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Two

When we entered the ballroom, It was brightly lit. The light the ballroom was making everyone look have a golden tint to them.As we walked around we saw that the floors were split into two sections. The first section was where the large dance floor was, It was so big that it took up most of the room. The other section was where large tables and chairs were where the pacientes’ sit. There were Large bars stacked with enough alcohol to kill an entire city from alcohol poisoning, the walls were filled from all the way from the entrance to the stage. Light music filled the was an orchestra and jazz band playing classic songs from every era. Chandeliers dominated the skyline, placed in long lines leading to the center of the room where a giant glass dome revealed the beauty of the moon. Most people were in the middle of the room, either talking to each other or dancing to the music.

The other and I went over to a table to talk. As we sat down, the servants asked for our drinks and left. I looked around at all the people talking and gossiping.

“Looks like the entire town is here.” I said

“That’s because they are.” Amelia said “Don’t you know about that big deal your father just struck?”

I shrugged at her. “I don’t really pay attention to what the company does.” I said.“Well apparently, the Sang-Wong family has chosen to buy massive supplies of products from the humanitarian department in exchange for company land in America and the URC. They plan on building new Embassies with the acquired land.” One of my other friends pitched in.

I raised my eyebrows when I looked at her, “And that’s important because...”

“Because the last time the countries actually were trying to be allies and help each other was back when the United Nations was still a thing. That was over one hundred years ago!”

“And in one hundred years, I still won’t give a damn.” I said as my final statement. “Can’t we talk about something other than my dad’s ego?” I asked

Amelia’s serious look turn into a sinister grin as she look up at me. If I knew one thing about Amelia, it was that it’s never a good thing when she smirks. “Well if you really want to, you can start by turning around.”

Even though I knew it was no good. I turned around to see Richard. He was the son of a high ranking general and I had a crush on him for the longest time. I quickly turn around to Amelia who was still smiling.

“No.”

“Yes.” She said.

“You can’t make me.”

“I won’t. But we will.” She said. I looked at the others who were now smiling like madmen.

“No. I will not do this.” I said. But it was too late. They all got up from the table and starting pushing me towards Richard. All the while, I was pleading for mercy but to no avail.

“Please, can we just talk about this.” I said.

Once again, they ignored me and finally, with enough force, got me close enough to where he would be able to notice me. And ended up pushing me into some random stranger’s embrace.

“Hey, you okay?” He asked. I looked up into his blue eyes. I pushed him away and started fixing myself.

“I’m fine.” I said, my friend’s action ticking me off.

“Good, Most of time, women jump on me intentionally.” He said chuckling to himself. I just kind of stared at him, passing his poor attempt at humor. He was tall, about six foot and one inch. He had combed-over brown hair and sky blue eyes. He was wearing an all-black suit which went with his semi-muscular build. I would be lying if I said he wasn’t good looking. But we wasn’t really anything special. “Name’s Jeremy.”

He reached his arm out for handshake, I just looked at him with an “are you joking?” look.

“This is the part where you introduce yourself and shake my hand?” He said.

“I’m not going to do that for a peasant like you.” I said.

He raised his eyebrows and threw his arms towards his shoulders. “Whow, okay, going off a bit harsh aren’t we sweety?”

“Sweety?” I asked him. “Listen punk, I’m going to clear something up right. I am anything but sweet when I’m angry.”

All of a sudden, he started laughing, cackling even. He put his hand over his face and through his gasps for air he said, “I’m sorry. Are you threatening me?”

I look at him, rage against this disrespectful swine slowly but surely replacing my calm innocence. “You should take my threats very seriously.” I snarled.

“Sure thing cupcake.” I said, once again with no hint of fear nor care. “You are cute when your angry though.”
I swear to god, I thought he really had a death wish. “Are you flirting with me?”

“You should take my flirts very seriously.”

“Listen here you piece of shit,” I said, practically exploding in his face. “Do you not know who I am? I’m the most powerful person you will ever meet. Chum like you can’t even begin to imagine how much I own and how much I can have.”

“You say that like its a bad thing.” He said interrupting me. “See you around.” And just like that, he walked away. I watched him walk all the way to the main doors and out into the snowy night. Amelia walked over to me and tapped my shoulder. Unaware of the pure fury inside me.

“Astral?”

I started making my way towards the main doors, chasing after him. I shoved people out of my way as I started gaining speed to catch up with him. The anger boiling inside me for such a dirtbag was forcing me to go faster, make sure he doesn’t escape, make him learn a lesson. I blew open the main doors and immediately spotted him by the forest, his back facing me. Without hesitation, I charged at him like a bull.

“Hey asshole!” I screamed.

He turned around to see me get into punching range. I couldn’t slow down my speed as I prepared for the most powerful jump punch in the history of the world. I raised my fist and threw myself upward into the air and began coming down at him. Just as my fist was seconds away to knocking him out, he dodged my attack. He moved away from my attack faster than I have ever seen anyone move before and pressed his finger into the side of my ribs.

Suddenly, all the energy that was flowing through my body disappeared and all the feeling in my muscles went dead as my body summersalted and I landed on my back. I tried to get back up but I could not move. It was as if someone had chained my to the ground. Jeremy looked down at me and just raised his eyebrows.

“You’re good. But not that good.”

A million thoughts were rushing through my head as I tried with every fiber of my body to get up, or even move my body. But I just laid still, like an old broken machine. I watched as another man entered my view, wearing a dark wool mask and holding a strange syringe-like device.

I started panicking, all the stories of my mom telling me about her friend’s being kidnapped rushed back to my head as I begged for it to be just a bad dream. But as I felt Jeremy lifting my upper body, I knew this wasn’t a dream. I wanted to start crying or scream or something but my body wouldn’t let me. Jeremy looked into my eyes with actual sadness in his eyes.

“I’m sorry Astral. But business is business.” He said.

I started cursing at him in my mind as he nodded at the masked man. I felt him move my hair to the side and insert the syringe. But instead of passing out, I felt my body explode with energy. It was like all my senses were cranked to the max. I tilted my head back and looked at the masked man.

“AW01201, you have a new mission.” and that’s when everything went black.


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