Angel Misery: Chapter Sixteen

“Pure Talent”

It was the day of the High School Fair, where High School students from across notable schools attempt to win over the Heart of the 8th Graders at Maria’s Middle School. Determining the High School you are most interested in could determine the shape of your entire life from there on out. At least that would be the case if you were not friends with a Heavenly Being.

Maria walked around slightly annoyed. “I guess I shouldn’t complain because at least we get the day out of normal classes, but I would prefer to be at home, than at school if we weren’t going to do class work anyways.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Do none of these High School Stands peak your interest?” Aiden asked Maria, gesturing to a few. “That High School seems to focus on Athletics, that may be a good fit. And over there focuses on Chemistry, you could probably make explosions there.” Aiden tried to get Maria excited.

The prep Students were all together talking to the River Valley High School, an extremely prestigious STEM school.

Maria and Aiden looked over in that direction when suddenly a loud roar was heard on the other side of the Gymnasium. It was at the Black Bear Mountains Highschool’s Athletic Obstacle Course and Climbing wall.

A girl had just matched the score of a Freshman Male Highschooler at that school. The 8th Graders who were watching cheered her on.

“What’s happening over there Aiden?” Maria asked, trying to see what all the noise was about, but unable to see over the crowd in front of her.

“Seems that one of our classmates broke a record at that school.” Aiden responded.

“Who was it?” Maria asked quickly.

“Her name is Alayna Munez, she’s in our homeroom. Sits in the second row, third column. Close to where Rebecca sits.” Aiden detailed to Maria.

“Alayna? The really tall girl with the strong forearms?” Maria asked.

“She is taller than most, so I think you have the correct person in mind.” Aiden responded. “Matching a Highschool Boy is a rather impressive feat for someone in the 8th Grade though.” Aiden said, trying to understand why so many cheered.

Maria looked up at Aiden. After hearing Aiden practically compliment Alayna, Maria gained a scowl on her Face. 

“What’s so impressive about climbing a wall, anyone can do that.” Maria said to Aiden.

“While that is true, anyone could do that. It’s really about the speed of doing it that’s important.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then began to walk towards the Obstacle Course and climbing wall. As she got closer she started to realize how tall the wall actually was, and the length of the course.

Maria went up to one of the High Schoolers. “I want to try!” Maria said to them.

“Are you sure, this isn’t some game, you could get hurt if you aren’t careful. Passing this course takes a lot of Physical Strength.” The High Schooler said to Maria.

“You’re calling me too weak?!” Maria responded.

“How about you try the pull ups part of the course first, and see how you feel about it. The Climbing Wall is at the end of the course, so we can’t just skip you to it.” The High Schooler said.

Maria walked over to the pull bars. For Girls they needed to complete 5 Pull Ups, then run to the Monkey Bars and climb across them. Following that was three ropes Swings to three separate platforms. After completing that would be the end of the first part of the Obstacle course.

Maria looked over at the bars. Aiden finally caught up to Maria.

“Why are you doing this? Are you interested in this High School?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s about the Principal.” Maria responded.

“The Principal?” Aiden thought to himself confused as to what Maria meant.

Silvia, Rebecca, Issac, and Joshua came over to watch Maria attempt.

“You got this Maria!” Rebecca cheered.

Maria grabbed the bar with both of her hands. She then started to bring herself up slowly.

The other students around started watching Maria. “Hey look, the tomboy is trying it now.” One of the students said.

“Come on stupid muscles, lift me up!” Maria frustratingly said to herself.

Maria was slowly lifting herself up, but she was barely making any progress.

“Oh, she’s actually going to get one.” Silvia said, looking at Maria’s forehead clear over the bar.

Maria with the last bit of her strength lifted her chin over the bar. “Okay, that’s one…” Maria said with extreme exhaustion.

The sweat on Maria’s hand eventually made her lose grip of the bar and she fell off of it. Aiden then dashed over to Maria and caught her.

“Aww.” The students said watching this.

Some of the girls now wanted to attempt so that they could slip and have Aiden catch them.

Maria went over to the side. A few more students attempted the pull ups in the background but couldn’t do one.

“Are you all good?” Joshua asked Maria.

“Of course I am. I am great, never better.” Maria responded to Joshua.

“I didn’t even think you could do one, that was definitely a shock.” Silvia jested at Maria.

“I was certainly impressed, I also thought talks about you being an athletic girl was all because of your boyish appearance. But I can see that you have some strength.” Alayna said to Maria. Alayna extended her hand to Maria. “My name is Alayna, we are at the same first bell. Though we never spoke to one another.” Alayna said with a smile.

Maria reluctantly shook Alayna’s hand. “I just slipped, if I didn’t I probably would have beat your score.” Maria said to Alayna.

“Oh, then try this.” Alayna said, as she went into her bag and pulled out some chalk. “If you use this, you won’t slip as easily.” Alayna gestured for Maria to use some.

Maria was stunned that her bluff was called. Maria slowly brought her hand to the chalk bag.

“Whoa, you got some speed kid.” A Senior Guy from the Blackbear Mountains High School said to Aiden.

“Don’t worry about him calling you kid, he calls everyone that.” Another Senior, this time a Gal, said to Aiden.

“Yee, you went from 0 to 100 in no time flat. You should give this course a try.” The Senior Guy said to Aiden.

“I’m okay, I don’t think I should.” Aiden responded.

“Come on Angeal! It would be cool to finally watch you fail- I mean dominate the course.” Joshua said to Aiden, with obvious motives.

“I think that would be interesting to watch.” Silvia said, looking up at Aiden.

“The Great Angeal is afraid of a little course?” Alayna said to Aiden.

Aiden looked down at Maria. Maria exhaled. “Just go and do it, at least one of us has to keep the ranking of our Military force high.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden looked back over at the seniors. “I suppose I will try.” Aiden responded.

“Awesome. Okay, so for boys. You have to finish 9 Pullups, then cross the monkey bars, and the rope platforms. Following that you climb over the 3 meter wall, and grab the 50kg Medicine Ball, carrying that 10 Meters. After placing it at the end, you pull up an 80Kg weight with a rope until it hits the top. After finishing that you go to the Climbing wall and climb up until you hit the bell, then that is time.” The Senior guy explained to Aiden.

“Sounds straightforward.” Aiden responded.

“As your General, I order you to get below 1 minute!” Maria said to Aiden.

“That’s practically impossible, even at the top levels this course takes about 2.5 minutes to complete.” Alayna said to Maria.

“I bet it’s not.” Maria smiled with a cocky look at Alayna.

Alayna turned to watch Aiden.

“Whenever you’re ready, kid.” The Senior Guy said to Aiden.

Aiden immediately grabbed onto the pull-up bars and did 9 Pull Ups in under 9 seconds. Then Aiden got down and walked to the Monkey Bars. He moved across them as if he weighed nothing.

The Seniors stood in awe of the agility Aiden displayed. However, between each Obstacle Aiden walked.

Aiden cleared the Monkey Bars in 5 seconds, and proceeded to the Ropes. He dashed forward just using the ropes to steer forward without swinging back once. He cleared the ropes in 3 seconds.

Aiden walked over to the second part of the Obstacle Course, starting with the 3 Meter Wall. Aiden nearly vertically jumped over it and continued. 

Alayna looked at the time that was showing on the course. Only 30 seconds had passed. Aiden was now at the Medicine Ball. He carried it as if it was a Book. Aiden had been so used to carrying Maria everywhere that this medicine ball was only slightly noticeable. Continuing on it was the weight.

At this point only 37 Seconds had elapsed. 

“Yeah Angeal! Show them our Power!” Maria cheered.

The Middle Schoolers began to cheer watching Aiden destroy the course. It was like watching a Ninja traverse a jagged environment.

Aiden now was at the Climbing Wall. He placed both of his hands on the holds and planted his feet on the lower holds.

With a simple move Aiden tossed himself up and cleared about a third of the wall. He then carried himself all the way to the top, grabbing one hold after another.

The time hit 51 seconds and Aiden hit the bell at the top.

Aiden had just shattered the old record by more than a minute and a half. The gym let out another roar. Louder than the one from earlier with Alayna.

Alayna however wasn’t sour about this. On the contrary she cheered at the success that Aiden had. Maria looked over at her thinking that Alayna was going to have a defeated look on her face.

“Hey, you can’t be cheering. You said that he couldn’t do it in under a minute.” Maria said to Alayna.

“Why can’t I? I celebrate any display of Human Physical Accomplishment. Are you sour when you watch the Olympics?” Alayna asked Maria.

Maria turned away from Alayna.

“Yet again Angeal shows why he is the number one student in the school.” Silvia said with a smile on her face.

The Seniors walked up to Aiden as he was returning. “That was impressive, actually that’s an understatement, that was an exemplary performance kid. Have you thought about joining our High School next year, we would love you. With your ability you are guaranteed a spot on any Varsity Team. And with four years in Varsity it is certain that you would receive a full ride scholarship at any University in the Country. Heck, maybe even the world.” The Senior Guy said to Aiden.

Aiden looked over at Maria. 

“Ahem, where was my offer?” Maria asked the Seniors.

“You weren’t able to pass the Obstacle Course, so sadly you won’t be getting an offer.” The Senior said to Maria.

“Well then Angeal won’t be going to your school then.” Maria responded.

“This is ultimately his decision.” The Senior Girl said to Maria.

“Thank you for the offer, but I’ll have to decline on that basis.” Aiden said to the Senior Guy.

“Well that sucks, but if you change your mind by the end of the school year just send us an email and you’ll be enrolled.” The Senior Guy said to Aiden.

They recorded Aiden’s name. 

Aiden and Maria then walked away from the course. “That was so cool Aiden, none of them could believe their eyes. Of course I always believed in you, afterall you are my very own Corporal.” Maria said to Aiden as they walked through the gym.

“That was just about on the edge of Human Capability, if I went any faster it probably would have raised an alarm to study me.” Aiden responded to Maria.

Alayna then rushed in front of Maria.

“Why’d you stop Angeal from going to that High School? That is one of the most, if not the most elite of Athletic High Schools on Earth!” Alayna said to Maria.

“It’s obvious, since I wasn’t given an offer, Angeal didn’t get an offer. It’s just that simple.” Maria responded.

“If all of Angeal’s offers depend on you then he is going to get placed in a school way below his capabilities. Maybe you shouldn’t be so selfish and actually let him live his life to the fullest.” Alayna said to Maria.

Maria then became frustrated. Aiden walked in front of Maria.

“I don’t mind it, wherever I go I will always be at my peak. I plan to do that with Maria as my Best Friend.” Aiden responded.

“But think about it, Angeal, this is High School we are talking about. Sure, Maria is your best friend now, but what you’ve known her for a year. You have four whole years to make new best friends.” Alayna said to Aiden.

“You heard his answer. He is staying with me.” Maria responded to Alayna and stuck her tongue out.

“No wonder everyone speaks badly about you.” Alayna said to Maria.

“At least I will be remembered. I didn’t even know your name until today.” Maria quickly responded.

Silvia walked up to the three. “I agree with Alayna that Angeal should be going to a school that matches his ability, and not one limited by Maria. But I don’t think it should be the Blackbear Mountains High School. It should be the River Valley High School where he will be able to use his intelligence for the betterment of Humanity.” Silvia said to the group.

“Ah! You both are more annoying than usual. Whichever High School I am going to is the one Angeal is going to. Now you both can shut your mouths about it and just accept it.” Maria said to the two.

“You don’t tell me to shut up.” Alayna said to Maria.

“Shut up!” Maria said again to Alayna.

“Easy Tiger, we don’t want you to get suspended, that’s going to kill your chances.” A fellow athlete came and grabbed Alayna.

Alayna shook his hand off of her wrist. “If you are really his best friend then you will let him grow.” Alayna said walking back over to the Blackbear Mountains High School Booth.

Silvia, Maria and Aiden were now standing together.

“Showed her.” Maria said with a smile.

“I think what she was saying is right though. But with the wrong conclusion. Maybe Angeal will get lucky and end up in a good school despite all the efforts you make to prevent that from happening.” Silvia said as she left and joined the prep students.

“Jealous, that’s all they are. They wanted you to go to their schools so that they can get close to you without me around.” Maria said to Aiden.

“That may be part of the reason. But I think they were also genuinely trying to think about what was best for me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“What? You want to go to one of those schools?” Maria looked up at Aiden with disbelief.

“Of course not, I am a heavenly being, I am only at school because you are at school. So going somewhere without you is a pointless adventure.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“See, so ultimately I was right. How about we leave this place and go to some breakfast restaurant in another state.” Maria asked Aiden.

“I’m pretty sure they are keeping track of Attendance while we are here, so we can’t just leave.” Aiden said to Maria, looking at all the teachers around.

Kayla was looking around the corner, hiding behind one of the booths. She had overheard the conversation that Alayna, Maria and SIlvia were having.

“All these witches are trying to force my boyfriend away from me. My heart aches to no end.” Kayla said watching Aiden talk to Maria.

Kayla then thought of an idea.

“For me to ensure that Angeal isn’t taken from me, all I have to do is get him into a school I am going to. And since I didn’t do so well academically, it’ll be easy to get that witch into the school too.” Kayla thought to herself as she chewed her hat with excitement.

In the distance, at the Liberty Theatre High School Booth, Alvin was putting on a performance. He was performing “Mark Twain Tonight.” as a solo act. Alvin exaggerated every movement he made and his voice carried across the wide gym.

Maria and Aiden watched Alvin perform trying to pass the time.

The performance seemed to be more of a stand-up act that only those who understood Mark Twain would enjoy. So the Sophomores and Juniors of the High School enjoyed the performance. But the other students were a bit bored.

Maria in particular did not find it enjoyable at all.

Kayla walked up to Maria. She was nervous in front of her.

“Ge… Geo… High.” Kayla was saying slowly.

“Come on, out with it.” Maria said to Kayla.

Kayla then covered her mouth.

Maria placed her hand on her face. “Is everyone just trying to annoy me today.” Maria said to herself.

Maria and Aiden then went off to another booth.

“Geological Society High School has open enrollment right now.” Kayla said after the two of them had already left. “Darn, she took him away too quickly.” Kayla thought to herself.

It was now time for Lunch.

Maria left the Gym as fast as she could and Aiden followed behind her.

“Finally we can leave!” Maria called out.

“Did any of the schools interest you?” Aiden asked Maria again.

“Nope, I knew they wouldn’t. Guess I will just go to the local High School around here.” Maria said to Aiden.

“If there were one you were interested in I could probably get you into it. It should be as simple as when I got you fifth place in the Finals last year.” Aiden said to Maria. 

“Wow, that was almost a year ago. Time sure did pass by fast, didn’t it?” Maria said, remembering how things were back then.

“Well, you now know a lot more people. So that’s a notable change.” Aiden said, smiling at Maria.

“Yea, that also makes everything more annoying.” Maria responded quickly. “Okay Aiden, take me to eat something that is so meaty and harty that it would make you throw up.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Why’s that? Are you upset with me?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, I’m just so annoyed, I need to rip something with my teeth!” Maria said to Aiden attempting to bite him. 

Aiden moved away playfully from Maria.

“Okay, then I will take us to a BBQ fair in the South.” Aiden said to Maria.

They both left from the front and flew off to the meal.

The students were in the cafeteria. Aiden and Maria’s seats were empty as usual during the first half of lunch.

“Everyone could hear that argument you were having with Maria earlier. It sucks that she isn’t letting him go to a worthy school.” Rebecca said to Silvia.

“Angeal is a smart guy, if he really wanted to, he could find a way to go to any school he wanted.” Silvia responded by eating her salad.

“You think he is some sort of Ninja, or maybe an Assassin, who was sent to our school to take out Maria. Maybe that’s why he has all those skills and sticks by her. He is just waiting for a moment to strike.” Issac said, shoving his spoon into his pudding.

“An assassin? No, he probably just has such a crush on her that being away for even a second would make his weak little heart break.” Joshua said, making fun of Aiden.

“You and I both know that Angeal is anything but weak.” Rebecca responded to Joshua. “Now you on the other hand. You can hit the gym maybe even once.” She said looking at Joshua’s weak arms.

“I’m a grower, not a shower. If I wanted to display my strength I could.” Joshua said, displaying his arms.

“I don’t think you used that saying correctly.” Issac said to Joshua.

Silvia was sitting down silently as the boys were discussing amongst themselves.

“What are you thinking about Silvia?” Rebecca asked her.

Silvia was looking over at the table that Maria and Aiden usually sat.

“A sudden wave of melancholy hit me. Maybe I’m just thinking that this is going to be the last two months that we are all like this.” Silvia responded.

“That’s much more sentimental than you usually are. Are you feeling well?” Rebecca asked Silvia.

“Silvia then turned back to her meal. Yes, I am perfectly fine.” Silvia responded in the cold manner that everyone was used to.

The School Counselor was walking through the Lunch room looking for students. She saw Silvia and walked over to her.

The School Counselor handed Silvia a letter. “Congratulations Miss Reiners.” She said in her ear.

“What is this?” Silvia asked.

“It’s an invitation letter.” The School Counselor responded. “Have you seen Mister Heavens or Miss Li around?” The School Counselor asked.

“Oh, Maria and Angeal. They usually don’t show up here until after half of the lunch period is over.” Silvia responded. And she pointed at the table they usually sit at.

“Okay, thank you.” The School Counselor said leaving the cafeteria.

“What was that about?” Joshua asked Silvia.

Silvia opened the envelope and a letter was inside. The edges of the letter were lined with Gold. All it read was. “You’ve been Invited to become an Innovator at ‘The International Innovators and Developers High School for Global Leaders’…. . .– ” The rest of the letter was blank.

Silvia flipped it over and didn’t see anything on the back either.

“That can’t be real can it? Don’t you have to be like the daughter of a President or a Billionaire to even apply there?” Joshua asked, looking at the Label on the top.

“It doesn’t say anything else on it. What should I do next?” Silvia said to herself.

Silvia handed Rebecca the letter.

“It’s blank, other than those words.” Rebecca said, trying to see if they missed anything.

“Maybe you have to just wait on them to give you another letter with further instructions.” Issac said looking at the letter.

“Still though, that is unbelievable. That school makes the River Valley High School look like Kindergarten.” Rebecca said to Silvia.

“Well it doesn’t matter if this is all they are going to give me.” Silvia said, retrieving the letter from them.

“I bet it’s some sort of puzzle.” Joshua said, stuffing his mouth with a sandwich. 

“You watch too many movies.” Rebecca responded.

They table then started to discuss again. Silvia looked at the letter one more time. She realized that the dots at the end may not just be for a stylistic show.

“Those could be morse code.” Silvia thought to herself. “H, E, A, T…” Silvia read the dots. “Ah, so that’s what it’s saying.”

Silvia finished putting it into her backpack and joined the discussion.

Alayna waited by the door of the cafeteria for Maria and Aiden to return.

The two walked by the entrance and to their table. They sat down and Alayna sat down immediately after them.

“Oh come on, what are you doing here?” Maria said to Alayna.

“I was thinking, maybe I was being a bit rude about him finding a replacement for you just because you’ve known each other for only a year. So I am going to start off by apologizing for that.” Alayna said to Maria.

Maria didn’t say anything back. She just took a bit of her T-Bone. Alayna was looking at her waiting for Maria to accept the apology.

“Well?” Alayna asked.

“What? Just because you apologized doesn’t mean I have to accept it.” Maria said to Alayna.

“Gosh you are troublesome.” Alayna thought to herself holding back her temper. “Well, despite that, I do think you should let Angeal explore his talents more. Since you two are best friends, I’m sure a little distance isn’t going to hurt. Meeting once every few weeks isn’t so bad.” Alayna said to Maria.

“Or, a better option is to just be together, everyday, until I die.” Maria responded.

“I don’t even know why I tried. You can’t change your mind by talking, I can’t appeal to logic, and you are too weak to accept any physical challenge.” Alayna said before Maria interrupted.

“Too weak?! Ah, no. The only reason I didn’t finish the obstacle course was because I slipped. If I didn’t I would have destroyed your record.” Maria said to Alayna.

“Ha, no you would not have. I’m not even going to entertain that since you were so rude.” Alayna said to Maria.

“So you want Angeal to go to that school? Fine, only if you can beat the Mighty Maria in whatever you think you are physically better at!” Maria said aloud to Alayna.

“You can’t be serious. It’s honestly going to be this easy?” Alayna said to Maria.

“Easy for me, no sweat!” Maria responded.

“I would just say a simple 100 meter dash, just to get it over with, but I want to beat you a little. How about Pugil sticks?” Alayna suggested to Maria.

“Easy! When and where!” Maria said practically exacerbated.

“Okay Geez, I’ll ask the Seniors at Blackbear Mountains to set it up for us. So an hour after lunch?” Alayna said.

“Fine, I’ll see you there then.” Maria said. Alayna then left confused by Maria’s confidence.

The students in the cafeteria were also confused. They watched Maria struggle to lift herself up and watched Alayna destroy the course in record time. 

“Why’d you agree to that?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Generals and Battles my dear Corporal. It’s what makes me feel alive.” Maria said, ripping into another piece of meat. “Ah, I feel invincible eating this!” Maria said.

“If you lose, would you actually accept the terms of the deal?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Of course not, but that’s why I won’t lose. You as my Corporal are going to make sure I don’t” Maria said to Aiden with a smirk.

“Oh I get it, so we are going to cheat.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It’s not cheating! I am just using my resources wisely.” Maria responded.

“It’s not that I care too much if it was.” Aiden said to Maria without a slight hint of surprise.

“Ha, so we are on the same page. So whatever this Pugil stick or whatever she said, happens. I want you to control my limbs like a puppet so you can have me win no matter what.” Maria said to Aiden.

“So, simply taking over the control of your body is what you want?” Aiden asked Maria, trying to clarify her meaning.

“No, I want you to control my limbs like a puppet. Not like going into my brain and mind control me. As the General I must maintain full awareness of the battlefield.” Maria said with her arms crossed.

Aiden then controlled Maria’s hand and made her drop the meat she was holding.

“Hey! I was still eating that!” Maria said to Aiden.

“I was showing you what it would feel like.” Aiden responded to Maria’s scolding.

“Well you could have let me know before you did that, what if I was going in for a bite. I could have bit my tongue or something.” Maria said to Aiden, grabbing the T Bone off her plate again.

“You wouldn’t have, I would not have let that happen.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Well anyways, if we have more than one round I want to do the first round on my own. Just in case I am actually stronger than her. I want to see if I can win without assistance.” Maria said, chewing on another bite.

“Despite the overwhelming odds against your favour, I won’t say that it is impossible.” Aiden said to Maria.

Aiden and Maria continued to speak strategy to one another. Until the Lunch period was over and the 8th Graders had to return to the gym for the second half of the High School Fair.

Many of the Students had received offers from the schools they were looking into and now spent the rest of the time enjoying the events that the High Schools were putting on at their booths.

Maria was at the other end of the gym stretching. She was feeling a little heavy from all the food she ate.

“Bleh, why didn’t you stop me from eating that much.” Maria said feeling like she was about to throw up.

“Technically I did stop you, and you scolded me for it.” Aiden said to Maria, looking around at the events.

“You need to be more pushy Aiden, just because I tell you not to do something once doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to try it again.” Maria said to Aiden, reaching down to her toes.

“I’m sure that runs counter to every other order you give me.” Aiden said to Maria.

The prep students found Maria and Aiden.

“Heard that you are going to be fighting Alayna in a short while. You probably don’t stand any chance.” Joshua said to Maria.

“Oh wow, thank you for the motivation. How about you go somewhere and annoy someone else.” Maria responded to Joshua.

“Ouch, sharp.” Joshua said, stepping back from Maria.

Silvia then stepped closer.

“Did the School Counselor talk to you two about something?” Silvia asked.

“No, why would they?” Maria responded.

“Nothing, I was just wondering.” Silvia said. “They probably got a separate offer somewhere else.” Silvia thought to herself.

“It’s Pugil Sticks, right?” Rebecca asked. “Are you worried you are going to get hit in the face?” Rebecca asked with a bit of worry.

“It takes more than some hits to make me worry.” Maria responded. She was now twisted her hips to loosen up her upper body motion.

Silvia then walked away as if she was in her own world.

“Hey, wait up!” Rebecca said following behind Silvia. The rest of the group went after them as well.

In the distance the High School Seniors of Blackbear Mountains High School were setting up the Pugil Stick match between Maria and Alayna.

There was a single beam that was padded. One half of the beam was blue and the other was red.

The sticks were also padded and were covered with red and blue cushions. The Seniors brought out padded helmets and vests. Alayna was over there trying to make sure they fit her properly.

“Looks like they are about to begin.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria finished her stretches and tried to look over. “Are those Red and Blue things the sticks we will be using?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It seems like it. Alayna tried a few swings with them, so I can only assume so much.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Make one for me, I want to try it out.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden created a Pugil stick for Maria and handed it to her. Maria swung it slowly, but wasn’t feeling comfortable with the weight being completely on either end.

“This is awkward.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Looks like the goal will be to knock your opponent off of the platform using the sticks. So it’ll take a lot of balance and proper timing.” Aiden informed Maria of his observation.

“Knocking her off is going to be easy. I’ll be like one of those 2D fighting games.” Maria said with a smirk on her face.

“I suppose it is quite similar to that.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“Well, I’m ready. So let’s head on over Corporal.” Maria said to Aiden. The two walked towards the Pugil Stick arena.

Alayna watched Maria walk up. “Ha, I’m surprised you actually showed up. Guess you aren’t all talk.” Alayna mocked Maria.

“That’s right. Also I backup everything that I say with results. So when I say that I am going to win, that is a promise.” Maria said to Alayna.

“There’s a fine line between Arrogance and Confidence and an even finer one between Bravery and Stupidity. I wonder which line you fall on.” Alayna said to Maria gesturing for her to come up to the arena.

“Okay Aiden, remember the plan.” Maria whispered to him.

“Don’t worry, I got it.” Aiden responded.

Maria and Alayna stood in front of the two Seniors.

They gave Maria and Alayna each a helmet and a padded vest. “Okay you two, this is for fun. If you start getting aggressive we will end it and report you two to your principal.” The Senior said to them.

Maria gave him a thumbs up.

“It won’t last long enough for it to get to that point.” Alayna responded. Maria looked at her with a grimace on her face.

The arena was surrounded by fellow students. They all overheard the challenge while in the cafeteria. They were cheering on who they wanted to win.

Alayna and Maria climbed up on the beam and were given their respective sticks.

“Best two out of three wins. You win if you knock your opponent off of the beam, or if your opponent quits. Always hold the stick with two hands. Maintain control of your sticks. And have fun.” The Senior said to the two.

Maria and Alayna looked directly at each other.

“You could just give up now, any normal person would take my view on the situation between you and Angeal.” Alayna said to Maria.

“It sucks that your view is missing the valuable information that Angeal wants to be wherever I am. So I’m not stopping him from doing what he wants.” Maria responded to Alayna stepping closer to her.

“What? Are you blackmailing him or something, or is this some sort of Slave to Master type of relationship. Because I doubt Angeal would genuinely be attracted to someone as unremarkable as you are.” Alayna said to Maria.

Maria then swung her Pugil at Alayna and Alayna simply stepped back and the momentum of the stick nearly made Maria fall off the platform.

The audience all gasped at the near loss for Maria. Maria regained her balance.

“I am remarkable, you are the one who has no friends and wants to take mine.” Maria said to Alayna trying to regain her breath.

“How are you already out of breath, you are much more out of shape then I thought.” Alayna said before swiping her Pugil Stick underneath Maria and sending her off of the beam.

Maria fell onto the cushioned ground below and the crowd cheered.

“That’s 1 to 0.” The Senior said letting everyone in the crowd know the score.

“No one actually likes you Maria. I was even trying to be nice to you earlier but you are just a spiteful person.” Alayna said to Maria, as Maria was dusting herself off.

“I don’t need anyone to like me but my best friend.” Maria responded.

“I saw you a few times today, and you have several potential friends all over the place. There were the University Prep Students, the Glamour Trio, Katherine, and even the Bookworm girl. But I bet you never even considered having them join your group because you were so obsessed with preventing anyone from getting close to Angeal.” Alayna lectured to Maria.

“You’re speaking as if you somehow are in a morally higher position than me. As if you’d beaten me already. Well, theGeneral does not lose. I only allowed you to get that first point so that I could destroy your confidence from a higher position.” Maria responded with confidence that no one understood was coming from.

“Do you just live in your own world?” Alayna asked Maria.

Maria and Alayna were on the platform once again. “Round Two, begin!” The Senior said.

“I don’t want to play with you anymore, it’s obvious you don’t listen to anyone but yourself.” Alayna said to Maria coming in to strike her off the platform.

Aiden forced Maria to duck underneath Alayna’s stick, then struck Alayna on the side of her chest.

Alayna nearly lost balance but had a strong enough stance to remain on the platform.

“Wow, she is really sturdy.” Aiden thought to himself.

Alayna stepped back away from Maria. And cautiously watched her.

Maria got up and started laughing. “Haha, I bet you weren’t expecting that! Don’t get overconfident with me!”

“That was only a lucky shot, I think you are the one who is getting overconfident, Miss I already fell once.” Alayna responded to Maria’s taunt.

Aiden then had Maria move towards Alayna. Alayna struck at Maria but Aiden had Maria block the impact causing her to still remain balanced.

Maria then spun on the platform and went for Alayna’s feet. Alayna jumped over Maria’s strike and went for Maria’s head. Aiden had Maria bend back and narrowly dodge the strike.

Maria then let out several strikes at Alayna, and Alayna was able to handle them without losing balance. “Come on, just fall.” Maria said, trying to get Alayna to fall.

Alayna jumped over behind Maria and went to strike Maria from behind.

Aiden had Maria step forward and turn towards Alayna.

Alayna then went on the offensive pushing Maria again to the other end of the platform as Aiden supported Maria from falling.

Due to Alayna’s overwhelming strength against Maria, Aiden couldn’t use Maria’s muscles to generate enough power to knock over Alayna.

The back and forth was looking like a stalemate between the two. 

Maria was dodging the hits Alayna sent out, and Maria hit Alayna but couldn’t generate the force to knock her over.

The entire gym watched the performance of the two.

Alayna was beginning to tire out from swinging at the air when Maria dodged.

“Looks like you are the one tired this time.” Maria mocked.

“I still have my second wind, so don’t get cocky.” Alayna said, catching her breath.

Maria then rushed towards Alayna as she was exhausted.

“Got you.” Alayna said as she saw an opening to knock Maria off.

Alayna struck Maria on the side of her abdominal causing her to completely lose footing on the platform.

Maria began to fall off the platform. Aiden watched Maria about to fail and he controlled Maria’s arms to use the Pugil stick to grab the platform and carry Maria back over. This motion caused the platform to rotate with Maria’s weight.

The flipping of the platform knocked Alayna off and left Maria on the underside having landed on her chest.

“What was that?! That was all luck!” Alayna said to Maria.

“That wasn’t luck, that was Pure Talent.” Maria responded with a cocky smile.

Alayna then rushed back up to get on the platform. “Okay, that one to one, last round.” Alayna said quickly.

She then got her Pugil stick ready.

“Okay, that’s enough for you two. This is supposed to be fun.” The Senior said stopping their match.

“Aww, but I was just about to win!” Maria said to the Senior.

“You aren’t going to turn these fun recreational events into a street fight.” The Senior said to Maria and Alayna.

“Okay, I understand.” Alayna said disappointed. “Looks like it’s a tie.” Alayna said to Maria.

“No, no ties! Rock, Paper, Scissors right now to declare the winner.” Maria said to Alayna, as she held rock in her hand.

“You can’t be serious.” Alayna responded looking at the fire in Maria’s eyes.

“Yes I am serious.” Maria said with her hand still out.

“I already said what I needed to say, if you don’t want people to question your friendship with Angeal, maybe start treating him like a friend.” Alayna said to Maria.

Maria still had a grimace on her face.

“Whatever.” Alayna said, extending her fist.

Both of them said, “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot.” 

Aiden saw that Alayna was choosing Rock, and that Maria was about to throw out Scissor, so he forced Maria’s hand to become Paper.

“Ha, I won! In your face! I was right!” Maria cheered, having thrown Paper out to Alayna’s Rock.

“Whatever, I’m not bothered about losing a child’s game.” Alayna said leaving the area.

A crowd gathered around Alayna celebrating her domination in the Pugil Stick Match. No one was coming to Maria.

“Looks like she has gathered a few fans.” Aiden said looking at the crowd around Alayna.

