“Haley I’m going out to get some milk your going to be alright here by yourself for 5 minutes?” asked Mrs Long as she stopped in the doorway.
“Sure” Haley replied in a kind of gloating tone. “I can look after myself, im talented.”
“That’s great to hear” Mrs Long said as she walked out the door, closing it and locking it behind her.
Unfortunately back in a small car parked on the opposite side of the street, 2 men watched her leave. They looked through binoculars and watched her as she walked down the street and turned into an adjacent street.
“The coast is clear” one of them said, turning the key in the ignition and starting the car. Immediately they pulled out of the kerb causing the car behind them to beep. They sped down the road for a bit and then swung around in a U turn when no cars were present. They stopped just outside the Longs residence. The driver reached into the back and pulled out a bit of rope and some gaffer tape.
“Time to grab our last target” he commanded to the guy next to him, who laughed. They left the keys in the ignition and the ignition on. As quick as a flash they opened their car doors and jumped out of the car. They ran up the steps, not even bothering to ring the doorbell. The driver lifted up his foot and with an almighty kick, managed to kick the door open. Haley let out a scream in shock as this happened. The two men rushed into the room. Haley looked at them both. She was too scared to turn dragon. “Sun” she whispered and began crying.
Suddenly the guy with the rope grabbed her.
“No” Haley screeched, but he started to tie her up. ‘I have to go dragon she thought’ after calming herself down a little. She stopped struggling and began to concentrate on becoming a dragon. Nothing seemed to be happening.
“Spynxs’ hair” one of them laughed out loud. You are completely powerless. With that he grabbed the Gaffer tape and tore a bit off. He tried to put it over her mouth, but she turned away. He tried again, but she wouldn’t cooperate.
“Hold her d**n head” he ordered to the other one who had just finished tying her up. The other guy held Haley in a headlock as he applied the tape over her mouth. One of them pulled out what seemed to be a balaclava and dropped it on the floor. With that they picked up Haley, and hastily made their way for the front door. A bemused crowd had gathered outside the door and gasped as they saw the 2 men carrying out a little girl who was tied up. One of the men opened the back door, and they threw Haley on the backseat. He then slammed the door, they then hurried to their respective front seat doors, slamming them. Then they tore off down the street causing the driver behind them to slam on the breaks, making the car come to a screeching halt, which made the driver behind him hit the back of his car. The Kidnappers took off down the street leaving a stunned crowd behind them.
I knew there was nothing that the Hunts master could legally do. After all I may have been under his command in this case, but in the greater scheme of things I highly outranked him. After I started to get sick of his rambles about me breaking his rules, I decided to remind him of this.
“Look, you can threaten me all you want.” I replied calmly. “But I still outrank you and if you continue to threaten me, and, or boot me off this case, I will make life very difficult for you.”
The hunts master stopped for a second. “If I catch you doing anything outside of your access level, I will make life very difficult for you.” he growled. “Get out of here.”
He let me go and I brushed myself off. ‘I haven’t finished my snooping yet’ I thought to myself as I left the room. Luckily for me, it seemed that he still didn’t realise that my card had level 7 access. He probably had other things on my mind. But now I was stuck. I couldn’t access the camera room, I now had to start back from the beginning. Who was the person who was supposedly in contact and supplying information to the magical creatures? My phone started ringing. I once again fumbled through my pocket in order to pick it up. I saw that it was my neighbours’ number. I felt that I was too busy to talk to them at the moment, so I did not answer. I switched my phone off instead.
Suddenly the hunts master approached from behind me.
“I have another restriction for you” he growled. “You are not allowed to go to the hunts clan academy, the students there are very busy and they cannot afford to be distracted.”
I nodded in reply. He stood there looking menacingly at me for a few more seconds, then he turned around and walked away. It was then I felt it. I didn’t believe a word of what he just told me. I had no interest in the academy anyway, then he comes and tells me it’s restricted. If there is something that I have learned in my time as an investigator for the hunts clan, its that I can now sniff out BS. He must have been hiding something from me I had decided. I shall find out what. As I could no longer go to the camera room without the hunts master finding out I decided it was better to go to the academy myself. For that, I would need some sort of disguise. I walked over to the side of the room and pulled out my map. I searched on the map till I found the uniform storage. If I could just steal a guards uniform and use a dragon skull, balaclava or hood to get past the guard guarding the teleportation portal to the academy, I should be able to get there and find out exactly what the hunts master wants hidden.
