To Graduate Reality Travel Training you hadta write a long paper, called The Thesis, on something no one had ever thought about Reality Travel before. Wolf was doing his on how important Common Perception was, but I didn’t know at first what I wanted to do. It seemed like everything about Reality Travel had already been thought about by the Great Travelers of the past.
Then one time I was delivering a pizza to the Colorado Future Adult Training School Dorms, and when I got there everyone was singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
“Don’t Stop Believin’” is a song about continuing to believe in something. Like how a Small Town Reality, a South Detroit Reality, and a singer Reality in a smoky room all believe they can find Emotion hiding somewhere in the night. Sometimes it’s hard to believe in something like that, but if they stopped and didn’t hold onto that feeling, then they would for sure never find it.
I listened to that song all the time, cuz I always wanted to stop believin’in things. After La Renarde I wanted to stop believin’ anyone would want to kiss me again. After Driver Training I wanted to stop believin’ I would ever be able to drive. After the first night of Artsy Lawless I wanted to stop believin’ in going to school there. After Kat I wanted to stop believin’ anyone would want to kiss me again. After Chick Hunting with El Puma I wanted to stop believin’ anyone would want to kiss me again. After The Dead Voice I wanted to stop believin’ I could sing ever again. After the first day of Reality Travel Training I wanted to stop believin’ I could take my ass getting kicked. After Marijuana Perception I wanted to stop believin’ I could take any more Adventures in Perceptionism. After my first day at CFATTY’s Pizza I wanted to stop believin’ that I could work any job. But every time I listened to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” I couldn’t help but keep believin’ in those things.
I wondered tho what all the Future Adults at CFATS didn’t want to stop believin’. It seemed like becoming an Adult was the easiest thing in The World for most Realities, but maybe they had other things that were harder to believe in. Maybe some were actually really Reality Travelers. Or maybe some just wanted to find a certain Emotion like in the song.
I started noticing “Don’t Stop Believin’” played around more than any other song. Realities would always be playing it in their cars as they drove down street, or it would be on when you went inside a store or a restaurant. Whenever I watched TV it was on there, and when a sports team won a championship they’d be singing the song, too. Sometimes random Realities would just start humming in public in front of you, and one time it was playing at CFATTY’s Pizza, and The Pizza Maker who didn’t know any English started singing along word for word. It started to seem like it might be The Most MeTooable Song on the whole Great List of Old Songs, and maybe the song itself had been Touched by The Goddess of Music with its own Gift to heal Realities.
I came up with a theory that if it could cure moments of Little Doubt about so many things for so many Realities, then maybe “Don’t Stop Believin’” could also be a cure for the Greatest Reality Traveler BoobyTrap of all, Big Doubt. I hadn’t gotten it myself yet, and I didn’t know any other Traveler who’d had it, so there was no way to prove it for sure. But I studied every fact about the band and the song and every major personal and Worldwide instance of it being played, and wrote the required 25 pages for The Thesis about how if there was one song high and powerful enough to beat Big Doubt this had to be it. I turned it into The Professor, and he read it and said it was a good enough idea that I could Graduate Reality Travel Training.