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The Hunt Begins

Rikki looked around at the group of kids they were able to drum up. There was him, Dan, Lotus, Kilo, Chyanne, Luuk, Max, and Aoi.

"We need more," Rikki said.

"How are we going to get more?"

"By going out there," a voice said. It was Jack. "Yes, I'm well aware of what you're doing."

"I'm sorry sir, but I can't sit here and do nothing while Suzy's out there, somewhere. Probably getting killed. I can't do nothing. I'm going to go get her." There was a look of determination on his face.

"But, how'd you know?" Kilo asked. Jack stepped aside and revealed Cassandra.

"You?!" Dan asked. "You little-" he charged at her. Rikki held his brother back.

"Dan, don't," he said to him. Dan looked at him.

"Traitor," he spat. Cassandra just wanted to hide.

"No one's a traitor," Jack said sternly. "Now. I need you all to come with me." He led the group to his office. They all somehow managed to fit into the decent sized room. "Rikki," he said putting his hand on the boy's shoulder. "I have decided. You need to go on this mission. You have to go and save her."

"I know," he said rearing to go.

"I let you and your friends go. On one condition."

"Being?"

"Try to bring back as many Gifted kids you can."

"O… kay?"

"You know what, just-never mind. Just be safe. All of you. I expect a return from each of you," Jack stated. Rikki sighed.

"I'm sorry sir, but I can't guarantee to that."

"You can't?"

"No, sir."

"Pity. Then I'm coming with you."

"Sir?"

"I'm coming with you. I'll have my wife watch over things here."

"I guess we don't have a choice, sir."

"How else are you going to get around?"

"Well, we do have cars."

"I don't," Cassandra piped in quietly.

"And you're staying here," Aoi said to the girl.

"B-But I wanna go!"

"I'm sorry, but-"

"I wanna go dammit!" the eleven year old screamed.

"Hey!" Aoi said to her with a stern tap on the cheek. "Watch the language."

"But I wanna go with you!"

"Cass look," Rikki said getting down on one knee, "someone has to stay here, in case Suzy comes back. Got it?" She nodded a few times. "Good."

"Now, let's go," Dan said.

"Wait," Jack said. He ran to the other part of his office and he came back wearing adventure styled clothing. "Now, let's go." He grabbed his keys and left the note on his desk. And so the hunt began.


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