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Angel Misery: Chapter Nine

“A Science fair?”

The school year was in full swing. Clubs have formed and the School’s sports Teams have had their first few games.

“The annual Science Fair will be in two weeks. I am hoping that some of you in this class will participate.” Miss Ryans said, handing out the event page.

“Can we make anything we want?” Richard asked Miss Ryans while he was raising his hands.

“It says it on the event page, the topic is on sustainable living, sometimes I wonder if you can even read.” Katerine said aloud.

“I haven’t got the paper yet! How would I have known it was written there!?” Richard responded.

Aiden looked down at the page. “Innovation for a Cleaner World. Present your ideas of Sustainable Living with a Hypothesis, Experimentation, Conclusion and a Demonstration.” Aiden read from the page to himself.

“So Angeal? Did you already have an idea, it looks like you were thinking.” Silvia said, turning to Aiden.

“I was just reading the page. Seems like an interesting event.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

“I plan on making a handheld device that can test for deadly chemicals in the water.” Joshua said as he demonstrated how it would work.

“Don’t pools already have something like that?” Rebecca responded to Joshua.

“No, what they have is used to test the PH of the water. I want to make something that can read the chemicals in the water and say the rations within it!” Joshua said to Rebecca.

“That sounds like a lot to do in 2 weeks Joshua, are you sure you can finish it by then?” Issac asked Joshua.

“It’ll just take a few lines of code, and a sensor and it’ll be good.” Joshua responded with confidence.

“And how would it relate to sustainable living?” Rebecca asked.

“Ah, well people need to know if the water is safe so that they can live.” Joshua responded.

“Weak reasoning.” Rebecca quickly said.

“Well then what are you thinking about making?!” Joshua asked Rebecca.

“I am thinking of making a plastic recycler that would convert plastic waste to low cost instruments.” Rebecca said to Joshua.

“Then you’ll need to take into consideration how you are changing the plastic from its previous form to its new instrument form. If you are simply melting the plastic then you both released toxic chemicals into the air, and increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.” Silvia said to Rebecca.

“Oh yeah, I guess you are right. That may be sustainable for plastics but not for anything else.” Rebecca responded.

“Well then Silvia, what is your idea?” Joshua asked Silvia.

“I want to demonstrate that increasing the efficiency at which our cells convert glucose to ATP, increasing the per yield result would make it so that Humans would need less food to receive the same amount of Energy. Though I do believe that population growth would soon plateau, reading about the efficiency of the mitochondria in my own cell leaves an awful taste in my mouth.” Silvia responded.

“I guess that is pretty much the definition of sustainable living, if we need less food, then that would create less waste, and reduce the amount of land that is allocated to food production.” Joshua said, amazed.

“I am not underestimating you, but that sounds extremely advanced. We don’t even know what genes control what in our cells and you are already talking about boosting efficiency? Are you planning on making a pill?” Issac asked.

“No, I have been giving it some thought though. When we were going over the punnet squares I figured that maybe if we were able to go into our own genes we could also increase the efficiency of our own bodies.” SIlvia responded. “Maybe do something like code manipulation, but for that I would need to get a read out on the human genome.” Silvia continued.

“Guess you aren’t the top of the class for nothing.” Issac responded.

Silvia gave him an upset look.

“Oh I mean, second top. Of course Angeal is the top.” Issac corrected himself.

“You’ll help me out with it. Right, Angeal?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“If you have any questions I will answer them.” Aiden responded.

In Mr. Smith’s Class.

“Now that I have gone over the science fair with you students do you have any questions?” Mr. Smith asked.

Jordan raised his hand.

“Yes Jordan.” Mr. Smith called on him.

“If I can turn my farts into Electricity would that be allowed?” Jordan said snickering to himself.

The boys in the class laughed.

“Sure Jordan, if you can figure out how to do that, be my guest.” Mr. Smith responded not surprised about Jordan’s remark.

The boys then continued to laugh with each other as they were discussing ideas.

“A science fair, yeah, I think I am going to skip this one too.” Maria said to herself.

“You sure about that, Maria?” Ashley asked her.

“Yeah, why wouldn’t I be?” Maria responded.

“I know someone who would take this chance to get close to a certain someone.” Ashley said to Maria.