I smiled to myself and then exited the hallway to the right. The place seemed to have quite a few more guards then usual, I guessed that this was due to the increased threat of a magical creature attack here today. ‘Maybe it’s the hunts master here’ who is behind all this. Maybe he wants the magical creatures to attack here. It would make sense, after all he recently did just get a transfer of new troops, many of his friends were transferred out and many of the hunts clan members, which you would call ‘Substandard’ were transferred in. Maybe this is his way to get back at the clan, having his substandard troops killed, complaining about them so he can get his old ones back. ‘Haha I can feel that I am about to crack some sort of hunts clan conspiracy here in New York. This is gonna be a long day.’ I smiled ’
I entered the unlocked locker room, poking my head through the door to make sure that no one was around to question the reason for my presence, or to see me change. Both the right and left wall were lined with a row of locked lockers, numbered from 1 to 100 with even numbers on the right, odd numbers on the left. I guessed that these were the lockers where the hunts clan members kept their personal items. On the far wall there were another 3 lockers, General procedure was to have somewhere where they can keep hunts clan uniforms tat are not being used and can be accessed by any member who needed it at the time. I also knew that hunts clan regulations prohibited the placement of video cameras in the change room. No one would see me change. I walked past the rows of locked lockers brushing my hands along the cold metal doors. ‘I will find out what your hiding’ I thought to myself thinking about the huntsman.
I then reached the unlocked lockers and pulled one open. Inside was a uniform with a balaclava and a hood. ‘d**n no cool dragon skull’ I thought to myself, but I wasn’t too disappointed as I knew that very few members had managed to slay one and it would probably just bring attention to me. I took one off the top of the pile. They were amazing suits, I myself was not involved in their design and manufacture, but although they seemed soft, they actually made very good armour, it could stop a magnum .44 bullet, or even a Desert Eagle .50 bullet fired from point blank range. That’s useful in a way, but unfortunately magical creatures do not carry guns, else we would be set for life. Another useful aspect about the design of these suits is that one size fits all. They have been manufactured to stretch and fit comfortably whether it be on a little pygmy or the fattest being in the world. I placed the uniform on the bench and began to get changed.
“I want someone to keep an eye on our guest” The hunts master growled. He had called a hunts clan spy into his office and was just briefing him how to handle John Macintyre.
“I need you, to watch him, but don’t let him know he is being watched. If he goes anywhere that he is not supposed to or does anything slightly suspicious, I want to know about it.” The hunts master continued as he began pacing back and fourth in his office.
With that the spy nodded. Hunts clan spies were forbidden to speak to their superiors unless directly ordered to. He then turned around and walked out the door in order to search for john Macintyre.
The hunts master walked back and fourth a couple of more times before stopping. “Where is Rose?” he said out aloud to himself. “I should have heard back from her by now.”
He walked over to his desk, and picked up his phone and called the front desk.
“Has anyone heard from Rose yet?” he asked.
“No I haven’t heard anything” the man replied. “I will let you know if I hear anything.”
The hunts master hung up without a reply. ‘Maybe the trolls were giving her more of a hard time then I previously thought’ he decided. ‘Well Rose should be able to handle it.’
I didn’t spend much time getting changed. I wanted to get it done as quick as possible, because if someone decided to walk in while I was getting changed, my cover would have been blown. I finished in record time and just in time as well. The very second I strapped up my hunts boots, 2 Hunts clan field operatives burst into the room laughing about something that one of them obviously said outside. I hid my previous clothes behind one of the lockers, then walked towards the exit. One of the hunts clan members nodded his head as I walked past. I nodded back and kept walking.
I walked with as much haste as I could as I wanted to go into the academy, find out what was going on, then leave the academy as soon as possible once I found out. If I was gone for a short enough time, nobody would realise I was gone and my mission would be a success. I took a left turn into a dark hallway which led back to the front desk area. I stopped for a quick look around to make sure the hunts master wasn’t around because he might still have been able to rescue me. I saw a dark figure looking around carefully. I knew he was a hunts clan spy. Once he seemed to feel that the coast was clear, He walked up the front desk. I moved a little closer to him.
“Do you know where I can find John Macintyre?” He asked the desk?
I Froze. The hunts master was looking for me.
“Unfortunately not, I saw him go down that hall” he replied pointing down the dark hall. “But I do not know where he went. Do you want me to leave him a message?”
