Yaooan: Tale of Fate – Chapter Two

Yaooan and Randiantsi stood outside of the cave. It had a wide entrance that gave an ominous feeling. Even without being able to see a few meters inside, the sensation of the place was of intense danger.

“I don’t think we should go any further…” Randiantsi said as they both looked into the dark abyss in front of them.

“Yea, I think you are right. If I had more control over my power I’m sure this would not be an issue.” Yaooan responded.

“Same here.” Randiantsi agreed. They both then backed up away from the entrance and decided to head towards the ocean instead.

“I hear the ocean is a good place to grind for EXP. There’s like a billion fish just eager to die with a single blast, or a throw of a needle!” Randiantsi said as she tossed her needle into the ocean and pulled out a fish.

Yaooan clapped, “Wow impressive. I see that you did some practice while I was in class.” Yaooan said to Randiantsi.

“Don’t you have school tomorrow, why aren’t you asleep?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan as they were both shooting fish in the shallows.

“I have very bad dreams at night, so I prefer to stay awake. Doing this seems better than watching videos all night anyways.” Yaooan responded.

They both continued to grind, and were stacking up on fish and fish bones. “That doesn’t sound very healthy, we can talk about it if you’d like.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan.

“Nah, just hanging out makes me feel better, my place is like crazy quiet, it deafening.” Yaooan said, leaving out the part about the sound of fighting being the only noise she hears,  because that is a huge indicator of where she lives.

Randiantsi then stopped. “Hey, Vani. I know we just met, and that we met just in this game. But you’re my friend , if you need to talk or just to hang out, I’m here.” Randiantsi addressed Yaooan.

“Same here Randiantsi, you’re my friend tooi.” Yaooan responded. She then received a message from Rider. “Geez Rider, do you not get a hint!” Yaooan said out loud.

“Oh what’s wrong?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“It’s Rider again, he’s like super annoying right now.” Yaooan responded. “He just said that he couldn’t stop thinking about what happened today and wants to make it up tomorrow.” 

“I’m guessing he means in person right?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Yeah in person, same place where I first logged in…” Yaooan told Randiantsi with audible annoyance in her voice.

“Dang, you must be breathtaking in person.” Randiantsi said as she shuffled through her bag.

“Trust me, I am not. I think he just wants to be liked by everyone.” Yaooan says as she was also preparing her bag for the return trip.

“Well, let’s sell these and get some mad cash!” Randiantsi said with her usual cheery voice. They both were completely filled to the brim with fish in their bags. They proceeded towards the Center Hub.

Once they arrived they took the route leading them to the SHopping District, and then into the Fish Market. They slammed the bags full of fish on the cashier’s desk.

“There you are, tons of fish for your enjoyment!” Randiantsi said to the NPC.

“Well let’s see what we have here.” He leaned over to examine the fish. “It’s impressive how little damage you both caused to these fish.” The Shop NPC was impressed by the haul. “Hmm, for this amount and this quality, I will give you 200 Rare Crystals.” He quoted them.

“200 Rare Crystals! What are you trying to do!? Cheat us!” Randiantsi said to the NPC.

“What are you doing? 200 Rare Crystals is an insane amount.” Yaooan whispered to Randiantsi.

“Yeah, but I bet he will give us an extra 5 Rare Crystals if we haggle him a bit.” Randiantsi responded to Yaooan also in a whisper.

“Fine, 210 Rare Crystals, but I am not going any higher than that! I have a shop to run.” The NPC said to Randiantsi.

“Sure, we will take it. But I got my eyes on you man.” Randiantsi said to the NPC as she gestured her two fingers from her eyes to his eyes.

They both walked away with an extreme haul.

“Here, that’s 105 for you, and 105 for me. Now we can go out and try some of that fancy food I hear this place has.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan as she transferred money to her.

“Why would we eat food here? It’s not like it’ll affect us in our actual bodies.” Yaooan asked Randiantsi.

Randiantsi turned around quickly and pointed at Yaooan. “That’s where you are wrong, we are able to taste while we are in this world, since all of our senses can be simulated within our brains. Which includes taste.” Randiantsi pointed at her own tongue.

“SO we can actually taste the food in Rutanu?” Yaooan asked.

“Yeah, as much as we can see in Rutanu, hear Rutanu, feel Rutanu and so on. We can taste it!” Randiantsi said, gesturing wide.

Yaooan picked up some grass to see if everything had been programmed with taste. She placed a bit into her mouth, and immediately spit it out. “Bleh! That was horrible! Oh that tastes like rotted fish carcass.” Yaooan said, scraping her tongue.

“How do you know what that tastes like?” Randiantsi laughed.

“Hurry up! Let’s find somewhere to replace this taste.” Yaooan said looking through the map. “There, it’s not far. Looks like they have Soba.” Yaooan said heading in that direction with her tongue still poking out.

Yaooan and Randiantsi entered the place and saw a crowd of people surrounding a table in the restaurant.

“What do you think is happening there, Randiantst?” Yaooan asked and then proceeded to order Yaki Soba.

“Beats me, I have as much of a clue as you.” Randiantsi responded.

They both kept looking at what was causing such a ruckus. Yaooan then caught a glimpse of his face.

Yaooan was stunned. She shook Randiantsi’s shoulder. “It’s Yuski! He’s in the restaurant with us!” Yaooan said to Randiantsi, she was awestruck.

“Yuski? Whose that?” Randiantsi responded as she received her Soba.

Yaooan was about to reply, but then the crowd of people opened up. Following this Yuski began to walk towards the two girls.

“Oh dear, how could you have not heard of me?” Yuski said to Randiantsi.

“I just haven’t, are you some sort of NPC?” Randiantsi responded to him with a bit of soap in her mouth.

“Haha! Funny. You’re a funny one. How about you watch me in action? It’s a shame that not everyone has gotten the pleasure to see me fight.” Yuski then handed Randiantsi a Legendary Ticket to the Fighting Arena. “This is a front row seat to my fights tomorrow. Please come and watch.” Yuski added.

“I’m not going to watch alone, I’m in a party with Vani here.” Randiantsi said to Yuski, grabbing Yaooan’s shoulder.

“Oh, my apologies. Then there are two. And Waiter, please allow me to pay for their meals.” Yuski went on saying.

“We have that taken care of, thank you!” Randiantsi said to Yuski.

“Ha, feisty I see. Well please come, Vani and…” Yuski was trying to get Randiantsi’s name.

“Randiantsi.” Randiantsi responded.

“Wow, we are already finishing each other’s sentences. Well, Vani and Randiantsi, I’ll see you tomorrow at the Stadium. Bye bye.” He said as he left the eatery. Yuski was followed outside by the hordes of people trying to be his pupils.

“Well that’s cool, you just got personally invited to watch Yuski’s match, up close and personal.” Yaooan said to Randiantsi. “Looks like you got yourself a new crush.”

“I’m sure he hands these out like candy.” Randiantsi said before she called out to another guy at the other side of the restaurant. “Hey you! How much are you willing to pay for front row seats to watch Yuski fight?” She asked the random person.

“Hypothetically right? I would say I’d probably cough up maybe 5 Ultra Rare Coins for that.” He replied.

“Well, do you have that much?” She then asked again before being stopped by Yaooan.

“Hey! What are you doing?” Yaooan asked Randiantsi, before she just went and sold the tickets.

“You heard him, he would be willing to pay 5 Ultra Rare Coins. That’s like 50 times what we made today for essentially nothing.” Randiantsi responded back to Yaooan. “Besides, why would I want to go see him run around and beat up other players? I’d rather just do that myself.” Randiantsi explained to Yaooan.

“You know what, I can see your point. It feels kinda rude, but we really didn’t ask for them. He just gave it to us anyway.” Yaooan thought about it, and then agreed with Randiantsi.

“So I have here, two premium, high grade, pristine front row tickets to Yuski’s match tomorrow. I’m willing to sell them to this guy, unless someone is willing to let’s say… pay 8 Ultra Rare Coins for them?” Randiantsi said out loud to the newly arrived group who went to check out the seat that Yuski sat in.

“8 URCs, that’s a steal! Of course I’m willing to give that up,” A guy said in the crowd.

“Well, then it’s 9 URCs from me!” Another guy called out.

“Hero Worship at it’s finest.” Randiantsi laughed to Yaooan.

After Yaooan and Randiantsi finished their meals, they left the restaurant with a delicious taste in their mouths and a pocket of 23 URCs.

“Well, this was a productive night. I am going to head to sleep. I’m sure my mom will be able to tell if I got less than 2 hours of sleep. So I will be off.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan, as she prepared to log off. “Feel free to dig into the party funds, 23 URCs is a lot of cash dollars.” Randiantsi said as she logged off.