“You are going on about Silvia again, like I said a hundred times, I don’t really care what she does. She’s not even in any of my classes this year.” Maria responded to Ashley.

“I think you are being too relaxed when it comes to your friends. You really don’t think that Silvia could capture his eyes?” Ashley asked Maria.

“If she does manage to capture his eyes then they can go out with each other. I just know that will never happen.” Maria responded.

“So you are saying it’s impossible?” Ashley asked.

“Yep, it’s 100% impossible. Angeal would never fall for Silvia.” Maria responded with confidence.

“Is he gay?” Ashley lowered her voice asking Maria.

“Gay?” Maria responded quickly. She then paused. “Actually I am not even sure about that myself. What is his preference?” Maria thought to herself.

Ashley continued to look at Maria. “If he is gay that would explain a lot.” Ashley said to Maria.

“I don’t think he is.” Maria said with uncertainty.

“You should find out. See if he would kiss you, since you two are so close.” Ashley said with a smile on her face.

“Gross! I don’t want to be kissed.” Maria shuttered at the thought.

“What? You don’t like boys?” Ashley asked.

“I don’t think about that kind of stuff.” Maria said as she started writing notes.

“I just think it’s obvious, eventually Angeal will feel something towards her. You might be his best friend, but she could end up being his girlfriend.” Ashley said to Maria.

Maria continued her notes.

Silvia and Aiden were walking with each other to the next class.

She walked beside Aiden in silence. Many of the students in the school look at Aiden and Silvia as the power couple, the king and queen of the school.

Silvia maintained a presentation of nobility as she walked and Aiden maintained the air of divinity.

They sat down in Mr. Yukimura’s class.

“So today we will be going over the Rise of the Greek Empire!” Mr. Yukimura began saying.

Aiden simply watches Mr. Yukimura.

“This could be my opportunity to try and improve on the lives of Humans, I’m sure the almighty would allow that much.” Aiden was thinking to himself about the science fair.

“Though, I’m not sure any of the Divine beings would know anything about sustainability. Maybe one of the ones from the future, but that may very well cause their own erasure along with any of the knowledge I received from them.” Aiden continued to think to himself.

Silvia was taking notes trying to make sure she remembered everything being taught. She was feverishly moving her pen across the page.

Aiden looked down at her as she wrote.

“I guess helping her out with her project wouldn’t be so bad. After all, she is doing it to improve the lives of humans everywhere. Getting a record of the human genome would be of no difficulty for me.” Aiden thought to himself.

Silvia then looked over and saw that Aiden was looking at her.

She smiled and she quickly turned around. Her face turned red with blush.

“Would she even be able to handle the fame that would come with it?” Aiden thought to himself as he turned back forward.

“Why’d he look at me like that? Is it something I did? Do I have something in my hair? That must be it… why else would Angeal look at me?” Silvia thought to herself as she went to touch her hair.

“Nothing’s in my hair… So what else could it have been? Maybe he’s finally taken a liking to me? Oh no. I’m not ready yet…” Silvia thought to herself feverishly. “Of course I am ready, I am Silvia Reiners… but he’s Angeal Heavens…” Silvia became even more red.

“I could suggest Maria to do a project, but she’s not into that sort of stuff.” Aiden continued to think in class.

The end of the class came. Aiden walked up to the front of the classroom heading out the door. Silvia continued to sit down trying to shake off her blush. She then hurried out after she cooled herself down to catch up with Aiden. 

Aiden was waiting outside the door for her.

“Oh, you waited for me?!” Silvia was surprised.

“More attention would probably be drawn to me if I were walking alone.” Aiden responded.

“Agreed.” Silvia nodded her head.

They walked a bit.

“About your project for the science fair. If you need a layout of the Human Genome I could get that for you.” Aiden said to Silvia.

Silvia looked up at Aiden. “He spoke to me first…” Silvia thought to herself before answering. “Oh you can? That would be a big help. Thank you.” Silvia said to Aiden as they both continued to walk in silence.

Lunch time came and Maria joined with Aiden.

“Yes! It’s lunch time, Aiden! The best time of the entire day!” Maria said, grabbing Aiden.

“Got a taste for anything special?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I am feeling some Barbeque. You know like a thick piece of ribs with tons of BBQ sauce, and a ton of fries!” Maria described to Aiden.

