Note: He ages up within the novel and does not stay a kid forever xD its fairly brief time he is around 5-7
Kal's happy days ended when he turned five. What should have been a day of celebration and building a connection with the elements turned to fear. He was Runeless. A status that forced him down a path of servitude and his family had no way of stopping it.
Kal watched as Oran's hands approached his face. A single hand cupped his cheek and the other's fingers formed a circle on his forehead. Oran's eyes moved under his eyelids; Kal's gaze followed the movement in anticipation. Minutes passed and Oran was still searching and looking for a connection.
Sweat beaded down Kal's face in fear, 'What's going on?' he thought fearfully.
Kal's eyes shut feeling the Sense digging through his body. Muscles spasmed making his skin crawl with movement. It felt like someone was bumping into him but inside his body. He opened his eyes; the sight of Oran's accusing dark stare froze Kal in his seat. Dropping his hands from Kal's face he saw a flash of regret from Oran.
His words mumbled, "He is runeless."
Kal heard the words, but the others looked to each other confused. Lana and Kris stood and walked closer, "Oran, what did you say?"
Spinning faster than assumed possible for his age he looked at Kal's parents, "He is runeless!" Oran's words changed accusing his parents, "You must have failed in your rituals."
The voices behind Lana and Kris chattered.
"No, they did the rituals!" Kal jumped from his seat.
"Oh my he's runeless."
"We haven't seen a runeless here for at least 3 years."
"Stop it. I am not runeless!" Kal looked at his friends and their parents pleading. "I'm not runeless."