The boy escaped drowning by going to a harder to reach area of the lake. A cliff backed the rock beach and the water there felt warmer to his touch. The boy made his way here often when he wanted to escape torment and meditate.
The boy was young. The people measured age in how many times the Moon covered both Suns at once, putting the whole world into darkness. The scientists measured this happening every six months. The boy had just had his twelfth Lap Day.
The scientists determined that the planet was much larger than the two Suns and the Moon and thus controlled these satellites and their movement. Days were broken up into four segments.
Dawn: The yellow sun was directly East, the white sun was directly North
Noon: The yellow sun and white sun were directly over head.
Dusk: The yellow sun was directly West and the white sun was directly South.
Night: The yellow sun and white sun were on the other side of the planet.
The scientists said the Moon danced with the planet in such a way that they always faced one another. One time every six days the Moon would be visible at night. The people called this Moon Day. Every three Moon days composed a Month. Every six Months the Moon would shroud both Suns at once and the entire planet would be dark. The people took this as an omen of good tidings and the people rejoiced the New Dark’s Day.
The next New Dark’s Day approached and the boy felt a chill in the air. He was nervous. It was almost time for him to choose his specialty. For most children it was easy. The Earth users grew food. The Water users brought water to the village. The Fire users kept the villages warm and lit. The Air users worked on new ways to generate energy. The other specialties had functions as well, but these four were the most common and most needed.
The boy however felt a draw to all the elements and didn’t know which he would pick. He spent days going back and forth about what would suit the people the best. He thought about which would be the most attractive to a potential mate, as boys will often do. This is what he meditated over. The elders said if someone meditated hard enough they would be shown what element they should choose as their specialty.
The boy instead would see Fire in one meditation, Water in another, Earth in a third, Air in a fourth. He would sometimes see Sun in a meditation or Moon. He saw Darkness or Plants or Animals or People. Some of the meditations unnerved him, but the one that scared him the most was seeing the WhiTem (White Master).
Legends told of a former guardian who killed and killed again. The more the guardian killed, the whiter their skin became. It became almost a compulsion to be malicious. They hurt and killed many people before the other Guardians were able to stop the WhiTem and take their ring. The interesting part is, the legends never said which of the guardians became the WhiTem or which of the elements they used. The legends never named the WhiTem or said if the WhiTem was a male or female.
The unfortunate lack of specificity bothered the boy immensely.