“You both performed as Goddesses of the Colosseum. Mine eyes were raptured by the eloquent talent of Combat Strategy, Agility and Strength.” Alvin was saying to Maria.

“Thanks I guess?” Maria said to Alvin.

“I don’t know how you managed to pull off what you did that second round.” Silvia said, walking up to Maria.

Alvin saw Silvia and immediately backed away.

“Do you feel like challenging me now?” Maria asked Silvia.

“No, I just came back from the Office. And picked up these.” Silvia said, handing Maria and Aiden the same letters she received from the School Counselor.

“She was looking for you earlier, so I figured that I would just pick it up for you.” Silvia said to Aiden and Maria.

“What are they?” Maria asked.

“It’s for a High School, that’s all I can tell you though.” Silvia said to Maria.

“I know you have what it takes Angeal, and for Maria…” Silvia paused a bit. “Good luck.” Silvia said leaving the two.

Maria and Aiden stood in the gym and looked at their letters.

“You’ve been Invited to become an Innovator at ‘The International Innovators and Developers High School for Global Leaders’.- -.-. .. -..” Read Aiden’s letter.

“You’ve been Invited to become an Innovator at ‘The International Innovators and Developers High School for Global Leaders’..- …-” Read Maria’s letter.

“Oh, looks like we didn’t have to go to this dumb event anyways.” Maria said to Aiden looking at the letter.

Aiden looked closer at the letters. He was able to read that he said Acid in morse code. But he was able to see the hidden image in the blank area of the page. It was an image of a cat. It had a wide grin. It read: “Most everyone’s mad here.”; “You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.”

Aiden recognized that this was from the book ‘Alice in Wonderland, and noticed that the stripes of the cat were missing. But the missing pattern was in a pattern that resembled that of a barcode.

“So the International Innovators and Developers High School for Global Leaders, is that a good school?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Who knows. We can find out together.” Aiden said to Maria. Maria grinned and started walking.

Angel Misery: Chapter Fifteen

“Lover’s Journey”

It was now that time of year. Of chocolates and romance. The students in the school were well aware of this, nervous feelings filled the halls.

Aiden and Silvia were walking through the hall to their 4th Bell class.

While walking down the halls Silvia bumped into a girl who wore thick circular classes and seemed extremely timid and clumsy. She fell and dropped a book she was reading.

The book had a black cover and hands holding an apple.

“How did you not see me?” Silvia said to the girl.

“I’m sor…sorry.” The girl stuttered trying to apologise to Silvia.

She stood up and adjusted her glasses. Aiden picked up her book for her.

“Here you go Kayla.” Aiden said, handing her the book.

Kayla looked up at Aiden. “You… you know my name?” Kayla asked Aiden.

“He knows everyone’s name, don’t start thinking you are special.” Silvia said to Kayla.

Aiden and Silvia then continued their walk. Kayla watched as Aiden moved. To her Aiden moved gracefully and angelically from that moment on. She began to blush thinking about him.

In 4th Bell, Kayla was in Modern Literature with Miss Williamson.

Kayla was zoning off in class as she was writing her name and Angeal in a heart within her notebook. She let out a sigh of happiness each time she completed a heart.

“That was wonderful. It’s just like in ‘Parthenon’ when Helen drops her handkerchief on the floor and her soulmate picks it up for her, starting their passionate adventure into destiny.” Kayla thought to herself.

“Or in ‘The Revelation of Emily’ where the dark Prince Valentino reached up in the library shelves to hand the Duke’s daughter Emily the Book on Vampires.” Kayla became red again thinking about all the stories where the soulmate of the protagonist met each other through a single interaction of handing an item to her.

Lunch time came. Maria and Aiden were sitting at their usual table.

Kayla watched them both from the edge of the door. She held a napkin in her hand.

“Okay I am going to walk next to their table and drop my napkin next to Angeal. He will pick it up, and our eyes will meet.” Kayla thought to herself trying to prepare for the moment.

Other students were walking by her and they saw that her glasses were fogging up from her heavy breathing.

“You really have to give this a try, Aiden! It has a super creamy texture in the middle.” Maria said to Aiden trying to give him a spoonful of Shepard’s Pie.

“Please no, that looks revolting.” Aiden responded to Maria moving his face away from the spoon.

Maria continued to try and give it to him.

Kayla walked up to their table extremely nervously. “Okay, don’t fall. Just drop the napkin and turn towards him. It’s just that easy.” Kayla thought to herself.

Kayla dropped her napkin and it landed on the table.

Maria picked it up. “Hey you can’t just be dropping stuff on our table!” Maria said, turning around quickly to throw it at Kayla. But Kayla was turning around to make eye contact with who she figured was Aiden.

The spoon that Maria was holding went into the mouth of Kayla.

Maria and Kayla looked at one another. Maria is still holding the napkin in her hand in a throwing position.

They both stared at each other mortified about what happened.

Kayla experiences an indirect kiss with Maria.

Kayla pulled away quickly and ran off. Maria looked at her now empty spoon in disgust.

“Dang, if she wanted some she could have just asked.” Maria said, dropping both the spoon and the napkin on the table.

“I don’t think that was her goal. She likely just accidentally dropped her napkin. She dropped her book earlier today too.” Aiden told Maria.

“Clumsy people are the worst.” Maria responded. “Can you create a new spoon for me, this one has been… def.. Dah.”  Maria was trying to remember the vocabulary word for something that has been dirtied.

“Defiled?” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yeah, defiled.” Maria quickly agreed and Aiden created her a new spoon.

Kayla was in the girl’s bathroom washing her mouth out with water. 

“No, that never happened. Gross!” Kayla thought, trying to wash Maria’s saliva from her mouth.

Ashley, Vanessa and Sarah walked into the bathroom seeing Kayla talking to herself.

“Ah, are you good?” Sarah asked Kayla with a cautious tone. Kayla looked up. Her clothes were soaked with water and streams were still coming from her mouth. Her glasses had droplets all over them.

“Of course, heh.” Kayla said, trying to look put together in front of the glamour trio.

“Right…. Well we are going to go to the other bathroom, you take your time in here.” Ashley said, slowly closing the door.

Kayla was now embarrassed that they saw her like that.

“My life is ruined.” Kayla thought to herself.

Aiden and Maria at sixth bell Health class. Kayla was in that class with them.

Kayla looked over at Aiden who was sitting next to Maria and Ashley.

“My Prince is being held hostage by those two she devils. All they probably talk about is other boys and gross stuff. They obviously do not recognize the value of being able to sit next to Angeal.” Kayla thought to herself.

As Kayla continued to think about the things that Maria and Ashley do to Aiden she began to sweat with anger.

Soon it was becoming noticeable.

“Oh no, I can’t have him glance over and see me like this!” Kayla thought to herself as she stood up to grab a napkin to wipe her forehead.

“These here are my kidney stones that I kept to show the class, they come through the urinary tract-” Mr. Bowman was saying before Kayla accidentally hit her knee on the table causing the display skeleton to knock the kidney stones from his hand.

The stones flew and landed in Kayla’s hair.

She felt them land and went to reach up. She had one of the kidney stones in her hands and freaked out.

“Don’t move, let me get them out for you!” Mr. Bowman said, trying to calm Kayla down.

“Gross, gross!” Kayla called out shaking her head trying to get them out as quickly as possible. The other students were being hit by the stones they flew from her head.

“No, my stones!” Mr. Bowman said watching his kidney stones be scrambled around the room.

Kayla sat on the floor exasperated.

She then looked over at Aiden. He was staring directly at her as well as all the other students.

She became completely red and ran out of the class.

“Wow, she is not having a good day.” Maria said, watching the door close.

“I saw her in the bathroom earlier during lunch, she must have been taking a bath in the sink or something.” Ashley said to Maria.

“Probably after she ate my lunch. Hoping to clear all evidence of her crime by washing it away.” Maria responded.

Aiden returned his attention to Mr. Bowman who was trying to collect his stones from around the class. Aiden was pretty much unaffected.

Kayla sat in the bathroom with her feet up on the toilet seat.

“My life is beyond ruined. I’m going to have to change schools, I’m going to need to change my name, my personality, my parents…” Kayla thought frantically to herself.

Kayla then thought about Maria, Ashley and Silvia. She thought about how Aiden would be crying out for help from them and how she was the only one who could save him. Aiden remembering her name was proof that he wanted her to save him.

“I can’t leave. Not without my soulmate.” Kayla was emboldened.

A few girls walked into the bathroom and Kayla lifted her feet back onto the toilet seat.

The end of the day came. Maria and Aiden went out to the front where Aiden dropped Maria off so she could go back home with her mom.

Kayla watched Aiden as he returned back to the school.

Aiden made his way to the back of the school.

“That girl is still following me.” Aiden thought to himself.

Kayla was moving from bush to bush trying to look out for any other girls trying to meet up with Aiden.

Kayla then turned around.

“After what happened today I shouldn’t be trying to save him now. He will probably think I am disgusting.” Kayla thought to herself.

“But if I don’t save him now then he will be trapped between those witches for another day.” Kayla continued to try to prime herself to confront Aiden.

Aiden looked over at her.

“Okay, she turned around. It’s time to vanish.” Aiden thought to himself as he became invisible and flew off.

“That’s right Kayla, this isn’t about you, it’s about him!” She thought as she came out from behind the push.

She looked around but Aiden was gone.

“Ah… where’d he go.” Kayla looked around searching for Aiden.

In the end she did not find him and she went home.

Kayla got home, her clothes smelt like cut grass and sweat.

“Gross, why do you smell like that!” Kayla’s older brother said to her.

“Don’t talk to me, I had a terrible day.” Kayla responded.

“I’d imagine.” Kayla’s brother said while continuing to play computer games.

Kayla was in her bathroom. She looked in the mirror and lifted a part of her extremely long hair. “Maybe if I cut it then I will seem more attractive.” Kayla thought to herself imagining Aiden seeing her in the halls and leaving Silvia to walk with her.

“That would be amazing.” She continued to think.

She then found a bit of her mom’s makeup. She held it up to her skin. This might work too. “I will try and look like Christine from ‘Armour Farewell’.” Kayla thought to herself about a book she recently finished.

Kayla tried to cut her hair to style it. A large clump of it came down and landed in the sink. She looked up at the mirror and it was cut extremely poorly and much too short.

Kayla’s eyes widened.

She then freaked out. “No!” Kayla yelled at the mirror. “I need to fix this.” Kayla thought, cutting some from the other side of her head.

Another clump fell into the sink, and now both sides were still uneven.

After some time of trying to fix her hair she came to her brother.

He looked over at her and fell out of his chair like he saw a monster. “Jeez Louise, what on Earth happened to your hair!” He said to her,

“I can’t cut my own hair, can you fix this, big bro?” Kayla asked him.

He got up and stood over her. “It’s going to take a lot, but it’s not impossible.” He smiled at her.

He began cutting her hair.

Some time passed. “Okay, we are all set!” he said to Kayla.

He showed Kayla the mirror. She grabbed it and touched her hair. She had a large frown on her face.

“I look like a boy now…” She said looking at herself.

“Honestly I would say this is an improvement.” Kayla’s brother said, nodding his head.

“Why’d you cut it so short?!” She yelled at him.

“You already cut it that short, I was making it even. Now you have a pixie cut. Those are in now.” Kayla’s brother responded, trying to justify the style.

“Now Angeal will never love me.” Kayla thought to herself. She imagined herself confessing to Aiden. “Gross, I would never date a boy.” the imaginary Aiden said to Kayla.

“I have to put on mom’s makeup to look like a girl again.” Kayla said going back into the bathroom.

“Wow, not even a thank you?” Kayla’s brother was trying to say before she ran into the bathroom.

He continued playing his game. Kayla spent more time in the bathroom. She put on eyeliner, blush, foundation, lipstick and the works.

She came back out, and stood over her brother.

“Well?” She asked him.

He looked up at her. And fell out of his chair again.

“Why do you keep doing this to me!?” He said to her, Kayla stood over him with too much makeup on her face. It pretty much looked like she went to a carnival and got her face painted.

“What? Isn’t this what boys like?” Kayla asked him.

“Not that much, even if we did notice it. You look like a dang clown.” He said to Kayla.

“You are the worst.” Kayla said to him as he couldn’t stop laughing. Kayla went into her room and looked up how to get a guy’s attention.

“Step 1: Smile. Guys like girls who look open and friendly. A girl with a frown is a sign of her not wanting to conversate or engage with people.”

“Step 2: Don’t hide. You may think you are catching glances from around the corner or in bushes but the guy noticed you and probably thinks you are stalking him. A straightforward approach will always perform better than hiding.”

“Step 3: Ask for his help. Step 4: Talk about his hobbies. Step 5: Look him in the eyes. Step 6: Say thank you. Step 7: Laugh at his jokes. Step 8: Wear something to grab his attention. Step 9: Share your interest. And Step 10: Be genuine.” The articles which were the ‘10 simple steps to get any man to notice you’ read.

“No wonder I wasn’t winning.” Kayla thought to herself reading the article. She practiced her laugh for tomorrow.

The next day she saw Aiden and Silvia walking through the halls again.

She wore a hat to cover her short hair but had items all over it. “Okay, no hiding today! Wearing something to grab his attention. Say thank you. I got it.” Kayla said to herself before jumping out in front of Aiden and Silvia.

“G… Good… Morning…. Ang… Angeal.” She stuttered, feeling shy being in front of Aiden.

“Good morning.” Aiden responded.

“What do you want?” Silvia said to Kayla.

“Haha, yo… you are so… funny…” Kayla responded to Aiden nervously.

“I didn’t say anything funny.” Aiden said to Kayla.

Kayla gave Aiden a large smile.

“So… I like to… to… to… read. What….” Kayla was saying slowly.

“Okay, she is being weird. Let’s keep going to class or we will be late, Angeal.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Sure.” Aiden said as the two continued.

Kayla watched the two leave. She took off her hat and threw it on the ground. “Darn that Silvia! I was doing so well then she had to come in and ruin it.” Kayla angrily thought to herself.

Alvin then came from around the corner.

“Ouch, thine performance truly gave mine eye’s difficulties to witness.” Alvin said to Kayla.

“You were watching me?” Kayla asked Alvin.

“Twas I who sought attention from thee. Yet thine gaze was grasped by a condor.” Alvin responded to Kayla.

“Oh, you are imitating the speaking style of Harold Wolfgang, the 15th Century Poet.” Kayla said to Alvin, picking back up her hat.

“Thou i seeketh thine attention, I offer thee assistance in thine predicament. Thus I shall teach thee the art of theatre. So that ye may speaketh with the confidence of royalty.” Alvin said to Kayla.

“So, if I let you teach me how to act, what is it that you want?” Kayla asked Alvin.

“None that which you do not already possess. I seek only an outing with thee tis weekend.” Alvin said to Kayla.

“Like a date?” Kayla asked.

“Precisely.” Alvin responded.

“I knew I was beautiful. So it is the influence of those witches that is stealing the attention of Angeal from me.” Kayla thought to herself.

“No, I am good. I can’t betray my soulmate by two timing him.” Kayla said to Alvin.

Kayla then went off to her class.

Alvin stood in the hall and recited a poem to himself. “The nicest guys will surely weep, for the price of love is truly steep. Once their hearts are broken and beat. To us their hearts we shall keep.” 

Lunch time had come and Kayla felt it was a good time to try and eat with Aiden.

She went into the cafeteria. Maria’s and Aiden’s seats were empty because they were out as usual grabbing something from outside to eat.

Kayla sat waiting.

“What is that girl doing?” Joshua asked, looking over at Maria’s table.

The rest of the prep students looked over.

“What is she doing? Is she new friends with Maria?” Rebecca asked.

“She seems rather possessed.” Issac added.

Silvia looked over. “Ugh, it’s that same girl from the morning. Kayla is her name. Angeal helped her pick up some books and now she is completely obsessed with him it seems.” Silvia responded.

“Maria is not going to be happy to see her sitting at their table, what do you think she’s going to do?” Rebecca asked Silvia.

“If I were to guess, she would probably just threaten her. Probably nothing violent though. Maria is a paper tiger.” Silvia said going back to eating her lunch.

“Well look who just now showed up.” Joshua said watching Aiden and Maria enter the room.

Maria looked at her table, then looked around the room, then looked at the time.

“Hmm, I could be wrong but it seems like someone is trying to claim our spot!” Maria said to Aiden.

“It does appear that way.” Aiden responded.

“Interesting. Someone has the nerve to actually come into the territory of the General. Aiden!” Maria said to him.

“Yes?” Aiden responded.

“I need a megaphone.” Maria said with one of her hands open to receive it and another holding onto a bag of chili dogs.

“What are you planning to do with it?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I’m going to declare war.” Maria responded.

Kayla caught sight of Maria and Aiden standing at the door. She then got up with a smile. “Okay, remember to smile, guys like a smile.” Kayla thought to herself.

Kayla imagined that she was walking confidently with a beautiful smile, but in reality she was stumbling and her smile twitched.

Maria held the megaphone in her hand as Kayla got closer. Maria then lifted it up.

“Hello… Ang… Angeal…” Kayla said as she got closer.

“What do you think you were doing sitting at our table!” Maria said into the Megaphone directly in Kayla’s face.

The entire cafeteria heard it and looked over.

Now Kayla had every eye in the cafeteria staring at her while she was trying to talk to Aiden.

She looked around at all the eyes on her. The room looked dark and everyone seemed to be laughing at her in her mind.

“She can’t do it, she’s not confident enough. Angeal won’t like a loser like her.” She thought they were saying while staring at her.

Kayla swallowed and tried to speak with Aiden. “So… so what… are your… your… hobbies?” Kayla said, struggling to get the words out.

Maria looked at Kayla confused, then she looked up at Aiden.

“You two are friends?” Maria asked.

The entire cafeteria looked up at Aiden.

The pressure of all the eyes on her, and the question that Maria asked Aiden began to make Kayla feel nauseous.

She then began to barf from the pressure and had to run out of the cafeteria to run to the bathroom.

Kayla stormed out before Aiden could give an answer.

Maria looked at Kayla running. “Well I guess it doesn’t matter anymore. Weird girl huh?” Maria said to Aiden.

Kayla was in the bathroom again. She was bent over the toilet breathing heavily into it. “Wow, that was intense. Never have I had that much confidence. I bet I looked amazing out there.” Kayla thought to herself.

A group of girls walked into the bathroom.

“I could have sworn that the girl who almost got destroyed by the tomboy ran into this bathroom.” One of them said, as they looked around.

Kayla lifted up her feet onto the stall.

The girls looked underneath all of the doors.

“Doesn’t seem like anyone is in here.” They said, ending the search.

“Dang it, we need to catch her to see what her reaction was.” Another said as they ran out of that bathroom.

Kayla stood on the stall.

“Looks like I already have fans and paparazzi.” Kayla thought to herself. “I’m going to have to keep me and Angeal’s relationship low key.”

Maria and Aiden sat at their table.

Leanne came to their table.

“Hey Maria, hey Angeal.” Leanne said to the two.

Maria turned around and smiled at Leanne. “Hey Leanne! Out of the theatre room today?” Maria asked Leanne.

“I heard your voice from all the way in the theatre rooms so I came in here to see how you did that.” Leanne said to Maria.

Maria handed Leanne the megaphone.

“I used this.” Maria responded.

“Oh wow, this is fancy.” Leanne said, observing the megaphone. 

“Yeah it is. Angeal made it for me.” Maria said to Leanne as she pointed at Aiden.

“You are so talented!” Leanne said to him.

“Thanks.” Aiden responded.

“So, can I use it?” Leanne asked Maria.

“Use it for what?” Maria responded. She was curious as to what Leanne wanted to announce.

“Well, I got the part of Juliet for this month’s theatre performance. And we are performing it tomorrow, so I would like to announce that to everyone in the cafeteria.” Leanne said to Maria.

“Check you out. You are doing this as your regular self and not as a character.” Maria complimented Leanne.

“Yeah, but can you and Aiden still help me out if no one seems interested.” Leanne asked Maria.

Maria gave Leanne a thumbs up. Leanne looked over at Aiden. He too gave Leanne a thumbs up.

Leanne then spoke into the Megaphone.

“Good day everyone, I have an announcement to make. Tomorrow we are performing Romeo and Juliet for our February Performance. You can pre order your tickets at the Theatre rooms for $10, or buy your tickets on the day of the performance for $12.” Leanne said into the Megaphone.

The students in the cafeteria then turned back around as if no announcement had been made.

Maria looked around. She then grabbed the megaphone from Leanne.

“It’s going to be amazing! Leanne is super talented and you don’t want to miss it!” Maria said into the megaphone and again no one looked.

“Well hopefully that will sell maybe 10 more tickets, so that’s good enough.” Leanne said to Maria.

“No it’s not, we aren’t going to stop until everyone rushes to get one.” Maria said to Leanne with determination.

“How?” Leanne asked.

Maria then looked around. Then she noticed that some of the students were showing images from their phones.

Maria then looked up at Aiden. She then handed him the megaphone.

“Say that you will give them your phone number if they go to the performance.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I don’t have a phone.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I know that, but they don’t. That will definitely drive up the sales.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You can’t just have him give away his phone number, that’s really personal. I don’t want you to have to do that.” Leanne said to Maria.

“How about just giving away Goodie bags.” Silvia said, walking up to the table.

“Oh wow, who asked you to come.” Maria said to Silvia.

“I was just seeing you struggle, and thought I could offer some assistance. Plus I was curious to see who this Leanne girl was.” Silvia said, turning to Leanne.

Silvia looked up and down at Leanne. 

“What about me?” Leanne said with a standoffish disposition.

“Cute, but that’s all you seem to have.” Silvia said to Leanne. She then turned to Aiden. “If they are promised something like chocolates they would definitely come, especially since it’s on lover’s day.” Silvia said.

Maria crossed her arms.

“That doesn’t sound like a bad idea. But I don’t want to admit it.” Maria responded.

Silvia gestured for the megaphone.

Aiden Handed it to her.

“If you come to the performance and show us that you bought a ticket today, Angeal and I will give you a goodie bag filled with chocolates to give to the one you love on Lover’s Day.” Silvia said in the Megaphone.

“Angeal and you? Who said you got to decide that?!” Maria said angrily to Silvia.

A lot of the students got up and began to head over to the theatre rooms.

“Wow, looks like everyone else better hurry up before the tickets sell out.” Silvia said to get the others to get up.

The cafeteria was now only 10% full.

Silvia then handed the megaphone over to Maria.

Leanne nodded her head. “Wow, that was impressive.” Leanne said to Silvia.

“”Your move.” Silvia said to Maria. Silvia walked away back to her table.

Maria clinched her fist. “You think you are so smart.” Maria mocked.

“Well thank you for both of your help, I will put on an extra special performance so as to not waste this chance. And soon I will have taken over the school.” Leanne said to Maria with excitement.

“No problem. We will be watching.” Maria said to Leanne.

Kayla finally got out of the bathroom and saw that a bunch of students walked past her.

She then went back into the wall where the door met the hall. She lowered her hat and covered her face.

“Wow, I have this many fans. I better be careful in public now. I could be swamped with requests from autographs and dates.” Kayla thought to herself. “My smile must have been too powerful, I have to check if Angeal is okay.” Kayla tried to make her way to the cafeteria but the amount of students slowed her down.

The bell then rang.

Later on in the day it was the 6th Bell Health Class with Mr. Bowman.

Kayla continued to cover her face with the hat. She peeked ever so often to look at Aiden. She tried to flash a smile at Aiden.

Maria caught sight of her doing it.

“Aiden, that weird girl keeps looking over at you. She has that look of a crazy person.” Maria whispered to him.

“I don’t know what she wants either.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Did you take something from her?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Quite the opposite, I actually returned something to her.” Aiden responded, trying to explain to Maria what happened.

“Super creepy. Just don’t look at her, maybe if we ignore her she will stop staring.” Maria said to Aiden.

Kayla noticed them both look straight forward.

“That witch, she cast a spell on him to prevent him from receiving my charm. My soulmate is still trapped. Don’t worry, I will save you my love.” Kayla thought to herself.

The end of the day came around and Kayla immediately left to try and catch Aiden before he disappeared from Maria.

Aiden dropped Maria off in her mother’s car and he went to the back of the school. Kayla followed him.

Aiden noticed her stalking him. “Hmm, she wasn’t in the cafeteria when we made that series of announcements. Maybe she is wondering what it was all about.” Aiden thought to himself. 

Aiden turned around and looked at Kayla. He then waved at her.

Kayla was stunned. She hid behind the bushes.

“He waved at me! Is this really happening!?” Kayla’s heart beat heavy. She then looked over the bush again and saw Aiden walking towards her.

Kayla looked up at Aiden.

“He… hello… Angeal….” Kayla stuttered.

“Excuse me Kayla, did you hear about the performance of Romeo and Juliet that’s happening tomorrow? If not, I think you should go. I will even give you a gift bag with chocolate.” Aiden said to Kayla.

“A… A… chocolate…. For me…. On lover’s day…?” Kayla’s brain nearly exploded from her imagination.

“Yes, chocolates, but only if you come to the performance.” Aiden said to Kayla.

“So… is… this… this… like a… date.” Kayla asked Aiden.

“Not really. I mean it is a date to go out somewhere, but it’s not like those restaurant dates.” Aiden responded.

“Oh… yea. Guess we… can go… to a restaurant on… or… our…. Second date.” Kayla stammered.

“So you will be there?” Aiden asked.

Kayla nodded her head quickly.

“See you there.” Aiden said walking off. Kayla’s legs buckled.

“I got asked out on a date! From Angeal! My heart! And it’s on lover’s day, with chocolate!” Kayla thought to herself.

Aiden went invisible and flew away. “Okay, that’s another person who will be going to see Leanne.” Aiden thought to himself.

Kayla got home and immediately went into her room. She squeezed her pillows between her legs and crushed one in her arms.

“It’s really happening! I knew it was true love! Just like those novels! A handsome guy picks up a book and hands it over to their soulmate. Then he invites her out on a date to get away from his captors.” Kayla squealed to herself.

Kayla’s brother knocked on her door. “Can you keep it down, in there, I am trying to focus.” He said to her from the other side of the door.

Kayla continued to squeal.

“Geez.” Kayla’s brother said walking away from the door.

“First we are going to hold hands, and then we will get close and then…” Kayla was imagining Aiden getting close to her. She fell back on her bed.

“Then we will kiss! Do I even know how to kiss someone!” Kayla thought to herself.

She ran to her mirror and brought it off the wall. She then looked at it and began to bring it close.

“Ew, it’s not the same.” Kayla thought to herself, looking at herself in the mirror.

Kayla drew a picture of Aiden, using a reference from her last year’s yearbook. Then stuck it on the mirror. 

Kayla then rubbed the image’s cheek.

“You are perfect, my love.” Kayla said as if she was Aiden.

“Oh you compliment me too much.” Kayla giggled to herself.

She then brought the mirror closer to her face. “Oh, not yet. I am not ready.” She said to the mirror with a drawing of Aiden on it.

She then brought the mirror to her lips and kissed it.

After spending a few moments making out with the image.

“Wow, you are truly the most amazing person to ever have lived ever Kayla.” Kayla said, pretending to be Aiden.

“You are too my dear.” Kayla responded to the mirror.

Kayla took the drawing of Aiden and placed it on her pillow.

“We shouldn’t be doing this Angeal, we haven’t spoken our vows.” Kayla said to the pillow with Aiden’s face on it.

“I can’t control myself with you!” Kayla pretended that Aiden said.

She then began to make out with the image.

The next day came and it was the time of the performance.

Kayla looked through her closet looking for her fanciest attire.

“I could wear what I wore to my cousin’s wedding, but then the paparazzi would notice me and try to take images of me non stop.” Kayla thought to herself.

She continued to try on outfits.

Aiden and Maria were in Maria’s room.

“Silvia is heading to the HQ.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Wow, she doesn’t waste any time.” Maria said to Aiden as she rushed out of the door.

Aiden then lifted her up and they both went to meet Silvia there.

Silvia rang the doorbell.

Maria then opened it. “Surprise!” Maria said to Silvia.

“Do you not live at your house?” Silvia asked Maria.

“You wish I did.” Maria jokingly said to Silvia. Silvia then entered the mansion.

“Anyway, which room is Angeal in?” Silvia asked Maria.

“In the big living room.” Maria responded.

“Pretty sure it’s actually called the ballroom.” Silvia corrected Maria. The golem took Silvia’s coat from her and put it away. “Okay, then I am heading there.” Silvia said, trying to ignore Maria.

“Seems like we got 4 hours before the performance, were you trying to spend 4 whole hours alone with Angeal. What were you planning?” Maria laughed.

“We have a lot of chocolates to pack, the tickets sold out, meaning 1000 students will be showing up.” Silvia explained.

“Sounds like you are going to need my help anyways.” Maria jested.

Silvia just continued to walk. She saw Aiden seated in front of piles of chocolate boxes.

“Wow, where’s you get all of these from?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“He knows people.” Maria responded.

“So we have 20 boxes, which each can fit 50 bags. Each bag will weigh about 100 grams. So that means we will be transporting a little over 100kg of chocolate to this performance.” Aiden said as he walked up to the two girls.

“Hmm, we may have underestimated how much work this would be.” Maria said, looking at all the treats.

“Let’s just get to it.” Silvia said as she began to place chocolate into the bags Aiden left out.

“So Maria, is honours getting the best of you?” Silvia asked Maria.

“As if, if anything, it is too easy.” Maria responded.

“Pretty soon Highschool placement exams are coming up. Thought about where you are trying to go?” Silvia asked the both of them.

“No idea.” Maria responded.

At the auditorium. Hundreds of students lined up outside.

Aiden and Silvia were handing out bags of chocolate to the students. Aiden smiled as he handed them out and Silvia thanked them for coming.

“The King and Queen of the school really gave us a gift! This is amazing!” Some students said after receiving their gift bag.

“You mean the King and the Court Jester, because I am obviously the Queen.” Maria said to them with her fist balled up.

“Of course.” They said lowering their heads.

“I’m going to find us a seat.” Silvia said, noticing that the line was beginning to thin out.

“You better find three of them. If you only find two I am taking it.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Whatever.” Silvia responded to Maria.

Maria then walked in to follow Silvia to make sure that she actually found 3 seats.

Kayla came in wearing her wedding attire. She was a bit late having spent too much time on her appearance.

Kayla saw Aiden sitting at the table alone. He had a few more bags of chocolate around him.

Kayla touched her heart. “My Prince waited on me. I am sorry my love.” Kayla thought to herself.

Aiden noticed Kayla coming in.

“Thank you for coming in.” Aiden said to Kayla.

“Of…. of course…” Kayla stuttered. “I… I… I am happy… to be…. On this… date.” Kayla said slowly.

Aiden handed Kayla the bag of chocolates.

“For me… oh, you shouldn’t have…” Kayla said, taking one of the chocolates out of the bag. She then ate it. “It’s so sweet… just like… you… “ She stuttered a little.

“Oh, sure. Well you had better hurry in there or else you will miss the beginning.” Aiden said to Kayla.

“Ladies first… you are such… a gentleman.” Kayla said, doing a creepy smile.

“We found a few seats Angeal, come on!” Maria came out calling for Aiden.

Kayla looked at Maria. Maria looked at Kayla.

“Whose wedding are you going to?” Maria asked Kayla.

Kayla then ducked her head and went into the theatre.

“Don’t worry my love, I will save you completely next time. I will face that witch.” Kayla thought to herself entering. “This chocolate is a sign of our love.” 

Maria dragged Aiden into the theatre and they all sat near the front to watch Leanne perform.

Kayla watched Aiden throughout the entire performance. She still believed that the chocolates were a sign of his love and not just something to bring in guests.

The play was a big success and Leanne was happy to see so many people watch her perform. Maria applauded loudly as all those in attendance chanted encore.

Angel Misery: Chapter Fourteen

“New Student in Honours”

The next semester of the school year began. The Students were funneling into the halls as if the break never happened.

The Students reported to their homerooms to receive their new semester schedules.

Maria sat next to Ashley in Mr. Smith’s Precalculus class.

“Looks like our schedules are going to get all mixed up now. I might not be in the same classes as you anymore Maria.” Ashley said to Maria in anticipation.

“It’s not going to be that bad. There’s only so many classes we all could go to.” Maria responded.

“You did pretty well last semester though, do you think you made honours?” Ashley asked.

“Me? In honours? I mean, I did good, but not that good, I don’t even care to be with all those smarty pants kids anyways.” Maria responded with a cocky attitude.

