Ariel Tells Jonny is part four of The Secrets of Saltlake. Usually, my pieces are fully able to be read on their own if you haven’t caught the rest of them/don’t want to read the rest and I hope this one is too.
We catch up with Ariel and Jonny a few weeks after the storm on the beach. By now she knows she needs to tell him who she really is but how will he take it or is she making a huge mistake. If you would prefer to read them in order you can read The Secrets of Saltlake, After the Beach and Ariel before reading this part or after. As always constructive criticism and tips appreciated.
The Secrets of Saltlake: Ariel tells Jonny.
She could hear the rain pounding the pavement through the open window in her room. She loved how fresh and new everything smelt after a good storm. Ariel just loved to sit in the bay window of the spare bedroom upstairs and just watch it as it bounced upon impact of hitting the ground. On windy days like today, she loved watching the rain be blown across the street almost as if it was falling in sheets. Some days she would time how long it took puddles to form on the street outside to the front of the house. The back opened up onto a secluded part of the beach further up the Saltlake coastline. But today wasn’t that day.
Ariel sat on the sofa in her basement twiddling her fingers as she listened to the rain. More like nearly pulling them from their sockets as she watched Jonny flicking through the TV channels. The game had finished and he was looking for a movie for them watch in the background. For once they didn’t have any homework and Ariel was glad of that. No distractions.
She had been discussing things with her dad and he agreed with her decision. A little too easily Ariel thought, and he disappeared quickly afterwards too. It took her hours to pluck up the courage to ask him. And a lot of strength to keep him blocked out of her mind so completely. Despite being able to communicate via telepathy, usually, their thoughts are a mild hum in the background. Like everyone else’s around her. She keeps them on in the background of course, able to tune in or zone out and even block people’s thoughts should she need too. It was something she worked hard to perfect over the years
Back in Auragon, no one used their vocal cords. it was easier to converse with their minds, but they could form sounds too, it just took longer to relay the information. She sometimes tired of this method though nowadays preferring to speak as humans do. It became second nature to her and she rarely had to read people’s minds and only used this method with her dad.
Jonny scooted up the battered brown leather sofa and was sitting inches away from her now. He wasn’t dressed for the weather. Turning up earlier in his favourite pair of thongs on his feet and the white knee length cut off denim shorts she bought him for his birthday and a navy shirt. It wasn’t cold but 10 minutes later and he would have gotten a soaking.
Ariel closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. She could feel his eyes on her and she knew she had seconds before he interrupted her meditation minute. She had no idea how he would take her news. What he would say, how he would react. She was taking a huge leap of faith and before she opened her eyes she prayed to the universe, this one and beyond, that when she had finished telling him who she was he would see her as the same old Ariel he knew, had grown up and fallen in love with. This part of humanity sucked she thought to herself.
“Jonny,” Ariel started “I have to tell you something and I need you to listen until I have finished”
Jonny’s face changed from concern to confusion and back again. He focused his olive eyes on her and shifted in his seat as she started with the spiel she had been practising in her head.
She could feel his brain whirling as she tried, clumsily, to explain who she was. This wasn’t working and he looked scared to death. He thinks I’m winding him up she thought. I need him to believe me. Taking a deep breath Ariel relaxed her mind and touched his arm. Reaching through to his mind she soothed him as his body reacted and tried to pull away from her, sensing her in his mind with him.
Locking her eyes onto his she stilled his body and opened her mind to let him in. It was easier to just show him who she truly was. She was giving him a part of her and trusting him with her life. She just hoped she wasn’t making a huge mistake.