Yaooan also decided to log off for the night. She was tired enough to feel like she could sleep immediately without having to lie awake with her own mind. So she disconnected the device from her neck and placed it next to her bed.

“Hmm, 3 hours until classes. I also have detention later, Damn… and did I have homework?” Yaooan thought, and before she knew it, she was asleep.

Yaooan fell into a deep sleep, and she heard crying next to a burning house. She walked closer and noticed that it was herself as a tiny child.

“Aww, what’s wrong little girl?” Yaooan asked the dream version of herself. The little girl pointed at the black figures that were trapped underneath the rubble. Yaooan tried to help, but she was unable to move the debris. The rest of the building then began to collapse. The falling material fell on her as her alarm woke her up.

“Ugh, I hate that dream…” Yaooan said annoyed. She got up slightly groggy, and dragged herself through her morning routine. “I have to set an alarm for myself to stop playing next time. I feel like dirt right now.” Yaooan thought to herself as she cleaned her teeth and made some breakfast for herself.

She had videos on as she ate. “Vlagora still is struggling to keep up with the progress of Marian North. We just keep Winning!” Was the message from the news networks.

“Yeah, whoa, everyone’s winning in Marian North.” Yaooan mockingly said to herself. She then continued to eat and finished her meal.

Yaooan left her home and saw another cute object on the ground. She wanted to pick it up, but chose to leave it on the floor. Considering she didn’t want another cute object destroyed.

“Oh wow Yaooan, you look way worse than yesterday. Did you get hit by a train!?” YauYue said, mocking Yaooan.

“She should get hit by a train, at least that way she will come out looking more attractive.” Paiyi added.They then went on laughing leaving Yaooan in the background.

Yaooan pointed her finger at the girls. “I bet the world would be slightly better if I only was able to.” 

Yaooan thought to herself. She then shook her head. “No, I can’t be thinking like that, they are probably going through stuff in their lives and just are taking it out on me…” Yaooan thought some more. She then continued to school.

“Student 1076. Let me see what weird object you’re trying to sneak into my school this time.” The same gate guard from yesterday said to Yaooan.

“Don’t worry Sir, I didn’t bring anything weird today. Though, tomorrow who knows?” Yaooan said, trying to lighten her mood from the lack of sleep.

“Just get going.” He said to Yaooan before gesturing for her to continue forward.

As she entered the hall her home room was in, she noticed Student 1145 waiting for her. He noticed Yaooan as well and waved at her with a smile.

“Hey 1076! Did you get my messages from yesterday?” Student 1145 asked Yaooan.

“Yes I did. And I gave the items away.” She said walking passed him in the direction of the home room.

“I’m sorry.” He said to Yaooan before she entered the room. “I don’t want to be a stranger to you, can I please have a chance to make things right?” He asked Yaooan.

Yaooan stopped and thought about it. “Ah, whatever…” She thought to herself. “Same place as yesterday, though I am going to be late because I have a half detention period to serve thanks to you.” Yaooan said to Student 1145 before entering the classroom.

Student 1145 celebrated with a small fist pump.

Home room class went as they normally do. Starting off with Yaooan fighting to concentrate on the syllabus for the day, followed by the teacher targeting Yaooan, then forcing her to wait outside the classroom, all the while the other students were literally sleeping in class without any repercussions. Same thing, day in and day out.

Yaooan went to Royal Etiquette, which was basically just a class about how to treat the Royal Family. And learning about all of  their accomplishments over the years. Yaooan could swear that half of the stuff is made up, but she wouldn’t say that out loud.

Following which she promptly went to Anthropology, where she was just learning about the speciation of Humans. From the Proto Humans to Cataran Zuiming. From Ren Genera to Ren Xi Prime. The Tree of Humans Species had Ren Xi at the base splitting off to Ren Xi, Ren Shaole, and Ren Zuiperi. Then continuing from the Ren Xi branch was the Ren Neo, and an asterisk next to the left of the Ren Neo branch indicating a theoretically branch from the Ren Neo. However the statement that the asterisk targeted said. “No bones from this line have been found, however ample eyewitness testimony exists.”

Natural Mathematics came next which is Science and Math mixed into one study. Since the study of both fields is based on discovery of what exists and can be interpreted through equations that can then be used to simulate reality. 

Yaooan concluded that with sufficient equations the universe could be discovered in the palm of your hand.

Yaooan then had to sit through a historical recreation class which is basically just the Royal Etiquette Class except with everyone else included. Simple theatrics really. Following this class Yaooan headed right to detention.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more bored in my entire life!” Yaooan thought to herself as she wanted to bang her head against the desk. She laid her head down on the top to start her daydream.

“Student 1076! This is a punishment, not nap time. Do school work or just sit erect and quiet.” The detention guard yelled at Yaooan.

“Dang sheesh. Guess I’ll get some Anthropology homework done.” Yaooan thought to herself as she brought out school work from her bag. “I wonder what Titanus and those other guys are doing now? They are probably out torturing another soul.” Yaooan though as she was looking at the heritage tree of the Ren Neo.

Detention continued on for Yaooan until the first half signal rang. Yaooan grabbed her stuff and immediately headed towards the door.

“Hey! Where do you think you are going?” The detention guard asked Yaooan, holding his hand out, to block her way out.

Yaooan pulled out her note from the Vice Dean, showing that she was only supposed to serve a half period, not the full detention. The Guard snatched the note from Yaooan’s hand and scanned it with his device. He then handed it back to Yaooan.

“You’re free to go.” The guard said, lowering his arm.

“Thank you Sir.” Yaooan responded, lifting her bag back onto her shoulders. She then proceeded to head to Area 9 and the Music Rooms.

She ran across the Courtyard, through the cafeteria and into the Area 9 Building.

“Hold on, where are you rushing to?” The Patroller asked Yaooan, stopping her.

“Oh come on…” Yaooan thought to herself. “I’m on my way to the Music Rooms from Detention, I want to use the most down time as possible before the second half of the school day, Sir.” Yaooan tried to explain to the Patroller.

“Sounds like a likely excuse, let me see your note.” He commanded Yaooan.

She handed him the note that was signed by the Guard in Detention.

“Your story checks out. Don’t run in my halls next time.” He handed the note back to her, and Yaooan briskly walked to the Music Rooms.

She entered the room and found everyone with their devices plugged in. She then sat in the corner next to the door and proceeded to also start playing. As she entered the game she found a message from Rider, and another one from Randiantsi. Obviously Yaooan read Randiantsi’s message first.

“Whenever you get on, come on the Fields! I just bought a vehicle with the money we ‘earned’ yesterday.” Randiantsi sent Yaooan.

Yaooan then read Rider’s message. “Hey Vani! Thank you for giving me a second chance today, when you get on please come to the stadium. I have a little show I want to present to you.” Is what Rider’s message read.

“I’m going to meet with Randiantsi first, then we can both head to the stadium.” Yaooan thought to herself as she geared up and headed towards the fields.

“I’m almost at the fields, Randiantsi.” Yaooan sent her. Yaooan then got an immediate reply.

“Oh, just head to the stadium, looks like we got another invite from Yuski to watch him fight. I’m not going in until you are here though.” Randiantsi responded.

“Hmmm, that worked out.” Yaooan thought. And then she received another message from Randiantsi.

“You can summon the Vehicle from the party list. Just bring up the menu and summon it. That’ll definitely guarantee that you get here as fast as possible.” Randiantsi’s message read.

Yaooan then pulled up her menu and noticed it had a new vehicle icon. “Well, there it is. She really bought a vehicle.” Yaooan thought before clicking on the icon. Then a vehicle emerged in front of her. It began as digital white in colour, then it gained a material.

The vehicle had wide wings about 4 times the length of Yaooan’s arm width. A bright Blue and Red Colour throughout the vehicle with an egg shaped seating area with enough room for two people. There also looked to be two ornaments sticking up from the front of the vehicle.

“This thing is enormous!” Yaooan thought to herself, as she entered the seating area of the machine. She then proceeded to move forward. “Oh no, how do I use this thing?” Yaooan pondered as the vehicle continued to move at higher and higher speeds.

She then messed around with the joystick and the vehicle took off into the air. Yaooan was now gliding overhead and saw the wide expanse of Rutanu. Yaooan saw a dark mountainous area in the distance with red clouds surrounding its peak. “Well that looks dangerous.” Yaooan thought before trying to steer her vehicle while it was gliding.

“Okay, the Stadium is right there, so this should be as easy as riding a Walker.” She said thinking out loud. She then pressed her feet on a pedal and the vehicle halted its forward momentum. It remained there only for a second then began dropping out of the sky.

