Elite Mages’ Academy - Chapter 701
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
The entire lunar eclipse, Xiao Lin spent it in pain and helplessness. The blood moon looked very beautiful, but it hurt his eyes to look at it. The memories in his mind started to frantically rise like a raging tide, and it could not be controlled.
He was incredibly scared. He felt that those memories completely belonged to someone else. However, it seemed like a voice was telling him in his mind that it was his real life, his true life.
The blood moon continued, and slowly reached its end.
When there was only a small crescent moon left, Xiao Lin was much calmer than earlier. Those surging memories came quickly, but also left quickly. It was as if the memories in his mind were affected by the lunar eclipse, and also disappeared along with the eclipse.
Xiao Lin had felt like his chaotic thoughts were due to the lunar eclipse, and he hoped that the end of the eclipse would allow him to not feel the torture anymore. However, he felt somewhat reluctant. Those memories seemed to feel incredibly precious to him, and once he missed them today, he would never get them back.
What could he do?
In his helplessness, Xiao Lin recalled the dream he had that night all those years ago. The Dawn Academy in his dreams seemed to be similar to the memories that were rising up within him. The various connections caused his mind to think about it more and more, and he could no longer be sure that those dreams and his memories were not real.
Xiao Lin’s head started to hurt again with the clash of reality and his memories. He was already incredibly weak from all that torture, and he collapsed into the mud, his eyes suddenly losing focus.
In his trance, Xiao Lin could not help but be thankful for the fact that, if he could really experience that dream, and could really go to Dawn Academy and the New World, would that not be a better choice?
However, what could he do?
How could he actually experience the completely new life that he dreamed about?
An admittance letter!
He needed an admittance letter!
At that moment, a voice suddenly reverberated in his heart. It was a voice that belonged to him, but even he was shocked.
That was right! He did receive an admittance letter in his dream, which led to all the memories. So, all of that started from that thin piece of paper. However, after he woke up, Xiao Lin remembered that he had looked all around, but never found the letter.
If there was no letter, then he should just write it himself.
In the darkness, that vague voice could be heard again. Even though it was very similar to his voice, it was still obviously not his. This time, Xiao Lin was more awake than earlier, and he shouted loudly, “Who’s talking?! Who are you?!” He suddenly opened his weak eyes, but was immediately shocked by the scene in front of him.
At some unknown point of time, he was no longer on that mountain. He was surrounded by multicolored lights, and the lights constantly changed, as if he was dreaming. Xiao Lin tried to reach out, but he could not feel anything physically. He seemed to be surrounded by clouds and was drifting softly. The lights never stopped moving, and seemed to be flowing in a certain direction like water, while he seemed to be carried along with the flow.
“I am you, and you are me.” The voice answered him. This time, Xiao Lin noticed that, even though the voice sounded like it came from inside him, the source was actually the radiant lights. He wanted to push the bundle of light away to see who was talking, but other than flowing with the light, there was nothing he could do at that moment.
“Where is this place?! Where are you taking me?” Facing that mystical and unknown situation, Xiao Lin felt like his entire world view had been rewritten, and he asked the question with some fear.
“This is a point in time. You’ll naturally understand what this place is in the future. I want to bring you to a crossroads in time.” That voice lightly sighed.
After it spoke, Xiao Lin suddenly felt like the flow of the light in front of him started to speed up, and the bundle of light started to disperse, and like a movie that was suddenly being fast forwarded, the chaos in front of his eyes caused him to go dizzy. He shut his eyes, and once he felt like his surroundings had stopped moving, he reopened them again, but he was once again stunned.
The lights had completely disappeared, and what replaced them were dim yellow street lamps. He was standing in front of a red security door, and the narrow pa.s.sage wasa small and dirty. This place was incredibly familiar to him. Back when he had just graduated and was still looking for a job, the room he stayed in was right behind the door.
No, it was not the past — the sound isolation was not great there, and Xiao Lin could hear the sounds of games being played inside. That voice that was scolding his teammates was clearly his own voice.
There was another Xiao Lin behind the door! Before Xiao Lin could say anything, that mysterious voice could be heard again.
“The future, you can choose it yourself! This is your final chance. Once you make your decision, you’ll only be able to face the reality, no matter if it’s good or bad. A crossroads in time is something incredibly rare in the river of time, so you won’t be able to change it anymore.”
After that, the voice disappeared. Xiao Lin felt like the other person had completely disappeared from his side. In his right hand, at some point, materialized a very thin piece of paper. He looked at it, and under the yellow glow of the street lamps, the paper had a few large words on it.
‘Dawn Academy Admittance Letter. Admission — Xiao Lin!’
“What do I do?!” Xiao Lin loudly asked, but there was no response. That voice had already left him, and the final choice was in his hands.
Xiao Lin did not ask anymore. He knew what he had to do, and what consequences there would be. In his chaotic memories, he actually already had the answer in his mind.
Tearing apart the letter would mean that this life would be back to normal. He would be a normal and ordinary working cla.s.s man, pa.s.sing his life just like that. Furthermore, he believed that those strange dreams and memories would never appear again. Just like that mysterious voice said, once he missed out on this, he would never have the chance to change it again.
Xiao Lin should have torn the letter apart. That normal but peaceful life was what he had been fighting for the past few years, but his hands trembled holding the letter, and the familiar yet foreign people in his memories flashed in his mind.. Tearing that letter apart would be completely saying goodbye to that dream, and he would forever forget it.