For the quantum agents of the Interstellar Intelligence Agency, their moment of realization to the quantum kinetic ability is usually through some heightened moment of distress around the time they hit puberty. For Becka, it was when her planet was destroyed and everyone she knew was killed with exception of her brother who was thankfully at college.
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13th Day, 3rd Month, 2993 G-Year
Above The Planet of Anemoi
Becka Utiv gazed down, staring in horror as Anemoi folded under the large asteroid.
For a split second, a mere glimpse, it appeared the magnificent ice planet would devour its enemy. Its body swelled but held together, whole.
Then dark fissures of crust spread along the white crystalline surface like veins denied circulation. It was then she knew her home was gone as the point of impact began to break, splitting open and crumbling under the unstoppable force of the hell ball.
I haven't earned entrance to The Glorious End.
How could she have, if the gods above forced her to observe this nightmare, helpless to do anything but watch from the stars?
She'd obviously died.
How else could she be formless, without a physical body? She'd separated from reality and was only a wisp of spirit gazing down at the trauma her people faced.
But no sound.
So, Father was right. Nothing but empty, quiet terror out here in the cosmos. She'd expected the collision to have a torrential rage of sound to match the visual apocalypse happening before her.
Father... both he and Mother were down there. Her grandparents, uncles, cousins, friends. All dying as she hung over viewing, unable to do anything to save them. Becka tried in vain to move through space, but she had become part of space. There was nothing to move.
A southern chunk of her planet flew up through her, past her, beyond into the depths of space.
"You must return to the physical world, Becka."
The Voice surrounded her, comforted her, infused within her.
Who are you? Are you The Great One?
A soft chuckle from an external source resonated through Becka's spiritual being.
"Far from it, Child."
I don't have anywhere to go. Anemoi is gone. Forever gone.
Grief rippled throughout the universe around her, surprising her even through her turmoil.
"Go to your brother, Becka. Go to Andrew."
As impossible as that sounded, her brother's apartment slowly began to replace what little remained of the universe at the atomic level. It was at first as lucid as a mirage but gradually solidified. In her peripheral consciousness, just out of full reveal, her angel stood poised in almost-complete silhouette, except for its red eyes, which gazed steadily toward her.
With a nod, it pointed towards where her brother entered in from the kitchenette, and then itself dissolved back into the nothingness of the universe from whence it had come.
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Hope you all enjoyed the little tidbit. I absolutely can't wait until this releases in June! I wish I could share the cover, which I have, but I haven't been given permission quite yet (partly because I was in too much of a hurry to share this with y'all to double check whether it was okay or not).