“Oh no, this is bad!” Yaooan yelled before taking her foot off the pedal.The vehicle then stopped dropping and began to hover in place. “Well, let me just steer downward, and I will just let Randiantsi handle the rest.” Yaooan thought as she lifted her feet completely off the floor of the vehicle to ensure she was not touching anything but the joysticks.

Randiantsi spotted Yaooan flying overhead. She also noticed that Yaooan kept circling around her. “What are you doing Vani?!” Randiantsi yelled up to Yaooan.

“I don’t know how to land this thing.” Yaooan responded. She tried to steer the vehicle to the ground with no luck.

Randiantsi then threw her needles up at the vehicle and pulled it down from the air. She placed a modified shield, that had a comfort lining the interior, around Yaooan to protect her from the impact.

The vehicle crashed into the ground, then disappeared. Yaooan’s shield ball rolled towards Randiantsi. Once it was arms length away from her it opened up. Yaooan came out of the ball dizzy.

“Wow, you’ve got a lot stronger,  Randiantsi.” Yaooan looked at her while still feeling a little dizzy.

“Yeah, there is a training center just past the Forest. It cost like 10 SRCs for a Class, so I just spent the day there.” Randiantsi responded.

“Wow, that’s awesome! What…” Yaooan was saying to Randiantsi before Randiantsi interrupted her.

“It would’ve been awesome if Yuski didn’t show up in the middle of my training. I told him I sold his tickets, since he asked me if I was excited to see him fight.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan gesturing Yuski’s motions. “He then sent a quest into my menu which said ‘Go to the Stadium and watch a Pro Match. ’First off, I didn’t know he could even do that. And second off, it’s like a Tier 3 Mission. That’s like a trillion experiences.” Randiantsi kept trying to go on.

“Ha, I think he has something he is trying to prove to you, Randiantsi.” Yaooan then started pushing Randiantsi into the Stadium where the quest activated. The Quest transported them both into the second row of the Stadium seating.

Yuski was fighting random players once again, and was easily winning his matches. Yaooan messaged Rider. “I’m in the Stadium now, what was it you wanted to show me?” Yaooan sent.

“Hey! You actually replied. Well my match is coming up next, so I’ll show you then.” He replied before closing the chat.

“Wait… what?” Yaooan thought to herself and then saw that Rider was walking out onto the fighting arena.

Yuski looked up after winning the last match, bowing to his fans. They erupted in screams. He then saw Randiantsi in the second row. He pointed at her and mouthed out the words: “This match is for you.”.

Randiantsi had a disgusted look on her face as she brought her knees up to her face as she sat.

“This is going to be bad.” Yaooan thought, as she was watching Rider walk out. He was waving his hands to the crowd.

“A 1v1? What? Are you crazy?” Yuski asked Rider.

“Maybe. But I have something to prove. I am not just fighting for myself!” Rider said, pulling out his Sickle.

“I’m not going easy on you this round, so I hope you thought this through.” Yuski responded.

“I won’t be going easy on you either.” Rider said in return.

Yaooan felt second hand embarrassment hearing this exchange.

The fight began and Rider ran at Yuski with a tornado Sickle move. Yuski easily dodged it. Rider tried to quickly turn around for another strike but Yuski spit acid on Rider’s leg. Rider fell as his tendons melted off.

“You can’t rush like that without a secondary plan, like what if I dodged. Then what would have been your next move?” Yuski said to Rider. Yuski landed a short distance away with grace.

Rider, now injured, tried another of his signature moves, he called the Sickle Boomerang. He throws his sickle around the arena covering the perimeter with its motion.

Yuski blows a gust of air at the ground in front of Rider causing a cloud of dust to cover his vision. Yuski proceeded to easily grab the sickle out of the air and directed it back at Rider.

Rider was trying to move the dust out of his vision so that he could see Yuski. At the last second Rider noticed his own sickle and was cut in half by it.

“What happens now?” Yaooan asked Randiantsi seeing that Rider has now been cut down.

“He’ll return, but with half of his total experience. And considering how high level your friend was, that is going to be a big cut. Haha, get it? Because it’s literal, he was actually cut in half.” Randaintsi responded, snickering at her own joke.

“Well, that sucks.” Yaooan replied. “What were you thinking, Rider?” Yaooan thought to herself. Rider’s body vanished from the Stadium.

The crowd cheered for Yuski as he bowed once again. Yuski looked up at Randiantsi and pointed at her again.

“A perfect victory, nearly as perfect as I am! He would have done better if he sat still.” Yuski said to the crowd.

The quest in Randiantsi’s Menu lit up, and was listed as complete. Yaooan received a fourth of the experience from being present for the quest.

“Looks like we are done here.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan as they both got up from their seats. Yuski thanked his fans and said that he had to go somewhere really quickly. The matches in the Stadium then changed from Ranked to Exhibitions.

“Hey, hold up.” Yuski said, rushing behind Randiantsi. “So what do you think? I’m I not incredible?” Yuski asked Randiantsi with a nervous smile on his face.

“You’re good, but I’m not impressed. I bet me and Vani here could take you on and win.” Randiantsi said, taunting Yuski.

Yuski slumped down. “I can’t fight against someone as cute and tsundere-like as you.” Yuski said, grabbing Randiantsi’s hands.

“How about you join my party? Then we can train together and I wouldn’t have to worry about eliminating you.” Yuski asked Randiantsii.

Randiantsi looked at Yaooan, then back at Yuski. She pulled away her hands. “Nah, I’m good, you’re not really my type anyways.” Randiantsi said, turning towards Yaooan.

“What is your type? Trust me, I can become anything I want to be.” Yuski responded back to Randiantsi.

The crowd then came out of the Stadium after finding out where Yuski was.

“Ahem, I mean. Guess I’ll just see you some other time you two.” Yuski immediately changed his composure in front of the crowd. He then headed back into the stadium.

Yaooan and Randiantsi looked at the crowd and Yuski, until they rounded the corner. Randiantsi pulled out her vehicle. “Come on Vani, let’s ride!” Randiantsi addressed Yaooan. Yaooan got into the vehicle and sat behind Randiantsi.

“Ah, can you please take the front?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Oh, yeah, sure. I hope you are ready because I am a terrible driver.” Yaooan replied switching places with Randiantsi. Yaooan replied switching places with Randiantsi. “Wow, you really got Yuski under your spell, guess he thinks your avatar is super cute.” Yaooan said, as she started the vehicle. It slowly went into the air, since Yaooan can not handle it at high speeds.

“Yeah, that’s weird right?” Randiantsi responded back to Yaooan. “I bet he is super ugly in person.” Randiants said, poking fun at Yuski.

“Eh, I’m not really sure. My appearance took my facial features automatically, so I just assumed everyone else did too.” Yaooan said, still slowly gliding around with Randiantsi grabbing her waist.

“Same here, mine took my appearance too. But I assumed that could be changed. Well, I’m glad that you look like your avatar, because yours is very good looking.” Randiantsi responded back to Yaooan.

Yaooan blushed a bit, not really knowing how to reply. “I’m sure you’re just being nice. I don’t look quite as good in person.”

“You said that before, but I’m not sure I believe you.” Randiantsi quickly responded after Yaooan. Yaooan finally started making the vehicle move forward.

They flew right over the forest and into the valley. Below there were old wood pieces and an assortment of debris laid throughout the ground.

“Oh! Land here, this is my territory!” Randiantsi said, as she pointed down below.

Yaooan then tried to land, but just like before, it took her forever to do so. Randiantsi jumped out of the vehicle and pulled it out of the air once again.

“You know if we keep doing that, we’re going to have to repair it eventually.” Yaooan said emerging from her ball.

“Meh, I’m sure we have enough for any repairs.” Randiantsi said, before spreading her hands wide showing Yaooan the area. “So, what do you think?!” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

Yaooan kicked some rocks that were on the ground. “This place looks like a dump.” Yaooan said, looking around at all the destroyed trees and stones.

“Yeah, it looked better before I started training… but hey.” Randiantsi started saying before sitting atop a boulder. “It’s our dump!” Randiantsi finished, as she pointed around at the area.

“Sure!” Yaooan laughed along with Randiantsi, as she shot a laser from her fingers to carve their names into the stone. “There! Now our names are on it” 

“Oh cool!” Randiantsi hopped down to admire Yaooan’s writing. “You write in Marian Script. So that must mean you at least grew up in Marian, right?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Well, since you called the place Marian, I can assume you don’t live in either of the countries.” Yaooan said walking to Randiantsi. “It’s been the Marian North and South since the Marian Civil War about 10 years ago.”

