"I don't know. You say that I'm foolish. Maybe. I say making it this far is reason enough."
"Only because the angels are helping you. They are everywhere and it is they who protect you. Large ones small ones fat and skinny, they devote themselves to your safety."
"Why would they do that?"
"Because of your torus."
"My what now?"
"Your torus, your energy. You have a startling current for someone your age. But it exposes you to danger. There are those who desire your end because of what it represents."
"What does it represent?"
He suddenly looked at her, taken aback at her ignorance. "Lots of things, someone with high luma strength can bring hope and freedom; to those who are worthy."
"How do you know this?"
"I read a lot. I spotted you or rather, your torus, with this." He pointed to the telescope behind him. "Everyone has one, but yours is purple and larger than is customary. Is it so hard to understand why I approached you? I mean I'm standing there just doing my regular observations when suddenly I find a giant purple orb just loitering in a rock crevice. What am I supposed to do?"
"I've never heard anyone talk about a torus before."
"It's ancient knowledge, not generally spoken of. Maybe it should be."
"Is that a normal telescope?"
"It can be used in the normal way but I refined it a little. Now it can detect the torus of all living things. Take a look."
He stepped aside to let her up onto the ledge. The instrument was pointed in the direction of the sand plains ahead. She stepped up to the lens and squinted her eyes.
"What do you see?"Kosmanarshi did not respond. She was frightened. Her hand fell away from the instrument. She was shaking.
"You saw them didn't you?"