The Ordinary Lives of Everyday Thieves

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Chapter 12

“So let me get this strait:” Henry said, looking between the two boys. “Ashton, the Shadow Thief accidentally became friends with Michael, the Oncoming Storm?” He said, his eyes switching between the two. They both nodded in unison. “And, to make this already strange tale stranger, your mentor is your Uncle Sol?” He asked, again Michael nodded.

“Do you know him Henry?” Ashton asked. Henry's eyes darkened.

“I did, a long time ago.” He said, not adding anything. “And, if that wasn't enough, you guys want to be partners?” He finished. Ashton and Michael both nodded, smiling at each other. Henry just sighed, shaking his head. They heard him mutter something along the lines of 'it being too early and him being too sober to deal with this.' He pulled out his phone, dialing something quickly.

“Hey, Sol, you might want to come over here and listen to this.” He said, listening to the answer before saying goodbye and hanging up.

“You two can just sit down, we'll talk about this in a few minutes.” He said, walking to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee.

It wasn't more than five minutes later that the door rang, and Ashton stood to get it. He opened the door to see a tall man, slightly shorter that Michael and with a longer stubble.

“Hey, you're that kid from the alley.” He commented before bursting into the room and making himself at home. “What are you doing here?” Sol asked Michael, sitting up a little straighter.

“Well, funny story...” Michael said, just then Henry walked into the room, two cups of coffee in his hands. He handed one to Sol.

“Sol, it's been a while.” Henry nodded. “So, to answer your question, Michael is here because he is friends with Ashton, my... subordinate.” He finished. “Also, Ashton is The Shadow Thief, and I know who Michael is too. Also, to complicate things further, it turns out that now that they know they want to work together.” Henry finished.

Sol looked between all of them, before shrugging.

“Okay, that's cool with me, anyways, it's probably safer that way.” Sol said, smiling. “I'm glad that they became friends.”

Henry was about to say something, but thought better of it when he saw the happy look on both of the teens faces. Henry instead, grabbed Sol's arm and dragged him to the hallway.

“Sol, you saw how well this worked when we did this, I don't know about you, but I don't want to see that happening to either of the boys in there.” Henry said. Sol smiled sadly.

“What happened between us was fate, it wasn't something we could change, but these two, they have a chance to great things, to form a partnership like we never had. Henry, they could do it. They could form a group, they could beat them.” Sol said, looking into Henry's eyes.

“We weren't strong enough, we lost to them, and when we did, we lost everything. But their different, Henry, they could do it.”

“You really think so?” He asked, not wanting to look into his eyes. “But it's so dangerous, what if, what if it's just like last time, what if this is just a repeat?” Henry asked, his voice shaking.

“It won't be, we can help them, tell them what they need to know. Keep them safe, and help them succeed. Help them finish this once and for all.” Sol said, clamping a hand onto Henry's shoulder. Finally, Henry looked up and nodded.

“Let's do this, it will take some practice though, before their ready.”

“And I think I have just the mission for them to try.” Sol smiled and dragged Henry back to the living room.

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