"Vera..." A voice called.
"Vera!" Vera slowly began opening her eyes.
As she did, she was greeted by Norio, who was holding her in his arms.
She lethargically lifted her head.
"Did I do it...?" She asked, looking around.
"Hah...?" Norio looked confused as he helped her stand up.
"Where's Larkin...?" She asked.
"Maybe they left?" Norio suggested.
"But I..." Vera looked down.
"Never mind..." She whispered.
"C'mon, why don't we go home?" Norio said, smiling softly.
Vera looked at him, then nodded.
He placed his arm around her as the two set off toward home.
As they got in the door, Emersyn was standing there with her arms folded.
"Hah, what is it?" Norio asked.
Emersyn gave him an icy stare.
Norio couldn't help but chuckle.
"You were gone for three hours!" She cried.
Norio and Vera looked at each other.
"Eh, that long!?" Vera cried.
As night fell, Mikael was tucking the two boys away in bed."Sweet dreams, boys." He smiled."Goodnight!" They chimed in unison.As Mikael gently closed the door to their bedroom, he walked to the kitchen and sat down."I thought you were going to take a nap?" He asked as he sat down at the kitchen table. Larkin, who was washing dishes, shrugged."I couldn't fall asleep," he said."Ah, that's a shame,” Mikael replied."Maybe I'll go for a walk, just to clear my head," Larkin said, turning off the faucet."Mm, that's not a bad idea," Mikael said, opening the newspaper."Alright, I'll be back." Larkin gave a wave, closing the door behind him."Be careful!" Mikael called out.*As Larkin was walking, he looked around the forest.He then looked up at the starry sky, smiling."Ah, it sure is a beautiful night..." He whispered to himself.Suddenly, he heard the crackling of tree
Larkin stared at the woman for a moment, then hustled over.The woman was pale and completely soaked in blood.However, in her arms, she cradled a blanket."What happened...?" Larkin asked cautiously."Please..." She breathed heavily."I-I don't have much time left, and they..." She stumbled."What's in the blanket?" He questioned."M-my, daughter..." The woman looked up at Larkin, her eyes glossy, brimming with tears."A-and who are you talking about? He asked."They...?" Larkin asked, placing a hand gently on the woman's shoulder."Those monsters at Experiment Labs..." She whispered as she collapsed against a nearby tree."O-oi!" Larkin cried."S-stay with me...!" He shouted.The woman gave a weak smile as a tear trickled down her cheek."P-please, mister, take care of her..." She whispered, gently placing the blanket onto the ground beside her."Iris Azalea..." Her eyes began
In a crowded hallway came a woman running while carrying a stack of papers.Suddenly, a man came walking out of a room, bumping into her.As she fell, papers went flying everywhere."What's the big idea!?" The man cried."S-sorry..." The woman whispered."Damnit, now I've got coffee all over my top!" He grumbled."H-here..." The woman began as she pulled a handkerchief out from her pocket."Will this do?" She asked, extending her arm.The man swatted the handkerchief away angrily."Hell no!" He cried."This stain isn’t going to come out!" He shouted, readying himself to stand up."Goddamn lowly interns..." He grumbled as he stormed off.The woman stared for a minute as he walked away, then looked down in shame."Hey, Janine?" A voice called out.The woman quickly turned her head at the mention of her name."I was just wondering..." A lady began."Do you want to...get
"P-power?" Janine asked."Precisely." The man smirked."I-I don't know. I just got this job a-"The man quickly leaned in."Think about it J.V.!" The man cried."People here consider you nothing but a lowly intern or... a pest." He narrowed his eyes."But!" He exclaimed."Come with me, and we'll give you all the damn power you want!" He cried.Janine's eyes widened."R-really I don't-""Hey, hey..." The man whispered."Aren't you tired of being considered a burden?"Janine's face went pale."Tired of not being able to show your true potential as a tech goddess?"Janine didn't respond."That's what I thought..." The man whispered, pulling away."You do want power, after all, Ms. J.V.!" He laughed."Where do you work...?" She whispered."Huh?"Janine looked up with a determined look in her eyes."I'll come with you," she said."You..." The
"Hey, boss, we're coming in," Mim announced."She's here?" A voice questioned."Oh!"Janine quickly turned around, met by the man the voice was coming from."Pardon my surprise." He chuckled."Well, come in; we have much to discuss." He smiled."Mm..." Janine nodded.*As the three sat down, the man held out a plate of pastries."Would you like one?" He asked."No, thank you," Janine said, shaking her head."More for me." Mim chuckled."Well, I suppose it's about time I introduce myself, huh?" The man said, relaxing in his seat."That would be nice," Janine said."You can call me Larkin." The man smiled."What exactly do you do, Larkin?" Janine asked, sitting up."Well..." Larkin turned to Mim."He's trying to gain inhuman strength...or something like that." Mim shrugged."So, you don't even know your own bosses’ ambitions..." Janine frowned."Do
Larkin peeked his head inside the kitchen, watching Mikael set the table."What the hell are you doing?" A voice suddenly called out.Larkin quickly turned his head."First of all, watch your mouth," he scolded."Second of all, why aren't you in bed?" He questioned."Can't sleep," Rick said calmly, followed by a yawn."Anyway," he continued."Why are you spying on Mikael?" He asked.A smirk slowly crept across his face."Oi, Larkin..." he whispered."Don't tell me you've got a cr-""Be quiet; he's coming!" Larkin cried, grabbing Rick."Oi,” Mikael said, coming around the bend."What the hell are you two doing?" He asked, narrowing his eyes."O-oh...you know," Larkin began, chuckling nervously."J-just bonding...!" He stammered."Are we, though?" Rick asked with a hint of sarcasm.Larkin quickly smacked him on top of the head."Ow!" Rick cried."W
As the bedroom door slammed shut, Norio slowly began stirring."Huh...?" The boy looked around sleepily."It's nothing, Norio; just go back to bed,” Larkin whispered."Nori, did you know that Larkin has a crush on-"Larkin quickly smacked him once more."You jerk!" Rick cried."Enough already, you little brat!" Larkin shouted.Amid their arguing, the bedroom door creaked open."Hah!?" Rick and Larkin shouted in unison."What are you doing..." A tiny voice asked."Good going, you woke your sister up!" Larkin hissed.Rick, in return, stuck his tongue out.Iris Azalea crawled on the bed with Larkin and Rick."W-what is it...?" Larkin asked hesitantly."Hold me..." She whispered, hugging Larkin."F-fine..." Larkin mumbled, scooping up the little girl."All three of you should go to sleep soon, though before," he then cut himself off."Before...?" Norio asked curio
“FOLKS, IT’S SHOWTIME!” A voice cried.Just as he said that flashing lights and smoke filled the room.“NOW, FOR THE MAIN EVENT!” The voice roared.“PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR OUR TALENTED ALVARO!”Suddenly a man came rising onto the stage.“My friends!” He greeted.“Thank you all for coming once again to see our show!” Alvaro cried.“For my first trick, my assistant, Mim, and I will demonstrate to you piercing swords in the box!”“Now, now, he’ll be unscathed…hopefully!” Alvaro roared with laughter.“Are you ready!?” He cried as he locked the door with Mim inside.After all the swords pierced the box, the lock fell off.With that, Mim climbed out of the box.“LOOK AT THAT, COMPLETELY UNSCATHED!” Alvaro cried.The audience roared with excitement.*After