I think I might be ready to face the outside world a little more. Ready to meet some people. Talk about myself.
So, I guess I'll start by talking about where I come from.
I come from what I guess you'd call a parallel world. Someplace that runs alongside this universe, but things've gone differently there. Earth populated faster, developed technology faster, and ran itself into ruin faster. Around a hundred years ago, people from Earth made their way to a cluster of planets on the other side of the galaxy - Gorensle, Felnarle, Orant, Celare, and Trian. Some were more inhabitable than others. Either way, everyone that could flee the ruined Earth did. And eventually the people that came to the planets on the other side of the galaxy formed a government. One that governed the five planets. They called it the United Planetary Organization, or United Planets for short. And those five planets existed in peace for quite some time.
And there's our history lesson on the UPO for now. Any questions, class?
Good! Now, onto me. I was born on Celare, which people say was the planet closest to Earth in atmosphere and terrain. The other planets vary in many ways - weird weather patterns, like Gorensle, which is cold since it's the farthest planet from the sun. It rains and snows all the time there, but oddly enough, nothing really grows there besides moss and weird stunty trees. Then there's Trian, which is all sand, acid lakes, and acid rain. And hot. But anyway. Born on Celare to a weak mother and a bully of a father. He made my life miserable. Nothing I could do was ever good enough for him.
He doesn't really deserve to be talked about.
Anyway. Met Em as a kid, and Nina, a girl who lived behind Em and next door to me, and we all became best friends. Nina took us under her wing, gave us a place to hide when our parents were being assholes. (If you think my father, from the little I mentioned him anyway, was bad? Em's mother was far, far worse.) Nina was family to us. And when Nina said she was moving to Trian to go study the wildlife there, well, Em and I went to follow her. At least, the Em I knew in that parallel universe. But yeah - between my father and Em's mother, we were both miserable enough to give up everything we'd ever known and move to a hot dustball of a planet, just to be happy.
We lived there for five years or so, Em, Nina, and I. Em and Nina had their own place, and I lived on the outside of town. Em and I were dating by that point. I worked at a convenience store, Em worked as a security guard, and Nina as a scientist.
And that's where things start to get fuzzy for me. There's a blank spot where I can't really remember stuff. And the next thing I did remember, I was here. And so was Em. But she was different.
I know you're prolly damn tired of hearing about how different Em is. But oh god, seeing her here, in this unfamiliar place, it helped. It helped a lot. It helped me feel this is the right place for me to be.
Something similar happened to Em, but she doesn't really remember any of it. What she thinks happened was that Em from my world somehow made her way here and merged with the Em of this world, and somehow breathed more life into her. Before the merge, the Em here in this body was quiet, only jumping forward when Beth was in danger. Afterwards... here we are, with the Em everyone's come to know and love.
And I'm trying to figure out exactly who I am. Yeah, I've taken the name Torrin, but it doesn't quite fit me. Doesn't feel right. It's like trying to put on shoes that are too big, or a button-up shirt when you're used to tees.
Call me Trout. It's nice to meet you, world.