Lizz dropped me off in front of a small shop. One of those shops that sell unusual items. The ones you look in the windows of, but never enter. She leaned out her window with a smile and pointed at the door.
"It's not locked. Just walk in and go all the way to the back. He's waiting for you back there. I'll be waiting for you outside."
I turned, "Who? Who is waiting?", but she'd all ready rolled up her window.
The shop was poorly lit and upon entering a pungent smell hit my nose. The store was very messy, with items hanging off the shelves and on the floor. Several times I had to stop myself from crushing in to important looking trinkets.
"Don't take so long. A wizard can't wait forever. OH! Do you happen to see a rusted Pink Hippo? I can't find it anywhere back here. Stupid thing walked off while I was sleeping."
Stepping in to the back room, I spotted a small old man laying in a bed completely covered with blankets, so that only his eyes and long pointed nose were visible.
"Saba Zahid . . . Wow, is it an honor to meet you."
He held out his hand as if waiting for me to give him something.
"Uhmm . . . I'm not sure what you mean . . . "
"Honor as in, it takes an important person to be in your presence, or if you are referring to my hand; I'll take that Pink Hippo now."
"But I don't have a Pink Hippo, I didn't even see one coming in."
His eyes seemed to smile, "Ah good . . . then you are still sane. Tell me Saba, do you know what happens when a body loses its soul?"
"Does it die?"
"No, of course not, if that happened then no one would ever go into a coma. Instead they'd just die. No, no, it's more beautiful then that. The body creates an entirely new soul, using the one it lost as a template. Quite fascinating if you ask me."
"Yes, yes. I guess it is. Umm . . . I was brought here by Lizz. She said you could help me? I need you to save me please. No one else can."
"She said that? Well, I'm sorry child, but I can't help you. I'm so sorry."
"Oh, I guess I'll leave then.", I slowly make my way to the door.
"Do you know who I am?"
I look back at the old man, "I have no idea."
"Even better! Dear, my name is Merlin. I have lived for quite some time and I've noticed one thing about the world. One truth that has survived all the tests of time, tests that even I have failed."
"I can't save you. No other person in the world could save you. Searching for help is futile and stupid. You'd be quite a ninny- ninny; I love that word, "ninny". Any way, where was I? Oh yes, quite a ninny to think that it would work."
"Thanks for nothing then.", I left the room and began to leave.
"I'M NOT DONE TALKING, YOUNG LADY!", his words seemed to echo from every direction, and from that small room in the back an unimaginable power seeped. I found my feet turning me around and marching me back in to that room.
"I can not help you, but I can do something else. SIT DOWN."
"Like I said before, the body creates a new soul. How ever, your body had two souls within it. Souls that are now resting in the dark and empty void. So when your body tried to create a new soul, it meshed the two souls together."
"That's why I've been feeling like I was normal."
"Indeed, but this "meshing" of two souls is dangerous. If the two souls are incompatible, lets say; a raving psychotic and a very clingy but loving young lady, then the body becomes sick as it tries to deal with the errors in its design. It's kind of like running a diesel engine on water."
"So how does this help me?"
"It doesn't. I told you that I can't help you."
"THEN WHY AM I SITTING HERE?"
"You'd be smart to mind your tongue."
I tried to yell more but the words wouldn't leave my throat.
"I am going to show you how to pull your souls back in to your body."
The feeling of hope filled me.
"Saba Zahid, Spirit Persuader . . . I am going to show you how to help yourself."