As with most things, when asked “Why?” I simply respond, “Why Not?”
Or, at least, I did, once upon a time.
Emmitt Skinner learned today that his mother was named Cassie Skinner.
He knows because I told him.
Cedric, I'm going to rescue Emmitt Skinner today.
I'm going by myself.
I wanted you to know in case I don't come back.
You're not seriously going all by yourself, are you?
All the way to --
Yes, I'm going all by myself.
I'm more than capable.
I just wish I could rescue all the children in that house.
Let's not get carried away.
What if you run into Trente Gagarin?
I have it on good authority that she's going to be out of the house for the day.
A date with one of her many admirers, I'm sure.
And the Moon Magus?
She's in love with the battle-bot.
Who's in love with the kitchen stove.
This "free love" N.A.P. has them all in a tizzy.
// CHARM MANSION //
When I warp into Emmitt Skinner’s bedroom, he’s writing in a journal. It is the first thing my eyes flicker to, against my better design. In ballpoint pen, he’s written the words ‘WORST LOVE DAY EVER’ and underlined the last word a number of times, pressing hard enough into the paper to cause indentation.
He doesn’t seem to recognize my face but his exposure to magic has left him with nonchalance and a difficulty to surprise.
EXCUSE ME, SIR.
CAN I HELP YOU?
WHY ARE YOU STAYING HERE?
He doesn’t know what else to say, so he parrots the question back to me.
W-WHY AM I STAYING HERE?
I DON’T KNOW.
BECAUSE I’M SUPPOSED TO.
IS ERI O’LANNA YOUR MOTHER?
IS TRENTE GAGARIN YOUR FATHER?
THEN WHY DO YOU STAY HERE?
He pauses, considering, face beginning to twitch in embarrassment.
I – I DON’T KNOW.
THEY FEED ME.
THEY TAKE CARE OF ME.
DO YOU TRUST THEM?
But I’m sure he’s heard me.
DO YOU TRUST THEM?
He doesn’t want to conjure the truth, but I want him to come to it on his own.
He hangs his head in shame.
YOU’VE RECEIVED CLEARANCE TO ATTEND THE SPICE FESTIVAL TODAY, HAVE YOU NOT?
I WANT YOU TO GO.
MY ASSOCIATE WILL PICK YOU UP.
YOU WILL LEAVE THIS PLACE AND NEVER RETURN.
With that, I hand him a credit card with his name on it and warp out just the way that I came.