“Sounds disgusting, but sure we can go there.” Aiden said to Maria as they went to the back of the school to travel.

Maria got into her clear ball and they both went to get Barbeque.

They landed at a food truck.

“Yum, do you smell that Aiden? Smells like meat!” Maria said as she lightly jogged to the food truck.

“I can agree with you there. It does smell like meat.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“So what can I get for you, little lady?” The man in the truck asked.

Maria looked at the hand written menu.

“I will take the fully loaded meat eaters combo!” Maria said to the man.

“Whoa, well aren’t you a hungry one.” The man laughed as he went back to grill up a Steak, a rack of ribs, beans, a large handful of fries, a pulled pork sandwich, and some wings.

Maria waited as her meal was being cooked.

“Oh yea Aiden!” Maria said, getting Aiden’s attention.

“What is it?” Aiden responded.

“Do you have any attractions?” Maria asked.

“Attractions? Like can things interact with me? You are going to need to ask that question in a different way.” Aiden said, smiling at Maria.

“You know, like, are you attracted to boys or girls?” Maria clarified for Aiden.

“Ah, that kind of attraction.” Aiden responded. “No, I don’t have that. Unless that’s something a best friend needs, then I could try and develop that.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So you aren’t attracted to anything?” Maria smiled. “Guess we are both in the same boat!” Maria laughed with Aiden.

“Why’d you ask me that?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Ashley asked me if you were gay, but I didn’t really know, so I wanted to see.” Maria responded.

“Interesting, now why would she want to know that.” Aiden asked Maria.

“You haven’t noticed? Like half of the girls in the school and maybe some of the boys are really attracted to you.” Maria said, pointing at Aiden.

“I thought they were just looking up at me in admiration.” Aiden responded.

“Well that could also be the case, but I think most are just trying to be with you.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Your combo is done.” The food truck man said to Maria as she went to grab it.

She returned with a Kilogram of food.

“Sucks for them, that will never happen, since we are together forever.” Maria said to Aiden with an excited laugh.

The pair returned to school to eat lunch.

Maria then began to tear into her giant meal.

Ashley, Sarah and Vanessa watched her table.

“Look at her, she has no idea how to treat him.” Vanessa said to the group.

“It’s like she’s purposely showing everyone that no matter how disgusting she is, she will always have what we want.” Sarah said watching Maria cover her mouth with BBQ Sauce and licking her fingers.

“Maybe that’s what we are missing. Maybe Angeal likes those kinds of girls, maybe he’s attracted to women who are basically boys.” Ashley said to the two.

“You think so?” Vanessa asked.

“Why else would Maria be so confident in her hold of Angeal if that weren’t the case. She’s not even afraid of SIlvia taking him.” Ashley responded.

“Oh, you tried to ask him out before, right?” Sarah asked Ashley.

“I said don’t bring that up! I never tried.” Ashley said to Sarah.

“We were watching, you mixed up your words and everything.” Vanessa said to Ashely.

“Shut up, that didn’t happen.” Ashley responded by showing her fist.

“I wish he would smile at me like that.” Vanessa said, looking at Aiden talking with Maria.

“This sucks, we are going to be in highschool next year, and we won’t get to see him ever again if he goes to the smart kids’ one.” Sarah said to the group.

A light bulb seemed to have gone off in Ashley’s head.

“That’s it, there’s no way Maria would be going to that school either. So Aiden would be left alone for anyone who does manage to get in.” Ashley said to the table.

“I know I really want to be with him, but that sounds like way too much work for me.” Sarah responded to Ashley.

“Well then you all can just watch as when we are adults that Angeal would be with me and you two will have to be my bridesmaid and just watch.” Ashley laughed.

“Silvia would probably be the one in that wedding dress in your imagination.” Vanessa said, laughing at Ashley.

“You hear about that Science Fair thing the school is having? Sounds so dumb right?” Maria said as she continued to eat.

“I thought it sounded interesting, but if you have no desire to partake then there’s no reason I should either.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yeah, super waste of time.” Maria responded.

“I told Silvia that I would give her a layout of the Human Genome so that she would be able to work on her project.” Aiden told Maria. “After that then I won’t think about it any longer.”

Maria looked up at Aiden. “Silvia asked you to do that for her?” Maria asked Aiden.

