You’ve entered the world of The Realm Jumpers. The adventure with Riley and his trusty gang continues…
“I feel like I’ve fallen into a fantasy novel,” Janet said as she looked at the table filled with food.
“I think we did.” Jeff sat next to her.
“This feels like the Fairy Realm.” I stood behind my chair, not so sure we should stay. “Exactly what is this place? I mean, if he’s The King, does he have his own Realm? Or does he just live on one and rule them all?”
“He has his own Realm.”
A tall, muscular guy strode into the dining area. For the most part, he looked human. But his jet-black hair, unearthly purple eyes, and his glowing brown skin screamed alien. It wasn’t a bright glow, no it almost looked like armor instead of skin.
“You mustn’t worry, Riley, the food is not tainted.” He grinned.
“No offense, sir, but I’m going to hold off eating.” Even though I was starving.
“None taken.” The guy laughed as he sat at the head of the table. “But don’t mind if I eat. I’m famished.”
This room was different than the throne room. Still huge, but not so much gold and marble. The floor was shiny, but dark blue. Doors lined three of the four walls, at least two per wall. They were all closed.
The main entrance was an archway. No door. We’d walked in that way from the throne room, but it was just a long hallway. Paintings of fields, castles, and some people decorated the walls. The ceilings in this place were as high as the sky.
“Who are you?” Hope asked, then bit into the chicken leg. At least it might be chicken. Did they even have chickens here?
“My name is Labbiel, I am your liaison.”
“For…?” Jeff asked.
“Training. I will handle some of course, considering my combat skills; however, first and foremost, training on Realm Jumping.”
“Are you a Jumper, too?” Tish asked.
He dipped his head. “The only one besides The King and you, Riley. But that will be addressed later. First. We should get you fed and rested then home, straight away.”
“Wait, you’re the only Jumper? I figured The King would have tons!”
“He may be The King, but he has rules as well. Only those who are genetically chosen can Jump.” Labbiel grinned. “So, to find you, another Jumper, worthy to watch the Realms—very exciting.”
“You’ve been watching the Realms alone?” Janet asked.
“We have a team. They travel with me. But you are correct, it’s difficult to stay on top of things.” He looked at me. “Until you came along, and little Tish.”
She giggled. “I’m a Jumper, too, right?”
“We’ll have to see what becomes of you, little one.” He popped a grape into his mouth.
“So when we return to Earth, what are we going to find?” Jeff asked. “The destruction didn’t go unnoticed.”
“The King has restored everything to before our arrival to your home Realm.”
“Restored?” Janet dished up some food for Tish.
“Reset might be a better word. We never arrived. When you return, everything will be as it was. I believe you and Hope have a soccer game tomorrow? Championship?”
I know I must have looked like the world’s biggest dork, but my bottom jaw dropped open on its own.
Labbiel grinned. “The King runs a tight ship. He debriefed me so I’m up to speed on your comings and goings.”
“It’s like he knows everything. How’s that work?” I asked.
“He has his ways.” Labbiel dipped his head a little toward me. “You must be very special, young Jumper, to get an offer to help watch his Realms.”
“Why us? We’re just a bunch of kids,” Hope asked.
“Untainted by the rules, traditions, and rigid beliefs of adults. Other than the adults in this room and involved with the Kurators, most would not believe nor could they comprehend what you all have seen and experienced. We need those who have the faith of a child.” He grinned at Tish.
“What do we tell The Council Triad?” Jeff asked.
“They will try their best to wrap their human minds around this. But ultimately, The King, through Tish, is who you take orders from. The Council will understand.”
“Have you met The Council?” Braeden snickered. “They’re all with the forbid you to do this, go do that, wait to hear from us.”
“I’m sure you’ll see some changes in them.” Labbiel drank from a gold cup embedded with gems around the base. He wore a ring on his pinky finger with the Srupiso symbol etched into it.
“What’s this mean?” I showed him the symbol on my palm. “It was on the caves in the Barbarian Realm. Obviously it’s on my and Tish’s hands, but it’s all over here.”
“As you know, it’s the Mark of Srupiso. The King’s symbol. As Ultimate ruler, he is to be acknowledged on all Realms. Some are not so willing to identify him as the ruler. His people have free will, as you’ve seen, Riley. And with that, choices are made that negatively affect everyone. We, as Watchers of the Realms, are charged with preserving all that is good in the Realms. Protecting them—and the creatures residing in them—from danger. You fight for a higher cause.”
“Higher cause,” I whispered.
“You’re marked for it,” Labbiel said. “Created for it.”
“What about school and soccer?” I asked, finally sitting down before my plate of food. My hunger won out.
“Life as usual.” He grinned.
“Only, not.” Hope flicked my shoulder.
Labbiel laughed. “You’ll be called upon as needed. But until you’re trained, we’ll handle things that arise.”
“Exactly what are you, then?” I asked.
“Servant to The King.”
“That’s not an answer,” Tish said.
“What do you think I am?”
“I am a warrior. Created by The King himself, my one purpose is to serve him and protect what’s his.” He winked at me. “As you have now vowed to do.”
Yep. I gulped again. There was something so intense about his purple eyes. It made my stomach turn into knots. He was wicked-focused. Someone who could, in the blink of an eye, break you in half. But yet he seemed good. Yes. He was a good guy.
Then again, he was just about to annihilate Earth at The King’s command.
“Are we able to leave?” I asked. “You know I have soccer.”
Janet laughed, then covered her mouth.
I was anxious to get back to ‘life as usual’ as Labbiel called it. Because I had a feeling things were going to get interesting soon enough.
“Get ready.” Labbiel stood and raised his hand. It was fisted. “I will send you home.”
“You can do that?” I asked.
Labbiel grinned. “There’s much you will learn, young Jumper.”
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