“No its ok” the spy replied. “The hunts master just has some information which he wants me to give directly to him. I will find him myself, thanks for your trouble.”
With that he turned towards the hall and started walking. I started hurrying to the portal room. The hunts master had already sent somebody to go and spy on me. This meant that it would not be long before I was found out. ‘I must hurry.’ I assured myself. ‘This hunts master has very little patience.’
I reached the central room which contained the teleportation portals to all the hunts clan centres in New York. There was once a plan to make a portal straight to head office but it was rejected due to security in case this place was attacked by magical creatures. Therefore hunts clan members still had to go from city to city, in any means that any normal person would whether it be public transport, or whatever their preferred was. I walked past the guard in the room. He did not try to stop me. My disguise worked past him. The room was a large cylindrical room with several stories of levels. All around the circular sides of the room were portals, which led to the many different areas around New York. I looked up. There were 5 levels, with about 15 Portals on each level. On the wall just next to the door, there was a small map which had each portal with a number on it. Below tat there was a key which told us where the portal lead. I scanned through the numbers and locations till I found the Academy, number 18 on level 2. Over by the sides were small elevators which activated if someone stood on them I walked onto one of the elevators and stood there, waiting for about 3 seconds as it activated and took me up to the second level. I then had to get off before it went down again. I stepped off. Number 18 was right next to me and it had a golden sign over it reading ’18. Hunts clan Academy’. Luckily I only needed a level 2 clearance to activate the portal that lead to the academy, so I was able to insert my card in the required slot then wait for the light to flash green. I remember being on the team to improve security on the portals. If you tried to enter anyone of the portals without first presenting your card, you would be teleported into outer space. I retrieved my card from the slot, let out a deep breath as I quickly looked around then stepped into the portal.
Almost as soon as I stepped into the Portal, I found myself right at the academy. It almost seemed as if it were a direct doorway, with just floating mist in between the 2 connecting rooms. I was in a fairly bright hallway with a row of classrooms on either side. Most classes had already commenced and were full of the future grade hunts clan students learning about their respective areas. It held students throughout their tertiary education life, From hunts clan kindergarten, through to PHD masters level university students, you could pretty much learn what you need at the hunts clan academy. The best part as well is that it’s free for hunts clan members. I remembered learning obtaining my masters of Technology Engineering here, then going again for my Software engineering. I was top of the graduates for both of those. I was also required to get my diploma of forensic and investigatory sciences when they wanted me to take up the position of head investigator for the hunts clan. I moved through many jobs, and this academy had helped me obtain the degrees I needed, from back when I worked in the technology sector (Which is where I started) Through to now. I never felt I was really cut out for field work.
I walked down the hallway. I still had no idea where to start my investigation here, all I knew was that there was something in this place the hunts master did not want me to see. I decided to head towards the office, I figured I could snoop around in there in order to get any information that I required. The only problem was I had no idea where the office was. I decided that while I walk around I should keep a lookout for a map of the academy.
The spy looked flustered, as walked back into the hunts masters office.
“Nobody knows this place better then I” He said walking in breaking huntsclan code. “Yet, I have been searching for nearly 10 minutes, but I still cannot find where he is. I know this place like the palm of my hand. It almost seems as if he disappeared.”
“How could he have disappeared?” The hunts master demanded. “Are you sure he did not realise that you were looking for him?”
“I am sure. I know these things. I have a special sense for these things. If he was anywhere around, I would realise.” The spy replied.
“Rose seems to have disappeared as well” The hunts master sighed. “Look. I want you to go to where the sewer troll was supposed to meet hunts girl. I want you to see what’s taking her so long to get in contact. Provide any aid if necessary. I shall follow up on this troublesome agent. Oh and one more thing.”
“What is it?” The spy replied.
“You spoke to your superior without permission. Do that again and ill have you sent in for re-education”
The spy opened his mouth then closed it again. He just performed a simple nod, then turned around and left the office.
“So Mr Macintyre, What have you been up to?” The hunts master asked as he left his office and headed towards the security camera room.
I found a map near the portal where I was transported here. It was a fairly old map before several important renovations took place, but it still showed me a direct route to the main office. Upon looking at the route several times to memorise it, I turned and began to run. I wanted to hurry as I felt that the hunts master may find out ay moment that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. The hallways of the academy were fairly bright compared to the hallways at the hunts clan centre, I supposed with so many children around, it’s not the best Idea to keep them in the dark. I hurried past all the science rooms bringing back memories. I now had degrees in most of the sciences that the academy offered which was quite a lot. But I had no time for sentimental rubbish I had to get to the office so that I could continue my snooping.
