The next few months were a daze. Jude picked Paul up from the hospital, and the pair moved into a small flat. Disability payments didn’t net Paul too much, but it was enough to contribute. Paul spent most of his time listening to audiobooks, while he did other things. Paul began to adapt to life as a blind man, although, his continued foresight helped him immensely.
One day Paul sensed Jude was about to walk in, so he turned to face the door. Jude entered and opened his mouth to speak, but Paul beat him to it.
“You’ve found you can make light haven’t you?” Paul said, placing his hand on his chin.
Jude stood there dumbfounded. “How did you know that?” Jude eventually stammered.
“I’ve been having these… Visions ever since the green light. And I saw it.”
For a while, the noises from the street were all that could be heard. Cars flying by, utterly unaware of the completely changed lives of the people in this room. Many people got to just keep doing what they were doing after the light. Their lives just went on. Paul at times felt jealous of those people whose lives hadn’t been shattered in one moment, one sentence. He would think about college, and what that could’ve been like. He usually repressed these thoughts though. He just had to keep going.
Paul finally broke the silence, “Try to light up this room.”
Jude sat in concentration, and suddenly Paul saw the brightness increase. “Dude thats crazy.” Jude muttered.
“Dude… We could be, like, superheroes!”
“Yeah… We could…”
Suddenly Paul was hit with a vision, he saw a man with a gun pointing it at a woman. The man appeared to be shouting at her, and the woman was crying. The vision then panned to a street sign, 5th and main.
“Dude I see it. We need to go to 5th and Main in old town. Some dude is going to mug a woman!” Paul exclaimed.
Jude guided Paul quickly to the car and they took off, tires screeching. They arrived in about 5 minutes, and Jude jumped out of the car, sure enough there was a woman sobbing at gunpoint.
“Hey, put down the gun!” Jude commanded as he approached.
“Oh yeah?” The man laughed, “Make me!”
Jude then realized that he didn’t exactly know how to make him, all he had done was lit up a room. In a moment of panic, Jude stuck out his arm and hoped. The man was blasted five feet into a wall, and dropped his gun.
Jude held out his hand to the woman to help her up, but she recoiled, “Please don’t hurt me!”
“No, no, no. I’m here to help!” Jude smiled as he spoke. He had always had a kind and reassuring smile.
The woman thought for a moment, and then reluctantly took his hand and thanked him.
Just then, a couple of police officers who had heard the noise rushed over. They placed their hands on their pistols in their holsters. “What happened here?” One demanded.
The woman spoke up, “Well, I was walking home when this man,” she pointed to the mugger “Came up to me with a gun, and demanded my purse. Suddenly this man” She pointed to Jude, “Came up and told him to drop the gun, when he wouldn’t, he blasted him with a beam of light!”
“Uh huh, so magic man over here… used a beam of light to take down a mugger. Damn, I love these druggies.” One officer laughed while the other scribbled on a pad.
“No, officer, I swear! Do the light thing!” She turned to Jude.
Jude snapped his fingers and a ball of light appeared in his hands. The officers both jumped back.
“Holy crap!” The first officer exclaimed.
“Well I’ll be.” The other said, as he continued to scribble on his pad. “Well I guess we’ll take this guy in, let me get your info in case you need to make a statement.”
Jude obliged, and once he had done that, he made his way back to the car.
“That was amazing” Paul put up a hand for a high five.
Jude high fived Paul and then laughed. “You seeing things that you aren’t there for is gonna take some getting used to.”
“How did it feel?” Paul earnestly leaned towards Jude.
“Amazing. I can… I can really help people.”