The course of true love never did run smooth.
Evil, Maybe
“Let’s go!” yells Commander Lea, and all 7 of us charge forward. My heart is beating rapidly in my chest, and adrenaline is still pumping through my veins, making me almost dizzy with excitement.
“Nearly there,” I murmur to what seems like empty space. “Yep. Only a few more minutes,” Jack whispers. “I wonder how long it will take them to realize the E.N.D.E.R. is gone?”
I can’t see him, but I can tell he is smiling. Jack is always looking for a chance to prove himself, and today he’s impresses everyone, including the Commander.
Stealing the E.N.D.E.R. had been simple enough. Jack had done his amazing invisible thing, snuck through the guards, and released a bottle of sleeping gas, which knocked them out temporarily but did no other damage.
He then dragged one of the guards to the safe, so when the safe went to face recognition, Jack simply held up the sleeping guards head.
The locks were slightly harder, but we did it all the same. Zeke’s power was communicating with animals; all animals. A small sparrow that he had befriended was the one to fly into the building and steal a key off one of the desks, then deliver it to Jack.
After that came the lasers. I was the one to hack into the system and shut them off for a few minutes. Admittedly, it was harder than expected, as they seemed to have some sort of added security since the last time I hacked into their database, but it only took me 1 minute and 36 seconds. 36 seconds more than last time.
After that it had been easy. Commander Lea had grabbed the E.N.D.E.R. and sent three people to scout ahead, in case E.V.I.L. had been alerted of our presence and had sent more guards to stop us.
But the way was clear, and so we ran to the small helicopter that was waiting nearby. We had ridden for a few miles before it dropped us off a few minutes away from T.H.I.N.K. Headquarters.
We now ran through the barriers, our thin bracelets beeping loudly as we passed. Our bracelets were another invention of my mother. Only someone wearing one could get past the barriers.
“Good job! There will be a meeting tomorrow on what to do now that we have the E.N.D.E.R. For now, your dismissed!” Commander Lea barked.
Zeke was humming loudly, Jack was turning invisible and back again constantly, and I kept sending waves of electricity through my fork and accidentally zapping my spaghetti.
We were twitchy, elated that we had gotten the Ender but still running high on nerves. My dad had seemed happier today, and had invited my friends over to have dinner at our house.
He had made spaghetti that, although was a little burned, tasted good if you drowned it in sauce and cheese. But as soon as he had served us he had disappeared into his office and hadn’t come out since.
We had almost finished before he had come out again.
“Mr. Makkay, you should have seen us today!” Zeke said enthusiastically as my dad emerged.
“Yes, Ezekiel, I’m sure you kids were great.” Dad same with a small smile. He never seemed to call Zeke by his nickname, preferring to always call him by his given name. Who knows why. At least he doesn’t do the same thing to me.
“Ree.” He turns to me and the smile disappears. “E.V.I.L. has just found out about the stolen Ender.”
Zeke makes a noise halfway between excitement and fear. I ignore him.
“What does the council say?” I ask.
“Ree,” he says, and hesitates before saying,
“This is war.”
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