The creaking of the stone? The swaying of the City? Are we going to drown?