“Angeal is in honours though, so you would be with him.” Ashley looked at Maria. Then she smiled. “That’s probably why you worked so hard to get good grades, wasn’t it.” Ashley poked fun at Maria.

“Is it wrong to want to hang out more with my best friend?” Maria asked Ashley.

“Come on, I know that’s not the real reason.” Ashley tried to pry more into Maria’s feelings.

“That is the real reason, it sucks only being able to hang out after lunch.” Maria added.

Mr. Smith started handing out the new schedules.

“Oh, is it because you don’t want Silvia to have all that alone time with Angeal?” Ashley asked.

“Silvia can try, but I am always going to be one step ahead of her.” Maria said with a boastful disposition.

Maria then received her schedule and looked at it.

“Aww, mine is pretty much the same as last semester. What are your classes?” Ashley asked, trying to look at Maria’s schedule.

Maria looked at her schedule in disbelief. She made it into the honours’ courses.

“First Bell is Biology with Miss Ryan, Second Bell is World History with Mr. Yukimura, Third Bell is Psychology with Miss Sullivan and Fourth Bell is Calculus with Mr. Smith.” Maria read off her schedule.

“Wow, guess placing Fifth in the Finals last year really wasn’t a fluke.” Ashley said, looking at Maria’s schedule.

“Looks like we both share the same Health class during Sixth Bell. Last semester they had you in a different PE group.” Maria said to Ashley.

“Yea, but that’s not going to be the same as having First Bell with you, now I have to find someone else to talk to during class.” Ashley said disappointed.

“Aw, don’t feel too bummed out about it. Maybe if you were a bit friendlier you would have a new talking buddy in no time.” Maria said with a smile.

In Miss Ryan’s Class.

“We will be having new students join us in the honours’ program today. And some of your formal classmates have dropped from it. There will be slight changes, but I still expect everyone to keep up with the current pace.” Miss Ryan said.

“Are we going to have to take another assessment like we did on the first day?” Richard asked.

“Yes we will be.” Miss Ryan said.

Richard placed his head on the desk.

Katherine looked over at Richard. “I still can’t believe you survived the purging.” She said in disbelief.

“Are you ready to get another perfect on the assessment, Angeal?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“It’s probably an overestimation to assume that I would need to be ready for such an assessment.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

“Naturally.” Silvia said. “Oh, what did you do over the rest of the winter break?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“What do you mean?” Aiden asked.

“Did you go on any more adventures, like we did at that scary house?” Silvia asked Aiden with curiosity in her eyes.

“No, it gets dark too quickly so Maria isn’t able to stay out long enough for us to go on those kinds of adventures.” Aiden responded.

“Adventures? What adventures are you talking about? Can I join?” Joshua jumped in on the conversation.

“No, you would just make it crowded.” Silvia said to Joshua.

“I don’t see what’s the big deal. Angeal, what do you think? By now you are probably tired of just hanging around girls all the time, right?” Joshua asked Aiden.

“It doesn’t make a difference to me.” Aiden responded.

“Unlike you, Joshua, Angeal doesn’t get all weird when he talks to girls.” Rebecca said to Joshua.

“I don’t get weird when I talk to girls.” Joshua responded quickly.

“He doesn’t get weird when he talks to girls, it’s only when they are pretty. That’s why he doesn’t have any issue talking to you.” Issac said to Rebecca.

“Do you want to say that again!?” Rebecca threatened Issac. Issac laughed.

The new students then showed up at the door. They all then lined up in front of the whiteboard.

Maria saw Aiden sitting down and she gained a giant smile and waved at Aiden.

Silvia looked at Maria standing up front and rolled her eyes imagining Maria stealing all the alone time she had with Aiden.

“Great, she just had to make honours.” Silvia thought to herself.

“Welcome to your new home room. Would you mind introducing yourself?” Miss Ryan asked the 6 new students. “Say your name, something interesting about yourself and your goal.” Miss Ryan explained.

“Good Morning, my name is Kenneth B. Lloyd, I am pretty good at Sports, more precisely Baseball. And I hope to one day work as a Production Manager at a Manufacturing Company.” A kid that was decently tall for his age said in front of the class. He looked like he was suffering a minor break out, but he generally had a muscular build.

Maria then stepped forward. “Haha, looks like I have conquered yet another pedestal you all tried to keep from me, the Mighty Maria Li. I am the best at what I do, and I will one day own the World alongside my best friend Angeal!” Maria proclaimed in front of the class.

The class was silent, but didn’t seem as surprised as a group of kids ought to have been. Maria had already tried to pull the same proclamation when she placed fifth in the finals.

Maria then stepped back with a grin on her face.

The other students introduced themselves and they went to find seats.

Maria walked over to where Silvia was.

“Ah, you might as well move since you know that’s where I want to sit.” Maria said to Silvia.

“It is? Guess you must be a little blind because I am already occupying it.” Silvia responded.

“Is this going to be the car situation all over again? You might as well save us all the trouble and just move.” Maria said getting closer to Silvia.

“If I recall, you didn’t win that situation either.” Silvia said to Maria.

Maria stared down at Silvia trying to get her to move.

“Angeal, may you switch to one of the seats in the back, just so you wouldn’t block the view of the students behind you?” Miss Ryan asked Aiden.

“Sure thing.” Aiden said as he got up from his seat and went to sit in the back.

“Now Miss Li, you take the seat that Angeal was just in.” Miss Ryan said to Maria.

Maria sat down in the seat next to Silvia. They both looked disgruntled.

Aiden was only one seat behind the two girls, but it might as well have been another classroom away.

“That was your fault for bringing so much attention to our area.” Silvia said to Maria.

“If you only just moved at least one of us could have sat next to him, and now look, neither of us can.” Maria responded to Silvia.

“You think that’s bad, because of how this class is, when we group up, you are going to be my partner.” Silvia told Maria.

“I’m starting to wish that I never got into honours.” Maria said, looking up at the ceiling.

“Same.” Silvia added with a smirk.

Aiden sat behind the two watching them both complain. “It’s not like I’m not in the class anymore, why are they looking so frustrated?” Aiden thought to himself.

Miss Ryan then began to hand out an assessment.

Maria looked at the paper that was placed on her desk. “What?! It’s already time for a quiz!?” Maria thought to herself.

She looked back towards Aiden. She mouthed to him. “You know what to do.” 

Aiden shook his head with a smile. Knowing that Maria wanted him to give her a perfect score.

All the students in the class flipped over their tests and began taking it.

Aiden finished nearly immediately and Maria just sat reading the questions. Silvia soon finished also.

“Wow, these are not as easy as the tests she gave to the non honour students.” Maria thought to herself.

Aiden produced a copy of his test on Maria’s desk for her to look at it.

“Finally, I thought I was going to have to struggle.” Maria said as she began to fill out the test sheet.

The time limit of the test had been reached and all the students handed up their tests.

“Tomorrow I will have these grades for you, also tomorrow we will start on our first group project of the semester. So make sure you pick up a copy of the package on your way out.” Miss Ryan said as the first bell rang.

Silvia got up from her seat to wait for Aiden so they could walk to the second bell.

Maria immediately went to Aiden.

“Surprised that I am in this class?” Maria smiled looking up at Aiden.

“I figured you would place, you have been studying when we were back at home.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Ahem.” Silvia coughed to get Maria’s attention.

“Something in your throat?” Maria asked.

“No, it’s just that me and Angeal walk to class together everyday. It’s pretty much a tradition now.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Well thanks for keeping my spot warm. But you can start a new tradition somewhere else.” Maria said to Silvia.

“I will walk behind you both since there is no room for all three of us to be side by side in the halls.” Aiden said.

“No, you walk beside me.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You can’t just talk to him like that, you don’t own him.” Silvia said to Maria.

“He is my best friend, I can talk to him practically any way I want.” Maria responded.

“Angeal, you need to defend yourself in this kind of situation. I know you and Maria are close, but she is treating you like you are her servant.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“No I am not, I am treating him like my best friend, is it wrong to want to walk side by side?” Maria said to Silvia, getting louder.

Aiden placed Silvia to sleep and carried her.

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

“We need to get to class before we are late, both of your arguing was slowing everything down.” Aiden said to Maria.

“But I am right, correct?” Maria said to Aiden.

“About what?” Aiden asked.

“About being able to talk to you anyways I feel like, and having you walk next to me.” Maria responded.

“If that’s what best friends do, then you are correct. If not, then no, it would go against standard human interaction. Despite me not being Human.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh right, to everyone else you are totally Human. Okay, now I can see where she was coming from. But still, she can’t just get to do whatever she wants.” Maria said to Aiden.

“What is it she wanted?” Aiden asked.

“She wanted to keep you to herself and walk alone with you. Obviously I can’t let that happen.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Because only best friends can walk next to each other?” Aiden asked.

“Exactly.” Maria agreed.

“Then I apologise. I have been walking next to Silvia the entire semester.” Aiden said to Maria.

“No, don’t take it like that. I mean, it’s not wrong for you to walk with her. Just that people would get the wrong idea. You are allowed to walk with her.” Maria said to Aiden.

“So, who is allowed to walk next to each other?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Anyone I guess.” Maria said.

“Didn’t you just agree that only best friends were allowed to walk next to each other?” Aiden asked Maria, trying to figure out her thought process.

“Okay, okay, we can drop it. I will walk next to Silvia, just to show you that it’s okay. Don’t overthink things.” Maria said to Aiden trying to show a confident smile.

“This feels a lot like projection.” Aiden said as they approached the second bell class.

Aiden woke Silvia up. Silvia came too.

“What happened?” Silvia asked.

“You fainted from all that yelling you were doing.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Yelling? I was yelling? That doesn’t sound right.” Silvia responded, shaking off the feeling of drowsiness.

“What can I say, I only say it like it is.” Maria added.

Silvia looked around. “So we are already at the second bell, how did I get here?” Silvia asked.

“You walked down the halls like a zombie.” Maria imitated.

“I’m not going to believe that. Angeal was the one who carried me.” Silvia said, looking up at Aiden.

“That’s correct.” Aiden responded.

“You’re no fun.” Maria said to them both.

“Did you carry me like a bride?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Ha, more like a corpse.” Maria joked.

“Well in this class you are going to have to find another seat to sit. I already have the one next to Angeal.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Nope, we are going to sit next to each other.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Why would I want to do that?” Silvia said to Maria with disgust.

“It’s obvious that we won’t get anywhere if we just fight over who can hang around Angeal. In the end we both would lose, so doing it this way will guarantee that Angeal isn’t placed in some random spot too far from us.” Maria said to Silvia.

“I see what you mean. It’s a prisoner’s dilemma. Since I can guarantee that you won’t stand down. Me standing down would only result in my failure. But if we both don’t then we leave Aiden’s position to chance. Therefore, to circumvent that we must avoid the dilemma in the first place by coming to an agreement beforehand.” Silvia said, thinking through the process.

“This is the most optimal choice.” Aiden said to the two.

“Sure, I will sit next to you. And Angeal can sit behind us.” Silvia said.

Maria then grinned. “Ha, the General always wins. Making sure that Silvia and I lose during the class periods would put me in the lead when it comes to out of class time. Making me the overall winner.” Maria thought to herself.

Maria and Silvia sat next to each other during World History in Mr. Yukimura’s class.

Maria started to realize the extra workload she had in these honour classes.

“Dang, they just don’t slow down…” Maria thought to herself trying to keep notes.

Aiden saw Maria trying to keep up. She was visibly becoming stressed.

Aiden threw a note underneath Maria’s hand. Maria noticed it and read it.

“Just try to listen, I will keep the notes for you. Good job.” Aiden’s note said to Maria.

Maria looked back at Aiden and gave him a thumbs up.

Silvia saw this exchange.

Maria continued to try and write what she could during class. But wasn’t trying to write every word Mr. Yukimura said.

“Passing notes between each other. Maria and Angeal are much closer than I am to him. I have substantial ground to cover.” Silvia thought to herself. “Oh, maybe I can make lunch for Angeal…” Silvia continued to think.

She then looked back at Aiden.

“What does he eat?” Silvia thought to herself.

“Even just listening is wearing me out, and it’s only just the first day.” Maria thought to herself as the second bell was coming to a close.

The bell rang and Maria jumped out of her seat.

“I hope you kept extremely good notes, Angeal, because I am going to need them.” Maria said to Aiden.

“My notes are very thorough.” Aiden responded.

“Well off to Miss Sullivan’s class now!” Maria pointed in that direction.

“What are you talking about? If you have the same schedule as us, then we are heading towards Mr. Smith’s class.” Silvia said to Maria.

Maria pulled out her schedule.

“But Mr. Smith is Fourth Bell, not third.” Maria said, looking at her sheet.

Silvia pulled out hers, and Aiden did as well.

“See, me and Angeal have Miss Mr. Smith next. Looks like we have different classes.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Different classes?!” Maria said with disappointment. “Then what’s the point of even being in honours. I have to ask for a schedule change.” Maria said to Silvia and Aiden.

“Are you really going to put in that much effort to just get two extra classes with Angeal?” Silvia asked Maria.

“Obviously. As if you wouldn’t.” Maria said to Silvia.

“I wouldn’t, he needs his space sometimes.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Ha, then you are probably just boring when it comes to spending a significant amount of time with.” Maria joked.

“As if. Why don’t you start heading in the direction of your class then. Me and Angeal have somewhere else to be.” Silvia said to Maria.

Maria stuck out her tongue at Silvia.

“Wow, real mature.” Silvia responded.

“See you at lunch.” Maria said to Aiden.

“See you then.” Aiden responded.

Silvia and Aiden walked next to each other to head to Mr. Smith’s class.

“So Angeal, what… What kind of food do you like to eat?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Food? Hmm, I don’t really eat anything. But If I had to choose I suppose it would be anything that isn’t meat or fruit.” Aiden responded.

“Why is that?” Silvia asked.

“Because both are reproductive agents.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“Interesting. That doesn’t leave much for a diet does it?” Silvia said to Aiden.

“It doesn’t affect me. I have other methods.” Aiden responded, still walking to class.

“Strange.” Silvia said with a smile on her face.

Silvia and Aiden got to Mr. Smith’s class and sat next to each other as per usual.

Maria was in Miss Sullivan’s class disgruntled.

Maria looked around the class to see any students she even would consider talking to.

Rebecca was seated a few seats away from Maria. Even though they have been through 2 sleepovers with each other Maria still didn’t feel close enough to Rebecca to speak with her without Silvia around.

Maria pulled out her Group Project Packet and read over it.

“Build a model of DNA, demonstrating Genes acquiring and losing alleles. Your model should demonstrate how the acquisition of certain alleles makes the Gene more fit for their environment. Demonstrate how even if the trait acquired doesn’t have a beneficial increase to fitness that it could still remain in the gene pool. Demonstrate how without genetic variation that detrimental traits could be passed through an entire species.” The paper said.

It then had many pages behind it which went more into the readings required.

“What even is all of this?” Maria said, shoving the packet back into her backpack.

“This is the time of year for seasonal depression as it is widely known. Many factors can contribute…” Miss Sullivan was saying but Maria was drowning her out with her own thinking.

“I worked this hard just to not be in the same class as Aiden. This is garbage.” Maria placed her head on the desk.

Rebecca looked over at Maria.

When it was time for the class to do some of the practice assignments at the end of the chapter Rebecca sat next to Maria.

Rebecca tapped on Maria’s shoulder.

Maria looked over at her, with her head still on the desk.

“Looks like after all that work you got separated from your best friend.” Rebecca said to Maria.

“Yea, what about it?” Maria said to Rebecca thinking that she was going to tease her.

“I’m just saying I know the feeling.” Rebecca looked up at the ceiling. “I only have 3 classes with Silvia this Semester, the devastation of that made coming to school feel like a chore.” Rebecca said to Maria.

“How long have you guys known each other?” Maria asked.

“Since the 4th Grade. We were in the same class. And since she was good at the Piano and I was good with the Violin we would practice together until eventually we would just be together after school.” Rebecca said to Maria.

“Wow, since the 4th Grade, that’s a long time. I don’t think I have had any relationship that lasted that long.” Maria said to Rebecca. “Well besides knowing my family of course ha, that goes without saying.” Maria laughed.

“Wait, so you’ve known Angeal for shorter than that? I imagined that you both would have known each other since you were infants. How’d you two meet?” Rebecca asked Maria.

“He dropped a scroll on me, then after that we were just best friends. That’s all there is to it.” Maria responded.

“I guess I should not have expected a more complex story from you.” Rebecca said.

“Hey, it doesn’t need to be deep to be meaningful.” Maria responded to Rebecca.

“Well since Silvia seems to be taking Angeal, how about we become friends?” Rebecca asked Maria.

“Eh, Silvia isn’t taking Angeal from anyone. But since you asked so kindly I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to actually be friends with you.” Maria responded to Rebecca with a grin.

“Have you thought about which High school you are going to attend after graduation?” Rebecca asked.

The classes continued on. And lunch time came.

Maria found Aiden and grabbed his arm.

“Is she trying to hover around you still?!” Maria said, looking for Silvia.

“No, she left to go eat with her group as she normally would. She hasn’t changed her habits even though it’s a new semester.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

“Just had to make sure.” Maria said. Maria then pulled Aiden to head outside.

“I am in the mood for some kind of soup.” Maria said to Aiden.

“That is extremely vague. But we can try a few places to see if any peaks your interest.” Aiden said to Maria as she hopped into her clear bubble and they took off.

Silvia was sitting with the prep students. She looked over at the table that Aiden and Maria typically sat at.

“Looking for Angeal?” Issac asked Silvia.

“It’s none of your business.” Silvia responded.

“Just tell him you like him or something. It’s very easy to tell.” Joshua said to Silvia.

“I have admiration for him, I don’t think of him in that way.” Silvia said to Joshua.

“As if, everyone knows that you are trying to get as close as possible to him to try and make him your boyfriend or something. Just ask him out, so he can reject you and you can focus on a real man.” Joshua said, smiling at Silvia.

Rebecca threw a bunch of napkins at Joshua.

“As if you are even in the same league as Silvia. Didn’t you place like 5th in the finals?” Rebecca said to Joshua.

“I placed 4th. And besides, I was just kidding. Silvia is way too ambitious for me, I would be exhausted even trying to keep up.” Joshua responded.

“Isn’t there a girl in the 7th grade who Angeal held. I don’t really recall her name.” Issac said, eating his gelatin dessert.

“When was this?” Silvia asked.

“It was during the Beauty and the Beast play. But Alvin wrecked the final scene by turning off the electricity so they never got to kiss. But it was a pretty good play, they had a good connection. Very nice chemistry.” Issac described to Silvia.

“I didn’t know about this. Did you know about it, Rebecca?” Silvia asked.

“No, I didn’t know about that play either. I didn’t even know that Angeal acted.” Rebecca responded quickly.

Issac then looked around the lunch room to see if he could recognize the girl who Aiden held.

“She doesn’t seem to be in the cafeteria.” Issac said felling to locate Leanne.

“A theatre girl? Is that his type?” Joshua asked.

“That’s the only reason I think someone like him would be involved in a play.” Issac agreed with Joshua.

“You both are idiots, it’s obvious the only reason Angeal would be in a play is because Maria told him to. That’s all it ever boils down to.” Silvia said to the two.

“Wow, I thought it was the other way around. I figured Maria did whatever Angeal was doing just to stay close with him.” Issac said.

Aiden and Maria entered the cafeteria with soup in their hands.

They both sat down at their table. Maria then began to slurp up her meal.

The prep students all looked in their direction.

“She said that they became friends because he hit her with a scroll, so I guess he feels sorry for her?” Rebecca said.

“I need to buy me some scrolls then.” Joshua said.

“Did puberty just hit you? Do you find girls attractive now?” Rebecca asked Joshua.

“No, you guys are still icky.” Joshua responded.

“So I was reading over the packet earlier, and it was way too difficult. Have the assignments always been that hard in honours?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It only seems hard because you just switched. When you get the hang of it, it’ll be like your previous classes.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Since  it’s a group project that means I get to work in a group with anyone right?” Maria asked, still slurping down spoonfuls of soup and dipping bread into it.

“No, your partner is Silvia, since you both are in the same row, sitting alongside each other in column 1 and 2.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Wait, so when you got switched to sit behind us then that removed you from being my partner?!” Maria was stunned.

“That’s correct.” Aiden responded.

“Dang it Silvia, you ruined things for me again!” Maria said to herself. “Wait, so that means you both have been working together this entire time.” Maria looked at Aiden.

“That is also correct.” Aiden said to Maria.

“How could you betray me like this Aiden?” Maria said to Aiden, pretending to be sad.

“I betrayed you?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s whatever, I don’t even care about it anymore.” Maria said quickly.

“Seems like you do.” Aiden responded.

Maria then started finishing her meal.

Allison came over to their table.

“So where is Angel?” Allsion asked.

“Angel left back out to study abroad.” Maria said to Allison.

“Oh…” Allison said, walking back over to her table feeling disappointed.

“That was sad.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Can you even feel that?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It’s not like I am blind, I can tell when someone’s expectations are crushed.” Aiden gestured his hands to Maria.

“Can you now? I figured since you can’t tell how all these girls feel, that you would have been oblivious to everything.” Maria jested at Aiden.

“What are they feeling?” Aiden asked.

“Nevermind.” Maria said to Aiden as she finished. “Okay, now let’s see what’s new on the bulletin board.” Maria jumped out of her seat and the two began walking out of the cafeteria.

“Where do they even go?” Issac asked, watching the two leave.

“Probably having a lot more fun than we are.” Rebecca responded.

The next day came. Maria and Silvia were placed in pairs to work on the group project.

“I’m assuming that I am going to have to do most of the work on this project. Seeing that I don’t want to fail.”  Silvia said to Maria.

“You aren’t going to fail, no need to be dramatic.” Maria responded.

“Do you even know what an allele is?” Silvia asked.

“Yea, it’s one of those things that are in our DNA or something like that. I know I am at least close. If I saw it on a multiple choice question I’d be able to answer it.” Maria said to Silvia.

“The change in quality of my partners could give me whiplash.” Silvia said under her breath.

Silvia began writing out what they needed.

“What are you doing? I can just ask Angeal what he thinks is the best way to go about this.” Maria said, watching Silvia trying to plan out their project.

“Can’t you do anything on your own?” Silvia asked.

“Of course I can, I just use my resources effectively.” Maria responded.

“In this project can you at least try and work with me. I know Angeal is your best friend and all, but he is still his own person.” Silvia said to Maria pointing at her list of tasks she wrote.

“Sometimes you have your good moments, and your bad moments. Right now, you are definitely in the bad area.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Why? Just because I said we should work together?” Silvia asked Maria.

“I know what you are trying to do, I see all of your moves. You are trying to create space between me and Angeal so that you could stick your head in there.” Maria said to Silvia.

Maria and Silvia then began to argue with each other.

Aiden looked over at them. “This isn’t good. When Maria gets upset she doesn’t back down until the other person admits defeat. And Silvia isn’t one to ever admit defeat to someone she views as undeserving of even a competition.” Aiden thought to himself.

Kenneth looked over at Aiden.

“So, ah. I’m not sure how to do any of this. Can you explain it to me dude?” Kenneth asked Aiden.

“Sure, I can do that for you.” Aiden said, trying the DNA and catching Kenneth up to what they learned in class.

Some time passed. Maria and Silvia stopped speaking to each other.

“Wow, so that’s what’s going on. I already feel ten times smarter.” Kenneth said to Aiden.

“It’s no problem. Even though we are guaranteed to get a perfect score, it’s better that you understand the material than me just doing it all for you.” Aiden said to Kenneth.

“So what do you want me to do one the project?” Kenneth asked.

“You said you were good at Baseball, do you have any old bats that we could use to structure the DNA. I can list the materials we would need. Don’t worry if you can’t find any, I can handle it.” Aiden said to Kenneth.

Aiden then explained what each part would be on the project.

Aiden looked over at Maria and saw that she was in a sour mood.

“Being in honours sucks!” Maria thought to herself.

The bell rang and Aiden went to the door where Maria and Silvia were waiting for him. They were still giving each other the silent treatment.

They walked down the halls in silence.

Aiden walked behind them both and began to feel awkward. As if he did something that was causing this.

They entered the second bell and the two still weren’t even looking at one another.

The Bell rang and the same thing happened. Now it was time for Maria to separate to her separate class.

“Angeal, don’t walk with Silvia to your third or fourth bell. That’s an order from the General.” Maria said to Aiden.

Silvia looked shocked at Maria’s words.

“Angeal, you don’t have to listen to her. If you want to walk with me then you can.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“You’re my best friend Angeal, don’t hurt me like this.” Maria said to Aiden.

“She is trying to manipulate you, you can see that right?” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Aiden.” Maria said, looking at Aiden with an upset look.

“What are your problems?” Aiden asked the two girls.

Maria and Silvia looked at him in disbelief.

“You want me to be treated as a separate person, Silvia. And you want me to act like your best friend.” Aiden said to Maria. “But I can tell right now I am being used as a tool in whatever fight you are having with each other. If I am going to be involved, I want to know the reason.” Aiden said to the two.

They both looked at each other. But they didn’t say anything.

Aiden looked at both of them.

“So I don’t even deserve that?” Aiden said.

Maria then turned around and started walking to her class. She was clearly upset.

Silvia looked at Aiden watching Maria walk away.

Silvia could tell that Aiden was not in the mood to walk next to her, so she started walking to class.

Aiden stood in the hall now alone.

In the next bell Silvia sat silent without talking to Aiden. She wanted to, but she felt like she harmed a friendship that meant a lot to him.

“I didn’t mean to put him in that position. What am I doing?” Silvia thought to herself.

“What made you so upset?” Rebecca asked Maria.

“Your best friend is a jerk.” Maria said to Rebecca.

“Hold on, you can’t just say that without an explanation.” Rebecca responded.

“How come she feels like she can just stick herself in places she doesn’t belong?” Maria said to Rebecca.

“Oh, you must mean trying to be friends with Angeal.” Rebecca said having a realization on what the topic was about.

“No, not just friends. Like she is trying to be his best friend. That is obviously my position. You need to tell her to back off.” Maria said to Rebecca.

“I can’t tell her to do anything. Silvia does what she wants, and we are friends because we like to do things together. I can’t just tell her to do stuff because I’m her best friend. You expect me to use my friendship with her as some sort of bargaining chip?” Rebecca asked Maria.

“Then it must not be a powerful enough bargaining chip then to actually be effective.” Maria responded.

“You say that, I don’t know how your friendship with Angeal is, but it’s coming off as one of those servant and master types of relationships recently.” Rebecca said to Maria.

“No, that’s not true.” Maria said quickly.

“I’m just saying. You can say what you want to say.” Rebecca added to Maria, as she continued reading.

Maria thought to herself. “Okay, maybe I did go a little overboard threatening him like that. He’s probably feeling terrible right now.” Maria thought to herself.

She then got a sick feeling in her stomach.

“I feel terrible.” Maria thought to herself, finally having the feeling of guilt.

The bell rang and the students went out to head to the fourth bell.

Silvia still was silent. She wanted to say something to Aiden, but nothing was coming out of her mouth.

She then stopped in front of him. Then she turned around.

Silvia took a deep breath in.

“I’m sorry-” Silvia began to say, but she was interrupted by Maria who was running through the hallway trying to catch up to Aiden.

“I’m sorry Aiden! I tried using our friendship as a way to make you do things for me. That wasn’t cool of me to do to you, especially with how amazing you have been as my best friend. I hope I didn’t make you feel bad at the last bell.” Maria said to Aiden.

Silvia just watched seeing her moment be taken.

“An actual apology, then I will take it that you truly mean it.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then looked at Silvia. “I’m not going to apologize to you, but I am willing to be more friendly. That is if you don’t keep thinking you can replace me.” Maria said to Silvia.

“That’s ultimately up to Angeal, isn’t it?” Silvia responded.

Maria then laughed. “See you at lunch!” She said before running off to her class.

Silvia now stood with Aiden.

“What were you going to say?” Aiden asked Silvia.

“Oh, nothing really.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Hmm, very well.” Aiden responded.

Aiden then began to walk.

“Okay, I did have something to say.” Silvia said, Aiden then turned around.

“I know I didn’t know you as long as Maria, and that it wasn’t justified for me to put you in a position to which your friendship was in peril. So I offer my apologies for that. I enjoy hanging out with you, even if that means Maria has to be there. But I was seeing that while she was around that my relationship with you would eventually stop growing. Thus why I acted the way I did.” Silvia said to Aiden.

Aiden nodded his head. “I understand.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“That being said, I do like you Angeal. You are smart, brave and talented. I hope to continue to be alongside you as you improve and that I can improve with you.” Silvia said to Aiden.

Aiden didn’t realize that this was a confession from Silvia. “Sure, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t be.” Aiden responded to Silvia in the same manner he always does.

“So you like me too?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Sure, you aren’t malicious.” Aiden said to Silvia.

Silvia had a smile on her face. “Okay, then let’s walk to class together again.” Silvia said with a bit more excitement.

Aiden then walked alongside Silvia to their class.

The semester had started on a shaky foundation. Maria and Silvia worked together on their group project and received 96%. Maria allowed Aiden to express his opinion a bit more without throwing out the fact that she was his general. And Silvia, though still jealous of the amount of time Maria got to spend with Aiden, found comfort in the thought that Aiden was attracted to her.

Angel Misery: Chapter Thirteen

“You actually Volunteer?”

Maria, Allison and Aiden who was behind Maria but invisible were watching Television. It was the holiday season and the typical seasonal shows were on rerun. Then it went to commercials.

“I am going to get some more hot chocolate.” Allison said as she got up and headed towards the kitchen.

On the screen were smiling faces and people behind giant pots of food.

“Support the local soup kitchen this holiday season. Because the best gift you can give is your time.” The commercial said as it continued to show people volunteering.

“This show better hurry up.” Maria said impatiently watching the commercial.

“Is what being shown on the screen unaffecting you?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria looked back at Aiden. “It’s not that I am unaffected, I mean, what could I really do right?” Maria responded to Aiden as she turned back around.

Allison then quickly rushed into the living room. She jumped back on the couch and under the covers.

“It is cold!” Allison said, covering her body.

“Is the Hot Chocolate done?” Maria asked Allison.

“It’s in the microwave, and I don’t know why you are asking, I didn’t make you one.” Allusion said to Maria.

“Wow, you were just in there, it would have taken less than a few seconds.” Maria said to Allison.

“Well if you think it’s so quick, you can go in there and make some now.” Allison said to Maria.

Maria got up and went into the kitchen.

“Could you bring mine out while you are in there?” Allison asked Maria.

“Whatever.” Maria responded.

Aiden and Maria were in the kitchen and Maria grabbed a scoop of Hot Chocolate Powder from the container.

“Actually, can you make something extra special, like some super double chocolate cocoa powder?” Maria asked Aiden.

“How special are you thinking?” Aiden asked.

“Like super pure cocoa, the best chocolate out there!” Maria responded with her hand raised high.

“I don’t think you are going to like pure cocoa.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I bet I would.” Maria responded.

“Actually, I can guarantee that you aren’t going to like it.” Aiden continued.

“Can you just make it?” Maria asked.

Aiden then created pure cocoa powder for Maria. He handed it to her.

Maria dipped a finger in the powder and licked it. Her face puckered from the bitterness of the confection. 

“Well?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria was trying to hide the expression on her face. “This is delicious. See… I told you I would like it.” Maria responded feeling more of the urge to spit it out.

“I’m literally not going to think any less of you if you spit it out.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria went over to the sink and washed it out of her mouth.

“What on Earth was that! That’s not chocolate!” Maria said to Aiden. “Are you trying to play tricks?” 

Maria continued to wash her mouth out.

“No, that was genuine cocoa. The chocolate that you both are drinking is practically sugar.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Well, I prefer the sugar over that. That was horrible!” Maria responded.

Maria then went to make her own cup of Hot Chocolate with the prior Powder.

“I have to get you back for that, I can still taste it.” Maria said, pointing at Aiden.

“You asked me to do it.” Aiden responded.

Maria took Allison’s cup out of the microwave and put her own in. Maria took a small sip out of Allison’s cup to wash the taste out of her mouth.

Aiden and Maria eventually left the kitchen with two cups.

Maria handed Allison her cup.

“Oh you actually did it, thanks.” Allison said to Maria.

“Might as well, right?” Maria responded as she took her seat.

The show had begun and they continued to watch it.

After that ended Maria went upstairs to her room. Maria then layed on her bed.

“It gets dark so fast! The winter is always so boring!” Maria said to Aiden.

“The shows said it was the most wonderful time of year though.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That’s because they have snow. It doesn’t snow in Sequoia.” Maria responded.

