My grandfather used to say you were nothing without your word, and I believe that to this day. If someone can’t trust me to do as I say I will, how can they trust me at all? In the hero game, reputation is everything.

Which brings me here, today. I know in my head that the promise I made to this kid was just a few months ago. I remember it vividly. And yet the reality is it’s been four years out here in the real world. Where things hurt and time waits for no one.

I just hope I’m not too late.

What’s funny is, I have absolutely no idea where I go from here or what I’m going to do with this kid. Hell, I barely have a relationship with the kid I already have, and now I’m taking on another one? Ask anyone else and they’d say I’m out of my mind. But I promised Ronny I’d take care of…him.

God I hate time travel.

I wonder how much he knows about his powers at this point? Has he begun to see the changes yet? He seems normal, but eventually we’ll have to have Emily take a look at him and see. Daniel still doesn’t show any outward signs, but the way my luck is running that won’t last. I’m still learning to control my own powers again, and now I’ll be responsible for training at least one kid how to use his. At least with Daniel it would be powers I’m familiar with. Ronny…I’ll have to get Mike involved. Speedsters are a whole different breed.

So this is it. I’m doing it. It’s nuts, but I’m doing it anyway. He’s a good kid, and it’s not his fault things turned out the way they did. He deserves a decent shot, and I’ll do my best to give it to him.

Something tells me life is about to get even more interesting, if that’s possible.

“Hey kiddo. You ready to go?”

“Yes ma’m.”

“Good. We set your room up last night, I think you’re gonna love it.”