Jamie was terrified despite the voice in his head urging him to calm down. He had grown up in a civilization of fear, greed and pain. He could not understand what was going on. Perhaps, these people would trick him and kill him…for being different. He started running. He was puny and weak. He could not run very fast, he knew.
Suddenly, he felt a firm grip around himself. Somebody was lifting him up unceremoniously.
“ Gorge hold him tight!” Jasmine was shouting. Suddenly, Jamie felt a whiff of something and he passed out.
“ I am sorry that I was forced to use the tranquillizer spray,” said Jasmine. “ I had no choice. He is too scared to listen. We need to be out of here to calm him down.”
“We could go back to my dimension,” suggested Gorge.
“No. That would be too dangerous. The mind police were already onto Jolyn. They would have lost track temporarily. But, they will be looking for her in your dimension definitely. We will pinge to a cloud and float into the magical dimension. The magical dimension has spells around it to prevent pinging. If Jamie wakes up on the cloud, he should be all right.”
“How can we ride a cloud?”said Jacinth. “It is only mist from water vapor.”
“We have worked round that in our dimension. Wait and watch.”
“Even if we float on a cloud, how could we steer it into the right dimension?” asked Gorge.
“Watch…everything is possible. I will need you to take care of Jamie for a little while as I sync my mind with the cloud to give it directions,” said Jasmine.
“This is so fantastic!” said Jolyn. “I have always wondered what the world would look like from the top of a cloud!”
“We are going to become too big a group to pinge together eventually. Thankfully, in the magical dimension they have other modes for inter-dimensional travel,”said Jasmine.
All this while, JaJa had been clinging to Jacinth and chattering in her own lingo.
Jasmine held onto Jamie’s hand, put JaJa on her shoulder and the others just clung to her arms. She asked Jolyn to help her clap the tong as she was using one of her hands to hold Jamie,who continued to lie limp on Gorge’s shoulder. They pinged and landed on a soft surface. It felt like damp sand. Around them were blue skies and a warm sun which was muted by a mist from the cloud.
Jasmine, took off her mask, closed her eyes and seemed to go into a trance. The air was really clean. The others took off their masks and caps. Gorge had put Jamie down. Jamie started stirring a little. Gorge picked him up again and waited for Jasmine to finish her telepathic syncing. Jamie knocked off again. Jasmine opened her eyes and said, “We need to revive Jamie and now have the time to convince him to team with us.”
“Should I drop him?”asked Gorge.
“No. Be gentle. I will spray him with a mist of oxygenated water from this can and wake him up feeling fresh…” said Jasmine taking out a can from her backpack.
As she sprayed Jamie, he woke up with a jerk.
“Where …what….haah!” he screamed again seeing the strange group around him, especially, Jolyn, Gorge and JaJa.
“You cannot go anywhere from here,” said Gorge firmly. “Better calm down and listen to the lady. We are on a cloud…”
“Just as in my dream…except…I was alone with her and none of you were there… What happened to your hair?” said Jamie.
“It is naturally like that,” replied Jolyn.
“Yes. I am Jasmine. I know about your dream because I projected them to you to prepare you. We are all from different dimensions. Do you believe in multi-dimensional existence”
“What is that?” said Jamie.
“There are many dimensions on the Earth. The same person can exist in parallel realities. We are all different forms of you Jamie, except for Gorge,” she said pointing to Gorge.
“How can I be a woman or that strange thing in other realities?” he asked.
“The sex or form can be different in different dimensions. Like Jolyn and Gorge are from the bubbleverse. So, their hair is different. The ‘strange thing’ is JaJa from the golliwog dimension. She is also one of us. She can communicate with the mind like me. Jacinth is from the dimension that was created first of all. I am from the creative dimension. It was created just after Jacinth’s. You are from the dimension where Earth has been destroyed by World War 3. In the other dimensions, there has been no third World War. In Jacinth’s dimension, there have been two wars. None of the other dimensions faced the world wars.” As Jasmine spoke, she pointed out the persons to Jamie.
“This is bizarre and mind boggling…but so is riding on a cloud… Why am I even here and where are we headed?” said Jamie.
“We are headed for the magical dimension. You are here because you think different from others. You can sense what other’s are thinking and have a powerful mind. We are all running away from the mind police as it expects us to conform to the rules laid by the creative dimension. In my dimension, we create different realities by thinking of them. But the councilors, who combine energies to create new dimensions, like to segregate all the creations from knowing of each other’s existence. I feel we should be more open and have intra-dimensional interactions. We should be allowed to intermingle with others who have similar mind waves to us and we should have an open world. Keeping that in mind, I, a mere student, suggested a new dimension where creatures from all dimensions are allowed to co-exist. The councilors think the idea is immature and I am still too young to create but can only contribute my mind to realize their visions. They will kill me for the difference in perspective. So, they have put the mind police at my heels and with instructions to destroy all my parallel selves in the other realities. They managed to trace Jolyn already. We will be safe in the magical dimension where they have defenses against the creator’s dimension. The magical dimension found out the creators ages ago. Luckily, they are a happy lot and very open,”explained Jasmine.
“It is going to take me time to absorb all this and move on from there. I did not meet any mind police by the way. Are you sure I am the right person?”asked Jamie
“The mind police operates with thought waves.They can kill by projecting negative images. You are lucky, they have not yet traced you. And, yes, you are the right person. You could see the dreams I projected to you. If I am not mistaken, you can read our minds and receive messages telepathically from me when you are calm. You will be another strong telepathic persona because you never succumbed to the world around you. You continued being different …unlike the others who fitted into life in their own dimensions. You, like me, never fitted in.”
Jolyn and Jacinth were trying to see what lay below the cloud but that was a trifle difficult as the cloud had a misty opacity. Jacinth gave up and just enjoyed the sensation of floating endlessly. Jolyn looked at the distant land that could be seen vaguely beyond the mist.
The cloud seemed to be hitting something solid…what could it be?