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Guardian Core Chronicles: Homeworld

planet. A few scattered islands is all it had for land. The material from this world was being traded for water from that
one. The extra matter from both was being stored in a subspace facility. As this world gained an ocean that one would
gain land. The rate of flow had to be carefully balanced as not to destroy the oceans world’s bio-diversity. If I could
only find the right balance in my own life, I might be doing as well as this project. Its funny,focusing on the wonders of
nature always seems to help me sort things out.
As I continued to toss everything back and forth a first year trainee came up to me and sat down. It wasn't one of the
ones I had helped before. He was slightly shorter than me and kind of reminded me of Argyle. “Hey Etan, what's up?" I
smiled politely and said “Just thinking and you." He nodded " Yeah me too. I could feel that he was just as depressed as
me. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds this to be a good thinking spot. He plopped the ground and said “I
haven't been able to get going on any of my powers yet. If I can’t get them soon, I don't know what I'm going to do.” I
liked helping people but I really needed to sort o ut my own problems. My grandmother used to say “you got to sweep
your own porch before you sweep anyone else’s.” She meant fix your own issues before you try to fix someone’s else’s
problems. Sometimes that was true but sometimes not. I mean if you never helped anyone unless you had no problems
then you would never get around to helping anyone. Who doesn’t have problems? Morally I had no choice but to at
least try to help him in any way that I could.
The despondent gaze in his eyes looked familiar. I’ve seen that face in the mirror many days. “We haven't met before
but my name is Son-orc. “Out of habit I sighed heavily “I wish I could help, but Master Selar is angry at me for helping
the others.” He looked at me curiously “Why would he get mad over that?" I shook my head “I really don't know, I
wo uld think He would be happy for me to help them, Guardian brotherhood and all."
“That’s a bummer, what are you going to do now?" Son-orc asked. “I’m not really sure, I guess I don't have a choice
but to wait it out and see what master Selar tells me. " He agreed. “If I can’t get a break through by the end of the week,
I'm going back home.” I put my hand on his shoulder “Tell you what, tomorrow lets go ask Master Leo's permission if
he will allow me to help you." He looked at me confused “Didn’t you just say you go t in trouble for helping some
other students." He asked “Yes, but it may have been because I did it without permission. Now we will ask
permission." I told him, but then I changed my mind. I felt a surge of stubbornness come over me. The last few years
I’ve been working on becoming more Argarian and less human but stress had brought out my human nature. At the
core I’m stubborn, pessimistic and somewhat sarcastic. I have a deep desire to help others but I fear my own
inadequacies. I’m what most people would call a complicated person.
I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. He needed help and I was going to help him. A strong sense of defiance took
over my mind at that moment. So I said “You know what, trouble be danged. I'm going to help you anyway, because
it’s the right thing to do." For the next hour I lead him in the exercises and helped him focus. By the time I finished he
had the shield down pat. I felt good, but now I felt afraid. Should I really have done that?
When we were done and he was ready to go he said “Master Selar is probably going to be angry with you.” I nodded.
“You’re probably right, but I'm still glad I helped you." He shook my hand and thanked me. “A week later I saw Son-
orc again. This time he asked me to show him a form change. “I don't think I should do that. Master Leo has not gone
over that with you. All I did before was helping you a little with what you already were learning. " I explained. “Did
you get more trouble for that?" I shook my head and told him “no not yet. But the strange thing the first time he didn't
actually say not to help. He just asked me why I did it, and then made a comment about Master Leo. In the past he
made it clear what he did and didn't want me to do. The fact that he is being unclear here is very odd.” He looked just
as confused as me “What do you think it means?" I shrugged “The only thing I can think of is it's some kind of test,
because Matt won’t talk to me either." He nodded and seemed to agree. The only thing I can do is to wait for Master
Selar to tell me what he wants. He probably has a reason for all this; I just don't know what it is yet.” We continued to
chat for while; it was good to have someone to talk to anyway.