The hunts master used his ID card to access the room. He walked in firmly.
“I need to find where John Macintyre has gone, give me all the feeds of John Macintyre from when I finished talking to him.” The hunts master knew that in every hallway, there was a security camera and although some rooms did not have them, he would be able to trace his movement after the conversation.
I walked through the wooden door of the office. There was an old woman behind the desk who appeared to be quite busy with computer work. I walked over to the waiting chairs and took off my balaclava and hood. I then turned and walked over to the desk and cleared my throat. The woman kept typing for a few more seconds then looked up. I reached into my top pocket and pulled out my ID badge.
“John Macintyre, Head of investigations” I said as I showed her my badge. I then helm my breath.
“Yes Mr Macintyre, what can I do for you?” she asked. I sighed in relief. The hunts master had not yet informed her that I was not supposed to be around here.
“I’m here under an investigation which has led me to the academy here. May I speak to the principal please?” I asked calmly.
“I do not know if she is in her office right now” she replied. “You can try, its just down the hallway there, hers is the third on the right.” she continued pointing towards a door towards the left.
“Thank you” I replied and made my way towards the door.
The hunts master carefully watched the video, he watched as John looked at the map, then he started to walk somewhere as if he suddenly had a purpose. The cameras followed his movements all the way into the locker room.
“We cannot see in the locker room sir.” The camera guard said.
“Well, we will wait to see when he comes out then.”
The camera guard fast forwarded the camera. They watched as a couple of hunts clan field members entered and watched as another one left.
“They must have noticed him inside and booted him out.” The hunts master said. “There are no alternative or hidden exits that he might know about?” the hunts master asked.
“Not that I know of” Replied the camera guard.
“Ok, I shall have to go to that room to investigate myself. ”The hunts master growled annoyed.”
The hunts master turned and walked out of the camera room and headed towards the locker room. ‘He is not supposed to be there’ He thought. ‘I will be very angry if he is there’ he continued. Then his thoughts turned to Rose as he walked. ‘Where could Rose have been… maybe she?... No way’ he thought. ‘They couldn’t have been right her could they?’ The hunts master didn’t know what to think. He just kept walking. The locker room wasn’t too far to walk. He entered without the need of a pass as it was an unlocked door then he looked around. It seemed to be empty.
“I know your in here” The hunts master called. “John, come out, your only going to make matters worse for yourself” he continued slowly walking around all the lockers. “Come out now, and I may be disposed to show you leniency, trespasser.” It became clear that the locker room was empty.
“How could he have just vanished?” The hunts master asked in a very annoyed tone.
“There must be a secret exit here or something” the hunts master said out aloud. He began looking behind the lockers, feeling the wall, for some sort of secret exit. Each locker seemed to yield nothing of interest. Then he saw it. The clothes stuffed behind the locker. Work clothes, the clothes of someone who would do desk work, Johns clothes. He slowly walked over to the clothes and picked them up, wide eyed. He then glanced at the unlocked lockers with the spare uniforms in them. Then he remembered the hunts clan member he saw leaving on the security camera footage.
“He is in disguise” He yelled. “The academy.”
The hunts master then dropped the clothes, then turned around and tore out of the room towards the centre portals. “John you are in big trouble when I get you” He yelled.
I finally reached the principals office. ‘Just down the hall?’ I thought, the hall seemed to continue indefinitely. It took me ages to get to the third door on the right.’
Nevertheless I knocked on the principal’s door. I heard a voice reply “Just a minute.” So I stood outside and waited. I was beginning to get a little edgy. It would be any moment before the hunts master realised that I was not where I was supposed to be, I hoped that I would have finished my investigation by then though.
“Ok you may come in now” the principal called.
I walked in. “Hello Miss Bridges” I said as I walked in “I am John Macintyre, Head investigator.” I introduced myself flashing my badge. “A certain part of my latest investigation has led me to this academy.”
“I see, what are you investigating Mr Macintyre?” she asked.
“I’m sorry, that is confidential all I know is that there is a high probability of some evidence for my investigation at this academy.”
“What is it exactly that you request?” she asked.