“Snow makes all the difference?” Aiden asked.

“I would imagine, because all those kids laugh when they are playing in it. Building snowmen, and snow forts, snowball fights, igloos, and a whole bunch of other stuff.” Maria responded.

Maria then sat up from her bed.

“I just thought of something!” Maria exclaimed.

Aiden who was standing in front of Maria looked down at her.

“Aiden! Can you change the weather to make it snow here! That would be awesome!” Maria asked Aiden.

“For it to snow, I would have to bring the temperature down below 0 degrees celsius. Then create precipitation. The sudden change of weather could catch people unprepared and could cause widespread chaos.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So are you able to?” Maria asked again.

Aiden then looked down at Maria with a stunned look.

“Yes, I can do that.” Aiden said to Maria with hardly a surprise.

“Then let’s do it! I want to play in some snow!” Maria said to Aiden. “Do you see the smile that your best friend has on her face with all of the excitement!?” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then created the conditions needed for it to snow.

A chilled breeze went across the area bringing an immediate chill. The temperature went from being in the mid teens to being below 0.

The first bits of snow then began to fall from the sky and Maria looked at it.

“Look at that, it’s actually coming down.” Maria said. “So how long until I can build a snow fort?” Maria asked.

“It’ll probably take about 6 hours of snowfall at this rate for it to get to that point.” Aiden responded.

Maria then jumped out of bed and grabbed her sleeping clothes.

“Then I am going to wash up and go to sleep so that time passes faster!” Maria said to Aiden as she went into the bathroom.

“Mom! Look, it’s snowing!” Allison said downstairs.

Maria’s mom let out a frustrated grunt.

Some time passed and Maria looked out the window as she was in bed.

Aiden stood the entire night as he usually did.

The next morning, Maria got up and immediately went to head outside. The snow has gotten to 30 centimeters high.

Maria went out the door and saw that the road was completely covered in snow and that the entire area was white.

“This is awesome!” Maria said, looking out.

The cold then came and hit her.

Maria felt her bones chill and she stepped back inside.

She rubbed her arms. Aiden then came up next to her.

“Something wrong?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s freezing out there!” Maria said to Aiden.

“What did you expect? It’s snowing.” Aiden responded.

“I don’t know, the kids in the movies don’t look like they are freezing.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I’m guessing they are probably used to it, since it snows naturally there.” Aiden responded.

Maria then spread out her arms.

Aiden looked at Maria.

“You know what to do.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then pointed at Maria and created her thicker winter wear.

Maria then went back outside and into the snow.

“Now this is way better. Come on Aiden.” Maria said to Aiden as she ran through it.

Aiden walked outside to follow Maria into the deep snow.

Maria grabbed a bunch of snow and tried to form it into a ball, but it turned out to just look like a lump of ice.

“Aww, this doesn’t look like a snowball at all, what did I do?” Maria got rid of it and formed another ball, but it was lumpy.

“What are you trying to do?” Aiden asked Maria.

“You can’t tell, I’m trying to make snowballs so I can hit you with them.” Maria responded to Aiden.

“Then you should not squeeze it so tightly, it’s not like wet sand.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Then wouldn’t it just fall apart if I threw it?” Maria asked.

“No, it shouldn’t. Just give it a try.” Aiden said to Maria. Aiden grabbed a bit of snow and showed Maria how it was done.

Maria grabbed a bit more snow and patted it to make sure it had a good form.

“Like this?” Maria asked, showing Aiden her ball.

“It appears well formed to me.” Aiden responded.

Maria then threw the snowball at Aiden. Aiden moved out of the way and the snowball hit the ground behind him.

“Not fair! Why did you move!?” Maria said to Aiden. She grabbed another pile of snow.

Maria then looked up at Aiden as she was making another snowball. “Well? Why aren’t you making more, this is a snowball fight after all.” 

Aiden bent down and grabbed more snow and began to form them into snowballs.

Maria was trying to increase her ammunition numbers, but at each critical point Aiden hit her with a ball knocking her over.

“Just you wait Aiden, when I get done I am going to destroy you!” Maria said quickly getting back up.

“That’s if I give you any reprieve.” Aiden responded by throwing another snowball at Maria.

Maria was knocked over again. She then grabbed a bunch of snow and just threw the mass at Aiden. The pile of snow spread in the wind as a flurry.

“It won’t go anywhere if you don’t form it.” Aiden responded. He then threw another snowball at Maria.

Maria then quickly made badly formed snow balls and threw them at Aiden.

“Ha! Take these!” Maria yelled as she threw a dozen snowballs in rapid succession. Aiden dodged each as they were coming. Aiden then vanished.

“Hey! What are you doing outside!?” Allison said to Maria from the front door.

“I’m playing in the snow, what does it look like?” Maria responded.

“Isn’t it cold?” Allison asked.

“It is if you’re not moving around.” Maria said to Allison as she threw a snowball at the door.

Allison closed the door a little to keep it from hitting her.

“Don’t do that!” Allison said to Maria.

Maria was forming another snowball.

Allison then shut the door.

Aiden reappeared. 

“I look lonely playing out here by myself, turn into Angel so it doesn’t look weird.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Angel is out on a study abroad, did you forget about that?” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh yea. Well I’ll just say that you came back for the holiday season, that’s super believable.” Maria said to Aiden.

“If you say so.” Aiden responded. He then transformed into Angel, and made snowtracks that led up to Maria’s house.

“What’s all that for?” Maria asked.

“When you walk in snow it leaves tracks, it would be weird if ‘Angel’ was here but there were no tracks.” Aiden responded.

Maria then threw a snowball at Aiden. Aiden leaned forward to get out of the way of the snowball.

“Oh, give me a few minutes, I am going to build a snow fort, then we can have a real battle.” Maria said to Aiden as she was moving piles of snow together to make a way.

Aiden walked over to watch Maria work.

“What are you doing, you can’t be just watching me build my defenses. Go and make yours.” Maria said to Aiden as she tried to cover his eyes.

“I would already know, I’m just observing your process. Give you suggestions.” Aiden responded.

“I think I am the general here, I know how to build an effective base.” Maria responded with a devilish smile.

Aiden walked back to the other side of the yard and began construction on his base.

Maria was watching Aiden build every so often to take some ideas from him.

“Oh, a mout, that’s a great idea.” Maria thought to herself.

Aiden waited for Maria to finish her construction. He threw a few snowballs overhead to land on Maria.

“Doesn’t seem effective yet.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That’s because it’s not done!” Maria called out.

A short amount of time passed, and Maria was nearing the end of her construction. Allison opened the front door again to see what Maria was doing.

“You must be really bored to be playing in this cold snow all by yourself.” Allison remarked.

“Well for your information I am not playing by myself. Don’t you see that completely separate fort over there?” Maria said, pointing at Aiden’s fort.

Allison looked at it and back at Maria.

“That doesn’t convince me of anything.” Allison said.

“Angel, come on out of your fort, we can propose the snowball battle until after Allison realizes she is wrong.” Maria commanded Aiden.

Aiden lowered the ice bridge to his fort to reveal himself to Allison.

Allison gained a large smile on her face.

“What! You are back! Already!? What were your travels like!” Allison excitedly asked.

“Ahh…” Aiden began saying slowly.

“No time for explanations. Now you know that Angel is here and that I’m not playing alone so you can leave now.” Maria said to Allison.

“Wait a second, I’m going to get on my coat and stuff.” Allison said going back into the house.

“No!” Maria responded but Allison was already too far in the house to actually hear her. “Great, now she is going to ruin the fun.” Maria said.

“Snowball fights seem to be more fun when there are more people playing.” Aiden responded.

Maria thought to herself for a short instant.

“Oh! Actually, this will give me a chance to hit Alison without getting in trouble.” Maria said, rubbing her hands together alongside snickering.

“So are we going to wait or should we start now?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria grabbed a handful of snow and made a snowball out of it and threw it at Aiden trying to get a sneak attack. “We are starting now!” 

Aiden went behind the walls of his fort and dodged the snowball.

He threw snowballs from the small opening of his fort into the open space above Maria’s fort to get direct hits in her fort.

Maria pressed herself against the walls of her fort.

“Are you scared of a bit of snow!? Come on and show your face!” Maria called out trying to stay out of the impact zone of the snowballs.

“That’s your job to hit me, not my job to get in the position to be hit.” Aiden responded. He then released a giant rolling ball of snow to crush into Maria’s fort.

The snowball grew as it continued its motion and crashed into Maria’s fort opening a large hole. Aiden then started sending snowballs into the gap. Putting Maria into a corner.

Aiden launched snowballs at the corner where he figured Maria would be. She was now being rained down on my continuous snowballs.

“Okay, okay. You win that round.” Maria said aloud trying to stop the snow from smacking the top of her head.

The snowballs stopped and Aiden looked from atop his fort.

“Now we switch sides.” Maria smiled looking up at Aiden.

“How’s that fair?” Aiden asked Maria.

“War isn’t fair Corporal, I don’t make the rules, I just follow them.” Maria said walking to the otherside of the yard.

Allsion then came out in a coat.

“I’m ready to join you guys.” Allison said to the pair.

“You don’t have gloves on.” Aiden said to Allison.

“I couldn’t find any.” Allison responded.

Aiden then went into his pockets and pulled out another pair. He handed it to Allsion.

“There, the snow is cold. So you should wear these.” Aiden said.

“Wow, thanks.” Allison responded.

“Okay, now that that’s done. Allison, you are on Angel’s side.” Maria said to her.

“What are we doing?” Allison asked.

“We are hitting each other with snowballs.” Maria responded.

“How is that fun?” Allison responded.

“Don’t be such a party pooper. Are you going to play or not?” Maria asked Allsion.

Allison looked at Angel. “Of course I’m going to play.” Allison responded.

Maria then hit Allison in the chest with a snowball.

“Ha! That’s one hit for my team!” Maria proclaimed.

“We need to get behind cover of Maria’s going to keep hitting us.” Aiden said to Allison as they both went behind the snow fort walls.

Aiden showed Allison how to make snowballs as Maria was using Aiden’s snowball creator made out of ice in the fort.

Allison handed Aiden snowballs as he threw them directly into the gaps of the fort he built.

Both sides were gaining a large number of hits. Maria was able to hit Allison in the face a few times. And Allison did the same back to Maria.

In the end Maria did come out on top. Having hit Allison more times than Aiden hit Maria.

“Haha, looks like I am the winner!” Maria proclaimed.

“We are actually tied so far.” Aiden said to Maria.

“No, that counted as double because it was a 2v1.” Maria responded.

“But we didn’t even get to use Angel’s obviously superior fort, so that should even it out.” Allison added.

“Her fort is not obviously superior to mine!” Maria called out loudly to Allison.

Allison pointed at the large hole.

“Yours has a huge hole in it. It’s not even close.” Allison responded.

“Girls I made some hot chocolate in here, it’s really cold outside so make sure you are staying warm.” Maria’s mom called outside.

Maria’s mom then noticed Angel.

“Oh! Angel! I didn’t know you were here, let me make you a cup as well.” Maria’s mom said.

“Thankyou Miss Li.” Aiden responded.

“We will settle it by who can get to the house faster!” Maria said to Allison.

Maria then started running and Allison chased after her but fell in the slippery snow.

“Haha! I win! That means I won the entire thing losers!” Maria said as she went into the house.

Aiden walked past Allison as she got back up.

“Are you cold?” Aiden asked Allison.

“Nah, I am okay. Especially thanks to the gloves you gave me.” Allison responded.

“No problem.” Aiden responded as he entered the house followed by Allison.

When all of them were inside drinking a cup of hot chocolate they saw on the news the devastation that was caused by the freakish blizzard.

“People are unable to get to shelters, and we are lacking in volunteers today at the soup kitchen…” The people on the television were saying.

“Doesn’t look like everyone is enjoying the snow.” Allison said, sipping from her mug.

“They’d complain even if there wasn’t snow.” Maria responded.

“You don’t feel bad about it?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Why would I?” Maria responded.

Aiden raised one eyebrow.

“Oh yeah! Eh, I guess maybe a little.” Maria said, continuing to drink her hot chocolate.

“Guess that’s better than nothing.” Aiden said.

Some more time passed and Maria was ready to head back outside.

“This time I want to build a snowman!” Maria said, going out the door.

Allison stayed seated inside.

“What? You’re not coming?” Maria asked Allison.

“I think I had enough of the cold today. I’m going to keep watching TV.” Allison said.

“That’s your lost, it’s not like it snows here.” Maria said going outside.

Aiden followed behind Maria outside.

Maria then made a snowball and rolled it across the ground making it grow bigger.

“This is so cool how snow just does this.” Maria said to Aiden.

“After this I think we ought to go to the soup kitchen and just volunteer a little.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Aww, really. But the snow…” Maria responded.

“That’s exactly the reason.” Aiden said.

Maria then looked at Aiden with a sad face.

“We will get the full Holiday experience if we do go.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria rolled her head on her shoulders.

“Ahh! I guess.” Maria said, moaning. “Let’s just head there now so we can come back quickly for more fun.” Allison said, pointing at Aiden.

“Any particular one in mind?” Aiden asked Maria.

“This is your idea, you decide.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then the one from the commercial then.” Aiden said as Maria went into her clear ball.

Maria looked down at the snow covered city.

“Wow, this is amazing, it’s like a white ocean down there.” Maria exclaimed.

“I should clear it all by tomorrow so that it doesn’t do too much damage.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Damage? What damage? Snow is fun!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Snow is heavy, so it’s probably causing some roofs to collapse. It’s cold so that is a risk of hypothermia. It gets in the way so emergency services won’t operate optimally.” Aiden was listing the effects to Maria.

“That’s not really our problem though, that’s what adults are supposed to be figuring out. We are still just kids.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I suppose you are correct.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Of course I am. That’s why I am the General.” Maria responded.

Aiden and Maria landed in front of the soup kitchen. They both went to the volunteer sign-in station.

“Hello you two, are you here to volunteer?” The woman at the station asked.

“Yes we are! We are here to help everyone out the best way possible!” Maria responded.

“I love the excitement.” The woman said to Maria. “Now is this for school? Like a scholarship?” The woman asked.

“A scholarship?” Maria was curious.

“No, this isn’t for a scholarship, we are just doing it just to do it.” Aiden responded.

“No problem!” The woman said, handing Maria and Aiden the form. 

Maria and Aiden were signing their names in.

“Hey Angeal!” Kathrine said from near the back of the building.

“Whose that?” Maria asked.

“That’s Katherine, she is in the honours classes. She sits in the front row during my first bell.” Aiden responded. He then waved at Katherine.

Katherine then ran over to Aiden and Maria.

“I see Maria is here too. I didn’t take Maria for the volunteer type.” Katherine said.

“I guess you honour kids don’t know everything then, do you?” Maria responded.

“Maybe not me, but Angeal here definitely does. Isn’t that right Angeal?” Katherine asked Aiden.

“I know a lot of things but not everything.” Aiden responded.

“You don’t need to be humble.” Katherine said.

“Seems like you both already have a friend here. I will let Katherine show you around. She’s been volunteering for a while.” The woman said to Maria and Aiden.

“Follow me.” Katherine said as Aiden and Maria followed behind her.

“So what happens here?” Maria asked, looking around the building.

“Well some volunteers go out and pick up food from grocery stores, and they bring it here. Then from there some of us prepare the meals and give it to those who come for a meal.” Katherine said to Maria.

“She said you volunteer here all the time. Is it for that scholarship thing that the woman was talking about?” Maria asked Katherine.

“No, I just volunteer with my parents. Been doing it for as long as I can remember, especially during this time of year.” Katherine responded.

“Any cool stories?” Maria excitedly asked.

“Eh, a lot of sad stories. A bunch of these guys just had very bad luck. Like one guy here got kicked out of his parents place when he was our age, and has been living like that for the past 6 years. Didn’t even finish highschool because he didn’t have enough energy to walk most days.” Katherine responded.

“That’s terrible.” Aiden said to Katherine.

“Isn’t it. It’s like the government doesn’t even care. They rather these guys hide and die.” Katherine continued. “Good thing there are places that actually care about people.” Katherine remarked.

“So did you not get to play in the snow today?” Maria asked Katherine.

“No, we’ve been really busy here.” Katherine responded.

“That’s not cool. You are a kid, we should be outside playing, not dealing with this stuff.” Maria said to Katherine.

“So it is true, you are like a tomboy.” Katherine laughed.

“What? Are you going to make fun of me?” Maria said.

“No, I just hear a lot about you because you hang out with Angeal all the time. And I couldn’t imagine that he would have a friend like you, but here you are. It’s an interesting pairing.” Katherine said.

Maria grabbed Aiden’s arm. “What are you saying about us?” Maria asked.

“Don’t worry, I’m not going to take Angeal from you. I have to focus on Government stuff.” Katherine said to Maria.

Katherine showed Maria and Aiden the bread room.

“Here we basically open up the bags of bread and separate them into pairs so that the people in the front can give each person two slices.” Katherine said to Maria and Aiden.

Maria looked at the room full of bags.

“Wait, we have to do all of these?” Maria asked.

“This isn’t even bad. The trucks weren’t able to make it here yet, so this is honestly about a quarter of what’s usually here.” Katherine responded.

“Do you do all of this on your own?” Aiden asked.

“No, but since you two are here, the others decided to help in the front.” Katherine said to Aiden.

They all then began to separate the slices into pairs.

“So Maria, what brings you in for volunteering today? I bet Angeal was the one that suggested it.” Katherine asked Maria.

“Exactly, we were having a great time playing with snowballs earlier today. But I guess all that fun needed to be evened out with duty or something.” Maria responded.

Aiden continued to separate the slices at record speed.

“I can see where he is coming from. That’ll keep the gross feeling of guilt from occurring in your stomach.” Katherine said to Maria.

“You mean like hunger?” Maria asked Katherine.

“No, like that feeling you get when you get something that someone else didn’t, even though you didn’t do anything different than they did.” Katherine responded.

Maria shook her head.

“You’ve never felt guilty?” Katherine asked Maria.

“I’m sure I have before, but I can’t think of an example from the top of my head.” Maria responded.

“That’s interesting. I literally always have this feeling. I even feel bad when I say something that is just slightly mean. I think about it all night.” Katherine said to Maria.

“It’s probably because you volunteer so much.” Maria responded.

“I don’t think so, volunteering is what helps it disappear.” Katherine said to Maria.

“I know what you mean, I feel guilty sometimes too.” Aiden said to Katherine. 

“The perfect Angeal feels guilty sometimes? What could possibly have caused that?” Katherine asked Aiden.

“I get the feeling when I am being a bad friend. And the best way for me to resolve it is to confront it head on.” Aiden responded.

“Were you ever a bad friend to Maria?” Katherine asked.

“In like the very very beginning, but since then Angeal has been the best friend anyone could ever wish for.” Maria said to Katherine.

“That’s neat. Maybe I need to make friends. Like one’s around my age. I know a few people out there that are older, but no one I can hang out with.” Katherine responded.

“After we do this, we can play in the snow with you for a bit.” Maria said to Katherine.

“That’s for the invite, but there is so much to be done here. I can’t possibly join you guys.” Katherine said.

Katherine’s dad was overhearing their conversation.

“Nonsense. You help out so much. We can survive a day without you.” Katherine’s dad said to her.

“Hey Papa!” Katherine responded. Katherine then gestured at Maria and Aiden. “Papa, this is Maria and Angeal. They are both from my school.” 

“School friends eh. So Maria and Angeal, thank you for volunteering today… wait a second. Kat, is this the Angeal who placed top in your class?” Katherine’s dad asked her.

“Yes he is.” Katherine responded.

“Heard a lot about you kid. You have set quite the bar for my little genius.” Katherine’s dad said.

“Please don’t embarrass me.” Katherine said.

“I make no promises.” Katherine’s dad responded, with a jolly sounding laugh. “But anyway, there’s space in the back of the building. You all can take a good few hour break to play in the snow.” He said to the kids.

“But there’s so many people out there.” Katherine said to her dad.

“You all did a really superb job back here. Hardly could believe it’s just the 3 of you. So take a break. Everything isn’t going to collapse. Be a kid for a bit.” Katherine’s dad said.

Katherine, Aiden and Maria went outside.

Katherine stood still looking at the snow. “Well now what?” Katherine asked.

“Well you take a bit of snow like this and pack it like this and you make a ball.” Maria explained to Katherine.

Katherine then grabbed some snow and made a snowball.

“That’s good enough, now drop it one the ground.” Maria said to Katherine.

Katherine then let it go. “Is that supposed to be fun?” Katherine asked.

“Well not yet, I mean you could have thrown it. It doesn’t hurt. But right now we are making a snowman.” Maria said to Kathrine.

“Oh really? Like in the movies?” Katherine asked.

“Yes, like the ones with the 3 body parts.” Maria responded.

“But we don’t have rocks or a carrot, or any clothing.” Katherine said to Maria, following what Maria was doing.

“Angeal got that covered.” Maria said. Aiden then showed Katherine the scarf, hat, carrot, and rocks.

“Always prepared, I shouldn’t have expected less from Angeal.” Katherine said.

“So you are making the middle part, I am making the head and Angeal is making the base.” Maria said.

“I see.” Katherine said as she was rolling up her part.

Aiden was focusing on the base as Katherine and Maria took short breaks to throw snowballs at each other.

Once Aiden finished the base the two girls rolled their parts over to him.

He picked up Katherine’s part and placed it on his piece.

Maria and Katherine then worked together to lift the head of the snow man onto the body.

“Now we can decorate it.” Maria said with a smile.

Aiden was designing the smile, Maria wrapped the scarf around the neck and Katherine worked on the nose and eyes.

Once they finished putting it together they all looked at it.

“Wow, this looks exactly like those in the movies.” Katherine said looking at the well shaped snowman.

“Hmm, yeah, but it’s not quite perfect yet.” Maria said, looking closely at the snowman. Maria then ran off to a tree. She pulled down some sticks.

“Oh you’re right. Snowmen do have arms.” Katherine said watching Maria come back with the sticks.

“Ah, I was going to give it horns. But sure. We can use these as arms too.” Maria said, shoving the sticks into its body.

“There, now it’s perfect!” Maria exclaimed.

The snowman had two horns, a top hat, a scarf and a carrot nose. It was about 1.5 meters tall, and had a devilish look on its face with a smile.

Katherine’s dad came out to look at their creation.

“Now this is a work of art, come together so I can take a picture.” Katherine’s dad asked them.

Maria, Katherine and Aiden got close to the snowman. Katherine’s dad took a few pictures as the group did funny photos, serious photos and normal photos. Aiden in all of them had the same expression.

Some time passed and after spending the rest of the time making snow angels and igloos Aiden and Maria felt it was time to go.

“Okay, Katherine, we need to go back in time for our meal at home. It was fun hanging out.” Maria said to Katherine.

“I had fun too. You both should visit here more so we could do more fun stuff together.” Katherine said to Maria and Aiden.

“Or we could just do fun stuff without volunteering first.” Maria responded.

“Well, I’m still going to volunteer. So afterwards I guess I will do fun stuff.” Katherine said.

“That’s all up to you. We will see you at school then.” Maria said as they both walked away.

Katherine waved as the pair went around the corner.

“That wasn’t as bad as it could have been.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Seems like your ‘luck’ is truly unparalleled.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Jealous?” Maria said with a smile.

Maria and Aiden left the area and returned home. That night Aiden melted the snow and returned the temperature of the area to its typical seasonal temperatures.

The Great Snowfall of 2008 seems like it was only just a dream.

Angel Misery: Chapter Twelve

“Beauty and the Aiden?!”

Maria and Aiden walked the halls during the lunch period looking at events that have been posted on the school bulletin.

“Bleh, most of these are about sports, and not even the fun kind.” Maria said, reading the notes.

Aiden stood behind her as she read them.

“What is it you are looking for?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I’m looking for something I can compete in, Generals need to win battles after all.” Maria said to Aiden.

“The art club is hosting a rising star competition, you can join that.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Nope, not interested. I like to draw to distract myself, not for a competition.” Maria responded.

Maria continued to look through the pages.

“Alas, what beautiful maiden has claimed the glances of mine eyes.” A theatre kid came from behind Maria.

Maria looked at him.

“Ah, who are you?” Maria asked him.

“It’s a pity. My charm and elegance causes the goddess to suffer from a short respite of amnesia. No worries my fair maiden, I shall reintroduce myself. I am Marquis Alvinarado Di Cornao the Third.” He responded to Maria.

Maria just looked at him unamused.

“His real name is Alvin Cornao, he’s in our 7th Bell with Miss Richards.” Aiden told Maria.

“Oh, you’re like a side character huh?” Maria said to him.

“A side character, no, my dear. I am the main event, the lead actor. The star of the show!” Alvin responded to Maria.

“Why’d you come to bother me?” Maria asked him.

“I have seen thine gaze cycle across the board of wisdom and wanted to guide thine attention to the performance of Beauty and the Beast.” Alvin pointed out to Maria.

Maria looked at the board.

“Okay, and why should I care about that?” Maria asked him.

“Because there is no beauty in this school more beautiful than thee.” Alvin said to Maria.

“Beauty and the Beast has a Princess in it, and a Beast man who turns into a Prince right?” Maria asked Alvin.

“That is correct, you will be my Princess.” Alvin said.

“Gross, I don’t want you as my Prince. I chose Angeal to be the Prince.” Maria said to Alvin with a smirk.

Alvin then looked up at Aiden.

“This brute is not qualified to be the Prince of the story. He lacks finesse and spazazz. You might as well leave him for the dogs. Since you know they eat poop.” Alvin said to the two.

Maria then looked up at Aiden. “Aiden! You can’t let him insult you like that. Make him suffer!” Maria said to Aiden.

“I don’t really care. He is inconsequential to me.” Aiden responded.

“See, plebs know their place when around mua.” Alvin said in response.

Maria then started laughing.

“Oh, this is going to be good.” Maria then gained a menacing smile. “Looks like I am going to be in your stupid play.” Maria said to Alvin.

“Wonderful news my-” Alvin started saying but was interrupted.

“But Angeal will be my Prince!” Maria taunted Alvin.

“So it’s a duel you want!?” Alvin said, looking up at Aiden.

“Not really.” Aiden responded.

“Then we shall duel. See you at try-outs.” Alvin said blowing a kiss at Maria then left.

Aiden had his same bored expression.

“Haha, now it’s your turn to humiliate someone. That is an order from the General!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Oh well, guess I’m in it then.” Aiden responded.

Maria and Aiden walked over to the theatre rooms and found the folders that held the try-out scripts for the play.

Maria dug her hand into the Prince’s Scripts and handed it to Aiden.

“I bet you already memorized it.” Maria said to Aiden after he looked at it.

“Yes I did, it’s only 3 lines.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yes, but you have to read those lines perfectly!” Maria pointed at Aiden.

“I won’t make a mistake.” Aiden responded to Maria.

Maria grabbed the Princess role.

“Looks like try-outs are tomorrow. So we can practice at the Headquarters.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I was wondering what kind of bottom of the barrel wannabe actors were going to come and grab a script during lunch.” A girl who was sitting in the theatre room said as she came out.

“Are all of you theatre kids rude?” Maria asked.

“Only to those who do not know the pecking order of stardom.” She said to Maria.

“Aiden, do you know who she is?” Maria asked Aiden.

“She isn’t in any of our classes. So I can presume she is in the 7th Grade.” Aiden told Maria.

“He is correct, I am Leanne Howard, a 7th Grader, but that doesn’t make me any less than you two amateurs.” Leanne said to Maria and Aiden.

“Oh, a 7th Grader. Then why are you being so aggressive. I’d think you would try to stay out of people’s way.” Maria responded.

“Because I am going to take over this school! And I want to make sure everyone knows.” Leanne said to Maria.

Maria then turned around and started leaving.

“Hey! Don’t ignore me!” Leanne called out.

“I mean, sure. I’m not going to get in your way.” Maria responded.

“But you are. See, you even have the script for Princess Beauty.” Leanne pointed out.

Maria then covered her laughter. “Oh! You are aggressive because you wanted this part.” Maria said laughing.

“Of course, I’ve been in theatre my entire life. Taking that script will mark you as my enemy! Especially since you are an inexperienced plebeian.” Leanne said.

“What is with you theatre kids using that word.” Maria asked. “I’m not even that devoted to this part. I’m just here to make sure my Best Friend secures the role.” Maria continued.

“Probably for the best. Since you were just going to waste your time.” Leanne responded.

“Whatever.” Maria and Aiden then left the Theatre rooms.

Lunch time was about to end and students began to make their way to the classes.

Ashley spotted Maria and Aiden leaving the Theatre area.

“Never expected to see you coming from there.” Ashley said to Maria.

“Some guy, I forgot his name, was being aggressive towards Angeal, so now we are going to take his prized lead role from him.” Maria responded.

“You mean Alvin? Yeah, that guy’s weird. So you aren’t just trying to find an excuse to kiss.” Ashley looked at Maria teasing her.

“Kiss? Why would I try to kiss?” Maria asked.

“You don’t know the story of Beauty and the Beast?” Ashley asked.

“I do, it’s about a girl who goes into a castle and becomes friends with an animal man.” Maria said.

“Then they kiss at the end.” Ashley said to Maria.

“They kiss? When did that happen?” Maria asked.

“You must have never seen the end of the story. Basically Beauty spent too much time away from the Beast. She imagines the beast was unconscious and felt bad. So she went back to the castle and saw the beast actually unconscious. Realizes she loves him and they kiss. Then the curse is broken and he becomes a normal man.” Ashley told Maria the story.

“What! That’s not a cool story at all. Why’d they have to ruin it.” Maria continued.

The bell for the next period rang.

“I have to get to class. But if Angeal is going to be the Prince then whoever is Beauty is going to get a kiss from him.” Ashley said, continuing to tease Maria.

Maria then grabbed Aiden’s arm and they went to Miss Wang’s class.

Maria was thinking to herself during the class.

Aiden looked down at Maria.

“Something wrong?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria was mumbling to herself. “I don’t want to kiss anyone, but I also don’t want anyone kissing Aiden…” She continued to try and think.

“How about we just disregard the play and do something else?” Aiden said to Maria.

“No, because if we withdraw then Albert, or whatever his name was, can say that you were scared to compete. I can’t allow him to have a victory over you.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I don’t really mind.” Aiden responded.

“I super duper mind, so I think I have a plan!” Maria thought of one at that moment. “Oh, so how about I secure the part as Beauty and you can become the Beast, and when the time to kiss happens we just change the script.” Maria told Aiden.

“I’m okay with that. I have zero qualms about the sanctity of the script.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“Ah, difficult words.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Those are words from the vocabulary list for this week.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I know. I’ve been studying. Just don’t want to think about it.” Maria said as she placed her head on the desk.

The school day ended. Maria went home with Allison. And Aiden went to the back of the school to meet her back in her room.

“It’s starting to get too dark too fast for me to be able to go out to your place before mom tells me to come back.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then we are going to have to make use of the Angel Excuse more often if we want to use the Headquarters more.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“So I guess for now I am just going to have to practice in my room.” Maria said to Aiden as she pulled the script from her backpack.

Maria looked over it.

“This isn’t that hard.” Maria then tried to say some lines. “Father, please bring me back a Beautiful Red Rose.” Maria went back over her lines.

Aiden watched Maria move her hands around as she read.

“Are you supposed to move around that much?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I don’t know. I think that’s what actors do right?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Doesn’t seem like it, at least not from movies.” Aiden responded.

“I think acting in movies and acting in plays are supposed to be different.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Let’s just look up a performance of Beauty and the Beast then.” Aiden said bringing a laptop from the Headquarters back to Maria’s room.

They both watched a small part of the play.

Maria fell back onto her bed. “Ah! Why did I challenge him! This is so dumb!” Maria said to herself.

“I guess you were right, they do exaggerate their movements quite a lot.” Aiden said, continuing to watch the video.

Maria then laughed to herself.

“Aiden. Looks like you are going to have to be expressive. That is going to be funny to see.” Maria chuckled to herself.

“It seems so.” Aiden responded.

“Let me see you read your lines.” Maria commanded Aiden. 

Aiden grabbed the paper from his pocket.

“Don’t pity me. You are here to serve your father’s punishment.” Aiden read the lines with nearly zero expression.

“Ah, throw in some more passion.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Don’t pity me. You are here to serve your father’s punishment.” Aiden read it again with practically the exact same as he did the first time.

“You didn’t do anything different.” Maria noted to him.