“No, I offered to do it. Since it’s for the development of Humanity, and would help the world overall.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You offered? You aren’t supposed to be doing that. Now she could wave that around in front of me.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Is it wrong for best friends to help others? Are you two still enemies?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, we aren’t enemies. Sure, it is okay to help other people, but why help her though?” Maria asked.

“Like I said, the project she is working on will help the development of Humanity the most overall.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then swallowed the food in her mouth.

She then pointed the rib at Aiden.

“Okay, then I guess I will have to make something that’s even better for the development of Humanity.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You really don’t have to.” Aiden said to Maria.

“But I do! I will show her that her efforts on all fronts are futile!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then I will help you out with that.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Only help me out as much as you help her out. I need to show my power by my own means!” Maria said to Aiden.

“So if I help you, then I will have to help her too?” Aiden asked Maria.

“That’s correct corporal, I don’t want to think ‘oh it’s because I had Aiden that was the only reason I won.’ I want to think, ‘We both had you and I still won.’” Maria said, laughing aloud.

Maria then went to continue on with her meal.

“So what are you going to create?” Aiden asked Maria.

“What is Silvia making?” Maria asked Aiden.

“She is trying to demonstrate that the increase in efficiency in the conversation from glucose to ATP in the mitochondria would result in less food mass needed to cover the caloric intake of humans.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Sounds like a bunch of nothing to me.” Maria responded to Aiden. “Oh, I know what I want to make.” Maria said again with a devilish smile.

“What is it?” Aiden asked.

“I want to make something so that money doesn’t need to be made from paper, metal or anything. Like you can just touch a card on something or even just do it all on the computer. Everyone uses Money, so getting rid of that would be super sustainable!” Maria said to Aiden.

“You think that would work?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No idea, but video games do it all the time. The characters just go to a shop and the money just gets taken out.” Maria said to Aiden. 

“Okay, well if you need my help then I will assist you.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Since you’ve already got Silvia the Human blah blah blah, can you create me a fake world?” Maria asked.

“Those two do not seem equal at all.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It’s for testing, I’m not going to ask you to help me build it. Unless she asks you.” Maria said to Aiden.

Their lunch period then ended.

“Aww that flew by so fast.” Maria complained.

They picked up her trash and headed to class.

Maria and Aiden headed to their next bell which was Chinese with Miss Wang.

Maria brought out her notebook and began to plan what she was going to start with.

“Okay, so in those MMOs people usually get money by completing a quest, and those quests have times of completion. So with this new money we can have each identity of it be tied to that time, and it would be created when that quest is complete.” Maria was writing in her notebook as she was thinking.

Aiden looked down at Maria’s notebook.

“What sort of quests are you thinking should result in the release of one of those currencies?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I’m not sure. What do computer people like to talk about? Electricity or something.” Maria responded to Aiden.

“From the conversations I overhear from Joshua it seems that security is a main concern for them. So tying your currency to a special sort of code would probably be the most useful.” Aiden told Maria.

“A certain code?” Maria thought to herself. “I have no idea what that means! I just want to make money not required to be held. Pay with something else.” Maria responded to Aiden.

So what you need is: A location for this currency to be stored, A conversion rate, security, and ability to use.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay. So this is what I actually need. Aiden, can you make a site for me where the currency would be stored?” Maria asked Aiden.

“So no more of that fake world?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, I am just picturing how I could get a video game money type thing into our world.” Maria said to Aiden as she was tapping her pen on her chin.

“Sure, I can get that made for you.” Aiden said to Maria. “I will work on that in our Headquarters.” Aiden added.

“Well that takes care of that. Now about the way to use it. I suppose it can be like a credit card my dad uses. But I want it to be useful without needing that.” Maria continued to think.

Aiden then looked at Maria’s paper again.

“Are you thinking about using a touchpad so that people could type in their Game Username so they could access their funds?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yes, and they could use that as a way to pay for stuff when they buy stuff over the internet too. So it’ll be the same no matter how you use it.” Maria said to Aiden as if she was finally developing a clear plan.

“If I am getting what you are saying. You want me to make a website, which is basically a bank, that keeps money that was earned doing some sort of quest. And this money would be accessed by using a terminal that is located in stores or online, and it could be converted between the various currencies.” Aiden reiterated to Maria.

