Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Three, Chapter One, Part Six
Sammy couldn’t sit still while Jonathan and his Grandfather ate their snacks and talked while sitting on the trunk of the fallen tree, and instead ran off to find something to chase through the wood. “You know, Jonathan,” began David. “You’re a lot like me in so many ways at your young age, and you’re certainly farther along the spectrum of what I’d always wanted to do, which is to travel between worlds. After all, you’ve already visited Myllanthar twice before the age of nine. That’s why I see in you a vast potential to learn and understand all I know about traveling between and creating worlds, and then surpassing my abilities. You have a real talent for imagination and adventure, as it’s the core of your being, but it’s only just the start. What you need to do now, Lad, is to learn how to go beyond your imagination, that’s where the fun really begins.”
“Beyond my imagination, Gramps? How is that even possible? Is there really something beyond it? It seems impossible,” replied Jonathan quizzically, not being able to follow what his Grandfather was saying.
“Oh it’s not only possible, but really not that hard to do once you figure it out. That’s my aim during this visit, to give you the insights I’ve learned over the course of the past three decades or so, once I finally figured everything out for myself. However, I’d like to show you something first that might interest you – it’s not far from here.”
They packed up their snacks, and Jonathan fed Sammy a handful of treats that he always tried to bring with him on their excursions into the back forty. Sammy was off in a flash after his snacks, no doubt on the scent of something that really interested him. They followed the deer path they had earlier traveled, before turning off into a small clearing that was about thirty feet across or so. There in the middle of the clearing was a large oval, egg-shaped smooth rock, about the size of a compact car. Once they reached it, David looked at it and smiled saying, “This is the spot where I figured out how to travel beyond the edge of my imagination, Jonathan, and this place holds a lot of meaning for me.”
He continued, “Just after the farm went bankrupt in early 1930 during the Great Depression, and the year after Thomas was born, I thought my world was coming to an end. So I came here in the woods to clear my mind and think about what my options were. It was while sitting here on this stone, that I decided to go back to flying for the U.S. Government as a contract pilot, but it required me to be away from my family for long periods of time. While I was away, Rebecca died of the influenza, and Thomas didn’t hardly know me any more once I came home. It’s something he’s never understood – but it was the only way for me to earn a good income in those days, and be able to wire money home to Rebecca to keep from losing everything. After she passed away in late 1949, I couldn’t bear living here full-time anymore, and later signed the farm over to Thomas once he turned twenty-one. Thomas went on to make the Spencer Family Farm into the success it is today, while I always helped him financially from afar.”
David paused while lost in his thoughts of those days, and then said, “The other thing that happened here that day, besides deciding to go back to flying again, was I discovered the key to going beyond my imagination, to what I call the other side of imagination. I was so deep in my thoughts that day, while trying to discover a way to salvage my life during the Great Depression, that serendipity tapped me on the shoulder. Do you know what serendipity is, Jonathan?”
“Is it when something good happens to you, Gramps?” queried Jonathan, not really sure of a better definition.
“Well it’s sort of like that, Jonathan, but really serendipity means you find something you’re not looking for in a fortunate sort of way. I’m a great believer in serendipity. You see, when you attempt to solve a problem or an issue in your mind, you eventually go back to thinking and doing other things. The wonderful thing about the human mind is that it keeps working that issue all the time subconsciously, without actively thinking about it, while you go about doing other things during your day until it comes up with the answer. Once your mind has the answer you asked it to look for, it’s liable to give you that answer when you least expect it – out of the blue. That’s what happened here that day.”
“What was the answer, Gramps – was it how to go farther than your imagination?”
“Yes, Jonathan, it was how to go beyond your imagination. I had been searching for a way to travel between other worlds since the time I was your age and younger, but without success. It was here that my mind finally solved the problem and gave me the answer, a good thirty-five years after I asked it for an answer. It was after I decided to return to flying, as that was the easier answer to find. But just as I was getting ready to stand up and return to the farmhouse to tell Rebecca, the insight of traveling between worlds came to me all of a sudden, and I couldn’t believe it! I had to stay to test it out before returning home of course, and it was here that I had my first glance of the Land of Myllanthar, even though it didn’t exist at that point. I could see this world that I wanted to visit, but it would still be many months of trial and error on my part before I figured out how to actually create it. That day here on this rock, was one of the most significant days of my life.”
“So how does it work, Gramps?”
“I wanted to take you here to the same spot where my initial insight into traveling beyond and between worlds took place, so you can learn it in the same place as I did. It all begins with learning how to navigate through your mind and imagination, and then to step outside your mind as you know it…”