"He raised the black cane and struck the floor with it
not twenty feet in front of us. The striking motion made
a loud crackling sound, spontaneously creating electricity
in the air.
It was such a strong surge that I started to walk toward
it, but Tanzia physically stopped me.
A lightning bolt struck in the middle of the room, but it
did not disappear like it should have; instead it lingered
a while. It grew in size, opening up to form a big circular
bright silver light. It sounded like a gush of water or wind
similar to what Scott said he heard in the basement.
This had to be a portal to ‘time’, that unsafe place for
us. Tochia yelled get back, but my legs locked. I didn’t
move. I needed to see up close who or what felt our lives
were so expendable.
Out stepped a man, an extremely tall man, who wore
a black suit and a top hat. He just stood there smiling at
us. It was the strangest thing I had ever seen. He didn’t
look real. I slowly backed up to the others, wanting to get
as far away as possible from him.
His aura was powerful, almost suffocatingly so. The
light behind the tall man closed like a vacuum, and it was
calm again in the room.
“Let me introduce myself to those who have not had
the pleasure of meeting me. My name is Tanner.” He
bowed when he introduced himself, top hat in hand, like
Dead, Tochia is dead..."