little longer than I thought I would. “Is it the same for everyone Dad?” I asked. He didn’t
answer immediately, in fact he looked a little concerned when I asked him.
“No, it’s not.” I struggled to make sense of it. “When things start to happen though, you
and I will know about it.”
“Do you know what the timeframe for Kim and the twins are?” I asked hopefully.
“Not for them, no, but for some of the others I do. The reason is that we have a strong
bond with Kim and the twins and knowing the timeframe might change things
unpredictably, and that is not always a good thing. It’s very important that you do not
share our timeframe with either of them, do you understand?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said, “they have to concentrate on what is at hand and if their task is before ours
then they could be distracted with concern, and it would be the same for us.” I hated
not being able to share information with my friends.
“That’s right my boy, and we all know that each of you will do the right thing, no matter
how hard it is.” He put his hand on my shoulder and shot me a quick glance. I could
sense the concern but I could also sense the immense pride and support and this set me
at ease. I turned to look out the window at the passing landscape. After a while I grew
tired and drifted into a travelling doze with my head vibrating against the small pillow
propped up against the window. Every now and then a feeling and image of trying to
move under water or running away from fire and extreme cold would spin across my
vision and it would startle me
out of my doze. Other than that the trip back into
Johannesburg was boring and uneventful. We pulled into afternoon traffic and the
familiar feeling of city life descended on me like a ton of bricks. It was very heavy.