“I think?” Maria responded, trying to keep all that in her head.

“Sounds… pretty good actually.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So would this help in human development?” Maria asked.

“I’m not sure about that, but it would definitely free up time for people who would otherwise be too busy or incapable of exchanging money the typical way.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay, then this is my project! I will come out with a functional machine that would give you access to your money anywhere. Attach it to someone’s wallet or something.” Maria said to Aiden.

Maria continued her planning and the end of the school day game.

Allison was waiting for Maria and Aiden went to go to the headquarters.

Aiden got onto one of the large computers in the house and began to develop a website for Maria. He was learning how the internet actually operated.

“So I just have to tell the computer what I want it to do by learning its language, that’s simple enough. Learning languages is nothing to a Divine Being.” Aiden thought as he brought out hundreds of websites and analyzed their PHP.

The speed of the computer was slowing down how fast Aiden could move.

Aiden looked at the connections to the internet he created. “All these copper wires are doing is sending signals of a specific frequency. If I used a material that did that transfer better then I would not have such a terrible time trying to develop this site.” Aiden thought to himself as he looked at the wires.

“I could use glass actually.” Aiden thought as he began to convert his entire network to use this new Silica wire.

He then went back to work and the network he had was much faster.

Aiden then began building the website that Maria wanted all of her transactions to go through.

After working on it for a few hours he had a site that would work for Maria’s purposes. But he felt as though he could continue to improve it with the knowledge he learned from school about the mortal world.

“I will make it so that those codes are stored by each individual in their accounts, and make it so that those codes are what is being transferred. The website will just be the location where the codes are gathered from. So if the technology does progress it wouldn’t depend on this website to do so. All they will need is the code to be verified.” Aiden thought as he continued to work.

When he was finished he returned to Maria.

“It is done.” He said to Maria who was working on her Pre-Calculus homework.

“Finally, these problems are killing me!” Maria said, showing Aiden the questions. He then sat next to Maria to help her.

The next school day came. Maria and Aiden separated from one another to go to their individual classes.

“Remember, any extra help she asks from you, I will also be allowed to ask for something.” Maria reminded Aiden before departing.

Aiden sat in the back as usual and the prep students came in.

Silvia sat next to Aiden. Aiden handed Silvia an outline of the Human Genome, but he also attached a website that he made so that she could use it for her project.

“I created a site yesterday with the Genome on it, it’ll allow you to understand what each part does to the overall body.” Aiden said to Silvia.

Silvia looked over the pages. “This is a lot, and you made a site for me?” Silvia asked.

“The better you do on the project the better it’ll be for Humanity overall. I can’t do much without being asked, but you could.” Aiden said to Silvia.

The rest of the Prep students watched this exchange in amazement.

“Thank you Angeal, this means a lot, especially coming from you.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“I’m also interested to see the outcome of this competition. So I can’t say that it’s completely selfless.” Aiden responded as he faced forward.

“Did you decide what you were going to work on for the Science Fair?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“No.” Aiden responded.

Silvia then thought to herself. “So is Maria going to be in the Science Fair?” Silvia asked.

“Yes she is.” Aiden responded.

“I knew it, and with Angeal’s help she might actually have a chance. I can’t simply put out a paper, I need to actually have a device.” Silvia thought to herself.

Joshua looked over at Silvia. “Say, looks like there’s a website on those papers you have.” Joshua said, trying to get a good look at it.

“It’s a website made by Angeal, he is helping me a bit with my project.” Silvia said to Joshua.

“Angeal is helping you? What about Maria?” Rebecca asked Silvia.

“What about her?” Silvia responded.

“Well if he is helping you, then that means that you and Angeal are an actual thing now?” Rebecca said.

“Don’t be so naive, this is for science. There’s no need to bring an outside relationship into it.” Silvia said, trying to sound as if her aim was strictly professional.

“Oh, sorry. I assumed too much.” Rebecca responded.

Miss Ryans then began the lesson for today.

“The data required for Maria’s device would require a large storage system. But I could probably just improve the storage capability of the hardware so that each store wouldn’t need a full computer to use it.” Aiden thought to himself trying to improve on Maria’s design.

Class ended. Silvia and Aiden walked with one another.

