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Out Of The Darkness
I couldn't wait for the day to be over, this day has been so tedious and a complete waste of my time. That is, until she turned up.
We had been interviewing people to join our team of agents all day and we have found no one suitable. I'm serious, they are all either arrogant, stupid, can't fight or all of the above. We need someone who is smart, honest, experienced and someone who wouldn't think twice about sacrificing themselves to save others.
I almost chocked on my glass of blood when she walked in. She undoubtedly was amused by the response she caused. Alexander, James and I all stood up surprised. She nodded to us, placed her application on the table and then took the seat opposite us.
We stared at her, still in shock but after a moment took our seats again. She was a lot shorter than I expected, only reaching about 5ft 3inchs, her sleek black hair flowed just past her shoulders, she wore black skinny jeans with black leather boots to match (which I'm sure hid quite a few weapons), her blood red top showed off how skinny she was, and to top it off she wore a black leather jacket. Her deep brown eyes seemed to twinkle when the light hit them, and in them I saw mischief. I don't think she came here to cause trouble, although undoubtedly she knew her presence would cause somewhat of an uproar, the glint in her eyes just seemed to be her normal look.
"Raven" I greeted her.
"Adam" she replied. Her voice was smooth, mature and somewhat music like. I don't know what I expected her voice to be like, the only times I had ever seen her was when she was fighting, I know some of our agents expected her voice to be rough, hoarse and cruel.
Alexander and James still hadn't quite gotten over the shock of her being here so it was up to me to take the lead. I took her application and began to read. I must admit that it was quite impressive, but then again I didn't expect anything less. I read through it and handed it to James.
"Are you serious?" he asked me.
"Of course." I replied.
"But...well...don't you know who she is?" he said in a somewhat hushed voice. It didn't exactly work out as planned; she could here every word no matter how quietly we spoke. She looked amused; James obviously didn't register the fact that I had greeted her by name so of course I knew who she was.
"Yes James, I do. And your point is?"
"Uhhh, um well..." I did feel a little pity for him. He is, after all the youngest out of the three of us, he has yet to learn how to hold his tongue when necessary, Alexander had recovered from his initial shock by now, but added nothing to the conversation. He just stared at Raven, assessing her every move. And she stared right back, unflinching and not bothered by his stare or our conversation.
"James, we have to look at and interview every applicant that comes in here, despite what our opinions are. And besides, today has been boring and uneventful; I do not see the harm in talking to Raven." I smiled at her and she returned it polity. "I do apologise." I said to her.
"Not to worry." She replied and I noticed that when she speaks she doesn't say a lot, she appears to be about 16/17 years of age, although that doesn't mean a lot in the supernatural world. At least she isn't a giggly, gossipy teenager, although I never thought she would be. By this time both James and Alexander had read her file and I am sure they found it as impressive as I did.
"You have certainly had a wide variety of jobs, these go from dance teacher, photographer, artist, writer, to: driver, hired gun and bodyguard. You've also got qualifications in all three sciences, English, maths, several different languages, Law, business, textiles, performing arts, drama, music technology, health and social care, child care, catering, sport, black belts in both taekwondo and karate, and that isn't even a dent in all of the subjects that you have listed here, it appears like you have qualifications in almost every subject that exists. I mean some of these can be fitted in to categories but to be honest with you I'm struggling to find a link between them all." Alexander began the interview.
"There isn't really a link at all." was her reply, when we said nothing for a moment she continued, "I try a lot of different things, you would be surprised when a time comes where you need a qualification in something that would usually appear completely random and unnecessary. I've learnt that it's best to get a complete selection of qualifications, it then saves time later on."
"It also helps to remain hidden, which I'm sure is another of your reasons." I interjected. She did not reply, only smiled at me to indicate that I was correct with my assumption.
"But to get all of these qualifications you would have had to complete college and university several times. How have you had the time to do all that?" Oh James, so naive. She smiles at him and I think I saw in her eyes a slight spark of amusement, but it was gone again just as quickly.
My guess is that she caught on to that, even though he was a vampire and could've been changed centuries before, he was indeed the youngest and least experienced. She answered him anyway though.
"Whilst attending one university during the day, I also attended a night school, at the ones I attended, there was no restriction with how many subjects you could chose to study." he looked at her with what I could only explain as awe. Wait awe?Ok I think James has a bit of a thing for dark beauty here. He seemed captivated by her deep brown eyes, although he couldn't maintain eye contact for long, it was obvious he liked what he saw. Well who could blame him? She is a beautiful creature. Thank fully, he was not stupid enough to pursue his feelings. He hadn't realised that he was supposed to reply to her comment though, so I nudged his foot under the table and he snapped out of it, looking down embarrassed as he did so. I decided I should save him, but before I could, Alexander beat me to it.
"So why is it that you decided to come here today? Did you run out of people to kill?" I looked at him sharply, that was uncalled for, and I think the comment offended her, but if it did she didn't show it. She just smiled and said,
"Honestly? Everyone appears to be in hiding." I knew she was joking around with him, even though I had no doubt that everyone was indeed hiding from her, Alexander was not amused. Just as he was about to say something, Jonathan entered.