“I did. I said ‘Don’t pity me’ with a little more force.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Couldn’t tell.” Maria said as she got up from her bed. “Let’s keep practicing!” Maria continued on.

The next school day flew by, and it was the time for the try-outs.

Maria and Aiden stood in line. There about a dozen or so students also lined up.

Alvin came out of the try-outs room and noticed Aiden and Maria.

“Oh you actually showed up, Angeal. I figured someone as smart as you would have known when thine defeat was imminent.” Alvin said to Aiden.

 “You aren’t a competition to me.” Aiden responded.

Those words struck Alvin deeply within his heart. Even though Aiden just said them as a matter of fact. The Competition was really between Maria and Alvin’s Pride.

“You will regret those words!” Alvin said to Aiden.

“You already did your try-out, so there’s really nothing you can do now, Albert.” Maria said to Alvin.

“Ah, it’s Alvin.” Alvin tried to correct Maria.

“Okay Algore, that’s not the point. The point is that Angeal still has a chance to steal your role, and you don’t.” Maria said to Alvin.

Alvin then held his head high. “I am not even worried. I gave a perfect performance. Try as thine may. Yee shall not surpass perfection.” Alvin said leaving the area, giving Maria a wink.

Maria shivered. “Yuck.” Maria said to herself.

“Aiden! Are you ready?!” Maria asked Aiden.

“As ready as when I first picked up the script.” Aiden responded.

“That means you aren’t ready! What about all that practice?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Okay, I am beyond ready.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“That’s what I like to hear Corporal.” Maria said.

“Up next!” The student in charge of letting other students in for try-outs said.

“I’ll go in first.” Maria said to Aiden as she stepped into the room.

Aiden nodded his head.

Maria stood in front of the 7th Grade English teacher, Miss Ruth.

Miss Ruth was recording what she thought about the prior performance before looking up and noticing Maria.

“Hi, Miss Li!” Miss Ruth said with a surprise smile on her face. “I didn’t expect you to be trying out!” 

“You are not wrong Miss Ruth, I am trying out for the part of Beauty!” Maria said with confidence.

“How exciting. You may start when you are ready.” Miss Ruth said to Maria.

Maria cleared her throat and started reading. “Father, please bring me back a Beautiful Red Rose.” Maria said, gesturing her hands around like a performer.

The male stand-in then read the Father’s line.

“Of course my Dear. But is a rose all you want?” The stand in said.

“Yes Father, it will make me the happiest daughter.” Maria continued to read.

“Your smile will make me  the happiest father.” The stand in also continued.

“Be safe Father.” Maria said waving her hand goodbye.

Miss Ruth clapped her hands. “Very good Miss Li. Have you been studying other performances?” Miss Ruth asked.

“A little.” Maria responded.

Miss Ruth then looked at her scoring criteria. Maria wasn’t placed so high. “She may be better suited for the role of an Older Sister. After All, Leanne did give a better performance.” Miss Ruth was thinking to herself.

Maria continued to stand.

“Miss Li, are you and Mr. Heavens still friends?” Miss Ruth asked.

“Yes! We are still best friends. He’s actually standing outside right now for the role of the Beast.” Maria responded to Miss Ruth.

“Those two have amazing chemistry with each other. I’ll just have to see Mr. Heaven’s performance. Mr. Corneo and Miss Howard have horrible chemistry, so that would be a much better alternative. Though I could pair Miss Howard with Mr. Corneo…” Miss Ruth was thinking to herself.

 “Ah, am I done?” Maria asked.

“Oh yes, just exit from the door you came from.” Miss Ruth said to Maria.

Maria then left and she gave a thumbs up to Aiden.

“You got this!” Maria said to Aiden with her typical confident smile.

Aiden then walked in.

“Mr. Heavens! I am beyond ecstatic to see you again. It’s been far too long.” Miss Ruth said to Aiden.

“Greeting Miss Ruth. Good to see you are in good health.” Aiden responded.

“Yes! I feel like a brand new person. After spending the Summer Break in meditation focusing on the principles in that book you allowed me to read, I feel 10 Years younger.” Miss Ruth said to Aiden.

“Amazing to see that work for you.” Aiden responded.

“Okay Mr. Heavens. Miss Li said that you were trying out for the role of the Beast right?” Miss Ruth asked.

“Yes, that’s correct.” Aiden responded.

“Okay, whenever you are ready.” Miss Ruth said.

Aiden then began to read his lines. “Don’t pity me. You are here to serve your father’s punishment” Aiden said with little expression.

“Yes! Of course! I was the one who asked my Father for the rose. Please do to me as you wish.” The female stand-in read.

Aiden then turned from her uncaring. “Clean yourself up. You smell like filth.” Aiden said again with very little expression.

“You aren’t going to lock me up?” The stand-in read.

“I said, clean yourself up. I can not have such a filthy woman join me for dinner.” Aiden said finishing the section.

Miss Ruth clapped loudly. “Perfect! You captured the Beast’s serious, uncaring nature. The tough guy personality that you can tell beneath lies someone with genuine love! You have once again blessed me with this!” Miss Ruth said to Aiden. She was thrilled.

Aiden continued to stand as if nothing was happening.

Miss Ruth filled out her sheet to note down Aiden’s performance. “I look forward to seeing you perform in the auditorium.” Miss Ruth said to Aiden as he then went to the door.

Maria watched Aiden as he left.

“So how’d it go? Did you read your lines any differently?” Maria asked Aiden.

“No, I read them like I always do.” Aiden responded.

“Come on Aiden! It’s like you wanted to lose.” Maria complained.

“It seemed Miss Ruth was happy with my performance.” Aiden responded.

“Really? So we still have a chance.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I can just about guarantee that I got the role of the Prince. But it seems that Miss Ruth may be leaning on giving the role of the Beauty to Leanne.” Aiden told Maria.

“What! But my performance was incredible too!” Maria said to Aiden.

“I was just looking at the piles of papers on her desk. Leanne scored higher than you in 4 of the 5 tables.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You think you can change them?” Maria asked Aiden.

“I don’t think those notes will be used to determine the roles, I think they are just being used to jog her memory. So changing the scores won’t change her thoughts.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh well, guess we will see the results tomorrow during lunch.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then looked at Maria confused.

“Is that it? You’re going to leave it at that?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Well I can’t do anything else, unless you can change Miss Ruth’s brain.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Technically I could, but that may be taking it a step too far for a part you have no interest in.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yeah, that’s why I am leaving it at that. We already secured you victory, so we can just head home.” Maria said as they both went to the front of the school where Maria’s mom was waiting for her. Allison was sitting in the car reading for her English Assignment.

Back in Maria’s room Aiden and Maria did their homework and she went downstairs afterwards to play on her gaming console.

Aiden looked at Maria who seemed to have something on her mind, but was hiding it.

The next day the cast list was presented.

Maria and Aiden looked at it. Maria started from the bottom looking up.

“So the Butler is played by Paul Lewis, the Store owner is played by Tyler Williams, ah these are all useless. Where am I?” Maria said as she read the list. She then went to the top.

“Hey Aiden look! You got the Beast’s role. We won!” Maria said to Aiden. She then continued. “The role of Beauty is Leanne Howard!” Maria was shocked. “Then who am I playing?!”

Maria looked through the sheet. She wasn’t seeing her name.

Aiden then went over and pointed at where Maria’s name was.

“It says you’re playing as one of the Sisters.” Aiden said to Maria.

“One of the older step sisters! That’s not what I even performed for.” Maria said aloud. “Wait, if you got the Beast, that means.” Maria said, looking for Alvin’s name.

“Ha, he is playing the father!” Maria laughed.

“Well now since we already claimed victory we don’t have to continue with the play.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That’s going to stain our good name. Now we have to give the best performance this school has ever seen.” Maria said to Aiden.

“But why?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Because that Leanne girl beat me for the role, I can’t let that stand, I have to make up for that by being the favourite performance of the entire show.” Maria responded.

“Then we will focus on making that happen.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Exactly!” Maria said to Aiden as they both went into the lunch room.

Maria finally was eating the lunch her mom prepared for her rather than the outside food she typically ate.

“So the performance is in 2 weeks. I think during that time I can get the role of Beauty.” Maria said to herself.

“You really want that role?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s not that I want it, I just don’t want anyone else to have it. Completely different.” Maria said to Aiden. “Let’s come up with a plan Corporal!” Maria said to Aiden.

“About you getting the role of Beauty. I suppose during rehearsal you could memorize the lines of Beauty and make sure that Miss Ruth sees you performing them while Leanne performs during practice.” Aiden suggested to Maria.

“Too much work, I need something simpler. I could just break her leg.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Isn’t that a bit cruel just for a role. If you want to do that you could just go up to her and threaten to break her legs.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Well then she could tell on me, and then I’d just get kicked out of being in the play all together and she would still be ‘Beauty’.” Maria said to Aiden demonstrating with her food items.

“Making her sick would be okay.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That is a good suggestion, but knowing her she would power through it. Though if she was sick she shouldn’t be allowed to kiss you.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Kissing me while sick isn’t going to do anything to me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“How do you know that? Have you kissed someone before?” Maria asked Aiden with genuine curiosity.

“No I haven’t.” Aiden said to Maria. “But sickness comes from germs, which are living entities, which means they would have no effect on me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You really never kissed anyone? Not even in the heavenly realm?” Maria asked Aiden.

“No I haven’t. But I thought we were talking about the role. Not whether I kissed someone.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So your first kiss is going to be with Leanne? Oh no, I can’t let that happen!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then I won’t let it happen.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“How are you going to do that?” Maria asked.

“I’ll just create a separated object over my lips and then she won’t be kissing me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“But it will still look like it, the entire school would think she kissed you and she would think that too. They wouldn’t believe you if you said you had on some sort of lip mask.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then I guess making her so sick that she can’t perform on the day of the performance is the plan.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Like really sick, incapacitated levels of sickness.” Maria pointed to Aiden.

“So you learned the word incapacitated but not echalon?” Aiden smiled at Maria.

“I learn words that I want to use.” Maria smiled back.

Some time passed and it was the first day of rehearsal.

They all stood in the large auditorium stage. The stage workers had constructed the set and the stage hands were on the ropes.

“Greetings everyone on the first day of Rehearsal!” Miss Ruth said.

“Good Afternoon Miss Ruth.” The students responded.

“Today we will go over Act 1, a quick run through. This scene will have the Father who begins as a rich man who loses all of his wealth. The sisters and beauty will be in the house cleaning, and it will end with the father receiving news that his investments were successful. Then we will finish the day with the daughters requesting gifts.” Miss Ruth said to the students.

The stage hand hands Maria, Leanne, Heather and Alvin their act one script. The background characters also receive their scripts.

Alvin steps up in front of the stage. He seems to be upset initially then takes a deep breath in and out.

“You are on a ship and about to be ambushed by pirates.” Miss Ruth says to Alvin.

“Unhand me foul men! You may take my riches and cargo but leave us with our lives!” Alvin reads his script.

The background characters fight with one another to act as though pirates were fighting against the crewmates.

“There are too many of them, retreat!” Alvin says loudly pointing to the left of the stage.

The stage workers demonstrate most of the ships sinking and the narrow escape of the Father.

“Bravo Alvin, now we will transition to the cottage. Leanne, Maria, Heather, take your places.” Miss Ruth says.

Maria stands next to Leanne giving her a mean look.

The stage workers hand them brooms.

Aiden watched from the side.

“Sister, may you please help me with sweeping the floors.” Leanne says as her lines.

“You can do that yourself.” Maria says without reading the lines.

Miss Ruth was impressed with Maria’s genuine improv. 

Throughout the entire first scene Leanne was able to feel Maria’s character of the spiteful Sister. Miss Ruth was pleased with Maria’s performance.

“Look at her, I bet she’s looking forward to kissing Aiden.” Maria thought to herself as the scene continued.

The last part of act one began.

“I have been informed that one of my ships made it to port, having escaped the dire situation that has befallen my compatriots. I am heading into town to collect our wealth, is there anything you desire from the city.” Alvin says to the girls.

“Father, please give me the finest dress from town, I have missed it ever so much.” Heather reads her line.

“My weapons would be pretty nice.” Maria says, despite her lines being to ask for jewelry.

“Father, please bring me back a Beautiful Red Rose.” Leanne says to Alvin.

“Of course my Dear. But is a rose all you want?” Alvin responds.

“Yes Father, it will make me the happiest daughter.” Leanne said without even needing to read from the script anymore. She gave her most adorable look she could.

“Your smile will make me the happiest father.” Alvin responded, trying to look like the most caring Father.

Maria felt like she was going to gag watching the performance.

“Be safe Father.” Leanne called out as the Act ended.

“Very Strong performances!” Miss Ruth said, applauding the students.

Miss Ruth then went to the stage hands to try and give them pointers.

Leanne walked up to Maria.

“Wow, that was pretty impressive. It felt like you were really the character. Maybe I judged you wrongly.” Leanne complimented Maria.

“Sure, yours could be better in my opinion.” Maria said with a hint of spite.

“You are a method actor, never getting out of character. I understand that. I might have a bit to learn from watching you.” Leanne said as she went to talk to Heather.

Aiden then walked up to Maria.

“That seems to have gone well.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Do you see how committed to the role she is already, I bet even if we put her in a coma she would find a way to perform.” Maria said to Aiden.

“She seemed nice to you now. Are you sure you want to do something like that to her?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Of course! She’s just pretending afterall.” Maria responded quickly to Aiden.

“Okay, actors. Line back up. We are starting from the top.” Miss Ruth said to the characters of Act 1.

Maria walked back to the front of the stage.

The first day of rehearsal ended. The students all started leaving.

“Great performance Maria! I will see you tomorrow okay!” Leanne said leaving the stage.

“Did you two become friends?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No.” Maria responded quickly. Her and Aiden then went outside.

The next rehearsal was underway.

“Today we are going over Act 2. This is where the father gets swept up in a storm, lands at the beast’s castle. He picks a rose from the garden after enjoying a meal. The Beast comes out from the castle and threatens the Father. The Father pleads for his life saying the rose was for his youngest daughter. The Beast agrees to release him, in exchange for the Youngest to become his bride, or else the Beast would destroy the entire family.” Miss Ruth explains.

Aiden, Alvin, and the background characters step onto the stage.

They then begin to go over their line.

Leanne stands beside Maria.

“So how long have you both been such close friends?” Leanne asked Maria.

“If you must know, it’s been more than half a year.” Maria says to Maria with an upset look on her face.

“That’s pretty long, most friends that I make stop being my friends after the final performance.” Leanne says to Maria.

Maria was able to sympathize with this. But she did not want to show that.

“You’ll make a true friend one day. You aren’t that bad if you drop that arrogant attitude.” Maria says to Leanne.

“It’s not arrogant if I can back it up right?” Leanne asked Maria.

“It comes off that way. It’s not even that fun kind of arrogant, like what I have. Yours is mean.” Maria says to Leanne watching the background characters host Alvin.

“Wonder why no one told me that before.” Leanne says quietly.

“Probably because no one could stand talking to you when you aren’t acting as a different person.” Maria says harshly to Leanne.

“Then I will learn from your example! Especially if I want to take over the school!” Leanne said to Maria.

“You really don’t have to. Just do what makes you feel good, and if someone wants to try something new don’t tear them down.” Maria said to Leanne.

“What are you doing, thief! I shall swiftly deliver your punishment for the crime you have done against me!” Aiden said to Alvin.

“Please! I didn’t know this was your garden. I was admiring its beauty. This Beautiful Rose was for my Youngest Daughter. Please let me return home to give it to her. I won’t ever disturb you again.” Alvin said to Aiden.

Aiden stood tall over Alvin. The stage workers put a bear-like cloth on him to make him look like a beast.

“Then go and bring your youngest daughter back to me in exchange for your crime. She won’t be treated as my prisoner but as my potential bride. If you don’t return I will find you and your family and destroy you all.” Aiden says to Alvin with his uncaring emotion.

“Angeal is really good too. He is capturing the calmness and calculative nature of a prince, but also the intimidation and despair of being a beast.” Leanne says watching Aiden.

Maria nods. “Angeal is amazing at everything, that’s why he is the greatest best friend.” Maria responds.

“So lucky!” Leanne responds.

Alvin returns to the side of the stage. He is visibly upset.

“That was my role! Why’d she pick that brute over me!” Alvin complained to himself.

Alvin kicked a bucket and it went across the stage.

“Calm down man. It’s just a play dude.” A stage hand said to Alvin.

“This theater performance is not a mere play, this is the stage that shall showcase the brilliant splendor of mua. My Beauty stands over thine, yet I am forced to play the role of her father. Why shan’t I be upset!” Alvin responds.

“Because you could just talk to her during school?” The stage hand says.

“Performance art is the most genuine form of communication! But what would a simple stage hand like yourself understand about that?” Alvin responds.

“Bug off dude. I was just trying to help.” The stage hand says leaving Alvin alone.

Aiden walked up to Maria and Leanne.

“You did great Angeal!” Leanne said to Aiden.

“Thanks.” Aiden said to Leanne.

“Do you see how angry Alex is?” Maria said, pointing at Alvin.

“You mean Alvin?” Aiden responded.

“Yes, that’s what I said, Alijah.” Maria responds.

“You’re doing that on purpose.” Aiden says to Maria. They both then look at Alvin throwing a temper tantrum.

“I guess some people just don’t cut it.” Leanne said, looking at Alvin. “But you, you are the real deal.” Leanne says to Aiden. “Tomorrow we will be acting together.” 

“That is correct.” Aiden responds.

“Don’t get too excited. Angeal is just acting like your prince.” Maria says to Leanne.

“I know that.” Leanne responds.

“As long as you do.” Maria says.

“In your places, let’s go back over from the start of Act 2.” Miss Ruth said as Aiden went back out.

Alvin shook off his anger and fixed his face for the scene.

They then went over Act 2.

At the end of rehearsal Leanne waved bye to Maria. Maria gave a small wave in return.

“Warming up to her?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, we are still going to go with the plan.” Maria said to Aiden.

They both then left.

The third day of rehearsal began.

“Today we will be going over act 3 of Beauty and the Beast. The Father returns home with wealth from the castle. Beauty discovers the agreement despite the Father trying to hide it. The Brothers want to go and slay the Beast, and the Daughters blame Beauty. Beauty agrees to go to the castle. Her time at the Castle the Beast tries to win over Beauty, but she only sees him as a Friend. She misses her family and the beast lets her go. She stays too long and the beast collapses from heartbreak. She returns to the castle after having a dream and cries over the beast’s dead body. Having realized her love, the beast awakens and becomes the Prince. They kiss and the curtains fall.” Miss Ruth says to the cast.

“That isn’t too hard.” Leanne says taking her place.

The cast run through their lines.

“Do you like this library?” Aiden says to Leanne.

“I love it!” Leanne says.

“Then it’s yours.” Aiden says to Leanne.

“Thank you! Thank you! I couldn’t ask for a more perfect gift!” Leanne says to Aiden. She then hugs Aiden, of course because that’s what she was supposed to do in her role. Leanne looks deep into Aiden’s eyes.

Maria feels a bit of jealousy seeing someone else hug Aiden.

She backs up too far and hits a board causing a cascading collapse of the wood panels.

Everyone in the auditorium watches the wood panels fall.

Leanne then let’s go of Aiden.

“Well that ruined the mood.” Leanne said.

“Okay, Stage Workers, clean that up. Let’s start from where we left off.” Miss Ruth said.

Maria apologizes feeling a bit of embarrassment.

The end of the rehearsal was coming and after Aiden transformed into a Prince Leanne is holding Aiden’s head in her lap.

“Thank you Beauty, my curse has been lifted. Does this mean you truly love me?” Aiden says in her lap.

“Yes, yes it does.” Leanne says looking down at Aiden.

“And now you kiss.” Miss Ruth said to Aiden and Leanne.

Leanne then lowers her head to kiss Aiden.

“Okay, that’s good. Let’s start from the beginning.” Maria interrupts the moment right before Leanne’s lips touch Aiden’s.

“Why’d you do that?” Leanne asked Maria.

“We already know you know how to kiss, I think we should focus on the earlier parts.” Maria said, laughing nervously.

“That’s the spirit, Miss Li.” Miss Ruth said. “Okay, everyone take your places, we are running through it again.”

The actors ran through rehearsal over and over. And Maria found an excuse to interrupt the kiss at the end.

“I understand why you two are such good friends. Angeal has something about him that is so mesmerizing.” Leanne says to Maria.

“If you say so.” Maria responds to Leanne.

“I wish I could be real friends with you two.” Leanne says to Maria.

Maria looks at her, finding it hard to keep being upset.

“It’s not hard.” Maria responded.

Rehearsal then ended.

“Okay, I will see you next time!” Leanne said as she went outside.

Aiden walked up to Maria. They both then left.

In Maria’s room she was working on her homework thinking about the earlier rehearsal.

She continued to imagine Aiden’s head on Leanne’s lap.

Maria got up from her seat and sat on her bed.

“What was that for?” Aiden said to Maria’s sudden movements.

“Aiden! Lay your head on my lap.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Why am I doing that?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I need to show you the proper way to do it, just come on!” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then walked over to Maria then he laid his head on Maria’s lap.

“Is this what you want?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria then became extremely red.

Aiden continued to have his head on her lap. Waiting for what she wanted him to do.

“Yes… this is correct.” Maria had a hard time saying. “Now close your eyes, like you’re dead.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden closed his eyes. Maria looked at his gentle face.

She started to benign her head down to his. 

Her lips were getting closer and closer to Aiden’s.

Their lips were nearly about to touch.

Maria then brought her head back up. “I can’t do it!” Maria exclaimed. Seeming like she just ran a marathon.

Aiden then looked up at Maria. “That was actually pretty good acting.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay, you can get up.” Maria said to Aiden as she then sat back in her seat.

The rehearsals continued and Maria managed to make sure that Aiden and Leanne never kissed.

But it was the time of the actual show. And if Maria ruined it she would make an embarrassment of the entire production.

Aiden and Maria went backstage.

“So are we going to make her sick now?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, she’s not so bad of a person. I don’t want to do that to her.” Maria said to Aiden.

“So you two did become friends.” Aiden said to Maria with a smirk.

“It’s not like that.” Maria responded. Leanne then walked up to the two.

“Break a leg out there guys!” Leanne said.

Leanne had a genuine smile on her face. She felt like she made a real friendship connection with Maria and Aiden.

She then left to get on her costume.

“Break a leg, that’s what you wanted to do to her at first.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Ironic right?” Maria responded.

The play then began and Alvin was on stage riding in a large ship.

The audience were completely engulfed in the performance. 

The play continued and each of the actors were performing remarkably.

The performance was being recorded and sold in the back of the auditorium.

The audience were surprised to see Maria on stage.

“Does that mean Angeal is also performing?” some of those in the audience asked each other.

Leanne and Maria’s performance together was well done. They had a sibling rivalry with one another.

After their parts were done. Alvin walked through the castle gardens. And picked up the red rose. He tried to capture the audience’s heart with his performance.

Then Aiden walked out from the left side of the stage.

The audience gasped at Aiden’s showing. The attention was brought back. Alvin hated the command that Aiden had with his presence.

“You are a disgusting, immoral, foul, rechtred, no good, incompatent, evil beast!” Alvin called out.

Leanne and Maria looked at each other. “That’s not his line.” Leanne said to Maria.

Alvin continued to hurl insults at Aiden each chance he had. And Aiden stood uncaring.

“I guess a Prince doesn’t care about the words of someone lower than him.” An Audience member said.

The performance continued and it was near the part of the kiss.

The audience were engaged. They watched the beast try to show how much he cared for beauty, then in the end collapsed from heart break.

Leanne came back on stage and grabbed Aiden’s body. She placed Aiden’s head on her lap and cried.

Maria watched them. Biting her lip with nervousness. “What do I do, what do I do?” Maria thought to herself trying to look around.

Leanne’s lips once again came down to Aiden’s.

The audience leaned towards the stage to see it happen.

Maria quickly looked around for a way to end it.

“This is the moment.” Leanne thought to herself exchanging air with Aiden.

Then the lights cut off. 

“Hahaha! You thought you were going to share a kiss with Beauty!” Alvin yelled out having pulled the switch on the electricity. “You will never beat me for the starring role, Angeal!” Alvin said as the stage hands grabbed him and turned back on the power.

Miss Ruth smacked her hand on her face.

Leanne and Aiden then looked at one another. “Moment’s ruined as usual I guess.” Leanne said to Aiden.

“Just continue with the end.” Aiden said, standing up and holding Leanne.

The stagehands changed their costumes to be wedding attire. Maria and the other actors, except for Alvin, came on stage in their wedding attire.

“And they lived happily ever after.” The narrator said as the curtain fell.

The curtains then lifted back up and they all bowed.

The audience gave an enormous applause that surrounded the entire room. Flowers were given to Leanne and Aiden.

They all bowed again.

“Somehow that happened.” Maria thought to herself looking at Aiden and Leanne.

Maria then smirked.

Alvin was being reprimanded by Miss Ruth.

After the performance, the actors all met up in the back.

“Sucks that you guys never got to kiss, that would have been the cherry on top. You two were amazing!” A stage hand said.

“Yeah, maybe next time.” Leanne responded.

“Probably not.” Maria laughed.

Leanne hugged Maria. “You were amazing out there! I hope we can hang out even after this.” Leanne said to Maria.

“Sure. As long as you remember that Angeal is no longer the Prince.” Maria said to Leanne.

“I am a professional actor, I don’t bring the characters’ relationship to real life.” Leanne laughed.

The actors of the play congratulated one another. And the performance of Beauty and the Beast came to an end.

Angel Misery: Chapter Eleven

“Halloween Fright” 

Aiden, Maria and Silvia are in the Mansion of the ‘Fair Mother’ with the two found women Susan and May.

Susan continues her run towards Maria. And May is heading towards the cells under the command of a spirit.

“Where are you?” Susan yells out for Maria. Susan continues to run down the hall.

She sees someone else also approach from down the halls. It’s Brother Michael as stoic as ever.

Susan clenches her fist. “Why don’t you just die already!?” Susan thinks to herself.

“Escaping from your prison is a crime against Mother. Your new punishment awaits you.” Brother Michael says to Susan.

“I’m not in a small room now. I’m ready for you.” Susan says building up her adrenaline to fight the beast of a man.

She runs at Brother Michael and goes to kick his leg. Nothing happened. He then grabs Susan and tosses her to the ground.

He then steps on her leg.

“I wear the armour of divinity. No evil shall penetrate my defenses.” Brother Michael says as he lifts up Susan by her hair.

“Get off me!” Susan yelled out as she tried to kick him.

Maria heard someone yell.

“What was that? That didn’t sound like Silvia, and it definitely wasn’t Aiden.” Maria thought to herself.

“Can you imagine if it was.” Maria said quietly to herself as she laughed. “Guess thinking about Aiden calmed me down.” Maria thought and continued in the direction of the yelling.

Maria ran through the halls.

Back at the headquarters. Joshua and Isaac rode their bikes up the driveway.

“This is the place right?” Isaac asked.

“There’s nothing else around, so I guess?” Joshua responded.

They both took off their backpacks and pulled out rolls of tissue.

“So how exactly do you do this?” Isaac asked with the roll in his hand.

“I think you just throw it up, like this.” Joshua said, tossing the roll into the air.

The tissue roll went up and back down without ever covering enough distance to reach the house.

Both of the boys looked at it as it landed.

“It didn’t make it.” Isaac pointed out.

“Obviously!” Joshua responded loudly. “Let’s try that again.” Joshua said, preparing to throw it once more.

The tissue roll hit the front of the house but didn’t get over, so it again just fell on the ground.

“We probably should have got one of the baseball players to help us with this.” Isaac said, looking at the roll that was in his hands.

“You try to get it up there!” Joshua commanded Isaac.

Isaac stepped back preparing himself to throw the tissue like a quarterback in American Football.

Isaac let it fly and the tissue roll was off.

It then landed at about the same place Joshua’s did.

“We suck at this.” Isaac noted.

One of the golems then opened the door.

“Ah! It’s a monster!” Joshua said as he and Isaac ran back down the driveway to their bikes.

“Hurry up! Let’s get back to the party!” Isaac yelled, falling over.

They looked back and a few more golems were at the door.

“They are coming after us!” Joshua yelled out getting on his bike. He sped off leaving Isaac behind.

“Wait up!” Isaac said getting up from the ground and jumping on his bike following Joshua.

The Golems then picked up the rolls of tissue and started eating it.

Back in the ‘Fair Mother’ Mansion.

Susan continued to try and kick Brother Michael.

“The strength of the most high is greater than the strength of man. Your futile struggle only harms yourself.” Brother Michael said as he began to drag Susan.

“Hey! Let go of her!” Maria yelled out, finally reaching the location of Brother Michael.

“A woman child. How did you get here?” Brother Michael asked Maria.

Without Aiden by her side Maria felt fear. She was warned about men who hurt women.

Maria steeled herself and yelled once more.

“Stop being mean and let her go!” Maria yelled at Brother Michael.

“Leave! Now!” Susan yelled at Maria. “He is a very dangerous man!” Susan continued.

Maria stood there with an angry look on her face.

Brother Michael then turned around.

“I will deal with your sins later.” Brother Michael said as he continued to drag Susan.

Maria ran quickly back to the room that had the tray of tools and grabbed it.

“No help is coming for you, the time for salvation is over.” Brother Michael said to Susan as he continued to drag her.

Susan yelled out loudly.

“The judgement of the most high is-” Brother Michael began to say until he felt a scalpel get thrown into the back of his head.

He felt the warm liquid roll down his neck.

Brother Michael turned around to see Maria holding the tools he had in his Special room.

Brother Michael pulled the tool from the back of his head.

“The sins of attacking a disciple of Mother shall not be overlooked. Your punishment shall be great.” Brother Michael said to Maria.

Maria then threw a mallet at Brother Michael. Brother Michael caught it.

Maria then threw more equipment at him.

“I wear the Breastplate of Righteousness. I am shielded by Faith. And I shall strike you down with the sword of the spirit.” Brother Michael said to Maria.

Susan was trying to use that chance to escape but Brother Michael still had a strong grip on her hair.

“I don’t care what you are wearing! What you are doing is wrong!” Maria yelled out.

Brother Michael pulled a large knife from his back pocket. And began to walk towards Maria.

She threw the rest of the objects in her hands but it did nothing.

Maria’s face was filled with fear and adrenaline. 

Brother Michael lifted the knife and went to cut Maria.

“Okay, that’s quite enough of that.” Aiden thought to himself as he knocked Michael back several meters into the back wall. Aiden did it while invisible, as to not have Maria become fearless.

Susan got up having been released due to Brother Michael’s fall.

Susan grabbed Maria’s hand and they ran off.

Brother Michael sat still against the wall knocked out.

The ‘Fair Mother’ appeared in front of Brother Michael.

“Wake up my son.” She said to him, and Brother Michael returned to his feet. “Get those girls!” The ‘Fair Mother’ said to Brother Michael.

Silvia was in the cells downstairs when she heard a knock on the door.

Silvia did not answer, worried that it was the man she saw before.

“Hello, is anyone there? Are you trapped?” May asked.

“Help…” Silvia said to May on the other side of the door.

“Okay, I can hear you. Just wait a second.” May said, trying to turn the door knob. It didn’t work.

“Sugar honey iced tea.” May thought to herself. “If you are against the door can you move away from it?” May asked Silvia.

Silvia scooted away from the door.

May started kicking it.

The pounding of the door could be heard wide through the area.

“Do you hear that?” Maria asked Susan.

“Yes, I hear it. But we need to get out of here first.” Susan said to Maria.

Maria then pulled away. “Someone could be in trouble. We need to go there.” Maria said to Susan.

“This place is dangerous, any chance you have to escape you need to take it.” Susan said to Maria.

“My friend Silvia is still in here, I’m not going to let her go.” Maria said to Susan.

“Your friend is here?” Susan asked.

“Well, she’s not really my friend. I’m just saying-” Maria started saying to Susan.

“Okay, let’s go to the sound of the banging.” Susan said as she ran with Maria in that direction.

May continued to kick the door.

Then Brother John walked up.

“I was wondering what that sound was, I figured it was you, but I didn’t expect that you would be on the outside causing it.” Brother John laughed watching May struggle.

“Dang, it’s you.” May said looking at Brother John.

Brother John then pulled out a needle.

“Looks like you want the key. I have it. Just come over here and grab it.” Brother John said with a sinister smile.

May looked at him with disgust.

“What’s happening out there?!” Silvia asked May.

“It’s one of those creeps. He’s holding a needle.” May said to Silvia. Brother John continued to stand at the end of the hallway.