“Thank you again for this Angeal. It must have taken you a long time to get it.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“It wasn’t much of anything.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

“So, Angeal. I was thinking.” Silvia began to say. Aiden then looked down at her because she paused.

Silvia then began to blush. “I feel so dumb right now.” Silvia thought to herself trying to work up the courage.

“What were you thinking about?” Aiden asked Silvia.

“I was thinking that, if you had time, that I would like to make an actual device to affect the genetics of creatures.” Silvia said, gaining back her confident aura.

“That sounds interesting.” Aiden responded as he looked back up.

“Also, if you would like to come over to my place to work on it. Or we can go to yours, both are okay.” Silvia said quickly to Aiden.

“Why is that?” Aiden asked Silvia.

“So that we can speed up the production, because if I ask for one thing, then have to wait an entire day to ask you something else then that is not very efficient.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“I can see your point.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“So do you agree?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“I will have to speak to Maria about it.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

“Oh. That’s fine I guess. I wouldn’t want to try to ruin that.” Silvia said. “Remember Silvia, loosen the fishing line sometimes or you may lose the fish.” Silvia thought to herself.

They both entered their next class and sat silently listening to the second lesson on the Greek empire.

It was lunch time.

Maria caught up with Aiden.

“Okay, so look at this!” Maria showed Aiden what she was working on.

“Looks like you are starting to draw logos for it.” Aiden said, looking at Maria’s work.

“Yeah. Of course. If it doesn’t look good, no one will want to use it.” Maria said to Aiden.

“That’s fine. I will add this to the site then.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So something new happened in the morning?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Nothing much different than the usual. Silvia invited me to her place to work on the science fair project. She also said that she would be open to coming over to our headquarters.” Aiden told Maria.

“So she tried to go in for the kill, it seems.” Maria said quietly to herself. “Well if she wants to come over, then let her. But that means that I will be there too!” Maria laughed.

“You were already able to go there, it’s our headquarters.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yeah, but this time it’ll be the battlefield and as the General, it is my duty to be on the Battlefield!” Maria said to Aiden.

“So you are inviting her over?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Of course! I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she comes over and sees me standing at the door!” Maria gave a devilish smirk.

Maria then pointed up at Aiden. “That means after school we have to go to our headquarters and prepare it to look super inviting, we can have snacks and everything.” Maria said, walking towards the outside.

“Oh, and also no classical music.” Maria said to Aiden as she then laughed again.

“This isn’t a sleepover.” Aiden said to Maria as she went into her clear ball.

They both headed out for lunch.

After school Maria and Aiden headed to the headquarters. The golems were still moving around the house making sure it was clean.

“Good work troops.” Maria said to the golems as she went into the main intelligence room.

“Whoa! Aiden! What’s up with these computers!” Maria said watching the computers switch between several images without needing to load them up.

“I upgraded the systems yesterday. It was entirely too slow.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Now I can watch like a thousand videos at the same time!” Maria said, jumping on to them.

Aiden then created something for Maria. He handed it to her.

Maria grabbed it. “Ah, a Flash Drive?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Yes, but look at how much it stores.” Aiden hinted for Maria to look.

“A Terabyte? I don’t know what that is, is it bigger than a megabyte?” Maria asked.

“It’s a million times more than a megabyte.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So this thing can hold a Tera thing?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Exactly.” Aiden responded.

“Is it using heavenly realm technology or something?” Maria asked.

“No, everything I used to create it, is on Earth already.” Aiden said.

“That’s cool I guess, I don’t know what I can use it for though.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I figured you would have been more excited about it.” Aiden said to Maria.

“No, it’s super interesting! I guess compared to the super fast internet you showed first, that just isn’t as impressive.” Maria smiled, feeling a bit bad for making Aiden’s creation not seem good.

“Okay, enough time being amazed, we need to set up the battlefield!” Maria said to Aiden as they both set up.

Maria and Aiden designed the interior of the house to have an inviting atmosphere and to feel extremely scientific. They made the golems look like robots and gave them fancy butler attire.

“Perfect!” Maria said looking at the work that they did. Now it is ready for war!” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden and Maria then head back home. Maria was filled with excitement over what would happen tomorrow.

The next day they returned to school.

“So the plan is to invite her over to our place. Don’t tell her that I will be there too.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Very well.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then went off to her class.