Randiantsi responded surprised. “Oh! Really? I didn’t know that conflict split the country. Well dang, I guess I should have been paying more attention in school.” Randiantsi then checked the time. “Speaking of school, isn’t it almost time for you to get to your classes?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

Yaooan checked the time. “Yeah it is! Thank you, Randiantsi. I’ll be back later today. I’ll meet back up with you here, right?” Yaooan asked Randiantsi.

“The best place in the world! Vandiantsi… maybe I’ll work on the name a bit more.” Randiantsi responded back to Yaooan.

“Sure! I’ll see you later!” Yaooan said, before logging off. She looked around the room to see Student 1145 still plugged in.

Yaooan thought about leaving him there as pay back, but didn’t have the heart to do so. SO she shook him to get him to notice the time. He disconnected his device shortly after and dropped to his knees.

“I lost 4 days of progress in just one match!” He cried to Yaooan as he went to grab her legs.

“Get off me, and get up! We need to head to class. It was your own fault for challenging him, in a ranked duel no less. What did you think was going to happen?” Yaooan said, lifting him to his feet.

“I thought the power of friendship was going to lead me to victory.” Student 1145 responded to Yaooan.

“You watch too many movies, 1145.” Yaooan said, brushing her legs.

“Anhou.” Student 1145 said, as he got up.

“What?” Yaooan responded.

“My name is Anhou.” Anhou said, gathering his stuff.

“Oh, I’m Student 1076.” Yaooan responded as they both were heading out of Area 9.

“So, I guess we aren’t at the level to use our real names with each other yet?” Anhou asked Yaooan.

“Not quite. But you made a good first step towards that today.” Yaooan said, not to come across as overly mean to Anhou.

A smile appeared on his face. “Did I realy?!” He exclaimed with joy.

“Meh…” Yaooan shrugged. “I mean you’re like the only person I talk to in this whole school, so that counts for something.” Yaooan responded.

“Nice! So how about after school I treat you to a meal?” Anhou asked Yaooan.

“Ah, no. You’re pushing it.” Yaooan said back to him.

“Sorry.” Anhou said before walking silently.

They left Area 9 and had to go in separate directions towards their respective classes.

“See you tomorrow at Home Room period, or in Rutanu, whichever comes first.” Anhou said before heading to class.

Yaooan nodded her head. “Sure.” She then proceeded into hers.

In her Mythology Class, the topic that was being taught was one she enjoyed the most out of all stories. It was about the Fates.

The Fates were said to be 3 Omnipotent beings who guide the motion of all events in the world. One Fate represents Pain, One represents Happiness, and the other represents Success. Yaooan beliefs were in the Fates, and she pleaded with them each day, to ask for favour from Success and Happiness, and gave offerings to Pain so that she would be satisfied with the attention of the day. But the only one so far that interacts with Yaooan has been Pain. Maybe her offerings aren’t enough.

The Fates are said to have emerged once Fathera, the creator of creation, left his position to live among the created. The Fates emerged from the void, and set the laws of the Universe in place. These laws ensured that all beings, including the former Fathera obeyed them.

Over time new Creators emerged from the Created Universe of Father’s Design, and they battled with the Fates for control of Reality. Eventually the Creators lost and were relegated to being the Creators of other Universes, never to have the Power that Fathera had. They no longer had the Power to Create freely, or in the Universes they emerged from.

The Fates can not create anything, but they have dominion over everything that was created.

Yaooan was so fascinated by this. She knew in the back of her head that this just sounds like a myth. A myth that was created to explain why things happen in the world, including the good and the bad. But this cognitive dissonance was not enough to prevent the belief. The Marian North Society primes their citizens towards these beliefs, since they must accept that the Queen is a Physical Representation of the Creator.

Yaooan listened and in no time the class period ended. The rest of her night classes continued as usual.

Yaooan walked home. Anhou wasn’t waiting for her this time. So she continued home alone. She again purchased some snacks from the store on the corner, and walked up the stairs into her home.

She kicked her shoes off and removed her skirt. She then proceeded to lay in her living room to relax and decompress after what felt like a week’s worth of work in only a single day.

Yaooan ate some of her snacks, thinking about eating an actual meal one of these days. “Dang, Randiantsi doesn’t live in Marian North. That sucks. So I may never get to meet her.” Yaooan thought to herself recalling the events of the day.

“Hmm, today was actually pretty fun.” Yaooan laughed at her thoughts as she got up and turned on some videos.

“The Queen issued a holiday for all those who participated in yesterday’s…” The video began to say before Yaooan changed it.

“This Summer looks to be calm for the rest of…” Yaooan changed it from that video too.

“… Tournament to christen the success of the first week of…” Yaooan then prepared to change the video until it said “Rutanu’s Launch.”

“Yeah, I am thoroughly enjoying the interactions of the players from the last 13 days. I had a feeling that this would be a big hit, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that we would already have a player base so large. So to celebrate I am going to give each player who signs up before tomorrow an egg that will be hatching into a companion in about a week’s worth of play time. As well as hosting a tournament that will take place in Vesatanis, the Capital City of Vlagora.” The creator of the game said.

“So what kind of prizes are at stake?” The interviewer asked the founder of Rutanu.

“Well obviously, it’s going to be a lot of money. As well as other exclusive features made just for them.” The founder said and then continued. “Trust me, it’s more money than I think a single person would ever need. And I am doing it to decrease my tax bracket now… But that shouldn’t stop anyone from participating. So I’ll see you at the end of this week, Players. Slay the Game!” The video ended and Yaooan jumped up.

“Oh wow! That is such a short notice, I wonder did Randiantsi see this news.” Yaooan said before going into her bag to pull out her device. “Eh, on second thought. I should clean up a bit before logging on.” Yaooan thought looking around at the mess she caused from jumping up too quickly.

Yaooan cleaned up her living room and washed up quickly before immediately logging into Rutanu.

Yaooan checked her messages. “Do you see how many people are online now, this is insane, what is going on?” The message said, from Randiantsi.

“Did you see the video about the tournament 1076?  We could go to Vlagora together for the tournament!” Rider messaged.

“I’m getting flooded by party requests Vani, whenever you log on can you please help me delete them.” The second Randiantsi message read.

“Well looks like the World just got a whole lot more crowded.” Yaooan said before summoning up the vehicle. She then proceeded to head over to their territory. Yaooan looked below and saw that the main hub was crowded, the second new hub was also crowded and that another was being built. “Hordes Field must be a nightmare right now…”

Yaooan landed in the Valley that Randiantsi has massively improved since the last time Yaooan was here.

“Hey Randiantsi, are you around?” Yaooan called out. Randiantsi then jumped down from atop an overlooking mountain, using her needles to swing below.

“Oh thank the Fates it’s you, what took you so long Vani, I’ve been protecting our land from new players for like the past hour. Where did they all come from?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Well the creator of Rutanu just announced a tournament that’s going to be happening in  Vlagora in about a week.  I’m guessing people are taking this chance to try and win some money.” Yaooan responded to Rutanu.

“Dang really? I guess Yuski is going to have a field day cleaning up these new players then.” Randiantsi said jokingly to Yaooan.

“So what do you think?” Yaooan asked.

“About what? The tournament? I’ve never been interested in those things. Where in Vlagora is it supposed to be?” Randiantsi said, picking up some debris.

“Ah, Vesatanis, the Capital City.” Yaooan said remember the location.

“Oh really! Are you going to go to it?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan, seemingly excited now.

“I suppose that I can go with Rider there, but I don’t see why I would if you…” Yaooan was saying before being interrupted by Randiantsi.

“Yes! I’ll be there, I literally live in Vesatanis, so this is a perfect chance for us to hang out in reality.” Randiantsi said, excited about the prospect.

“Oh cool you live in Vesatanis, I heard that technology there is the only one close to comparable to Marian North’s.” Yaooan asked Randiantsi.

Randiantsi facial expression was slightly confused. “Ah, I’m pretty sure Vesatanis has the top technology in the world…” Randiantsi responded.

“Must be Countries trying to make themselves seem like the best I suppose.” Yaooan said also moving some debris.

“Besides, you all still have to go to actual classes, I just get a link and interact with the educator.” Randiantsi replied to Yaooan.

“How does that even work?” Yaooan asked.

“Beats me, well it really doesn’t, but I don’t like talking about school, let’s expand our territory before these New Players start claiming everything.” Randiantsi said, making a fist.

After some time of Randiantsi and Yaooan’s expansion of the Land known as Vandiantsi to extend to more remote territories, a group of new players began to encroach on Yaooan’s and Randiantsi’s domain. This encroachment will be the 5th wave today.

“This is crazy, I would have expected that most people were asleep already.” Yaooan said shooting another player with her finger beam.

“Damn! You’re right! This is going to get a whole lot worse tomorrow during daylight!”. Randiantsi replied, slicing apart a party with her threads.