“I possibly need to look through some confidential files” I replied. “I have level 7 clearance here” I added.
“Well, I will se what I can do to help you. If you would like to follow me, and I shall”
We were interrupted by the principals phone which started ringing.
“Oh sorry, can you just hold on a second” she asked. I nodded in reply. She picked up the phone.
“Yes?” she said?
“Yes, Yes, I see, Well Ok, Yes, Ok” she continued on the phone.
Then she put it down. She then looked up at me.
“Im sorry, Mr Macintyre, but something has just come up. Can you just wait a little while?.. I have.. something that needs attending to.”
“Ok” I replied a little confused.
“If you wouldn’t mind taking a seat” she said pointing to one of the chairs.
“Ok,” I replied sitting down. I was definitely getting a little edgy.
At that moment, 2 junior hunts clan members walked in. The principal seemed half surprised, half annoyed to see them.
“Numbers 88 and 89? What have you two done this time?”
“Mr B was being a real Jerk” The tall one said angrily.
“Well if you wouldn’t mind sitting down and waiting you 2, I will deal with you in a moment.” The principal with demanded.
“Ok” they replied annoyed.
“Rose never gets treated like this” One of them said.
“Yeah she thinks she is so hot, then she gets all smoochy with her dragon boyfriend” the other one replied with a disgusted look on his face.
“Wait.. What did you just say?” I asked suddenly tuning in.
“What’s it matter, no one believes us anyway, not even the hunts master… but we have seen Rose hang out with the American Dragon in fact he is her boyfriend. Ick..” he replied.
‘Rose with the American dragon… that means’ I thought.
I suddenly stood up. “Who were you on the phone with just then?” I asked the principal.
“Im sorry, that’s classified” she just replied.
“It was the huntsman wasn’t it?” I demanded.
She didn’t reply.
“Damn” I yelled. “Im getting out of here.”
“Your not going anywhere” Yelled the hunts master as he burst through the door. Once again he picked me up and slammed me against the wall. “This time there is no second chances” he growled
“It doesn’t matter. I know anyway what you wanted to cover up. I know the reason you were so angry with me and the reason you didn’t want me to come to the academy. You knew that Rose was our mole…”
“What made you think up such a blatant lie?” snarled the hunts master as he held me tighter.
“Those 2 were discussing it” I replied and pointed my finger towards 88 and 89.
The hunts master looked around then he released his grip on me. He looked at the 2 hunts boys for a second then he hung his head for another second. After that he turned to face me.
“Those 2 are the biggest lairs in the academy, you would have to be a fool to believe anything they say” The hunts master growled. “Rose is not the mole and that’s final. He continued. I will give you one last chance to do your job without impeding mine or else…” He stopped. “Just do not let me catch you where you are supposed to be once more.” He then turned and walked. I walked after him. My suspicions were definitely true. He came into the room almost as if he were about to kill me, then suddenly when I told him what I knew, he let me go. ‘He knows it.’ I thought. I figured that I might be able to get a direct confession from Rose herself if I was able to find her.
As we walked, the hunts master seemed to get a call on his cell phone. He reached into his pocket and pulled it out and answered. I couldn’t hear what the voice on the other said but I knew it must have been something important because the hunts master replied. “Ok I will be up right away.” He then turned to me and ordered, I had better not see you come to this academy again, or blame any of my innocent field agents again.” With that he turned and began running to the exit. I kept up my walking pace. ‘Innocent, yeah right’ I thought to myself.
The hunts master ran through the portal and back into the New York centre. He was rushing towards the front entrance. He accidentally knocked over a guard in his haste, but did not stop to look back. He slowed down to a quick power walk as he entered into the front area. There waiting for him was the spy that he had sent to see if he could find Rose.
“Speak you, what News of Rose do you bring?” He asked the spy while still approaching.
“I looked over many of her potential paths to meeting the trolls from here but I found nothing. I even approached the trolls and they denied ever seeing her today.” He replied.
“Where could Rose be?” he asked out aloud, but inside he feared that he may have known the answer. ‘She must be with him… The American Dragon’ he thought unhappily. ‘No way’ he thought again. ‘I know Rose isn’t like that, she hates magical creatures. She can’t be associating with them. After all my teachings and trainings, she couldn’t possibly be associating with a dragon could she? No.. No, I don’t think she is.’ The hunts master sighed. It appeared that it was going to be a long day
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