Aiden sat down in the back of the classroom. Silvia and the other students walked in.

Silvia sat down in her usual spot.

The first bell was generally silent. Aiden did not speak with her during class, as he would have typically done before.

After the bell ended, Aiden and Silvia walked together to their next class.

“You have permission to come over to my place.” Aiden said to Silvia.

Silvia turned up to Aiden. She felt like she misheard him.

“Oh, sorry, what did you say Angeal?” Silvia asked.

“We have permission to work on your science fair project at my house.” Aiden repeated.

“That’s great news! Then we will make amazing strides.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Do you recall the address?” Aiden asked Silvia.

“Yes, I do. I know where you live.” Silvia responded to Aiden.

“Good, then we will work on it there.” Aiden said to Silvia as they both continued to walk in silence. Silvia had a smile on her face underneath her serious outward appearance.

The morning classes ended and it was lunch time.

“Aiden! How’d it go?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It’s been agreed, she will be coming over today.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I can already see the look on her face. She was probably hoping to be alone with you, imagining holding hands and whatever else they like to do.” Maria said, imitating what she figured Silvia’s desires were.

“Is that really the only reason you invited her over, to see her reaction?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, that is like 80%, the rest is so that I could get you to help me more so that at the time of the science fair, I would blow her out of the water!” Maria responded to Aiden.

“I’m starting to feel like the location of a proxy war.” Aiden thought to himself.

The second of the day continued and the school day came to an end.

After school Maria immediately entered the house, and went outside to get to the headquarters before Silvia could arrive.

Maria sat down in the intelligence room watching videos.

Aiden stood behind Maria as she was trying to show him funny clips. 

They then heard a ring at the door.

“She’s here.” Aiden told Maria. Maria hopped up from her seat and headed to the front door.

Aiden opened up the door and saw Maria and Charles standing there.

Silvia had a smile on her face. “Hello Angeal!” Silvia said with excitement.

Maria then popped from the side of the door. “Hello Silvia!” Maria said with a sinister smile.

Silvia’s face then returned to being completely serious. “Hello Maria. I figured that you would have been here too since Angeal said he had to ask for your permission.”

Silvia then waved and Charles sat in the vehicle.

“Well let’s get started then Angeal.” Silvia said as she entered. Maria looked at her as she entered.

Silvia looked around at the place and was caught in awe at the machines walking around the building.

“Are all of your butlers robots?” Silvia asked.

“They sure are!” Maria responded.

“I wasn’t talking to you.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Aww, did I rain on your parade?” Maria said jokingly to Silvia.

“I came here to work, not to entertain you. You can go off and do what you normally do.” Silvia said to Maria.

Aiden then guided Maria and Silvia to the development lab.

Silvia was once again amazed at the sight. The room was split down the middle. One for Silvia and the other for Maria.

“I see, so you were preparing for this.” Silvia said to Maria.

Maria gave a devilish smirk.

“Well I guess I occupy a lot of space in your mind.” Silvia laughed.

“I’ll be here if either of you need me.” Aiden said to the two as he stood on the line.

“Can you help me first then, I already have an idea of what I would like to work on.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“I do too!” Maria responded.

“I already asked.” Silvia said.

Aiden then went over to Silvia. After Maria gestured for him to go over there. On Maria’s side she had a computer and she was watching gameplay of MMOs.

Silvia and Aiden were working closely with one another.

“So Angeal, all those robots are amazing. Where’d your family get them from?” Silvia asked Aiden as she was tying threads together.

“I made them myself.” Aiden responded.

“You made them?” Silvia said surprised. “Where’d you learn to do that!” Silvia asked.

“Ahem!” Maria did aloud clearing her throat trying to get Aiden’s attention. “I think it’s my turn to get help.” Maria said.

“I’ll be back after I help Maria.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“Sure, no rush.” Silvia said as she continued to plug up testing tubes.

“How far along is she?” Maria asked.

“We are just getting started with the actual construction.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay. Well I thought of something. How about we create a tiny computer using those wires you made inside and connect them to the machines. So that the money transfer thing would seem automatic. It would blow everyone’s mind.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then created a Device that was matching what Maria said.

“Something like this?” Aiden asked her. It was about the size of a book.

“Eh, maybe something smaller. Like as big as a credit card.” Maria said to Aiden.