“What colour is the liquid in the container?” Silvia asked.

“It’s like a dark yellow. When he stabbed me with it before it knocked me out.” May said to Silvia.

“That sounds like Curare. It’ll be better for you to leave me for now, you won’t be any help if that gets injected into you.” Silvia said to May.

“No, I am not going to leave you with him. Besides, it’s round two for me.” May said to Silvia.

May went to tackle Brother John. Brother John prepared for the impact.

May slammed him against the wall and continued to bang his head against it.

“Come on, why aren’t you going down!” Brother John said as he continued to press the plunger injecting much more than the amount needed into May.

Eventually he emptied it into her, but May continued going.

“You go to sleep this time!” May yelled out kicking his head. Brother John was knocked out from the impact.

May then grabbed the keys from his pocket and went over to open the door.

May opened it and Silvia ran out.

“Thank you!” Silvia said, but as she was saying that May collapsed.

“Hey, wake up.” Silvia said, trying to move May. Silvia opened up May’s eyes.

“Oh no, this is Curare poisoning.” Silvia thought to herself running over to the body of Brother John.

She searched through his pockets.

“Come on, I need a physostigmine or neostigmine.” Silvia thought to herself.

She found a vile that had physostigmine marked on it.

She then ran over to May. “I’ve only done this a few times, so please don’t judge me harshly.” Silvia said to May, injecting her.

May laid there for a few seconds. Silvia watched her closely.

May then began to blink again. 

“You’re waking up!” Silvia cheered watching May slowly getting up.

May’s eyes then looked over Silvia’s head.

Brother John was now standing up over her and had a large stone he picked up to hit Silvia.

Silvia turned around seeing that it was too late.

Maria and Susan came and tackled Brother John. Brother John rolled across the ground.

Susan grabbed him and wrapped her arms around his neck.

Maria then went to Silvia.

“Are you okay?” Maria asked.

Silvia was surprised. “You tackled a grown man to save me?” Silvia asked Maria.

“Don’t think too much about it.” Maria responded.

May sat up. And Susan dragged Brother John and carried him into the cells. They then shut the door locking him in.

“That should do it. Is this everyone?” Susan said standing in front of Maria, Silvia and May.

Silvia looked around. “Where’s Angeal?” Silvia asked.

“Whose Angeal?” Susan asked Silvia.

“He is the guy we came with. He has long grey hair and is pretty tall.” Silvia described to Susan.

“Oh, the guy that was outside!” May said remembering Aiden outside.

“The one who destroyed those ghosts? Is your friend able to do that?” Susan asked Silvia.

“Angeal fought ghosts?” Silvia asked with surprise.

“Yes! That’s him alright.” Maria responded. “We don’t need to worry anymore.” Maria had a smile on her face.

“Why are you excited all of a sudden?” Susan asked Maria.

“Because if Angeal destroyed those ghosts, then this place has nothing else but weird men.” Maria responded.

“I agree with Maria, Angeal said that he can do anything when he introduced himself in class. Maria has been around him the most, so if she says this place is nothing then I believe it.” Silvia nodded her head to Maria.

“Well now I feel rude for running away from him.” Susan said.

“We didn’t know. Let’s just focus on getting out of here. I still have to treat you to a meal.” May said to Susan.

May nearly fell and Susan helped her stand up.

“Okay I will carry you.” Susan said holding May.

The group then began to make their way through the mansion.

“Well it looks like the scary experience is over now. Suppose it’s my time to free you all.” Aiden said to the Spirits of the house.

Aiden then released all of them and they vanished in bright orbs.

The mansion which had been frigid now began to warm back up.

Maria, Silvia, May, and Susan noticed that the house started to clear up. They were able to get a hold on the orientation of the house.

Susan reached out her hand. It’s warmer now.

The group looked around. “I think that’s the door we entered from.” Silvia said pointing at it.

They all made their way to it.

Brother Michael then stepped in front of the path.

“You harlot, jezebel, deceiver of men. I will not let you leave the sacred place of mother.” Brother Michael said with the knife fully prepared.

“What do we do?” May asked Susan.

“Are you strong enough to stand on your own?” Susan asked May.

“I think so now.” May said.

“Then I am going to rush him, the rest of you run out the door.” Susan said to the group.

“You can’t do that, then you’ll be trapped here.” May responded.

“I am the oldest out of all of us. If I don’t make it, at least live to the fullest.” Susan said.

“You shouldn’t, we can think of another way.” Silvia said to Susan.

“I am not going to risk you all getting trapped here again, when the exit is just up ahead.” Susan said as she started to count down.

Susan then began to rush Brother Michael. Brother Michael held the knife forward.

Then the house shocked, knocking everyone down.

Aiden then showed up from the side of the hallway. “Did you two find this place scary?” Aiden asked Silvia and Maria.

“Eh could have been scarier.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Wait? So all of this was part of some amusement?” Susan asked.

“No, what you two experienced was genuine. I had nothing to do with that.” Aiden responded to Susan.

Brother Michael stood back up. “The word of the most high shall not be ignored. All shall be punished. All have -” Brother Michael started saying.

“Shut up! You lost, it’s done!” Maria interrupted Brother Michael.

Brother Michael stood still shocked that he was interrupted.

“The Fear of the Lord isn’t being brought down upon you?” Brother Michael asked.

“My best friend Angeal is going to put you in your place, aren’t you?” Maria said to Aiden with a smile.

“I was just going to have us leave, but if that’s what best friends are supposed to do.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“I have the armour of the most high, you are nothing compared-” Brother Michael said before Aiden pushed him through the walls.

“Haha, perfect!” Maria yelled out.

“That was amazing as usual Angeal!” Silvia said to Aiden.

May and Susan stood amazed at what was happening.

“Well you all can head outside now, there is nothing standing in your way.” Aiden said to all of them.

“Okay, you saved the amusement factor of this place by knocking him out. I give this place an 8 out of 10.” Maria said leaving the door.

“That all felt so real. Your planning abilities are indeed superb.” Silvia said following Maria.

“Oh wow, you are kinda cute up close.” May said walking past Aiden.

Susan then walked up to him and gave him a serious look.

Susan then stopped in front of Aiden. “I’m sorry about running away from you earlier. Thank you for coming here and rescuing us.” Susan said to Aiden.

Aiden nodded.

A dark fog then appeared in the house.

Susan and Aiden both saw the ‘Fair Mother’ form.

“You shall not leave this place!” The ‘Fair Mother’ yelled.

“It’s her again!” Susan called out frightened.

“That’s quite enough for you.” Aiden said, lifting his hand and erasing the ‘Fair Mother’ from existence.

The dark smoke and the ‘Fair Mother’ vaporized into a bright scattering of light.

Susan looked at Aiden.

Aiden gestured to Susan to keep it a secret.

Susan nodded her head and left outside.

The entire group stood at the cars.

“Did you enjoy yourself, Silvia?” Charles asked.

“It was scary, I will say that.” Silvia responded to Charles. “I definitely won’t be forgetting this Halloween.”

“So how about this? Me and Angeal ride in this car and the 3 of you can be in Silvia’s car.” Maria said with a smile on her face.

“No! I want to ride with Angeal!” Silvia said to Maria.

“But it’s all done, we can go directly home now.” Maria said to Silvia.

The signal returned to Charles’ phone.

Silvia looked at the time. “It’s not even that late, I can still be out.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Why are you being a pain?” Maria said to Silvia.

“I would like to ride with, what’s his name? Angeal?” May said to the group.

“You are too old!” Maria said to May.

“Too old?! I’m only 19!” May said to Maria.

“Way too old! Angeal is only 12.” Maria said to May.

“Wow, that’s a big 12 year old.” May responded. “Aw well, guess I can ride in the other car.” May said heading to it.

“I will join her too.” Susan said.

“I’m riding with Angeal, so you might as well stop complaining, Maria.” Silvia said as she went inside the vehicle.

“So stubborn.” Maria said, going to the car.

Aiden stood outside looking at the mansion.

“Something wrong?” Maria asked Aiden, seeing him staring.

“There are several people still in that building, including some children. I’ll move this entire place closer to civilization, then human governments can handle it from there.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You do what you need to do with that place. But for now we can finish our movie back at headquarters!” Maria said with a smile on her face.

Aiden went to the car and sat in the middle seat again.

Silvia and Maria sat close to Aiden.

May and Susan fell asleep in the back of the car Charles was driving.

Aiden created the fog again and brought them back to the road leading to the Headquarters.

Joshua and Isaac had returned to the party in defeat.

“What’s wrong with you two? Aren’t you supposed to keep this party fun, Joshua?” Rebecca asked Joshua.

“I’ve never been so scared.” Joshua said, still sitting down.

“Hey Joshua, do you have any more napkins?” Katerine asked Joshua.

Joshua then regained focus. “Any more napkins? What happened to them all?” Joshua asked, standing up.

Richard was walking around the house covered in toilet paper and napkins trying to look like a mummy.

“What are you doing dude! Those were for the food!” Joshua yelled at Richard.

“This party was becoming insanely boring, all you’ve been playing was classical music. I was just trying to liven it up.” Richard said to Joshua.

“Well if you find it so boring you could just leave.” Joshua said to Richard.

“Sure, you’re out of napkins anyways.” Richard said, walking to the door.

A group of some of the other honour students started following him.

“Hey! Where are you guys going?” Joshua asked the students who were leaving.

“Only reason I am still here is because Richard was entertaining. If he’s going then there isn’t much.” Layla said to Joshua.

“Come on, I can play someone more hip, like Bach!” Joshua tried to say to the party goers.

“Bleh. We’ve been listening to classical music for the past 2 hours. Eventually it just gets dull.” Layla says to Joshua.

“Classical music isn’t dull, you just haven’t refined your ears enough.” Rebecca said to Layla.

“This is a Halloween Party, not an Orchestra. You prep kids are a bit out of touch.” Layla said to Rebecca.

Then students then all left.

Rebecca, Joshua and Isaac were all standing in the room with music playing in the background.

“Well now what?” Isaac asked Joshua.

“I’m ruined. I threw a lame party.” Joshua said to himself. “I can’t show my face at school.” Joshua lamented.

“I guess Silvia made the right choice.” Isaac said aloud.

“Oh yeah, Rebecca, where is Silvia?” Joshua asked Rebecca.

“She said she was going to a haunted house.” Rebecca said to Joshua.

Joshua then thought to himself for a second.

“Angeal’s house is haunted! Remember when we went there Isaac, there was a monster at the door!” Joshua said to Isaac.

“You think Silvia went to Angeal’s house for a Halloween experience?” Isaac asked.

“That’s the only place I know that’s actually haunted.” Joshua said to the two.

“You think Silvia is in Angeal’s House?” Rebecca said, disbelieving the two boys.

“If she is then she is in danger.” Isaac responded to Joshua.

“We need to go and save her, no wonder she wasn’t at my party.” Joshua said to the two.

“I doubt that’s the reason she didn’t come to this party.” Rebecca responded.

“The party is dead anyways, so we might as well go.” Isaac said to Joshua.

“It’s not that dead.” Joshua said to Isaac.

They all looked around and it was just them 3 in the room.

“Keep telling yourself that.” Rebecca said to Joshua.

“Whatever, the main thing is that Silvia is trapped in Angeal’s house. He is probably doing terrible things to her!” Joshua said.

“You mean the monsters are doing terrible things to her.” Rebecca said.

“That too!” Joshua responded.

“Hold up.” Rebecca said to the panicking boys.

They both looked at her.

“One, I don’t believe Angeal’s house is haunted. Two, if Silvia was at Angeal’s house he would do a lot better at protecting her than you two could. Three, Silvia has been over his house more than half a dozen times. And last, if she was there then she would be angry at us for barging in on her alone time.” Rebecca said to the boys.

“But we were there, we saw the monsters.” Isaac said to Rebecca.

“What exactly did you guys see?” Rebecca asked.

“It was a silver creature, with red eyes.” Joshua described.

“And it had no mouth. It’s hands looked like knives.” Isaac continued.

“And it was really tall, like 3 meters tall! Even taller than Angeal!” Joshua finished up.

“And?” Rebecca asked.

“And, it chased us all the way out of the area!” Joshua said.

“You guys were chased?” Rebecca asked the two.

They both looked at each other. 

“It felt like we were.” Joshua said quietly.

“You two are so dumb.” Rebecca said in disbelief. “Why’d you leave me alone with them, Silvia?”

“We still have to go and save her!” Joshua said to Rebecca.

“Whatever, I’ll just go too. At least it’s something to do. And the worst that could happen is I get to see Angeal, standing in front of his door. Dress as a royal prince. Looking me in the eyes and singing a serenade…” Rebecca began saying, eventually drifting off into her own thoughts.

“Yeah, exactly.” Joshua responded.

The group then went outside to head towards Aiden’s Home.

Silvia, Maria, Aiden, May and Susan all returned to the Headquarters.

“Thank you again for rescuing us.” Susan said to Aiden, Silvia and Maria.

“Do you have anywhere to stay?” Maria asked.

“I’m sure we can find somewhere around here, until we can return home.” Susan responded.

“You can stay upstairs for tonight. You both went through a lot!” Maria said to Susan and May.

“Are your parents okay with that?” Susan asked.

Maria gestured to Aiden.

“Yes, they would be okay with that. There is plenty of space, and you would be safe here.” Aiden said to Susan and May.

Susan trusted in Aiden, feeling that he was a supernatural being.

“Okay, then thank you for allowing us to stay. I need to wash up. I smell rancid.” Susan said.

“My nose has already gotten used to it.” May laughed.

“I will show you where everything is then.” Aiden said to the two.

Maria and Silvia were now in the foyer.

“Oh well. Guess it was the right thing to do.” Maria said softly to herself.

Silvia stood silently.

“You were pretty brave back at that place, even if it was all set up or something.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Don’t get soft on me. I saw a chance to fight and took it.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Still though, it was pretty brave.” Silvia said again to Maria.

“Come on, you were brave there too. I saw you helping that May girl before we ran in and tackled that guy.” Maria said to Silvia. 

Silvia laughed to herself. 

“A compliment, I would have never expected that from you.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Don’t get used to it!” Maria responded to Silvia.

“So, is this a sleep over you were doing?” Silvia asked.

“I mean, it was just supposed to be me and Angeal. But now we have two extra.” Maria said, looking up the stairs.

“Can I join?” Silvia asked.

Maria then looked back at Silvia. Then inhaled. Finally releasing the air.

“Yeah, sure. We already have guests, so one more wouldn’t hurt. Plus you’ve been here a lot.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Can I sleep over here, Charles?” Silvia asked Charles.

“You have my permission.” Charles said to Silvia.

“Now I can show you how a real sleep over is supposed to be.” Maria said to Silvia as they both entered the living room.

Aiden showed May and Susan the rooms that they could sleep in. Extra clothing and the bath. And how to ask the golems for things they needed. It was practically an Inn.

Aiden, Silvia and Maria sat in the living room watching horror movies.

May sat in the bath. “Finally I can relax. It’s been days.” May said to herself.

Susan came downstairs to where the group were sitting. She walked over to the side of the couch.

“Mind if I watch too?” Susan asked.

“Go right ahead.” Maria said.

Susan then sat down in Pajamas watching the horror movie with the group.

They all had their attention grabbed by the movie.

Then they heard loud banging at the door.

Susan, Maria and Silvia were all startled. May was startled awake from her nap in the tub.

“What on Earth was that!?” Maria said, looking back from the couch.

One of the golems went to answer the door.

Joshua and Isaac threw rocks at it and were yelling.

“Release Silvia right now!” They were yelling.

Silvia then went to the door with Maria and Aiden.

“What are you idiots doing!” Silvia yelled at the two.

“Rescuing you?” Joshua said to Silvia.

“Rescuing me from what?” Silvia asked them.

“From that monster…” Joshua pointed at the golem which he slowly realized was just a robot. “Oh, my mistake.” Joshua said.

“Wow, I thought you guys were supposed to be smart.” Maria laughed at them.

“I knew they were mistaken!” Rebecca said aloud.

“You’re here too? What happened to the party?” Silvia asked.

“Everyone had so much fun, they are still partying til sunrise.” Joshua said.

“It died.” Rebecca said to Silvia.

“Your party died!? On Halloween? How is that even possible?” Maria laughed at them again.

“Well since you know I am safe you all can leave now.” Silvia said to the group.

May then walked down the stairs with her hair wet wearing pajamas.

“Is everything okay down here?” May asked.

Joshua and Isaac noticed her upstairs. Their eyes locked on to her.

May shrieked back seeing these two boys’ gaze.

“Stop being creepy.” Silvia said to the boys.

“Is Angeal throwing a party?” Isaac asked.

“It’s a sleepover.” Maria said. Joshua and Isaac became excited. “But not for you guys.” Maria added.

“Aw, but Angeal is a boy, why can he stay?” Joshua asked.

“It’s his place obviously.” Maria responded.

“Can I sleepover too?” Rebecca asked.

Silvia then looked over at Maria.

“Ah, whatever. Guess the entire town is going to come over. Sure, Rebecca, you can sleep over.” Maria said.

Rebecca then went to enter the house.

“See you two on Monday!” Silvia said before she shut the door on them.

“Aw darn. We came with one girl, hoping to leave with two but ended up with none. And now Angeal has at least 4 girls at his place.” Joshua said.

“We need to learn how he does it.” Isaac said.

The two boys walked down the driveway in defeat.

Maria, May, Susan, Silvia, Rebecca and Aiden now all sat in the large living room with the movie loudly playing.

May told the girls what highschool was going to be like, and Susan told them about University.

“Maria having more friends isn’t a bad thing.” Aiden thought to himself.

Maria then looked over at Aiden who was just looking in her direction.

Maria then smirked at Aiden.

“Don’t think this is a way out of being my Best Friend.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I wouldn’t dream about it.” Aiden responded.

Halloween night continued on. And eventually everyone fell asleep in the living room. With Aiden going out to fix the mess at the mansion of the ‘Fair Mother’.

Angel Misery: Chapter Ten

“Spooky Scary… Skeletons?”

“Halloween is coming up, what should we do for it?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Halloween, that’s the holiday that involves candy and attempting to scare each other, isn’t that correct?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yes, but that would be way too boring right? You must know at least of an actual haunted house. Since you’re a heavenly being and all.” Maria Said to Aiden.

“That’s the issue isn’t it. Since I am a Heavenly Being, there isn’t anything that I would consider haunted, or scary.” Aiden responded to Maria. “But I can ask one of the heavenly beings about a location that would give you the scare you are looking for.” Aiden said to Maria.

“If it’s actually scary, and I mean absolutely terrifying, then I will leave it up to you Corporal.” Maria said as if she was giving Aiden a mission.

Aiden and Maria were in her room, Maria was sitting in front of her Homework that she had just finished and Aiden was standing beside her.

“What are you afraid of?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Oh you would like to know, wouldn’t you?” Maria said, with a smirk on her face.

“Yes, I would. That’s why I asked.” Aiden responded.

“Just make it feel like Halloween. It doesn’t need to have things I’m scared of.” Maria responded to Aiden with her finger pointed directly at him.

“Okay, I understand. Just make it very Halloween, so if that’s the case, then I will have to learn a bit more about the holiday.” Aiden responded.

“Yes, exactly! It’s not like a ‘make your fears come true’ holiday, it’s a creepy, spooky holiday.” Maria said to Aiden with her arms crossed and a look of intellectual arrogance. “So nothing like heights and loneliness. Not saying that I am afraid of either.” Maria continued to say to Aiden.

“So creepy and spooky. Then I will ask someone about such a location.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Is it time for me to go to the Heavenly Realm?!” Maria asked with excitement.

“No, not yet. Plus, the Heavenly Realm is the opposite of what you describe Halloween as.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Aw, okay. I’ll keep being patient, but it’s been nearly half a year of waiting.” Maria said to Aiden.

“It’ll be worth it when I finally bring you.” Aiden responded to Maria. He then walked into the Heavenly Realm.

In the Heavenly Realm

“Now which of the districts would be most in tune with death and monsters.” Aiden thought to himself.

“In Mr. Yukimura’s class we just began learning about the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt, so I could try that district.” Aiden said moving there.

Within the district there was an individual who was weighing golden pebbles against a frayed golden thread. 

Aiden walked up to him.

“Greeting Anpu.” Aiden said to Anubis.

Anubis got up from his seat and greeted Aiden.

“How do you do, Great Aspect of the Almighty, Aiden.” Anubis said to Aiden.

“”What were you busy doing just now?” Aiden asked Anubis.

“Originally I was weighing the hearts of mankind back in my day, but the result was always the same. So I wanted to entertain myself by weighing the hearts of the other gods.” Anubis said to Aiden.

“Interesting, what were the results?” Aiden asked Anubis.

“Practically the same as with Humans.” Anubis said to Aiden.

“Figured as much. But anyways, Anpu. I am here to ask you if there is a location that you would recommend that is a terrifying experience for someone.” Aiden asked.

“This someone is a mortal I presume.” Anubis asked Aiden to clarify.

“That is correct.” Aiden responded.

Anubis walked back over to his scales.

“Humans are terrified of death, though death, once you understand it, is nothing more than the halting of thought. What they are truly terrified of is not living. But I won’t get into philosophy. I am sure you are simply hoping for a location that would frighten their spirit.” Anubis said bending down to the red stones of the mortals.

“Yes, someplace that is ‘spooky’. Emphasis on Spooky.” Aiden said to Anubis.

“There is a location on Earth, which is inhabited by a woman that refused to die and feed off the souls of those she encases in the Earth. She is powered by the gods in the Mesopatamian District. The beings she encases can’t be released while she is still around and roam the place of her residence. So I think that would be a grand location for you to explore. The ones who worship her call her ‘Fair Mother’.” Anubis said to Aiden.

“Interesting, an entity like that shouldn’t be on Earth, so I will remove them or seal them into a priest during my activities.” Aiden said to Anubis.

Aiden gestures for Anubis to hand over the location of this ‘Fair Mother’.

Aiden then begins to walk away.

“Aiden, if I may. Can I ask you for something?” Anubis asked Aiden.

“Sure, what is it you are requesting?” Aiden responds.

“May I weigh your heart?” Anubis asked Aiden.

“I don’t have one. However, since you have done me a favour with the knowledge you’ve given me, I shall provide you with a stand in.” Aiden said creating a fire orb that was to represent what his heart would look like.

“It’s not red, nor gold. This is truly an unknown sight for me.” Anubis said handling the object.

He placed it on the scale with the frayed thread.

The thread tilted the scales down lifting the object. Anubis nodded his head. Then he began to think to himself.

Anubis removed the thread from the other side and the scale still tilted with nothing on the other side. Anubis got up and handed the object back to Aiden.

“I understand why we the gods are not on the same plane as the aspects of the Almighty.” Anubis said to Aiden.

“I am glad you’ve gotten a revelation.” Aiden said to Anubis.

Aiden then opened the Realm back to Earth.

Aiden was high in the air and searched for the location of this ‘Fair Mother’.

Aiden went down to the Mansion.

He found it to be in disrepair and was filled with hatred and pain.

Aiden walked in.

The spirits of those who were asking for death were everywhere in the mansion pleading for salvation from the ‘Fair Mother’.

They saw Aiden and were terrified at his presence and quickly moved to the next room.

Aiden saw a few dozen people walking around the mansion who were completely alive and Human. They were in the rooms reading old books.

“Okay, this place seems to match the ‘spooky’ situation that fits with Halloween.” Aiden thought to himself before returning to Maria.

In Maria’s room.

“So? Did you find a location?” Maria asked Aiden.

“I think I did. It has undead spirits, creepy guys walking around, a graveyard, it’s large and dark.” Aiden described to Maria.

“Oh that is spooky! Good job Corporal.” Maria said to Aiden.

“We can have a late night exploration of the location.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh yeah, let me ask my mom to sleep over at Angel’s House tomorrow then.” Maria said before heading downstairs.

“Mom!” Maria said to her mom.

“What is it, hunnie?” Maria’s mom responded as she was sitting in the living room.

“Can I sleep over Angel’s House for Halloween tomorrow?” Maria asked her mom.

“You don’t want to give out Halloween Candy with me and your sister?” Maria’s mom asked.

“No, that sounds really boring.” Maria responded.

“But you used to love seeing the kids with their cute costumes.” Maria’s mom said.

“No, I like to see cool costumes, not cute ones.” Maria responded.

“Well your grades have been really good, and you’ve been doing your chores all on your own. SO you have my permission to sleep over at Angel’s house tomorrow.” Maria’s mom said to Maria.

Maria pumped her fist in celebration. “Yes! Thank you mom!” Maria said before going back up the stairs.

“We are in the clear!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Then it is set, tomorrow night we will go to the location, hopefully it does scare you.” Aiden said to Maria.

The next day came and they were in school.

The Prep Students were talking to one another.

“Hey Angeal! We are hosting a Halloween Party at my house, do you want to come?” Joshua asked Aiden.

“No.” Aiden responded to Joshua.

“Aw, why not. It’ll be lots of fun, we are going to have candy, scary movies, a haunted house and everything.” Joshua said to Aiden.

“I have plans today.” Aiden responded.

“Plans? Well that sucks, guess we should have asked you earlier.” Joshua said to Aiden.

“Yes.” Aiden responded.

“So what are those plans?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“I am going to a ‘spooky’ mansion.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“With Maria I am guessing.” Silvia responded to Aiden pretty much already knowing the answer.

“That is correct.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“I wish I could go too.” Silvia said to Aiden with a slightly disappointed look.

“But you are going to be at my party, remember?” Joshua said to Silvia.

“You already know who to clear that with.” Aiden said to Silvia. “You should enjoy the party with your other friends.” Aiden continued to say.

“Sure.” Silvia said facing back forward in her desk.

“We should try to convince Angeal to hang out with us if we want Silvia to be happy at the party.” Rebecca said to Joshua.

“I don’t know how to get Angeal to come. There’s nothing that gets between him and Maria.” Joshua responded.

“How about we just invite Maria too.” Rebecca said.

“There’s no chance in that happening.” Silvia said to the two, turning her head to their conversation. “By how it sounds it seems that Maria was given permission to stay out late with Angeal. Who would want to give up on that?” Silvia said to them.

“This is true.” Rebecca agreed with Silvia.

“Man! That blows. How about we Teepee his house then.” Joshua said. “Afterall it is ‘trick or treat’.” Joshua said quietly.

“I’m not participating.” Silvia said to Joshua.

“Yeah, I think I am out too.” Rebecca added.

Joshua looked over at Isaac.

“You can count me in.” Isaac said, looking at Joshua.

Joshua gave Isaac an agreeable grin.

“Well you two have fun then. I will be sticking with Silvia.” Rebecca said.

The school day continued. Silvia walked with Aiden to the next class.

“So how long are you both going to be out together?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“The entire night.” Aiden responded.

“The whole night? Are you two together now?” Silvia asked.

“No.” Aiden responded.

Silvia’s Heart then calmed back down.

“They are probably going to be together at his place the entire night. I am sure that visiting them would be no problem. Under the guise of getting candy of course.” Silvia thought to herself.

They both continued on with their classes.

Soon school ended. Aiden and Maria were in the pickup area of the school.

“We will head out immediately when we get home.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It’s way too bright to do that, that’s not the Halloween spirit!” Maria responded to Aiden. “Don’t you know all the creepy stuff happens in the dark?” Maria informed Aiden.

“Why in the dark? The brightness of the area shouldn’t have any impact on anything.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It does, it impacts the feeling. Watching a scary movie in a bright room means nothing, but if it’s dark then it’s a completely different experience.” Maria described to Aiden.

“So you aren’t in favour of starting immediately?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Of course not, in the meantime we can watch scary movies!” Maria said to Aiden.

Maria’s mom came and picked up Allison and her.

“I’ll see you when I get back, my mom will drop me off there, since Allison will expose the fact that Angel isn’t in school.” Maria said to Aiden as she went to the car.

They drove off and Aiden went to the back of the school to meet Maria at the Headquarters.

When Maria was dropped off Aiden took the form of Angel and greeted Maria’s mom.

“Good afternoon, Mrs. Li.” Aiden said to Maria’s mom.

“Hello Angel! How are you doing?” Maria’s mom asked.

“I’m doing fine.” Aiden responded.

“That’s good. I hope you two have fun tonight. Don’t stay up too late, and don’t watch too many scary movies.” Maria’s mom said to the two girls.

“Come on Mom, we know how to take care of ourselves.” Maria responded to her mother.

“See you tomorrow Sweetie.” Maria’s mom said before she drove off.

Maria was now with Aiden.

“Now it’s time to get scared!” Maria said running to the intelligence room to watch Horror movies.

The Golems which still looked like robots were walking around the house with no destination.

Maria sat down at one of the computers but she didn’t seem pleased. Aiden walked up behind her.

“What’s wrong?” Aiden asked.

“This doesn’t have the scary feeling I want. It’s too formal looking.” Maria said, moving the chair.

“What would change that feeling?” Aiden asked.

“Make me a couch or a bean bag chair!” Maria commanded Aiden.

“You want that in this room?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria looked around.

“Eh, I guess not, let’s change the living room into a creepy room.” Maria said to Aiden as she rushed out. Dashing passes some of the other golems.

“It’s perfect!” Maria said, as she entered the Eastern Living room.

Aiden entered the room and began constructing the room to fit Maria’s vision.

She then sat down on the sofa and turned on a movie. “Saturday the Eleventh.”

Aiden sat down next to Maria.

The movie started and the room was dark. Maria then looked up at Aiden.

“Ahem, are you forgetting something?” Maria said, looking up at Aiden with a grimace.

Aiden looked at Maria confused.

Maria then held out her hand.

“Oh, yes.” Aiden thought to himself as he created a bag of popcorn for her.

Maria excitedly grabbed the bag and started eating.

They were now fully into the movie. Maria had her eye hooked on the horror film. Aiden watched as if nothing was happening. The effects of the movie were completely unrealistic to him.

The monster in the movie started breaking down the door of the house. It used an extremely long knife and chased after the lead actress.

Maria had a bit of her eyes covered.

Then there was a knock on the door. It startled Maria.

“What! Who’s that!” Maria said, panicking a little.

“It was just a knock on the door.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Well, go and check it out.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then got up to answer the door. Maria looked around in the dark room.

“On second thought, let me go with you. Just so that you don’t get scared.” Maria said to Aiden.

They both opened the front door.

There was a girl standing at the door wearing a domino mask, dressed up as a princess.

“What are you doing here?” Maria asked the girl at the door, not sure who she was.

“It’s Halloween, why wouldn’t I be here?” The girl responded.

“Wait, I know that voice! Silvia!” Maria said to her.

Silvia then removed the mask.

“Hello you two.” Silvia said to Maria and Aiden.

“Why’d you come all this way?” Maria asked Silvia.

“Just getting some candy.” Silvia responded.

“You’re not here for Candy.” Maria said to Silvia with a complete lack of emotion.

“You’re right.” Silvia said walking into the house.

“Hey, me and Angeal are trying to go out somewhere. You can’t just come in here.” Maria said to Silvia.

“I want to go too.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Well too bad.” Maria responded. “Actually, since we are going to a real haunted house, we all can go together and I can ditch her there. Where she is going to be trapped.” Maria thought to herself.

“Come on Maria, you can’t just keep Angeal to yourself, you two aren’t even going steady.” Silvia responded to Maria. “He can have more friends.” 

Maria then showed a smirk on her face. “You are right Silvia, you can come along with us.” Maria said with a smile.

Aiden looked down at Maria.

“She can?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yep, she definitely can.” Maria said with confidence.

“That makes me happy.” Silvia said with a smile like she just got her way. “We can have Charles take us all there.”

“Nope, we are going to have one of the robots take us.” Maria said to Silvia.

“Your robots can drive?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“I suppose they can now.” Aiden responded.

“Okay, then we will do that.” Silvia said to the two. Then Charles walked up.

“I’m sorry, but I must accompany Silvia if you are planning on traveling.” Charles said to the group.

“Then you can follow behind their vehicle.” Silvia said to Charles.

“Of course.” Charles said, stepping back.

“Well that’s that.” Silvia said to the two.

“Cool.” Maria looked up at the sky and the sun was just about going down. “Eh, it’s still a bit early but since we are driving we can head out now.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then gestured for Maria to come over to the side.

“Are you okay with letting Silvia fly with us?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No way, Silvia will never know that you are a heavenly being. We are going to ride in a car.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I really wish you would have discussed that with me.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You’ll figure it out Corporal!” Maria said to Aiden.