“We should either build a fortress or gain new party members.” Yaooan said resting a bit after the end of that wave.

“I am 100 Percent down for building a fortress, especially considering these new players just joined for money.” Randiantsi said landing close to Yaooan.

Yaooan looked around and figured that the best thing they could do would be to build a pyramid around their base since anyone can jump over a wall.

“How about I carve out the stones of the surrounding mountains into blocks and you can carry them with your threads into place.” Yaooan recommended.

“Whoa, that’s a lot of weight for me. And that’s a lot of power coming from you, you think you can handle it?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Yeah, as of now I’ve been using a tiny percent of my actual ability, I think it’s about time I crank it up a notch.” Yaooan replied.

“Oh yea, I completely forgot that your ability isn’t lasers, it’s some sort of blast.” Randiantsi said reminded of Yaooan’s skill. “Well go on, let’s see what you can do!”

Yaooan took a stance and cleared her mind. “Okay, destroy the mountains into blocks…” Yaooan chanted in her own head. Then she threw out her hands. But nothing happened.

“Ah… what was that?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Nothing it seems, I guess I did something wrong…” Yaooan then looked at her hands and just casually sent her hand out. Then a giant hole appeared in the mountain.

Randiantsi and Yaooan both looked at the damage and were left speechless. They looked at each other and back at the hole.

“I didn’t even see anything. What did you do!!” Randiantsi said excitedly.

“I just sent my hand out like this and pictured a hole shooting from my hand.” Then another hole appeared in the mountain as Yaooan finished saying that.

Another astonished look appeared on Randiantsi face. “Oh you are very dangerous now!  Maybe you could win the tournament.” Randiantsi said, looking at Yaooan’s hands.

“Okay, let’s scrap the pyramid thing. Let’s claim a cave! Randiantsi said pointing at the cave they were trying to go into the first day they met. “You could just go in there and clear the entire area.”

“Yeah, but then I would also blast off the roof of the cave…” Yaooan responded.

“Oh dang, that is a good point again…” Randiantsi said. “Well I’m all out of ideas. Maybe we should move further inward.”

Yaooan looked around their territory and didn’t just want to abandon it, so she directed her blast at the ground and began shooting.

Randiantsi watched as she was confused by Yaooan’s actions.

Once Yaooan finished there was a 100 meter deep 50 meter wide trench in front of the territory.

“There, now we have a huge hole in the front, flanked by two mountains to our right and left, the only people who can get over that are high level players who would have no interest in our land, and of course people with vehicles.” Yaooan said drinking a restoration drink.

“It’s simple and effective I suppose. Nice idea Vani!” Randiantsi said, looking at her work.  “Now you rest a bit. I am going to look on the map to see if I can hire some NPCs to patrol this area.”

Randiantsi said, opening up her menu. Yaooan kept a look out during Randiantsi’s search.

“Oh check this out Vani, we can hire this NPC for 1RC a day. That’s insanely cheap. We could fill up this entire area with these guys.” Randiantsi said, showing the unit to Yaooan.

“Yeah, I’m sure it would be just free loot for anyone who does happen to get across.” Yaooan said, turning back towards the trench.

“Wow there’s actually a lot we can do.” Randiantsi continued to look. “Oh so this is how Yuski was able to give me a quest.” Randiantsi said aloud towards Yaooan. “He just went through the NPC abilities tab and selected ‘Request a Quest’. Cost Crystals and Experience, but maybe we can do something with that later.” Randiatsi suggested to Yaooan.

“How long are you planning to stay awake tonight Randiantsi?” Yaooan asked.

“I don’t know, until my mom walks in I guess.” Randiantsi said, as she was still looking through her menus. “What about you Vani, how long are you staying awake?”

“Eh, I’ll stay on as long as you are on, I don’t have a bedtime.” Yaooan said laughing to Randiantsi.

“Dang lucky.” Randiantsi responded jokingly..

“Yeah, until you know the reason why I don’t have one…” Yaooan thought to herself.

“So what do you suggest we get? Like, 100 Armoured guards, 100 Stealth Warriors or 100 Calvary Knights.” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“How much is all of that going to cost?” Yaooan replied back.

“Does it matter?” Randiantsi questioned Yaooan.

“Eh, no not really. Get the Stealth Warriors, I want the people who do make it across to think that they are safe, then get ambushed by them.” Yaooan said to Randiantsi.

“Then that is what you will get.” Randiantsi then pressed the option. They both looked around and didn’t see anything.

“Ah, so what happened?” Yaooan asked.

“Hmm, let me press it again.” Randiantsi pressed the option again, and once more, nothing happened.

“Are they taking money away from us each time you press?” Yaooan asked.

“Yes they are. Well that’s not cool at all!” Randiantsi said out loud.

Yaooan went over to Randiantsi to see what was up. “Let me take a look at your menu.” Yaooan said scooting up next to Randiantsi. They both looked around to see if they missed something. Yaooan then noticed a number counting down on the bottom of her page. “Ah, what’s this mean?” Yaooan asked.

“Oh that’s new, I wonder what that means too.” Randiantsi looked at the numbers.

“Pretty sure that’s the March time it takes for them to get to our location.” Yaooan looked at Randiantsi.

“Well guess we have 300 Stealth guys coming in about 40 minutes.” Randiantsi informed Yaooan.

“That may be a bit of overkill wouldn’t you say?” Yaooan asked Randiantsi.

“Then the best thing for us to do is make them cover more territory. Let’s expand Vandiantsi!” Randiantsi said, jumping next to Yaooan.

“Still haven’t come up with a name huh?” Yaooan said in response to Randiantsi proposal.

“Nah, I’m cool with the name, it has equal parts me and you in it.” Randiantsi explained.

“Fine, Vandiantsi it is.” Yaooan responded.

Yaooan and Randiantsi set out into the wider wilderness behind Vandiantsi. They trusted that the guards who would show up would protect the area they were assigned once they arrived. Yaooan and Randiantsi laughed as they hopped on stones trying to see which would give the most commanding appearance. In the short amount of time of exploration,  they have doubled the amount of land that they had previously explored in the past few days.

“The beasts this far out are not as tough as I figured they would have been.” Randiantsi said after cutting down a Cereph.

“Yea, it must be from the excessive amount of experience we gain from defending our lands, and not to mention that day with the fish.” Yaooan said, picking up its remains.

“Yeah, do you think Rutanu has Raids?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“What is a Raid?” Yaooan responded.

“You know, it’s in a game where the bosses become so difficult they recommend you having a team to attack them. And these bosses usually drop like crazy rare items.” Randiantsi informed Yaooan.

“Hmm, earlier when I was going to meet you at the Stadium, I flew extremely high in the air and saw a dark fiery mountain in the distance. Maybe that’s where the raid is.” Yaooan told Randiantsi.

“Oh, we should check it out.” Randiantsi said, bringing out their vehicle. “No reason to keep cutting down small fries, let’s go after the big boss!” She said, presenting Yaooan her seat. “Can you please drive?” Randiantsi asked Yaooan.

“Yeah, sure.” Yaooan then got in front of Randiantsi and took off into the air towards the area with the fire mountain.

“Wow, that place looks frightening!” Randiantsi said, looking at the black and red clouds surrounding the mountain.

“So does this fit the description of what you would call a Raid?” Yaooan asked, approaching the mountain.

“Whatever it is… it has an immense amount of Energy coming from it.” Randiantsi said to Yaooan, as they began to circle down towards it.

Angel Misery: Chapter Five

It’s your Birthday Maria!

Maria gets up early in the morning. She looks around and doesn’t see Aiden in the room.

“Hey, where’d you go?” Maria says looking around her room.

She looks out her window and sees Aiden standing next to the tree they usually fly from. 

She hops up. “No way!” Maria screams as she rushes outside. The commotion wakes up Allison.

Maria runs to Aiden and sees him standing next to a Go Kart.

“No way! No way! No Way!” Maria excitedly says.

“I figured since it’s your birthday that I would create something you’d like.” Aiden says to Maria.

“How’d you know it was my birthday?” Maria says feeling the Kart.

“It’s almost like you’ve forgotten that every other sentence for the past week you said wasn’t about your birthday.” Aiden joked with Maria.

“I am beyond surprised, this is the first time you’ve done something for me without me asking!” Maria said, looking up at Aiden.

“I also have something else planned for you too.” Aiden said to Maria, hinting at something fun later on.

“Well you can’t hint at something like that without telling me!” Maria said to Aiden.

“It’s worth the wait, don’t worry.” Aiden responded.

Maria’s new Go Kart was Green with black trims. It had a black seat and very powerful looking wheels. On the seat was written “Maria ‘The General’ Li”.

“This is perfect! How about we take it for a quick drive?!” Maria asked Aiden.