“That’s going to be a bit difficult. But I will figure out a way to do so with non Heavenly material. If you could draw how you want it to look for me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay, I’ll do that. You can go back to little Miss Salty.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then returned to Silvia.

Over the next few days Maria and Silvia worked on their projects over at the Headquarters. Despite the constant bickering they were able to get their projects done.

On the Thursday before the Science Fair.

“Thankyou Angeal for all your help. I feel bad that you never got to work on a project of your own.” Silvia said to Aiden holding a machine that altered the genetics of a sample that was placed in.

“It was no issue. That machine will help save so many lives.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“Bye Angeal, I’ll see you tomorrow.” Silvia waved to Aiden. Silvia then looked at Maria. “I guess bye to you too Maria. I had my doubts, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Yeah, don’t get too attached.” Maria said, waving to Silvia.

Silvia then entered her vehicle and Charles drove her home.

“Finally it’s done!” Maria said.

“That she is no longer going to come here?” Aiden asked Maria.

“That too, but I mean this project. It took so much work!” Maria said holding the device. “This had better come first tomorrow.” Maria said laying on the sofa that she had Aiden create for her on the 3rd Day of Silvia’s visits.

“I’m proud of how hard you worked on it, you could have easily just had me do the entire thing.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yeah, but I wanted it to be a fair competition.” Maria said getting up from the sofa.

“I’ll bring us home now, and we can see the result of all your efforts.” Aiden said to Maria as she spread out her arms and Aiden lifted her into the air.

The day of the Science Fair came and all the students who were presenting had their boards out for the teachers to go over.

Silvia had her area beautifully decorated and had plants that she was going to demonstrate her machine with.

Maria had her location look like it came from the future. She had two machines which were connected to the website that Aiden made.

Aiden watched from afar as the two girls spoke with the teachers to explain their creations.

The Teachers took a liking to both of their work. It was generally an energetic atmosphere.

“So how does your machine keep track of all the information it gathers from the specimen?” Miss Ryans asked Silvia.

“It’s all stored within the device itself. It doesn’t need to be connected to the internet to work.” Silvia said to Miss Ryans.

“Incredible, and you created that storage all on your own?” Miss Ryans asked.

“No, Angeal was the one who created it, he just allowed me to use it for my project.” Silvia said.

“Your device is incredible, Silvia, the best I have seen yet.” Miss Ryans said, looking at the device.

Mr. Smith was looking at Maria’s project.

“How can something so sophisticated be in something so compact?” Mr. Smith asked.

“That’s because I designed it like the genius I am!” Maria said to Mr. Smith.

“Of course, but how does it work, how was it accomplished?” Mr. Smith asked.

“Oh you mean, how did I make it so small. I think it has something to do with that Terabyte flash drive that Angeal gave me. I don’t know how it works though.” Maria said to Mr. Smith.

“I am impressed by your work Maria. This would change business commerce around the world. Your creation may even be worth several billion in the future.” Mr. Smith said inspecting the device.

The teachers all came together to decide the winner of the Science Fair.

The Principal then got up on the podium.

“Greetings students, it is now time for the result of the Science Fair.” The Principal said as the drummers in the band began their drumroll.

“In third place. We have Jerod Akamu with his Electrolysis Machine.” The Principal said.

He then paused and the drummers continued.

“In joint second place we have Silvia Reiners with her Gene Editing Device and Maria Li with her Non Centralized Internet Currency.” The Principal said.

Maria and Silvia looked at each other with confusion.

“Who could have done better than us?” They both thought.

“And in first place, of the Sustainable Living Science Fair. With his incredible High Capacity Data Storage which would reduce the space, materials, and transportation weight for our ever increasing technological dependent world. Though he did not compete, it would be of great disservice not to name.” The Principal said. And the drummer began to drum harder and faster.

“Angeal Heavens!” The Principal said as everyone clapped for him.

Aiden just waved as everyone focused on him.

Maria nodded her head. “Okay, that’s an acceptable loss.” Maria thought to herself.

“Once again Angeal, you showed how incredible you actually are.” Silvia thought as she applauded Aiden.

Aiden continued to wave.

“I hope I don’t get in trouble for this by the Almighty.” Aiden thought to himself as the band continued to play. Ending the Sequoia Junior High School Science fair.


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