Maria returned to Silvia. Aiden created the same black vehicle and had it come out from the back of the house. It was being driven by one of the robots.

It stopped in front of the house.

“Wow, that was fast.” Silvia said, looking at the car.

“Of course it is!” Maria said, jumping into the front seat of the car.

Silvia then entered the vehicle and Aiden followed after her.

Silvia and Aiden were sitting together in the backseat. Maria looked at the two of them and saw that Silvia was sitting a bit close to Aiden.

“Better yet. Silvia you can take the front seat.” Maria said, getting out of the car.

“No, I am okay back here.” Silvia responded.

“Come on, the front seat is the best seat.” Maria said to Silvia.

“That’s why I think you should have it.” Silvia responded.

“You’re our guest, you can take it.” Maria insisted.

“I’ve been here more than 5 times, I don’t think I am that much of a guest.” Silvia said, continuing to sit.

“I’ll just sit in the front seat.” Aiden said to the two.

“No!” Maria said with disdain and Silvia said with worry.

“Fine.” Aiden said, sitting back down.

Maria then sat on the right side of Aiden and Silvia sat on the left. Aiden was in the middle seat, looking much too large for it.

They both got close to Aiden.

The Golem then began to drive and Charles followed behind them.

Along the drive the 3 were conversing.

“These vehicles will never get to their destination in a timely manner.” Aiden thought to himself.

Aiden then created a dense fog. That made it hard to see outside.

The windows in Aiden’s car were too dark to see out of. But Charles saw the fog completely block his view.

He drove closer to Aiden’s vehicle to make sure he could see the back lights.

Aiden brought the vehicles into the air and gave Charles the sensation that they were driving.

Soon they were all brought back down on the road that led to the mansion and Aiden cleared the fog.

Charles had his phone out prepared to call Silvia. But once the fog cleared and he saw the other vehicle he placed his phone back down.

The vehicles drove up to the mansion.

Aiden’s vehicle stopped and Charles stopped behind them.

“Oh, we are here already?” Silvia said, trying to look out the window.

Maria opened the door and left. She looked up at the house.

“Cool! Now this place is creepy. It’s giving me goosebumps and everything.” Maria said aloud.

Charles was checking his phone for GPS but there was no signal.

“Shall I accompany you Silvia?” Charles asked Silvia. He too felt goosebumps and was worried that since there was no signal he couldn’t contact her.

“No, I am okay. Angeal will be with me, so I am perfectly safe.” Silvia responded.

“There’s no need for you to worry. If it gets bad the robot will rush in there and get us.” Aiden said to calm Charles’ mind. Charles nodded.

“Well, let’s waste no more time. Let’s go in.” Maria said as she began to head to the entrance.

Silvia and Aiden followed.

The closer they got the more dreadful it felt. Maria started slowing down and eventually grabbed Aiden’s arm.

Aiden opened the door and the party went in.

The feeling of dread disappeared, and the interior was musky, but not immediately scary looking.

Maria let go of Aiden.

“Ha, was that it?” Maria said being cocky.

The three went through the mansion looking for anything weird.

“This place doesn’t seem haunted.” Silvia said as she too was now just walking.

The room got cold and a skeleton apparition walked in front of them and into the next room.

“That’s cool I guess, but not scary.” Maria said, still moving forward.

There were sounds coming from all around the house but the two girls were still standing strong.

They were looking around the house as if they were having a tour. There was then a scream of agony. It traveled through the entire house.

The two girls were initially startled but it didn’t affect them much.

“Eh, they can do better.” Maria said.

“I agree. This place isn’t as scary as I imagined it would have been when Angeal said you two were going. I thought you were difficult to scare, Maria.” Silvia said.

Maria laughed. “First time you have been correct, Silvia. Since I have not been scared yet.” Maria responded.

“You two are probably fearless because I am accompanying you.” Aiden said to the pair.

“Nah, I think I could make it to the back of this house no problem.” Maria said with confidence.

“I agree, though you are a great person to have when things are scary. This place just isn’t.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Well this just won’t do.” Aiden thought to himself. 

The floor fell out from beneath them all and they fell down a slide. The slide separated them from each other, dropping them off in different rooms.

As they slid the girls yelled out.

Silvia was now alone in part of the house that was made of concrete. Maria was alone in another part of wood. And Aiden was outside at the side of the house where there was a garden.

“Hello… Angeal…” Silvia said as she walked slowly with her hands together.

“That wasn’t funny…” Silvia continued to speak as she moved through the room.

“Angeal… where are you?” Silvia tried to find them. “Maria? Are you there?”

Silvia walked and saw stained walls, and it was cold in the room.

She crossed her arms to stay warm.

“Ouch, that hurt!” Maria said to herself as she got up from the ground. “Ha ha, Aiden. You are so funny. You think separating me would make me scared. As if.” Maria said confidently.

“Come on out Aiden.” Maria said. But there was no answer.

“Aiden…” Maria said but more softly.

Maria looked around to see if he would show up.

“Aiden. This is starting to not be funny.” Maria said as she too walked slowly.

Aiden was outside and he found mounds in the ground.

“Interesting sight. These are humans.” Aiden thought to himself.

A fog then appeared around him. And a body began to form in the smoke. It had fiery red eyes and outstretched arms.

Aiden watched as this being was forming itself.

“The Punishment for Sin is Death, Child of Man.” The ‘Fair Mother’ said, forming herself completely.

She had tethered wings, and a dark robe. She looked like she was well into her hundreds. She spoke with a voice that seemed to be formed by the air and not by her mouth.

Hands from the ground began to reach up to grab Aiden. But as they touched him they burned.

The ‘Fair Mother’ looked at Aiden.

“A sinless child?” The ‘Fair Mother’ questioned Aiden.

“No, you just have no authority over me.” Aiden responded.

“I have been granted authority over all things by the Creator. You have committed the sin of lying.” The ‘Fair Mother’ said as she once again commanded her Spirits to grab Aiden. And again they burned when they tried.

The ‘Fair Mother’ then vanished from the area. Taking the fog with her.

“She can’t even recognize a Heavenly Being.” Aiden thought to himself.

He looked down at the ground and saw that there were bodies within it. Some of the bodies had yet to be absorbed.

Aiden brought them up from the ground. It was two women who were still holding unto one another.

Aiden gestured his hand over them to wake them up, removing the hold the ‘Fair Mother’ had on them.

The woman wearing blue began to cough. The younger one wearing green then followed.

Aiden then extended his hand to help them up.

The woman wearing blue looked up and backed away quickly from Aiden.

“Who are you! Don’t hurt me!” She yelled at Aiden.

“Sure, I can understand that reaction.” Aiden responded. The woman wearing green looked at Aiden.

“You aren’t here to hurt us right?” She asked Aiden.

“No, and I’m also not here to judge you. I’ll protect you both until you can leave.” Aiden said to them.

The woman wearing green grabbed Aiden’s hand and he helped her up.

“Thank you, my name is May.” May said to Aiden, having stood completely up. May then looked back. “And she is my new friend Susan.” May pointed at her.

Susan grabbed her head. “Ah, what happened. Weren’t we just surrounded by monsters?” Susan asked.

“You have been freed from their grip.” Aiden said to them.

“Oh, okay. Well then we will get going. I don’t want to interrupt you.” Susan said to Aiden.

“It’s no issue.” Aiden responded. But Susan and May then ran into the house in search of another exit.

“They are truly in a hurry. No matter. Let me check up on Maria and Silvia.” Aiden thought to himself.

Silvia continued her journey through the house, she found a cell inside the place. She looked inside of the room and saw two holes in the walls. The room smelled like urine.

“Angeal?” Silvia called into the room.

She then hurt a bang behind her and she jumped up. She quickly tried to see where that sound came from. 

Footsteps then were coming from around the corner. Silvia turned her attention to see who it was.

A cold breeze knocked her into the room and shut the door.

A large man walked by. And he opened the closed door to check.

Silvia heard his breathing and knew that it was not Angeal or Maria, so she hid behind the half wall.

The man looked inside and saw that the two girls that were in there had escaped. He then started to run down the hallway in search of them.

As the footsteps got quieter and quieter Silvia regained her breath. Her heart rate was through the roof.

“That was scary…” Silvia thought to herself as she went to open the door. 

She tried to open it, but it was locked from the outside.

Silvia wanted to say help, but she didn’t want the man to find her.

She sat against the door.

“I’m scared.” Silvia thought to herself.

Maria walked around the wooden rooms. She continued to call out Aiden’s name.

Maria then started to smell something that was rancid.

She entered a room that had a locker in it and a chair that seemed to be stained red.

“This place is gross.” Maria thought to herself as she looked on the tray.

The tools on the tray were crusted with brown dust.

“Cool.” Maria thought to herself.

“Hurry and leave!” A voice called out in the room. It became cold and there was no one around.

Maria felt like her soul jumped out of her body.

She had goosebumps all over her arms.

Maria ran out of the room, not looking back. Maria panicked.

“Aiden! Silvia!” Maria yelled out.

Susan heard Maria’s yell.

“Sounds like someone is in trouble.” Susan said to May. Susan then grabbed May’s hand and ran in the direction of Maria’s voice.

“Go back and help her.” A voice said into May’s ear.

May let go and looked around for the voice.

“She is in the cells, help her!” the voice said again to May.

Susan turned back but then the room sealed itself, splitting the pair.

Susan hit her fist against the wall. “I can’t worry about that now, there’s someone in trouble.” Susan thought to herself as she then ran to look for Maria.

May was on the other side of the wall.

“Susan?” May asked. But there was no response.

The cold air then brushed against May.

“Okay, I’ll go back to the cells.” May thought as she ran to where Silvia was located.

Aiden grinned to himself.

“Good work, undead spirits. Keep guiding them and I will ensure that the ‘Fair Mother’ doesn’t get a hold of you.” Aiden said to the spirits that were guiding the girls in the building.

“I hope this is scary enough for them.” Aiden thought to himself.

Angel Misery: Fair Mother

Susan (22, Determined, Caring) is working out in her living room. She is wearing a Blue-Green workout outfit showing her midriff. She has slightly visible abs, and a moderately strong physique.

Susan finishes her workout. She is visibly tired afterwards.

“Okay, that should be about an hour.” Susan says to herself trying to regain her breath.

There were three knocks on her front door.

Susan turns her focus to it as she is visibly confused by the sound.

“Oh someone is at the door… who could that be?” Susan thought to herself.

Susan waited to see if they would knock again.

This time there were two knocks.

Susan was suspicious at this point, if it was someone who knew her they’d likely knock harder the second time.

There was then one final knock. Susan walks up to check the door.

“Let me just take a look, it could be my mother…” Susan thought to herself.

Susan looks through the peephole. But there is no one there. She then tries to get a closer look through it.

All the while a shadow slowly approaches Susan from behind.

And mouth is then covered and she is pulled back by a hairy man wearing a mask.

Susan is startled. “I’m I being taken?!” She thought in a panic.

“Your hair smells good, lady.” The Hairy man said, carrying her off.

This made Susan go into a fight or flight mode. Her blood boiled and she went into an adrenaline rush.

She bit down on the man’s arm. The bite caused the man in the ski mask to loosen his grip on Susan’s mouth.

He wrapped his arms around her neck and began to choke her. They wrestled with each other on the floor. Despite her size Susan was rather strong and well trained.

The door opens up and the person on the other side walks in.

“Am I interrupting something?” The new person asked.

The new person propped himself on the wall as he watched what was happening. Susan managed to roll over onto her chest and gained control of the tussle. But the weight of the hairy man on her back was becoming too much to bear.

“Help… me.” Susan struggled to say, with the hairy man’s arm still around her neck.

She begins to struggle more to get air into her lungs.

“I’m… being… kidnapped…” Susan tried to communicate to this newcomer with barely any breath to spend on not breathing.

He pulls a syringe from his coat pocket. It was filled with a yellow liquid.

“I need… your… help… now.” Susan called out, reaching her arms out.

“I was joking little girl, I’m here to help him, not you.” The new man said as he approached Susan.

“Be careful Brother James, Mother would hate for you to damage her new daughter.” The new man said to the one who was choking Susan.

The new man places the needle into Susan’s arm. Brother James continues to fight against Susan trying to keep her still.

“Don’t worry.” The new guy was saying as Maria started to pass out.

“Still will make the pain.” He continued to speak and Susan was unable to move.

“…Go away…” He finished saying and Susan passed out on the floor.

The two men stood over her body as she was passed out. They were discussing what to do next.

Susan is lifted up by Brother James and carried through the window of her apartment.

“She smells good, Brother John.” Brother James says as he carries her.

“If you stop sniffing her, I will see if Mother will let you keep her.” Brother John said to brother James.

Brother James smiled as he turned to focus.

Susan was placed into the vehicle and they began to drive.

They get to their destination which is far out into the country. It was a large mansion that looked to be deteriorating.

Inside there were many rooms.

Brother James and Brother John carried Susan into one of these rooms which had a stain of blood on the walls.

“Lay her on the floor.” Brother John says as Brother James places Susan’s lifeless body on the ground.

They both then leave the room.

“Bye, bye lady.” Brother James says as they close the door.

The room is completely dark.

Susan lays on the ground. The door of the room slowly creaks back open. The light coming from the hallway hits Susan’s eyes, waking her up.

Susan wakes up and immediately grabs her own neck. She can see her breath in the frigid room.

“Was I dreaming?” Susan thinks to herself.

Susan looks around at the wooden empty room. She saw the blood that had long since dried.

“Hmmm, this is definitely not my place.” She thought to herself as she stood up.

Susan sees the light coming from outside of the door. She peeks slowly out into the hallway to make sure that no one was coming.

“It looks empty in the hall. I wonder where the exit could be.” Susan continues to think to herself as she notices a screen window on the other side of the hallway.

“Maybe that leads outside.” Susan thought as she started moving in that direction.

The closer she got the more she noticed the details of the window. The screen was a bug screen and it looked like it had been tampered with before. It was covered in dust and red particles.

She walks up to the window staying against the wall and looks through it.

Through the screen she saw a room, and it looked empty.

She continues her walk down the hall and sees the door that the window was connected to. She sees metallic materials on a tray inside of the room.

She walks inside.

On the tray are bloody strings, bloody needles, hooks and a knife.

“Oh! A knife, that’s perfect!”  Susan said to herself as she grabbed the enormous hunters’ knife.

“Hey you! Quickly Kill Me!!” A man in a gimp suit tied to a chair cried out at Susan. His mouth was covered by the latex attire and his voice was extremely muffled.

Susan quickly turned around in a panic.

“Wait! What! No way!” Susan says in a fright. 

“Please! He sewed me into this suit! I’ve been beaten and burned. I’m in constant pain! Every hour he does it to me! I beg of you please just run that blade across my neck! I want it to end!” The man tied to the chair cried out to Susan with his blood shot eyes. Tears rolled down and his voice was hoarse.

Susan grabbed the rope he was tied to the chair with and began to cut it.

“I won’t kill you, I just can’t. But I can free you and we both can escape together. Just hold still. I can get you out quickly.” Susan said as she was cutting her way through the rope.

The rope rubbed against the man’s wounds but he tried with all of his might to hold still.

The door to the room they were in began to crack open. Susan was so focused on getting him out of the seat she did not notice. The light from the outside ran across the face of the man that was tied up. He knew what would happen.

“Hurry Miss! Hide! Quickly!” The man in the suit panicked trying to get Susan to move. Susan saw the light on his face and she ran. Susan ran into the locker and covered her mouth with her hand. She held the knife tight against herself.

A tall stoic man with a beard walked into the room. He stepped up to the man in the chair.

He looks down at the man in the chair and notices cut marks on the ropes.

“You seem to have gotten busy.” The towering man said to the man in the chair.

The man walks around the room and looks down at his tray. He noticed that the knife was gone and that his other tools had been moved.

“Tell me, son. Who helped you cut that rope?” He asked the man in the chair with a threatening tone.

“I don’t know Brother Michael.” The man in the chair said.

Brother Michael grabbed the man’s finger and bent it backwards, cracking each bone inside.

The man in the chair was in great pain but he held back his screams.

“Here’s a deal. If you give up that girl’s location, I’ll free you. You get to go home and live your life peacefully.” Brother Michael says to the man in the chair.

Brother Michael steps closer to the man’s face. 

“Give her up and you are free.” Brother Michael says again.

The man in the chair begins to cry to himself. He breathes heavily contemplating on what his decision should be. Should he free himself by giving up a girl he just met, or hold his tongue and allow her to have a chance to escape.

He paused. Then looks Brother Michael in the eyes.

“Do what you want, I don’t know where she is.” The man in the chair said to Brother Michael.

Brother Michael moves away from the man in the chair and goes over to his tray of tools. He is choosing which one he wants to use.

“I used to be like you. Believing that by doing the right thing that I would be rewarded somehow in the future. However, Son, that’s not how the world works. Life isn’t fair and there are no rule books to live it.” Brother Michael said as he grabbed a torch.

Brother Michael pauses.

“I know that the girl is hiding in the locker behind me. And I hope she enjoys watching her protector suffer. And after I’m done with you, she’ll be next.” Brother Michael says.

Susan is in the locker and she is overwhelmed with fear.

Brother Michael walks closer to the man in the chair. The light that was coming from the hallway slowly was covered by his massive body.

“Don’t worry, our fun won’t be over quickly.” Brother Michael says with the same stoic look.

Brother Michael adjusted his pants in preparation from an intense torture session with the man in the chair. Susan is hiding within the locker to the side. 

“To live is to create, and those who do not create are not reflecting the will of the creator.” Brother Michael says loudly.

“And those who sacrifice themselves are especially heinous. Your body is not yours to sacrifice, you didn’t create it, nor do you control it.” Brother Michael says, stepping closer to the man in the chair showing the torch to him.

“As the Creator, and our dear Mother punishes those who commit sin with eternal fire…” Brother Michael continues as he lights up the flame of the torch. He brought it close to the face of the man in the chair. The flame was bright in the dark room.

“So shall I. To educate you of your faulty beliefs.” Brother Michael says as he grabs the man in the chair’s  head, positioning his head straight up. Brother Michael brought the torch closer to the man’s head.

“It is not my place to kill. So you don’t need to fear death. This pain will be temporary… but your forgiveness will be Everlasting.” Brother Michael says as he begins to burn the man in the chair.

“Ahh! Stop! Please Stop!” The man in the chair yells out. The smell of burning flesh begins to fill the room. The smell of burning latex.

The gimp suit melts into his blood.

“I can’t breathe! Stop!” The man in the chair yells out.

Brother Michael does not care about the man’s cries. His agony is a punishment.

“Please… stop…” The man in the chair’s voice begins to soften until he passes out.

Brother Michael turns off the torch.

“And we are complete. These wounds are for the short term, but the forgiveness you received is not.” Brother Michael says with the same stoic tone.

Brother Michael looks directly at the locker. He changed his focus towards Susan. Susan sees that Brother Michael was now focused on her. She held the knife close to her chest. She covered her mouth so that he could not hear her breath in the silence.

“He’s going to check in here soon…” Susan thought to herself.

Brother Michael walks towards the locker. Susan hears his footsteps approaching slowly.

“Stay calm…. Breath…Get the blood flowing. I can do this… I can escape.” Susan thinks to herself repeatedly.

“Susan pressed up against the locker door; closing her eyes trying to calm herself.

“Cut and Run…” Susan thought to herself.

Susan’s muscles tensed up as she continued to chant Cut and Run.

Susan jumped out of the locker with her Knife ready to cut. Susan lounged at Brother Michael.

The speed at which Susan swiped at Brother Michael was much faster than he moved.

She cut through Brother Michael’s Artery. Brother Michael grabbed tightly against the wound. 

Brother Michael begins to struggle. He held his hand against his own neck to keep from bleeding out. “This shall not be the end of me… for the Spirit of the Creator grants me eternal life.” Brother Michael says as Susan runs out of sight.

Susan runs out of the room quickly, still filled with adrenaline.

“Life isn’t fair… Only Mother and the Creator are…” Brother Michael says holding himself up against the wall.

Susan has been running for a few seconds at top speed.

“I need to rest… there’s so many rooms.” Susan said to herself trying to catch her breath.

Susan ran into a room and immediately shut the door. She pressed her body against the door and sat down with the knife still in her hand ready to cut someone else. 

She breathed heavily.

“I’ll just rest here for a bit… as long as I’m hidden.” Susan thought to herself trying to calm down.

“I can’t believe I stabbed him… that’s not like me at all. What would I do to him the next time I see him…” Susan said to herself as she began to feel terrible.

“Hey Sis! Welcome to our room. What are you doing here?” A small boy said to Susan.

There were two boys Brother Dylan (12, Playful Headstrong) and Brother Daniel (12, Playful Cautious) who stood in front of Susan as she was pressed against the door.

“Kids are here too?” Susan thought to herself. She then spoke with the boys. “Ah, I’m here because I am hiding. Is this room safe?” Susan asks.

“Why are you hiding? Are you scared?” Brother Daniel asked Susan.

“It is likely one of those adult games. But yea it’s safe here.” Brother Dylan responded.

“Are you sure… I did something pretty bad and it’s very important that I’m not found.” Susan asked the two boys.

Brother Dylan and Brother Daniel faced each other and started to discuss.

“I’m not sure she should be using our room to hide. She might be really bad.” Brother Daniel said to his brother.

“No worries, she looks like a nice person. Let her hide behind your bed.” Brother Dylan responded.

They both looked at Susan.

“Yeah, sure you can hide behind the lighter-colored bed. It’s Dylan’s.” Brother Daniel said to Susan.

“Please don’t mess it up. Brother Michael would lecture us forever if you do.” Brother Dylan cautioned Susan.

“Don’t worry kids. I’ll be out as soon as I get some rest. I don’t want to be here. We all can leave.” Susan responded to them as she went over to hide along the side of the bed out of sight. She laid on her stomach keeping watch on the door.

There were three knocks on the door.

“I’ll hide now, whenever he leaves, we will head out.” Susan said to the boys.

There were then two knocks.

Brother John enters the room with a smile on his face as he looks down at the two boys.

“Hey Little Bros. I have a little question for you both. You wouldn’t happen to see a girl run in here recently?” Brother John said to the boys.

There was a slight pause.

“She’s slightly taller than you two. Brown hair… slightly tanned skin… wearing blue and green… sound familiar?” Brother John described Susan to them.

“She must be really good at hiding; if even you aren’t able to find her.” Brother Dylan responded to Brother John.

Brother John pans his sights around the boys’ room. 

“How about behind those beds? That’s plenty of room to disappear.” Brother John asked the boys.

“No way, No one could sneak past us. We are stronger than the bond between Quarks.” Brother Dylan responded posing as a muscle man.

“And we have the speed rivaled only by light. With the perception of the Eye of Providence.” Brother Daniel responded by posing as a track runner.

“Ha, okay, well then I guess there is no reason for me to bother you both any longer.” Brother John said to the boys.

Brother John leaves the room and he shuts the door behind himself.

Susan comes out from behind the bed. 

“Ah… they are all looking for me. How am I going to be able to leave?” Susan says to herself.

They all hear slow stepping coming towards the door.

The steps outside stop right in front.

Brother Michael opens the door quickly.

“Brother Dylan, Brother Daniel. The girl is in your room. Where is she hiding?” Brother Michael asked the two boys.

The two boys look at one another. They were visibly scared.

“Ahh… she is hiding in this room? Daniel… I don’t think we should play stupid…” Brother Dylan said nervously.

“Yea… I don’t think a game of hide and seek is worth the punishment for lying…” Brother Daniel is also feeling nervous.

They both look at Brother Michael who had bent down to talk on the boys’ level.

“She’s hiding behind Dylan’s bed. She came about 10 Minutes ago.” Brother Daniel tells Brother Michael.

“I’m proud of you two. Seems like that punishment really taught you a lesson. I’ll be out of your room soon.” Brother Michael says to the two boys.

Brother Michael moved the two aside as the two boys stood silently. The cut on Brother Michael’s neck had completely healed up only leaving his shirt collar torn.

Brother Michael slowly stepped towards Susan’s location.

His steps were loud and slow. 

Susan brought the knife up ready to stab Brother Michael’s legs. She waited for the first indication of his position. 

Then the sound stopped.

“Wait… why did he stop? I don’t see his shadow anymore…” Susan thought to herself.

Susan looked out trying to see if she could tell where Brother Michael was. She looked at the two boys who were looking at the top of their beds. 

Brother Michael grabbed Susan by the hair and began to pull directly upward on her lifting her body with it.

Susan tried to stab Brother Michael but he hit the knife away and it fell onto the ground.

He then pulled her towards the door by her hair, taking out full areas in the process.

“This pain you are feeling is the first of many to purify your body of the disease the outside world has given you. All pain given to you by the creator or Mother is mercy.” Brother Michael says to Susan as he drags her.

Brother Michael grabbed tighter on Susan’s hair reaching down closer to the root.

“Now come with me. Obviously you are not suited for freedom. You have tempted the Young Brother and he failed. Then you tempted the Young Boys…” Brother Michael says to Susan.

Brother Michael dragged Susan across the floor. He pulled her out of the door and into the hallway.

“We have a special place for you in this home. It’s a place for animals and demons.” Brother Michael continues as he drags her through the hallways.

“She must have done something really bad to go there. Sister Jesse went there and we haven’t seen her since…” Brother Dylan says to Brother Daniel.

“If Brother Michael is putting her there then she deserves it. I am glad she has been caught.” Brother Daniel responded.

Brother Michael threw Susan into a concrete room. She slid across the dusty ground.

There were chains in this room and it was separated in half by bars.

Brother Michael attached the chains to Susan’s legs. Susan was unconscious during this entire ordeal.

Susan eventually woke up. She noticed she was chained up tightly and that moving her legs around was uncomfortable. 

“Wow, he must have knocked you out with something rough. You slept for a good 10 Minutes.” A girl who was chained up in the other room said to Susan.

Susan looked over at where the voice was coming from.

May (19, Energetic) was the other person in the room with Susan.

“Well, I’m glad I’m not alone anymore. It was beginning to drive me insane.” May says to Susan.

May looks to get a good look at Susan. May smiled at Susan. May’s spirits have yet to be broken. 

“By the way, my name is Mei, but my friends call me May. It’s the same sound, but they can’t spell it well.” May says to Susan.

“My name is Susan, nothing special to add to that I suppose. How long do you think we will be here?” Susan responds.

“That’s a million dollar question if I have ever heard of one. But for real I have no clue.” May responds to Susan feeling a bit hopeless by the question.

May was wearing a green school’s uniform. She pulled on her chains.

“Seems we are chained by our legs so that we don’t just break our hands to get out. We kind of need our legs a bit more to run out of this mad house.” May tells Susan.

“I was afraid that I was going to die alone down here. I’m glad you’re here Susan, not that I wanted you to get kidnapped.” May says with a smile on face.

May then lays on her side to conversate casually with Susan.

“Hey Susan. Do you believe in ghosts? Or does anything seem weird here?” May asked Susan.

Susan laid on her back completely resting as she hadn’t thought of a method to escape yet. 

“No, I usually don’t entertain that kind of thinking. I haven’t seen enough stuff to support it.” Susan responds to May.

“I mean, I just don’t know. I’ve seen some things happen in this house…Like doors opening on their own. Or this Grown Man crying “Sound down here.” May tells Susan.

“That’s pretty weird, but maybe it’s one of the guys just screaming outside.” Susan responds, continuing with the conversation.

Susan then remembered the door to the room she was in initially.

“Though… when I woke up. That door was open. Maybe it could have been a-” Susan was saying before May interrupted.

“Yea Susan. Before I got put down here I did hurt one of the guys pretty good.” May begins to tell Susan a story.

In the story.

May wrapped her legs around Brother James’ head and was ripping his hair out of his scalp. May was panicking. It was in the same room that Susan was initially thrown in. 

“Yea, I was giving the guy a run for his money. He could not handle my crazy fighting style. He was on the ropes.” May describes the situation to Susan.

In the story Brother Michael slapped May across the face, throwing her off of Brother James. May was thrown against the wall.

“But then the guy who brought you in here just came and threw me off of the brother. I had no clue he was anywhere close… It seemed like I pulled out all the hair on the shorter Brother. So of course he tagged out of the fair fight we were having.” May tells Susan.

The memory shows May laying on the ground rubbing her face as Brother Michael comforts Brother James.

Brother Michael comes up close to May.

“Before I knew it he was all up in my face. Like back up Dude! There’s a thing called personal space.” May continues to tell the story to Susan.

May finishes up thinking about what happened.

“He told me to apologize and to walk quietly between them to their Mother’s room… So I did what any normal person would do in that situation.” May gains a smile on her face.

“I kicked him in the face. So hard in fact I think he could see his own vertebrae.” May describes the situation once more.

In May’s memory. May kicked Brother Michael in the face, throwing him off of her. Brother Michael quickly regained his composure and May was terrified. 

“I guess I could have guessed how he would have reacted, but I was fighting for my own survival. He deserved a kick in the face. And his Brother deserved his hair to be pulled out.” May tells Susan.

May then recalls the memory again.

Brother Michael stepped slowly up to May as his shadow covered her in darkness. There was a fire behind him.

“But no matter how in the right I was, there is no reasoning with these guys. So he picked me up by my neck and threw me down here…” May says with a frown on her face now.

“So yea, that’s my story. So how did you get put down here with Little Ol’ me, Susan.” May says to Susan, finishing up her story at last.

Susan was actively trying to pull the chains out of the wall.

“I’m tired of this Place!!” Susan yelled, pulling on her chains even harder.

“Oh… you weren’t listening to my story…” May says quietly to herself.

“I’m tired of hiding! I’m tired of Fighting!…” Susan yells.

Susan pressed her feet against the walls and began to pull harder on the chains. The wall began to crack. 

“Come on! I feel it moving! Release me from this cage!” Susan pushes herself to continue pulling on the metal chains.

Eventually there was no more progress being made and Susan fell back onto the ground exhausted. 

Susan turned to her side and screamed into her hands muffling the sound.

May then crawled over to see the progress that Susan made.

“Whoa, I thought you were actually going to do it. It was so close, Susan… Wish I was strong like you.” May says to Susan with surprise.

Susan sat back up and rubbed her head. 

“Yeah, but I still failed. Close only counts in horse-shoes.” Susan says to May.

“Glad you’re awake though. You hit your head pretty hard. It sounded like a hammer hitting the concrete.” May says to Susan.

Susan’s eyes opened up wide.

“Hammer!… That’s all I need is a hammer!” Susan thought to herself.

Susan pulls on her chains and looks down with happiness.

“There’s plenty of slack on this chain… so I could use this like a make-shift hammer.” Susan continued thinking.

She held the chain in her open palm.

“This is my key to escape… and after I’m free this will also be my weapon. Freedom here I come… May! You are an accidental Genius!” Susan says to May.

“Ah? Thanks I guess… But why do you say that? Nothing new happened down here.” May responds not sure why Susan was happy.

“You see the amount of slack on these chains. We could use that to our advantage.” Susan tells May.

Susan grabbed the slack of the chains. 

“Just grab a good amount of it into your hands… and slam it against the part of the wall that the chains are locked to.” Susan says as she demonstrates what she was talking about.

“As it chips away… The easier it will be to pull out of the wall… Then we are free.” Susan says directly to May.

“Have I told you yet Susan, that I am glad you are down here with me. Let’s do it!” May also gets a smile.

Some time has passed in the Lion’s Den.

Susan had successfully freed herself from one of her chains. It took a lot of work but the success brought Susan hope.

“That’s one down, one more to go… How are you doing over there, May? Will we be working on opening the doors soon?” Susan says feeling a bit tired.

May who made almost no progress that entire time. May begins to whine.

“Bleh! Susan! How are you so strong! I made no progress and you’re already done! You’re going to leave me!” May whines.

May moves over to the bars and looks over to see how Susan breaks the wall. 

“I’ll watch you do your next one to see if I am doing something wrong.” May says to Susan looking at her work.

“Yea sure. Well first you get a firm grip of the chain. Then take a very strong position close to the wall…” Susan demonstrates again to May.

“Then strike the part of the wall close to where the chain is attached to… and bit by bit the wall will chip away slowly exposing the bolt. Then you are free. Did that teach you a bit more on how to do it?” Susan finishes up the demonstration and looks at May.

“I am going to die alone down here. That, or the big guy is just going to make me suffer somewhere.” May says after losing hope, gaining the face of defeat.

“I’m not going to leave you May. We are going to get out of here together. Then do whatever.” Susan says to reassure May.

“Yea, that would be amazing. But first I’ll need to be able to escape these chains…” May says whining.