“You don’t know how to drive do you?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I’ve played a ton of Go Kart games, besides why would you give it to me if you didn’t want me to drive it?” Maria asked Aiden with her usual devilish smile.

Allison came outside and Aiden went invisible. Allison saw Maria standing next to a Go Kart holding a Green Helmet.

Allison walked closer and saw Maria’s name on the seat.

“So where’d you get this from?” Allison asked Maria.

“A friend?” Allison looked at Maria with disbelief. “Now why would a friend give you an entire Go Kart?”

“In case you’ve forgotten, today is my Birthday.” Maria said with a smirk on her face.

“Oh yeah, I guess that is correct.” Allison says to Maria as she walks around the vehicle looking closely at it. “So which friend was it?” Allison questions Maria.

“If you must know, I got it from my Best Friend Angeal from school.” Maria said to Allison.

“Angeal? So you have a boyfriend now?” Allison questioned with minor disbelief.

“Angeal? My boyfriend? No way. He’s my best friend.” Maria said, a bit embarrassed.

“Right. So where is he now?” Allison asked, looking around for any sign of a friend.

“He came by early in the morning, dropped off and left.” Maria said with confidence.

“All that in a matter of minutes? Likely story.” Allison said, walking back to the house still looking around.

“Dang, guess I won’t be able to ride around just yet. Allison is going to keep staring at me for a while.” Maria said to the Invisible Aiden.

“Just take it to the backyard for now. You’ll get your chance later.” Aiden said as he helped Maria move the Go Kart making it look as though Maria was pushing it alone.

Maria returned into the House.

“Hey Sport, Happy Birthday!” Maria’s dad said to her as she walked back in. He was in the kitchen getting himself some coffee. “Anywhere you want to go today?” Maria’s dad asked with a big smile on his face.

“Not really, I am okay!” Maria said going back up to her room.

The dad looked disappointed. “Aww she’s usually more excited when I offer to take her out. My little girl must be growing up.” The dad said with a soft tone.

“That’s not it dad, she is busy trying to go to her ‘boyfriend’.” Allison said to her father.

“A ‘boyfriend’, whoa it’s way too early for that. She just started doing better in school, we can’t have some guy messing up her future.” Her dad said as he then went to go to Maria’s room.

“So how about we go out in an hour?” Maria was saying to Aiden.

Her dad then knocked on her door.

“Sport? I’m coming in.” Her dad said as he started opening the door.

Aiden vanished again.

“Yes dad?” Maria said to her father as she was placing stuff into her backpack.

“Oh, what are you packing stuff up for?” Maria’s dad asked.

“I’m going to go for a ride.” Maria responded.

“With… with a friend?” Maria’s dad cautiously asked.

“Yes, with my best friend!” Maria responded with excitement.

“I heard from Allison that you had a ‘boyfriend’.” Maria’s dad asked Maria.

“I don’t have a boyfriend.” Maria responded quickly to her father.

“So who is this friend you are going out for a ride with?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Oh… I can’t tell him it’s a boy or else he’s going to freak out… I will say it’s my friend named…” Maria was trying to come up with a story for her father. “I’m going out riding with my friend “Angel’.” Maria said to her Father.

“Angel? As in a girl named Angel?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Yes, as in a girl named Angel.” Maria said with a forced smile.

“Okay, well. About the boyfriend thing. I know you are a teenager now, but please wait until you are older, at least until you’re 16.” Maria’s dad said.

“Sure thing daddy o.” Maria responded.

“Offer is still open if you want to go and grab some breakfast with your favourite papa.” Maria’s dad said, trying to lighten the mood.

“Jeez, I just want to ride my Go Kart.” Maria thought to herself. “Okay dad! Let’s get some waffles!” Maria said with a smile.

“Birthday Waffles it is!” Maria’s dad said leaving the door open and going downstairs.

“Looks like I have to go out with my dad.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You named me ‘Angel’?” Aiden said with disbelief.

“I was under pressure.” Maria responded to Aiden.

“You could have chosen nearly anything else, like Heather, Kathy, Taylor, but you went for Angel, that’s practically admitting to Allison that Angel is a fake person.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It’s fine.” Maria smiled. “You wouldn’t happen to be able to transform your body right?” Maria asked with a sneaky look.

“Sure I can… “ Aiden said with hesitation.

“Then this will work out perfectly. Especially for the inevitable Birthday Party I am going to have later. You are going to come as Angel and then all the suspicions that my dad and Allison have will disappear.” Maria said before laughing about her genius plan.

“And as always the heavy lifting of the plan is my job.” Aiden said under his breath.

Maria went downstairs to the car where her dad was waiting to take her for breakfast.

Aiden then went to follow the vehicle before seeing Allison walk to the backyard to investigate Maria’s Go Kart.

Allison gripped the bars of the vehicle.

“This isn’t cheap at all.” Allison said tapping on the metal.

Allison looked at the lettering on the seat. “It’s been stitched on too.” Allison was trying to get a bit of the fabric off but nothing peeled.

“Yep, definitely more than a friend. I’ve seen enough shows to know that a guy would not buy such an expensive gift for no reason.” Allison said quietly, continuing to look at the Go Kart.

Allison looked underneath the vehicle looking for the gas tank.

“What does it run on?” Allison was confused as she continued looking.

“I guess I’ll leave her be.” Aiden then left off.

Aiden went through the house and saw Maria’s mother starting to put up Birthday Decorations.

It was images of video game characters and balloons with her favourite TV show up. It looked like quite the amount of work to do while everyone else was gone.

Aiden saw a bunch of the balloons in the back that needed to be blown up. He inflated them and went off.

Maria’s mom just finished putting up the streamers and was dreading needing to blow up over a few dozen balloons.

She went to the backroom and saw that a good portion of them were filled with air.

Maria’s mom picked them up. “Thank you for helping Allison.” Maria’s mom said. Allison was in her room by this time and was listening to Music on the radio barely hearing her mom.

Aiden met up with Maria and her dad at the Pancake Diner.

“So, how does it feel being a teenager now?” Maria’s dad said with a smile on his face.

Maria thought about it a little with her mouth filled with waffles and syrup on her cheek.

“Not any different I guess.” Maria says with her mouth still full.

“I remember when I turned 13, it was exciting. My father used to tell me that’s when I would start becoming a man.” Maria’s dad laughed to himself.

“Sure dad.” Maria said still with her mouth full.

Aiden sat next to Maria completely invisible still.

“Yeah, becoming a teenager wasn’t all fun and games, that’s when I had to start doing serious jobs like cleaning the gutters and clearing the back shed, washing the driveway.” Maria’s dad continued to talk about what it was like when he became a teenager.

“But that was like a hundred years ago, right. You wouldn’t have me doing that right?” Maria asked her dad.

“Not unless you want to, since I know that you enjoy doing typical ‘boy’ activities. Which is why.” Maria’s dad was saying before he brought out a baseball bat.

“Tada!” Maria’s dad says as he handed her the present. It was still wrapped but it was obvious what it was.

Maria looked at it.

“A baseball bat?” Maria smiled hesitantly.

“Yes, I figured we could hit a few good ones while we were out. Have a father daughter chit chat.” Maria’s dad said, swinging an invisible bat.

“Gee, thanks dad. I love it.” Maria said with a lack of enthusiasm.

“So after you are done eating, let’s head to the park to kill some time before running back home.” Maria’s dad suggested. 

“Can’t wait.” Maria said sarcastically. “All I want to do is drive my Go Kart.” Maria thought to herself.

“A baseball bat? Why would he give her that? Maria doesn’t like ‘ball’ sports.” Aiden thought to himself.

Maria ate her fill and slumped in her seat.

“Wow, that was good. Almost reminds me of the waffles in Brussels.” Maria said aloud.

“Waffles from Brussels? When did you have those?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Oh, ahh…” Maria then went into quick thinking. “My friend Angel brought some to me during school. Yeah, that’s what happened.” Maria responded.

“Hey, I have an idea, how about we invite your friend Angel over to your birthd-” Maria’s dad stopped himself from telling Maria about the Surprise Party. “Bring your friend over to have fun with on your birthday.”

“Oh, no. She is way too busy. She wouldn’t come to my birthday haha.” Maria responded.

“Nonsense, let me talk to her mom and then we can go and pick her up. What’s her parent’s number?” Maria’s dad asked, pulling out his flip phone.

“Oh, her parent’s number?” Maria hesitated.

Maria’s dad was ready to press the numbers.

“On second thought, how about we start hitting the baseball dad.” Maria said, getting out of her seat.

“Ah, sure.” Maria’s dad responded by putting away his cell phone.

They both got into the car and her dad started driving to the park.

