“Ah, girls. I see you’ve arrived.” said Tiergan. “Well, we better get started right away.
“With what?” I asked.
“With the plan. For meeting with the rebel-rebels.”
“The Collective all agreed that it’s a good opportunity, but you should be ready.”
“Who’s the collective?” I asked.
“Wait - you don’t know the Collective? Squall? Blur?” asked Ivvy. I shook my head. Ivvy sighed.
“I must’ve forgot to give you the welcome pamphlet.” Tiergan smacked his head. “Sit down, girls.” Tiergan patted the seat next to him and sighed. “I have a lot to explain to you about our organization and very little time.”
Thirty minutes later, with a bunch of new terms floating around in my head, we switch gears to the task at hand.
“We need to make a plan. I have a feeling this opportunity that the rebel-rebels gave us, meaning Jolie joining them, will expire soon.”
“It’s going to expire today.” I said. Tiergan looked at me questioningly. “I got another note.” I carefully pulled the note from my pocket and handed it to Tiergan.
“Interesting that they pick moonlight.” Tiergan said, reading it. Finally, he looked up from the note. “We need to get planning immediately.” Some time later, when all the collective ended up in Tiergan’s garden along with a couple others I’d never seen, we got planning.
Sir Astin and Master Leto worked with someone named Tinker on a gadget, while the rest of the collective tried to interpret what would happen. Tiergan, Ivvy, and I sat on a table and argued. We didn’t really do much. I suspected Tiergan was just babysitting.
“Jolie, you are a very capable young woman who has endured many things, but this is unlike anything you would imagine.” said Tiergan.
“It’s not much. All I’m doing is meeting the enemy.”
“Yes, but this puts your life at stake. If they find you as a threat, they could-” Ivvy trembled. “We just reconciled, I can’t bear the thought.”
“I know. I think you guys are overreacting a little. I mean,” I gestured to the busy garden. “It’s just a little meeting. They didn’t even propose anything, and I already have all these powers in my head. Do I need a gadget on top of that?.”
“What do you mean by powers, Miss Reuwen?” asked Tiergan.
“You don’t know about my unlimited arsenal of powers? Or, well so far the two that I’ve tried.”
“I don’t think any of us do.” said Master Leto. “I would like to listen, though.” And so I told them everything that happened in the past few days. About me getting stuck in the light tunnel, barely fading, changeable powers, colors, vanishing, everything.
“And all this happened between the last time we met and now.” said Tiergan. He seemed to be taking this very seriously. “You have to keep this a secret, Jolie. If the rebel-rebels ever find out about this, they could use you.” I nodded. “Which is the reason we need to make this more secure.” I groaned. This all was supposed to convince them that I could take care of myself.
“Yes. Jolie, please listen to them.” pleaded Ivvy.
“Fine.” I said. Everyone returned to their areas and what they were working on.
“Jolie, you are very lucky, because we can offer you a backup plan that makes use of your alternate powers.” said Master Leto. “But only in case of dire emergency.”
“Bring it on.” I said.
"This," Leto pulled out a multicolored crystal, "is the moonstone.”