May then closed her eyes and there was a slight pause.

“Hey Susan. It got really cold over here all of a sudden.” May says to Susan as she sees her breath.

May’s face was terrified.

“Ahh! What on Earth is that!…” May yells.

The Apparition had both of his arms missing but his hands in their correct position. The apparition looked over at May and opened the door for her.

The Apparition walked out as soon as he appeared, leaving the door open behind him. 

“What did I just see… That was definitely a ghost… I need to get out of here. I can handle Humans… not ghosts.” May said, as she was mortified.

May yells over at Susan.

“Susan!! We need to get out of here like now! There was a ghost in here!!” May yells.

“Don’t worry, I’m almost done with this one too. You don’t need to make up a ghost to get me to move faster… See I am finished. I’ll get over to you soon. Just wait a bit.” Susan says, as she continues to break the wall.

“Not too long please. I don’t want it coming back and staring at me… It was like a smoky, cloudy skeleton wearing torn clothes… It also had a gaping mouth, and I bet it smelled terrible too.” May huddled against the wall.

Susan reached through the bars to comfort May. Susan grabbed May’s shoulder.

“Calm down May. Let’s just get you free for now. You might be going crazy.” Susan said reassuring May.

“Look at the door. The thing left it open. I know what I saw. It simply walked out. “ May pointed at the door.

Susan looks over at the open door on May’s side of the cell.

“Well I’d be… How did she manage to do that?” Susan thought to herself.

Susan looked back down at May. 

“Do you think you can do that to my door too?” Susan asked May.

“Of course not. The guy just showed up out of nowhere… Even if I could, I definitely wouldn’t want to. That’s just nightmare fuel.” May cried out.

“Well, I’ll try and figure out a way to get over to you. In the meantime keep working on those chains.” Susan responded.

“Oh yea. I am still trapped here. I get distracted way too easily.” May looked at her own chains.

May begins to smack the wall with her chains. She can hear the bars cracking. 

Susan was twisting her pants that she wrapped around the bars. As she twisted the bars began to bend together. 

Susan already was finished by the time May realized what was happening.

“How are you able to bend those bars? What did you do?” May asked Susan.

Susan began to crawl over to May’s side of the cell.

“Oh it’s just something I picked up from an old movie from when I was young.” Susan responded.

The bars were wet and yellow liquid was dripping off the half walls.

“Basically, all you do is grab a piece of strong clothing, wet it, grab a pole and twist it around two bars… Of course I had to urinate on my pants to get them wet.” Susan explained to May.

“Wait!? You peed on your clothing! That’s disgusting. Don’t touch me!… How are you so versatile??” May freaked out.

“Haha, I thought you would be happy to finally get to hug me.” Susan said, reaching out her arms to May.

“Ahh, it’s all over my arm now…” May said after Susan got some of it on her.

Susan helped May break out of her chains and they both exited the door on May’s side.

Susan checked the hallways to make sure no one was patrolling.

“The exit is clear. Doesn’t look like anyone is guarding the door.” Susan said, continuing her check.

“So you’re saying that pretty soon we will be out of this torture house?” May asked Susan.

“Yea, this should be the end of it all. Then we can return home… Which seems like heaven right about now…” Susan said, thinking about returning.

“We should definitely do something after all of this Susan… My treat since it is because of you that we made it out of that prison alive.” May said to Susan, with an excited look on her face.

“Wait, May. Let’s not celebrate yet. I am getting a terrible feeling.” Susan was overwhelmed with a feeling of dread. They were able to see the exit to the place but it seemed to have a dark cloud emanating from it.

“I should be happy but all I can feel right now is dread. Do you think we should exit or find another door?” Susan asked May.

“I don’t think we should worry too much. After all it is the both of us. Whoever comes across us would not last long.” May said, with optimism.

“I hope you are right, May. And if we do get out of this I have to take a shower first before eating. I stink.” Susan responded.

“Understatement of the Century haha.” May laughed.

Susan and May traveled out the door, and into the outside world… However the outside world greeted them not with the sweet touch of a gentle breeze… 

The outside was dark and foggy. May held onto Susan back as they both walked cautiously.

“This doesn’t feel natural. Stay close May and watch our backs. This feels like our final chapter…” Susan said to May, looking in all directions to watch their backs.

“What does that even mean? I’m getting that terrible feeling too Susan… you know that feeling I had with the ghost.” May began to grow frightened.

“Shh for a second. There’s like holes all over the ground.” Susan said, looking down at the ground.

Susan bent down to get a closer look at the piles of dirt.

“What is that? Something is sticking out of these lumps…” Susan said quietly.

She gets a closer look and notices that it is an entire human face in the ground with just it’s nose sticking out.

“Oh no… That’s a person… how did they get trapped?? Are they still alive?” Susan thinks as she quickly steps back.

“Be quiet about this, but I think we are surrounded by buried humans all across this yard.” Susan tells May.

May becomes even more worried. “Wait! So we are stepping on dead bodies! This place is just the worst!” She freaks out.

“I said be quiet about it, we have no clue what is out here with us. It would be a nightmare if they heard us.” Susan says quickly to get May to gain her composure.

“Sorry…” May apologizes feeling embarrassed.

And with that as if it was on que, someone did hear the young ladies…

And not just any old someone… It just so happens to be the worst possible being…

A figure began to form in front of the two girls. It had wings and glowing bright red eyes. 

“May, stay in front of me, we are about to run back into the house. Things are about to get serious really fast.” Susan commands May, as she feels a dangerous feeling from this person.

The figure then completely formed revealing an old woman with wings dressed extremely conservatively. This was the Fair Mother.

“Oh Sugar Honey Iced Tea, Go Now!!” Susan panics and yells telling May to run.

The two girls ran as the Fair Mother watched them.

The Fair Mother lifted her hand and the ground began to move. 

May’s foot then gets grabbed and she starts being pulled into the ground by skeleton apparitions.

“Susan!” May yells out for help.

Susan then stops and immediately goes to return to pull May out.

“HELP ME PLEASE!! I DON’T WANT TO DIE HERE!!” May yells out with a blood corralling scream.

May was pulled completely underground with her hand still reaching out towards Susan. Her voice was muffled by dirt. 

Susan grabbed May’s arm and began pulling her back out.

“I got you May! Stay with me!” Susan said, struggling to pull May out.

The Skeleton Apparitions then began to grab Susan.

“Oh no… They are starting to grab me too… But I can’t let you down…Everything will be okay May! Just keep holding on… I’m not going to leave you.” Susan yells still struggling to rescue May who had already been completely absorbed by the ground.

The Fair Mother walked closer to May and Susan. May was completely underground but her hand and Susan was now partially under. 

“I’m being pulled in… there’s that old woman standing in front of me.” Susan cries out.

Susan then started pleading with the old woman. As now her arms are now partially in the ground and May is no longer visible.

“Why are you doing this to us?… We did nothing wrong!” Susan pleads.

“You are the daughter of man, born with original sin… Hundreds upon Hundreds of you are brought to me. All say that they have done nothing wrong…” The Fair Mother says to Susan.

Susan was then completely absorbed by the ground, and Fair Mother stood over their mounds.

“Sinners, every last one of you… and the punishment for Sin is death.” The Fair Mother said once again beginning to disappear.

Susan and May’s dirt piles are close to each other as the fog eventually darkens the area.

And thus is the story of Susan Mills…

Susan and May, will return in ‘Angel Misery’.

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.

Angel Misery: Chapter Eight

“Classes are in Session”

Maria and Aiden received their class schedules for the new year.

Maria grabbed Aiden’s schedule. “Hey! We aren’t in the same classes until the second half!” Maria complained to Aiden.

“Seems like they placed me in the honours classes this year.” Aiden looked over Maria’s shoulder at his own schedule.

“How come!? I placed in the Top 5 in the 7th Grade!” Maria continued to complain.

“Yes, but you ended the year with a 2.2 Grade Point Average. That was probably the deciding factor.” Aiden responded to Maria.

The students of the 8th Grade all sat in a different auditorium than the one they sat in last year. They were introduced to their teachers for the Year.

“Miss Ryans is your Biology Teacher this Year.” The Principal introduced her.

“I see Beautiful smiles seated in front of me, I can’t wait to know you all!” Miss Ryans said to the Students.

“Mr. Yukimura is your World History Teacher.” The Principal gestured towards him.

Mr. Yukimura simply waved his hands and stepped back to where he was.

“Miss Williamson is your Modern Literature Teacher this year.” The Principal introduced her.

“Greetings Students.” Miss Williamson said with a small smile, before returning to where she was standing.

“Miss Richards is your Classical Music Teacher.” The Principal gestured to her.

She bowed her head and stepped back.

“Mr. Bowman is your Physical Education and Health Teacher this year.” The Principal said to the students.

“Prepare to be trained!” Mr. Bowman said with aggressive excitement.

“Mr. Smith will be your Pre-Calculus Teacher for those who aren’t in Honours and Introduction to Calculus Teacher for those in Honours.” The Principal introduced him.

Mr. Smith stepped up, looked around at the students. He nodded his head in approval then stepped back.

“Miss Wang is your Chinese Language Teacher this year for those who are taking Chinese, Mr. Sato is your Japanese Language Teacher for those learning Japanese and Miss Schneider is your German Language Teacher for those taking German.” The Principal introduced all 3 Language Teachers.

They all stepped up and waved.

“And last but not least is Miss Sullivan as your Intro to Psychology Teacher.” The Principal gestured to her.

She waved her hands and then stepped back.

The Principal continued to tell the students what the events of the first semester were going to be.

“Aiden, you need to get out of the honours classes. How am I supposed to take these tests if you are in a completely different class?” Maria asked Aiden.

“I will talk to the principal later to see what he can do.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You can’t use any of your powers to just change the schedule or something.” Maria asked.

“The Principal knows fully well that I am supposed to be in the honours classes, if I am not there then he would know that I tampered with the system. Also I am sure the honours’ teachers are looking forward to teaching me and would guarantee to report me missing from their class.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I see what you mean.” Maria said with her fist under her chin. She then rolled back in her seat. “Great, I guess I am just going to have to try this time. So that I could switch into the honour classes next semester.” Maria complained as she slumped in her seat.

“Figuring that we have the exact same classes in the second half would mean that the Principal did take into account my request from last year.” Aiden said, looking at his schedule.

“Sure he did.” Maria said sarcastically as she was sucked even deeper into her seat.

The Orientation ended and Maria and Aiden had to separate.

“Well I am off to my first bell, which is stupid old Pre-Calc with Mr. Smith…” Maria said, walking in that direction.

“I’ll see you at lunch.” Aiden said to Maria who was not looking back.

Aiden walked over to Biology with Miss Ryans. He sat in a seat near the back of the class so that his height would not bother the students behind him.

Silvia, Rebecca, Issac, and Joshua all walked in together.

Silvia spotted Aiden and didn’t see Maria. She smiled and walked over to him.

“Looks like your friend isn’t with you. What happened?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Nothing happened, just didn’t have the requirements to be here.” Aiden responded.

“Are you sad?” Silvia asked.

“No, I’ll get to see her during the second half of the day.” Aiden responded with very little emotion.

Silvia then sat next to Aiden. “Don’t worry I will keep you company.” Silvia said with another smile.

Joshua, Issac and Rebecca sat around her.

“They have all certainly grown, at least a few centimeters. Must be what they call puberty. Guess I really haven’t noticed it with Maria because of all the time we spend together.” Aiden thought to himself.

Miss Ryans entered the room.

“Good Morning again!” Miss Ryans said with an excited expression. “As you already know, I am Miss Ryans, your 8th Grade Biology Teacher, and how about we go around the room and have each of you introduce yourselves.” Miss Ryans gestured to the first Student.

The class had 25 Students. Each of them had to say their name, something interesting about themselves and a goal they hope to achieve.

“Hello, my name is Rebecca Wu, I can play Piano, Clarinet, Violin, and Harp, and I hope to one day write a World Famous Symphony.” Rebecca said before she sat back down.

Joshua stood up. “Hi, my name is Joshua Smith, don’t confuse me for Joshua Renolds who is also in our grade. I am the Junior Regional Champion in Speed Chess, and one day I will be a CEO for a Computer Software Company.” Joshua said before sitting down.

Issac stood up and cleared his throat. “Hello, my name is Issac Hoffman, I can memorize the first 1000 digits of Pi, and I hope to one day be an inventor.” Issac said quickly before sitting down.

Silvia then stood up. “Good Morning Classmates, I am Silvia Reiners. I am what people call a renaissance woman. I will one day create the next step in human evolution.” Silvia proudly said before sitting.

Miss Ryans then gestured to Aiden who was the final student.

Aiden stood up.

“Hello, my name is Angeal Heavens, I can pretty much do anything, I just want to be the best friend possible.” Aiden said as he sat back down.

Miss Ryans touched her heart. “Aww, that’s sweet.” She thought to herself.

“Well now that we all got to hear about each other let me hand out a quick assessment test to see where you all are. Following which this period would be over and you are to go to your second bell.” Miss Ryans said, handing out the quizzes.

Maria was in Pre-Calculus class.

She had already laid her head down on the desk looking over to the seat next to her.

“This is so stupid, why can’t Aiden be here with me.” Maria thought to herself.

“Too dumb to be with your boyfriend huh?” Ashley said to Maria.

“Great, and here I thought it couldn’t get much worse.” Maria said, turning her head away.

“Hey, don’t ignore me.” Ashley said, trying to get Maria’s attention.

“I’m not in the mood.” Maria responded.

“Come on, my friends aren’t in this class either. At least I’ve spoken to you before.” Ashley said to Maria.

“Yea, and you all ditched me at the playground like half a year ago, and tried to drop paint on me at the end of the school year last year.” Maria said to Ashley.

“Wow, look at you keeping tabs on everyone who wronged you.” Ashley said scotting closer to Maria. “So Angeal is in the honours classes right?” Ashley said to Maria.

Maria did not reply.

“You know Silvia’s in that class too, and I saw how she was eyeing Angeal during the rally last year.” Ashley said to Maria.

Maria turned her head in the direction of Ashley.

“Aren’t you worried about them spending so much time together, it’s bound that the two smartest students will eventually fall for each other, and where would that put you?” Ashley said to Maria.

“I have absolutely no worries about Angeal. He won’t do anything with Silvia.” Maria said to Ashley.

“How do you know, Maria?” Ashley asked. “Silvia is extremely sneaky.” 

Maria then smirked. “Silvia is nothing compared to me, she can try, but in the end I will still win.” Maria responded to Ashley.

“So you’re saying that you are attracted to Angeal then? You guys are in a relationship?” Ashley asked.

“No, me and Angeal are not in a relationship, we are best friends.” Maria said to Ashley.

“Oh, so does Angeal think that?” Ashley asked.

Maria then turned away from Ashley. “Stop talking to me, I’m trying to nap.” Maria responded.

“So you wouldn’t mind if I tried to ask him out?” Ashley asked.

“Knock yourself out, nothing’s going to happen.” Maria said, still turned away.

The First Half of the day had ended and it was lunchtime.

Maria saw Aiden and jumped on him.

“Man! I was so bored, Aiden!” Maria said to Aiden who was holding her.

“How’d it go?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It was just ice breakers, introductions and blah blah. I actually would have preferred to learn something over that.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden placed his hand on Maria’s head.

“Ah, what are you doing?” Maria asked him.

“So you have grown, you are 3cm taller than when I first met you.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh, you were noticing that too. Yeah, I am starting to get big. Maybe I’ll catch up with your height!” Maria said, jumping up to touch Aiden’s head.

Maria and Aiden then walked into the cafeteria.

Allison who was now in the 7th Grade saw both of them and went over to sit with her sister.

“Hello Maria, hello… you.” Allison said, looking up at Aiden.

“Hello Allison.” Aiden said to Allison.

“How do you know my name?” Allison asked Aiden.

“Maria talks about you all the time.” Aiden responded.

“It had better have been good things.” Allison said to Aiden.

“So why are you sitting with us, Allison? Why aren’t you with the other 7th Graders?” Maria asked Allison.

“Because I saw you with a boy, and wanted to know what that was about.” Allison responded. “Speaking of which, who are you?” Allison addressed Aiden.

“I am Angeal.” Aiden responded.

“Oh, top of the class last year. Okay, then I approve of you.” Allison said, looking back to eat her meal.

“Approve of him for what?” Maria asked Allison.

“To be your boyfriend.” Allison continued eating as if nothing was happening.

“Angeal isn’t my boyfriend, he is my best friend.” Maria said to Allison.

“Your best friend? I thought Angel was your best friend.” Allison said. Then she looked around. “By the way, where is Angel, I thought you said she went to this school.” Allison asked Maria.

“Oh, ah… Angel is sick today.” Maria responded nervously.

“She is? Probably because she was hanging around you so much. Angeal, you better be careful. Kissing her might make you sick too.” Allison said to Aiden.

“We haven’t kissed.” Maria said to Allison.

“I’m just warning him, for the future.” Allison said, continuing her meal.

“Thank you for the warning, Allison.” Aiden responded.

“Your voice sounds familiar.” Allison said to Aiden. “I just don’t know where I have heard it before.” Allison was saying to herself.

“You probably heard it during the speech last year.” Maria laughed nervously.

“I wasn’t there, so that’s not right.” Allison responded.

Allison continued to eat her food.

“Okay, I’m done. I am going to the library.” Allison said, closing her dish and leaving the table. “By the way, I am definitely telling mom and dad about your boyfriend.” Allison said, resuming her walk.

“Is that all everyone thinks about now?” Maria said to herself.

“Do you have any ideas of what we are going to do about ‘Angel’?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Oh yea, I guess she can’t be sick forever can she?” Maria responded. “Oh, I can say that she transferred to another school.”

“Then you would lose your excuse for staying over during the school year because you both couldn’t study together.” Aiden said.

“Yeah, you’re right… ah, I’ll think about it another time.” Maria said quickly, finishing up her lunch. “So Aiden, what was your morning like? Did Silvia try anything?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Each class had a quiz, and that was about it.” Aiden responded.

“And what about Silvia?” Maria asked.

“You want me to spy on Silvia? Do you already have a plan against her?” Aiden responded.

“No, it’s nothing. Was just asking.” Maria said feeling a bit embarrassed.

“Her group had unofficially placed me with them, in each class she sat next to me.” Aiden told Maria.

“She is in every class with you!?” Maria asked, surprised.

“Yes she is. About a quarter of the honours students remain constant in all of my classes. She is one of them.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“Oh, she is definitely going to try something.” Maria said to herself. “We need to make our time together in school worth double now!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Double?” Aiden asked.

“Yes, because you are only in half of my classes, so to make up for it we have to do double the stuff in the classes we have together!” Maria said aloud to Aiden.

Lunch ended and Maria and Aiden went to their Chinese Class first, where Maria talked with Aiden through the entire period.

Then they went to Physical Education where Maria only focused on Aiden. Following that they both went to their Classical Music Class where again Maria just talked through the period. Then ended the day off in Modern Literature.

The school day ended and they both walked outside.

“You didn’t pay attention at all in those classes.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I need to make it double, I don’t have any time to waste.” Maria responded.

“I think you may need to rethink your strategy.” Aiden was saying before Maria quickly interrupted.

“This is the perfect strategy Corporal!” Maria responded.

Allison then met up with Maria and Aiden.

“Oh you are still here.” Allison addressed Aiden.

“That’s accurate.” Aiden responded.

Allison then sat down on the bench.

“What? You didn’t make any friends?” Maria asked Allison.

“They are boring.” Allison said to Maria.

“Did you try?” Maria asked Allison.

“No.” Allison responded quickly.

“Well there’s your issue, how are you going to make friends if you don’t talk to anyone.” Maria said to Allison.

“I’ll just be friends with Angel. Since she isn’t your best friend anymore.” Allison responded to Maria.

“You can’t just steal my friends.” Maria said to Allison.

Their mom then pulled up to pick them up. Allison stood up and immediately went to the car.

“See you later.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then walked to the back of the school where he was about to take off from.

Ashley then approached Aiden.

“Hey Angeal!” Ashley said to Aiden.

“Hello.” Aiden quickly responded without a hint of emotion.

“I never got to talk to you last year, and I just feel like we should get to know each other this year.” Ashley said to Aiden.

“Sure.” Aiden said as he continued to try and walk. Ashley just walked with him.

“My name’s Ashley by the way if you didn’t know, me and Maria know each other.” Ashley said to Aiden.

“Is that so?” Aiden responded. “I need to think of a way to lose her without just going invisible.” Aiden thought to himself.

Ashley continued to talk as Aiden was thinking.

“Oh, I’ll just create a vehicle and act as if I am being picked up.” Aiden thought to himself. He then created a vehicle and had it drive to where him and Ashley were.

“So I was thinking that we could-” Ashley was saying to Aiden before he interrupted.

“My apologies, but my ride home is here. Nice talking to you Ashley.” Aiden said going into the black vehicle that had windows that were much too dark.

Ashley stood there watching Aiden leave.

Aiden met back up with Maria in her room.

“Finally we are back home!” Maria said laying on her bed. She took off her uniform and changed to relaxing clothes.

“We just finished with Summer, are you already so relieved to be out of school again?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s the expectations that weigh me down. School would be okay if I could just talk to you all day. When we are here you have to hide, but at school we can talk freely, the only bad thing is the school work.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I see what you mean.” Aiden responded by cleaning up after Maria.

“But now we have Allison who will alway be watching me now!” Maria then put her head into a pillow.

“What’s wrong?” Aiden asked Maria.

“All these people are cutting into our hanging out time!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Do you want to go to the ‘Testing Grounds’ to blow off some steam?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yeah sure, I need that. It’s the first day of school and I’m already tired of it.” Maria said as she went out the door.

Maria and Aiden were at the lakebed. She drove around in her Go Kart as fast as she could. Aiden flew overhead.

“Freaking Silvia. And Ashley. And Carol, and…” Maria was mumbling to herself as she drove.

“Do you want me to add anything?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yea, can you make me go faster!” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden allowed the vehicle to move faster and Maria pressed down as hard as she could. Maria smirked as she was taking the corners.

“What could she possibly be thinking about, school shouldn’t have been that hard.” Aiden thought to himself.

“You guys can’t touch me! I am undefeatable!” Maria said as he was taking corners increasingly sharply.

Maria then lost control and caused herself to be thrown out of the vehicle.

Aiden caught her.

“You’re okay?” Aiden asked Maria as she laid in his arms.

“Okay, I am pooped. Let’s go back.” Maria said to Aiden completely exhausted.

Maria walked through the front door where her parents and Allison were sitting at the dinner table.

“How was the first day of school champ?” Maria’s dad asked.

“It was fine I guess.” Maria said still relatively tired.

“Tell them about your boyfriend, Maria.” Allison said aloud.

“A boyfriend?” Maria’s parents looked at her.

“I don’t have a boyfriend, Allison!” Maria said with a bit of agitation.

“His name is Angeal, and he is tall, smart and they spend every minute with each other.” Allison said at the dinner table.

“He’s a good friend of mine, not my boyfriend, don’t believe her.” Maria said as she sat down.

“Remember what I said Maria, at least wait until you are 16, focus on your studies now. You will wish you did when you get to my age.” Maria’s dad said to her.

“I am focused, that’s why I said I don’t have a boyfriend.” Maria said, getting frustrated.

“Here hunnie, just eat your food then you can start on your homework.” Maria’s mom said, giving Maria another serving.

“So anything happens at school?” Maria’s dad asked his two girls to break the silence.

“We had an orientation, and they handed all of us a map of the school. Told us about the clubs, and gave us homework. That’s all that happened for me.” Allison said as she was eating.

“Pretty much the same here too. Except everyone in the first half of class was annoying.” Maria said as she was eating.

“How’s your friend Angel doing? Are you both in the same classes?” Maria’s dad asked.

“No, we aren’t.” Maria responded.

“Maria said that she was sick, which is why she was sitting with her boyfriend during lunch.” Allison said to her dad.

Maria then put down her eating utensils and went up to her room.

Maria then closed her door.

“Stop talking about that, Allison.” Maria’s mom scolded Allison.

“What, it’s the truth. You can see it in her eyes.” Allison said as she continued eating.

Maria was in her room with her head in her pillow.

Aiden sat down next to her. “What’s wrong?” Aiden asked her.

Maria yelled into her pillow and it was muffled.

Aiden gave her a little time.

“It’s always boyfriend this, and boyfriend that, and attractive this!” Maria yelled into her pillow. After she was done she sat back up on the bed. And laid her head against Aiden’s arm.

“Can I not really just be bestfriends with you?” Maria said with a low tone.

Aiden pat Maria on the head.

“Do you see where I am, Maria? I am right next to you. And that’s not ever going to change.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then felt her heart warm up. She then backed away from Aiden. She then grabbed his hands.

“Yeah, they can try and make us seem like a different thing, but we are best friends. I just have to ignore them. You aren’t going to change.” Maria said to Aiden with a smile on her face.

She then heard a knock on her door. 

She got up to answer. It was Allison.

“What do you want?” Maria asked, aggravated with Allsion.

“I’m sorry that I keep saying that you have a boyfriend.” Allison said to Maria standing in front of her door reluctantly.

“Did mom say you had to apologize?” Maria asked Allison.

Allison nodded her head.

“You didn’t need to apologize.” Maria smirked at Allison.

“So it’s true then?” Allison asked Maria.

“No, I just don’t care anymore.” Maria said, pushing Allison’s shoulder a little.

“Okay, well. I’ll still be watching. But I won’t assume that he is your boyfriend then.” Allison said to Maria.

“Watch all you like, I hear that’s the only thing little sisters are good for.” Maria joked with Allison.

“Sure. Then I am going to get started with homework then.” Allison said as she left her room.

Maria then went downstairs to apologize for storming off to her room.

The next day of school started.

Maria and Aiden separated from each other to their separate classes.

Maria was paying attention in the class. Ashley had an embarrassed appearance when she looked in Maria’s direction.

She didn’t understand how she failed so badly when talking to Aiden when Maria could do it so easily.

In Biology with Aiden.

The class received their quizzes back.

“As expected from Angeal.” Silvia said, looking at Aiden’s quiz. He had a perfect score. She showed him her quiz and she too had a perfect score.

“Yes, it’s afterall only an assessment quiz.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

Silvia returned feeling a bit embarrassed. “Why was I just excited about that?” Silvia said under her breath.

“Hey look, Silvia. I also got a perfect score.” Joshua showed her.

“Good for you.” Silvia responded to him.

“How did I get that wrong?!” Rebecca looked at her own quiz where she missed one. “Obviously a fox is in the Tribe ‘Vulpini’, not ‘Canini’.” Rebecca said, hitting her own head.

“You’re a musical genius, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t be as good in zoology.” Joshua said to Rebecca.

“Don’t get on your high horse!” Rebecca said to Joshua.

Miss Ryans stepped up to the front of the class. “You all did pretty good. Better than I expected, really.” She said to the class. 

Miss Ryans then began to go over the quiz on the white board.

After the quiz was gone over.

“So does anyone have any questions about the quiz?” Miss Ryans asked.

Another student in the honours class raised his hand.

“Yes Richard?” Miss Ryans called on him.

“Will we get to do dissections in this course? Hands- on experience with animal taxonomy would be a great help for me at least.” Richard asked Miss Ryans.

“Yes, on the syllabus you will see that we are dissecting frogs in October.” Miss Ryans said to Richard.

“Interesting, okay then I look forward to showing my expertise with the blade!” Richard said before sitting down.

The Prep Students looked at Richard with a mild amount of annoyance. As if his presence brought down the rest of the class.

Biology ended and Silvia walked with Aiden because they had the same courses.

“So Angeal, where do you usually study?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“At my home.” Aiden responded.

They then walked with a bit of silence. Silvia looked like she had to build courage to ask her next question.

“Where do you live?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Jolten Court in Forest Hills.” Aiden responded.

“Forest Hills? Oh I live in that community too, in the gated homes. But Jolten Court is where that old Priest lived before he disappeared.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“So it was an old Priest’s home. I guess I should have figured.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

Silvia smiled after getting an actual sentence from Aiden.

“Yes, I heard from my dad to never go there because the place was haunted or something. Though I figure it’s likely because homeless people try to stay there, and it’s dangerous.” Silvia told Aiden.

“There’s no homeless people in Jolten Court anymore. At least not where I stay.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“What is your address then if you don’t mind?” Silvia asked.

“It’s 787 Jolten Court.” Aiden told Silvia as they both sat down in their World History class with Mr. Yukimura.

Mr. Yukimura immediately began teaching as soon as the bell rang.

They received a homework assignment to read the first 3 Chapters of the TextBook, and to complete the essays at the end of each chapter.

“They are really starting out strong with us, before long all these other students will start falling off.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Agreed.” Aiden responded to Silvia.

Lunch time soon came and Maria and Aiden met up with each other.

“Haha, Aiden guess what!” Maria said to Aiden.

“There are a million things I could guess, what am I guessing for?” Aiden said to Maria.

“So, in Pre-Calc, Mr. Smith tried to pull a fast one on us to see if we were paying attention in class and gave us a pop quiz. But look.” Maria said, showing Aiden her test.

“Oh you got an 83.” Aiden said looking at the test.

“That’s right! I got 83%, I didn’t even need to cheat!” Maria said with a giant smile on her face.

“Well then, I am proud of you.” Aiden smiled.

“So what are you going to give me as a reward!?” Maria said, looking up at Aiden.

“How about I travel across the world and get you Aesthetic Sushi for lunch.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria’s mouth watered, but she shook her head.

“Not this time, but keep that on the todo list.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Hmm, how about we blow something up?” Aiden suggested to Maria.

Maria was shocked. “Really! You’ll let me blow something up! And not like a tiny thing either.” Maria excitedly asked Aiden.

“Nope, I will create a building for you, and I’ll let you blow it up.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then shuffled her feet in excitement. “Haha, now that’s a reward!” Maria called out.

“It’ll have to be after school, so hold unto your excitement.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I feel like I am going to explode if I wait that long, let go during lunch!” Maria said to Aiden.

 Aiden then looked at the time.

“Eh, I guess we can squeeze it in.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yes! Let’s go!” Maria said to Aiden as she grabbed his hand and they went outside.

Aiden took Maria to the ‘Testing Grounds’. Aiden created a 4 Story building and placed various explosions in it.

Maria looked up at the building. With amazement.

Aiden then handed Maria a detonator.

“You do the honours General.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Thanks Corporal.” Maria said with a smile.

“Enemies of the state, I order you to evacuate the building or I will send a missile to your location.” Maria said into her hand as if she was sending a transmission to hostiles.

“You have 10 Seconds.” Maria said before she started counting down.

“Release the explosions!” Maria yelled out as she pressed the button.

The entire building blew up into pieces, the ground shock and debris flew all around them. One second the building was there and the next there was nothing. Maria yelled out in excitement.

“Yeah! That was awesome!” Maria yelled.

“Mission Success.” Aiden said to Maria.

The cloud that formed from the explosion continued to move upward, then was carried off into the wind.

On the way back to school for the rest of the lunch period Maria had her excitement at an all time high.

They both were walking into the cafeteria with an enormous smile. They both talked about what could be improved.

Silvia watched from her table trying to understand why Maria had such an easy time talking to Aiden as compared to her. When she is the one who is closer to his intelligence.

The school day continued and the Students went home.

On the way back home for Silvia.

“Excuse me Charles, but can we take a detour to 787 Jolten Court.” Silvia asked her butler.

“What would be the reason for you wanting to go there?” Charles asked.

“I don’t want to go in, I just want to check it out.” Silvia said as Charles continued to drive.

The two got to that location and looked up at an enormous House on a hill.

“I didn’t know this house was here.” Charles said.

“So it’s a new home?” Silvia asked Charles.

“It is at most 4 Years old.” Charles said to Silvia.

“No wonder I’ve never seen him around.” Silvia said under her breath. “Okay, take me home.” Silvia said reentering the vehicle.

The pair then drove off.

“I need to come up with a reason to visit him, that way we could spend time together after school. That way he would be more comfortable with me.” Silvia thought to herself.

Maria and Aiden were in her room after dinner. Maria was at her desk working on her homework. Aiden of course stood beside her.

“Ah! This is hard!” Maria said to Aiden.

“If you get done with this then we can destroy a boat.” Aiden said to Maria.

“A boat?!” Maria looked up at Aiden.

Aiden nodded his head and Maria continued on with her work.

Maria was happy to focus on explosions and friendship despite school being involved.

“Seems like I’m actually going to be able to get into honours, but by then the entire world would have to explode.” Maria laughed.

“It just might.” Aiden smiled.