“I didn’t expect that you’d be so eager to play baseball, I was thinking to myself, ‘what would be the perfect gift for my oldest daughter.’. I knew you didn’t like dolls or makeup, so I couldn’t look in the girl’s aisle.” Maria’s dad kept on talking as Aiden sat next to Maria.

Aiden tapped on Maria’s shoulder to let her know that he was in the car with her.

Maria nudged Aiden. “What took you so long, you could have helped me.” Maria slightly whispered to Aiden.

“Help with what, it was valuable time with your dad.” Aiden responded.

“I want to hurry up and drive the kart.” Maria said a little louder.

“What was that Sport?” Maria’s dad asked her.

“Oh, I said this gift is a work of art.” Maria responded.

“That is correct, I remember when I got my first baseball bat…” Maria’s dad continued to talk and Maria ignored him.

“You should just enjoy the day, afterall your family wants to spend time with you.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You think you are being funny Aiden, well guess what.” Maria said with a devilish smile.

“Hey dad.” Maria said with a voice like she just figured out something.

“What is it?” Maria’s dad responded.

“I think I remember Angel’s Parent’s number.” Maria said.

“Oh really, well let me call them right up.” Maria’s dad pulled out his cell phone.

“The number is 555-666-7777.” Maria told her dad.

“You couldn’t remember that?” Maria’s dad asked.

“It just slipped my mind.” Maria responded. “Aiden you had better answer.” Maria whispered to him.

Aiden then rushed over to the heavenly realm and brought Hera out to Earth.

“Wow Aiden, what’s the urgency?” Hera said as she was now in the middle of a residential area.

They both then heard a ringing. Then answered it.

“This is the mortal girl’s father. Say that I am busy or something.” Aiden requested of Hera.

“Hello, Hera Queen of the Hellen Region of the Gods speaking.” Hera answered.

“Hello, this is Maria’s dad, one of Angel’s friends.” Maria’s dad said.

“Well hello there, what do I owe for the purpose of this conversation?” Hera responded.

“We wanted to see if Angel would like to play some baseball with us at the park today.” Maria’s dad asked.

Aiden was shaking his head.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Angeal- I mean Angel is working on her summer assignment.” Hera said.

Aiden nodded his head with satisfaction.

“That’s too bad, because today is Maria’s Birthday and it would mean the world if her friend could be there.” Maria’s dad responded.

“It’s your daughter’s birthday, well isn’t that something to be celebrated. Of course Angel could be there with her.” Hera said, delighted.

Aiden was shocked.

“We will be at the park in Redwood, do you want me to pick her up, or are you dropping her off.” Maria’s dad asked.

“She will meet you all there.” Hera said.

“Sounds good, thankyou!” Maria’s dad responded.

“Take care now, bye bye.” Hera concluded her call with Maria’s dad.

“What was that, Hera?” Aiden said to her with bewilderment.

“At first I was on board with this plan of yours, but then he said it was her birthday. You know mortals only get like a hundred of those before they die.” Hera responded.

“Sure, I guess.” Aiden responded. “Well I’ll take you back to the Heavenly Realm then.” Aiden said as he opened up a route back.

“If you don’t mind, could you drop me off at the Zoo of Olympus. I wish to gaze upon the Peacock.” Hera said as Aiden changed the destination.

“There you are.” Aiden said, letting Hera walk back into the Heavenly Realm. 

Aiden changed himself to look like a little girl from one of the tween TV shows that Allison would watch.

“That should do it for appearance.” Aiden said as he flew over to the park.

Maria and her dad arrived at the park and her dad pulled out a bag of baseballs and 2 baseball gloves.

Maria dragged her baseball bat along the ground.

“Is it too heavy for you Maria?” Maria’s dad asked following behind her.

“No it’s good, I’m just roughing it up so I can hit the ball better.” Maria responded.

They both got to the baseball field.

Maria’s dad pitched to her. “Here it comes, Sport!” He called out, tossing it underhand.

Maria hit the ball resulting in a grounder.

“Nice hit.” Maria’s  dad said. He then tossed another.

“Okay, here I come.” Aiden said as he approached from behind the trees.

Maria hit another ball and sent it high into the skies.

The ball landed next to Aiden.

Maria looked over, squinting her eyes. “Is that Alexis Texas?”. Maria thought to herself.

Maria’s dad turned around seeing that Maria was looking at someone.

“Are you Angel?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Yes, I am.” Aiden responded.

Maria rolled her eyes, unbelieving that Aiden made himself look like a well known celebrity.

“Well then come on over and grab a glove. We were just warming up!” Maria’s dad called out.

Aiden ran over to Maria.

“Why did you pick such a famous person to look like!” Maria whispered to Aiden.

“I just chose to look like a common looking girl. I see this girl’s face everywhere so most girls must look like her.” Aiden said to Maria.

“The reason you see her everywhere is because she is super famous.” Maria smacked her own face. “Well at least change your hair colour, make it grey like your normal look.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden made his hair grey.

“Did you want a turn at bat, Angel?” Maria’s dad asked.

“No, I’ll start by catching first.” Aiden said going to the out field.

“Here comes another one, Sport.” Maria’s dad tossed a ball to Maria.

Maria hit the ball and sent it flying. Aiden then ran towards the ball and caught it.

“Wow you are athletic, didn’t expect you had that speed Angel.” Maria’s dad said to Aiden.

“Yea Angel, didn’t expect that you would run like you were in the Olympics!” Maria called out.

“I’ll slow it down a bit!” Aiden called out with a hint of laughter.

Maria continued to hit balls and Aiden would miss some on purpose. They hit balls back and forth for about an hour.

“Okay, I think it’s time for us to head back.” Maria’s dad said with a bit of sweat on him trying to keep up with the two athletic girls.

Maria’s dad grabbed the baseball bat, the ball bag and the gloves and headed to the car.

“So Aiden, are you going to stay like this from now on.” Maria poked Aiden’s cheek.

“Of course not, this limits my abilities and visibility much too severely.” Aiden responded.

“But look, I can poke your cheek whenever I want.” Maria continued to poke with her teasing smile.

Maria’s dad looked back proud that Maria has such a close friend.

“It must be some kind of miracle that Maria actually made a friend with a girl her age, and not even a boyish looking girl either.” Maria’s dad was thinking. “Wait… could they be attracted to each other… no it’s way too early for that.” Maria’s dad’s face kept on changing from happy to concerned repeatedly along the walk back.

“So it’s almost time for me to ride the Kart around!” Maria said to Aiden.

“No, your mom was setting up decorations back at the house. So I guess the celebrations are going to continue.” Aiden responded.

“Sheesh, a surprise party. What am I, nine?” Maria said with disappointment.

“A surprise party?” Aiden asked.

“It’s a kind of party where people set up the party without you knowing, then when you step through the door they yell ‘surprise!’. It’s a whole thing.” Maria responded.

“Then I guess I ruined it by telling you.” Aiden said.

“I will act like I am surprised because that’s what adults like. I pretty much would have guessed anyway.” Maria said as they both sat in the car and Maria’s dad placed the equipment in the trunk.

Maria’s dad then began to drive. Maria and Aiden continued to talk to each other in the back seat.

“So girls, how’d you two become friends?” Maria’s dad asked.

“I was in the playground and one of her books hit me, from there we just started talking.” Maria said to her dad.

“Wow, that was rather honest of you.” Aiden thought to himself.

“A book? You must really like reading if you had a book at the playground.” Maria’s dad joked with Aiden.

 “Yes, it’s one of my favourite things to do.” Aiden responded.

“Angel is also really good at singing.” Maria said to her dad.

“Oh is that right? I would be happy to hear you sing later.” Maria’s dad responded.

“What on Earth was that?” Aiden said to Maria.

“I’m just kidding with you.” Maria laughed at Aiden.

“So what school do you go to Angel? Do you go to the same Middle School as Maria?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Yes she does, she is the top student!” Maria said.

“The top student, I thought that was some kid named Angeal, maybe I got it wrong.” Maria’s dad responded.

“Oh no, you are right, it was Angeal. He’s smart too. Angel was in the top 10, but not the top 5.” Maria corrected her statement.

“Aw that’s too bad, Maria was in the top 5, you two should study together come the next school year.” Maria’s dad said.

“Yes, she can definitely learn a thing or two from my good study habits.” Maria  said jokingly.

They all eventually got to the house.

“Here we are. Make yourself at home Angel.” Maria’s dad said as they both left the car.

Maria went to open the door.

“Surprise!” Maria’s Mom, her dad and Allison yelled.

Balloons lined the floor and decorations were put all around the house.

“Wow, I’m so surprised!” Maria acted as if she was surprised.

Maria’s mom brought out the cake. Her dad lit up the candles reading “13”.

