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The Person I Have Become

By @Krystalyn_Fountain

Eight

If I’m honest, I have no idea where I’m going, I just had to get out of that room. I run down a long, sloping hallway, which dead ends into a door. I can only assume, seeing that the door is very and there is a lot of tech around it, that this is the door to the particle accelerator, the thing I used to dream of seeing, but thought that I would never get close to. This doesn’t register all that much to me, though, as I sink down into the corner, wrap my arms around my legs, bury my face in my legs, and cry.

Tears seem to come easily these days, I never used to cry this much. If I got hurt, I might bite my lip a bit, but I wouldn’t cry. Ray likes to joke that I got all my crying out when I was a baby so that I could spend more time learning later in life. As I sit here crying, though, I think that she might be wrong. I think my body just needed a rest, and now it’s done and I can cry again. I’m so busy crying that I didn’t hear anyone approach. I don’t realize that I wasn’t alone until I feel a hand set down on my shoulder. I glance up a little, ashamed to show my face, and am surprised to see Iris West. I then focus intently on my lap, unsure of what to say.

“Are you alright, Kathrin?” Iris lets the silence run for a moment before speaking. I can feel her shift so that she’s sitting next to me.

“I don’t know,” is my muffled reply.

“This is all kind of crazy, isn’t it?”

“That’s one word for it.”

“I remember when I first found that Barry was the Flash.”

“Did he…not tell you?” I look up hesitantly.

“Of course not. I figured it out myself. Needless to say, I was mad. Even Dad knew, but I was left in the dark.”

“Ouch!”

“Yeah. But I got over it after a while, and am helping him now. All of this,” she gestures around us, “still messes with my brain. It takes getting used to.”

“I’m not sure if I could get used to this!”

“You won’t know until you try.”

“Point…”

“I’m not going to say that I understand how you feel, but I do know how crazy this is. I want you to know that I’m here to help, we all are. We want to help you figure out these new powers.”

“I don’t really know how to figure out my power. I have only controlled them once, and only when it really counted. I don’t see what good they are.”

“From what Barry tells me, they are very good. You could be a great heroine if we worked this out.”

“A heroine? Do you really think I could?”

“I’m sure you could. I bet Cisco could get you a name and a costume as well. Did you know that he made Barry’s suit?”

“No.”

“For a while, Cisco insisted on calling it ‘his suit’. Thankfully, he settles for ‘our suit’ now.”

“He can’t call it ‘Barry’s suit’?”

“Apparently not,” we both laugh at that.

“Iris?”

“Yeah?”

“Would you do it if you had powers?”

“Become a heroine?”

“Yeah”

“In a heartbeat. Though I have no clue how good I would be.”

I smile, then stand up, facing the wall. I reach a hand out and touch one of the shadows, feeling something run through me with a jolt. I know what it is now. Power. And that power makes me feel stronger, almost invincible. I look over at Iris.

“I’m going to try something.”

“Alright,” curiosity clear in her tone.

I close my eyes, making a mental image of the training room. I want to go back there now, please. I figure it wouldn’t hurt to be nice. I feel a tugging sensation. It’s starts in the hand touching the shadow, then travels up my arm and running through all parts of my body, engulfing me. I open my eyes, seeing the shadow swallow me, bringing me into its icy-hot center, then let me out again, exactly where I wanted to be. I’m smiling now, looking around myself. The others in the room haven’t noticed me yet. I start laughing with the joy of my new-found power.

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