The Tower and the Well

  Return My mind slips back from Jaina’s world, falling down an endless hole. Soon the body lands, solid again in my awareness. Warmth surrounds me and supports me. How long have I been in the vat? No way to tell yet. Is this the same world and the same room? The vat is smaller than before, and the room feels different. I slowly stretch my muscles, waiting for them to protest their long sleep. Instead, I find my body relaxed, strong, and well rested, not sore or weak. I look at the liquid with energy eyes. Energy covers the vats and fills the room, shines and streams into my body. The energy strengthens us, as we dream in the vat, and journey far away and within. The old ones told me that the vat accepts us when it’s time to travel, and wakes us when it’s time to end…

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