“Okay let’s sing.” Maria’s dad said as they started singing.

Allison seemed extremely unamused but she did it anyway.

Maria nudged Aiden to also sing.

“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Maria! Happy Birthday to you!” Everyone sang.

“Okay, make a wish sweetie.” Maria’s mom said.

“Hmm, I actually don’t know what to wish for. Ever since Aiden came into my life things have been getting better. Maybe I will just wish this would continue.” Maria thought to herself before blowing out the candles.

The family clapped their hands and turned on the lights.

“So what did you wish for?” Allison asked Maria.

“If I tell you it won’t come true.” Maria said.

“I bet you wished for another Go Kart like the one in the backyard.” Allison said.

“There’s a Go Kart in the back?” Maria’s dad asked.

“Yeah, Maria said she got it from her friend Angeal.” Allison told her dad.

“Oh Angel, you already bought a gift for Maria?” Maria’s dad said.

“She sure did.” Maria wrapped one arm around Aiden’s shoulder.

“No, I said Angeal, not Angel.” Allison said to her dad.

“I made the same mistake too, Sugar Bear. Angel and Angeal sound very similar.” Maria’s dad said to Allison.

“No, I am not mistaken.” Allison was trying to tell her dad.

“That’s right Maria’s dad. I did get Maria a Go Kart for her birthday. Had it delivered her and everything today.” Aiden responded.

“Aw, such a sweet girl.” Maria’s mom said.

Allison looked at Aiden.

“Wait, haven’t I seen you somewhere?” Allison asked Aiden.

“No you haven’t Allison, I know she looks like Alexis Texas, but they are different people. Look, Angel’s hair colour is silver and Alexis Texas hair is Brunette.” Maria said to Allison.

“When I first saw Angel I thought her hair was Brunette too, but it was just the sun.” Maria’s dad said.

“Come on, let’s eat some cake and icecream before it melts.” Maria’s mom said.

Allison, Maria and Aiden were all sitting around the table. Maria’s parents were talking to one another.

“So Angel, where’d you get the Go Kart from, it looked really expensive.” Allison asked Aiden.

“I made it myself, with some help.” Aiden responded to Allison.

“Made it yourself? Your family must be pretty wealthy to be able to freely work with materials like that.” Allison said.

“I can say that we don’t have to worry about money if that’s what you are asking.” Aiden responded.

“So are you sure you are not a Celebrity? Because that sounds like you are and you already look like Alexis Texas.” Allison asked.

“I don’t think so, a lot of people know me from where I’m from, but not around here.” Aiden responded to Allison.

Allison then went upstairs to grab a magazine.

“See Aiden, because you chose to look like the most recognizable person on Earth, Allison now thinks that you are her.” Maria said to Aiden.

“All you had to do was not create a person named Angel.” Aiden responded.

“There would have been zero issues if you didn’t look like that!” Maria pointed at Aiden.

Allison came down with the magazine.

“See, you two look like twins. Same nose, mouth, eyes, face structure.” Allison then patted Aiden’s chest. “Same chest size too.” 

“We got presents for you!” Maria’s dad said as both the parents brought out a total of 4 gifts.

Maria then opened the first one from her mom.

“A fighting game! This is awesome!” Maria said excitedly about the gift.

“Don’t play it too much during the school year, but for now you can enjoy it over the Summer.” Maria’s mom said.

Maria nodded her head.

“My turn.” Maria’s dad handed Maria another gift. She opened it up.

“Oh, it’s a remote control car.” Maria was surprised because it was a gift she actually liked from her dad.

Maria gave her dad a thumbs up.

Maria’s mom handed the gift to Allison to hand it to Maria.

Maria opened the gift from Allison. It was a makeup kit.

“Ah… why’d you give me this?” Maria asked Allison.

“It’s so you could look nice for your boyfriend that I know you have.” Allison said with a bored expression.

“Sure you do. Guess I will save it.” Maria joked with Allison.

“And the final gift is from your grandparent!” Maria’s dad said handing Maria the gift.

Maria opened it and it was a red dragon made of porcelain. 

“Oh this is cool.” Maria looked at the treasure.

“They want you to place it in your room to protect you from evil spirits during your teenage years.” Maria’s dad said.

Maria then waved it in Aiden’s direction.

“You’re in the clear now Angel.” Maria joked.

“Thankyou for the gifts, they are all so good.” Maria said, hugging her parents.

“Okay, well let’s eat up, then clean up.” Maria’s mom said to the girls.

“Do you want me to call your mom, Angel?” Maria’s dad asked.

“No, it’s fine. She gave me something to let her know when it’s time to go.” Aiden said to Maria’s dad.

“Perfect.” Maria’s dad gestured an ‘OK’ sign. “Now time to check out this Go Kart in the back.” Maria’s dad said heading to the back door.

Maria looked at all of her stuff. Sitting quietly.

“Are you happy?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yeah, I’m pretty happy. These are all pretty good gifts.” Maria said. “Except for the makeup of course.” Maria laughed.

“So what was your wish?” Aiden asked.

“I can’t tell you, or else it won’t come true.” Maria said to Aiden.

“The purpose of that practice is to get your desire to be heard by the heavens right? So why not just say it directly to them.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria stood up with her finger on her lip to keep it silent. “Nah hah. You’re not going to have me tell you.” Maria said with a cute smile. “Though it is still such a shame that I didn’t get to drive my Go Kart yet.” Maria said.

Aiden then grabbed Maria’s hand. “Come on, since we can get away with it right now.” Aiden and Maria went out the door together.

“Make sure you come back before dinner!” Maria’s mom said as the two girls went out.

Maria’s dad came back inside the house. “That is one fancy machine she got back there. It might even have more power than my car.” Maria’s dad said.

Aiden grabbed the Go Kart and brought Maria, and the vehicle to a dried lake bed. Aiden created a course for Maria to ride within.

He placed the vehicle on the ground.

“Okay, now you can drive it.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Really? I can drive anywhere here?” Maria asked.

“I made it for you, so of course you can. Though I would prefer you learn how to drive first, but of course that’s not the kind of person you are.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria jumped into the Go Kart.

“This is freaking amazing!” Maria yelled out. She turned on the vehicle and started pressing the pedals. First it jolted her forward but soon she was able to get a feel for it. “Now what will you do if I crash?” 

“Same thing I always do, make sure you don’t get hurt.” Aiden replied with a smile.

Maria then put the pedal to the metal and took off at full speed in the Go Kart. She yelled with excitement.

Aiden followed above her so that she could enjoy her birthday with no fear. “Hope you enjoy today. After all, it is your birthday Maria.” Aiden thought to himself.

Universal Self Modulation Procedure Codes


Name: Controller Reset; “Grounding”

Code: <self>, <Visible EM Wavelength (550 Nanometers) Reflective Surface >= 98%> → <Direct Focus == 45 secs> = return Recenter

Prerequisites: <self> == <Rest >= 7 hours>, <Excess Energy >= 300kcal>

Global Effects: None

Local Effects: <Set Local Position to (0,0,0,0) XYZT>

Explanation:

  • Visible EM Wavelength is a measure of the distance from crest to crest of an Electromagnetic Wave. A Wavelength of 550 Nanometers is the EM wavelength for what is typically called the colour yellow (255,255,0)RGB. This is to explain that the surface for which the individual is performing to code with must have a bond albedo of greater than 98% meaning it reflects 98% of light with the wavelength of 550 Nanometers back at the emitter (or where the light was last reflected).
  • Self represents the individual executing the code. 
  • In this executable the Self must perform the action of Direct Focus with the Reflective Surface for about 45secs for the desired result of Recentering. To know when it’s being performed correctly the Self should be developing an afterimage of their own reflection along the perimeter of the reflected body. It’ll appear as (0,0,255)RGB Colour.
  • Recentering is a critical prerequisite for higher order of code. On its own it’s not the most useful.
  • The Prerequisite requires that the Self has allowed the brain to undergo 3 REM cycles which will typically be achieved in a 7 hour long sleep period. Excess Energy is how the amount of Useful Energy within your body that goes above your body’s latent daily use. In this case it is measured in kcal. 
  • There are no global effects involved with this code meaning that it has no effects outside of the Self.
  • The Local effects is to return the Self from being present elsewhere to their current location. When the Self is not present at the location of the body the error of <Dissociation> may result which would cause ill side effects. 

Side Note:

    For Self that lack the ability to perceive EM Wavelengths of 550 Nanometers. Perform Controller Reset II; “Grounding” 40db. 

Prerequisite for the following codes (not exhaustive):

Memory Send, Rapid Healing, Awareness

Related:

    Controller Reset II, Controller Reset III, Waking Awareness