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“How do I even know that you’re real and not just someone my crazy brain has made up?”
“Touch me, Roosa. You will see I’m real enough.”
Touch him? Is he as crazy as I am? Okay, so I’m going to touch him, just for my own peace of mind.
I reach out my hand, fingers extended, trying to reach him but not move from the wall. A crooked smile appears on his face. He takes a couple of steps forward, reaches out and touches me.
Lightning heat shoots out from him, races up my arm, switches direction and dives into my stomach. I snatch my hand back and grab my belly with both hands. The burning sensation knocks my knees out from under me. I slump to the floor, still leaning on the wall. The room spins, and my head swims. Tears mixed with stars blur my vision so there is no focusing. Not enough air in here; my chest tightens as if the lungs inside are ready to explode.
The burning sensation turns into a glow. My whole body’s glowing! Blinking, I concentrate on the hand in front of me. Glowing, definitely glowing! Crazy. I have finally gone over the edge. I’m going crazy fast, and no one is home to save me.
Tut’s eyes are a tangible weight as he stares at me. He stands there, not saying a word, his crooked smile replaced by tenderness, hope, concern? I rub my temples to ease the pounding pain that is suddenly present. Fear leaps through me like wildfire through dry grass. What is happening?
“I won’t hurt you, Rosa.”
What? A girl’s voice! I look around the room. No one else is here. I look at Tut; his eyes lock with mine. What is going on? I joke a lot about my gift being a curse, but this time I’m really afraid. Like the afraid of dying kind of fear.
And Tut, he looks like he’s seen a ghost, except in this case, like he’s heard a ghost.
Oh, please don’t let me be crazy. His form fades right in front of me turning translucent. Hot flashes rock my body. Icy shivers grip me. I think I’m going to faint.
“Rosa, it’s all right.”
The fervid heat and biting cold leave me. My eyesight sharpens.
“Let me out. Let me just look on him for a moment. Please, I don’t have much time.”
How do I respond to a request like that? I clutch at my aching stomach; it’s as if I haven’t eaten in days and it’s demanding food right now. Is the weird girl voice doing this to me? I can’t keep control. Horrible empty feelings of longing wash over me. I let them carry me away.
All of a sudden Tut’s eyes change. If it’s possible, they soften. I know, you think I’m really crazy, don’t you? Well, you’re not alone.
As he reaches out again, my body moves without my consent. Skin connects with skin, and this time the glow envelopes both of us. No burning, just glow.
Slowly, he covers my fingers with his.
Never have I ever felt anything so, so, I don’t know. My flesh melts into his like cheese on toasted bread. Pretty dumb, huh?
Then so quietly I barely hear, he utters, “Ankhesenamun.”
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