"My apologies for interrupting Adam but-" he stopped when he noticed Raven. He stared at her for a heartbeat before coming to the table we were sat at, picking up and reading over her file. He placed it back on the table, crossed his arms over his chest and smiled at her. She smiled back, still remaining polite, I'm sure I wasn't the only one wondering if that was just a facade or if we profiled her completely wrong.
"You are on a trial basis; there are some terms that you will need to agree to as well as some tests, which will include a blood test and testing of your powers. I do not know your reasons for coming here today but I can only hope that it is not to cause trouble." he sounded so final, leaving no room for argument, only a fool would question him.
"You're not even going to get her to do the other tests?" go figure, thatwas James. Jonathan remained calm however when he replied,
"I do not see the point as we know she will pass all of them and with flying colours no doubt, as much as we may hate to admit, she is the best candidate we have had all day." Raven said nothing; she just watched the exchange calmly. Each of us seemed to have a different opinion on what Jonathan had said.
Alexander wasn't pleased but wasn't stupid enough to argue, he didn't like the idea of Raven being one of our agents. James still couldn't believe that Raven was here, he did not understand why she hadn't tried to attack us yet. I was taking in everything she said and every movement she made, just as she was doing the same to us but in a way that seemed casual.
I accompanied Raven to the lab, where we would take a test of her blood and some of her powers. When we walked in Jimmy was analysing a sample, he did not look up as we entered. Raven visibly slowed her pace as we went through the lab; she was looking around at all of the machines and testing equipment we had. We spared no expense when it came to helping supernaturals. She appeared to be tense and nervous. She had a somewhat far away expression on her face. Whilst I did not know what she was thinking, I felt the need to reassure her.
"You should know Raven, we mean you no harm." This seemed to knock her out of her thoughts. She was still looking at the equipment when she replied,
"That was not what I was thinking but thank you, that is reassuring to know. I do not mean any harm to you or your people either." On the last part of her reply she met my eyes and that is when I knew that she was telling the truth.
"Raven, why did you decide to come here?" She hesitated; for a moment I thought she was actually going to tell me the truth.
"Is it not obvious? What do people usually go to interviews for?" well I at least think she wantedto tell me the truth.
"You know what I meant."
"You already know more than anyone else knows." was her only response.
"Even your family?" I knew there probably wasn't much hope for an answer, but I had to ask. Again she hesitated before replying.
"I have no family." She said quietly.
I didn't know what to say to that. There was an undercurrent to her words that I just couldn't figure out. Did she mean that they were dead? I had a feeling that she meant more than that. She had a faraway look on her face again. I was struggling for something to say when Tom walked in. Raven had her back to the door so he wouldn't have been able to see who she was.
"Ah, Adam. Alexander said you would be in here. Is this our new agent?" he motioned to Raven.
"Yes, she is." Raven turned around just as I said, "Tom I would like you to meet Raven, Raven this is Tom. He will be training you and finding out what fighting level you are at." What surprised me was that Tom didn't look shocked or scared at the sight of Raven; my guess would have to be that Alexander had already told him.
"Well it is nice to meet you Raven." Tom said as he put his hand out for her to shake. He actually meant it when he said it was nice to meet her. She didn't shake his hand right away; she assessed his actions for a moment but then returned the gesture and shook his hand.
"Ok Adam, what do you need?" that was Jimmy; he was totally oblivious to our past conversations. He saw Raven and walked towards her with a smile on his face. He approached her and shook her hand firmly. "Well at last I get to meet you; your work amazes and confuses me at the same time. I must get a chance to talk to you about it." She just looked confused.
"My work?" she questioned. Jimmy looked to me for permission and I nodded. He went over to his files and pulled a bulging folder out. He laid it on the desk in front of him, pulled a few sheets out and brought them back to where Raven, Tom and I were standing. He handed Raven the file and she began instantly examining it, taking everything in. The last thing she looked at was the picture of the victim. She did a double take and then leaned in to get a better look.
"What the hell? That's impossible." she muttered under her breath. "Is it possible for me to look at the eyes of this victim?" she asked, her curiosity was peaked.
"Why? Do you want to admire your handiwork?" Jimmy asked still with a smile on his face.
"No, I didn't do this; I wish to see the eyes so I can work out whoever did and how on earth they achieved the impossible."
"Are you sure you didn't do it? I mean the pupil is in the shape of a Raven- " He began but she cut him off.
"Yes I realise that." she snapped. "And I am absolutely sure I didn't kill this person, I would remember."
"You remember every person you have killed?" Jimmy asked, disbelief colouring his tone.
"Of course." She said and Jimmy frowned.
"How?" He questioned.
"How can I not? I remember every detail about the lives I took. Every face, every name, the time, place and date of their death and details of every family member and friend they had."
"That is one hell of a lot to remember." Jimmy replied astonished.
"Not really. So can I look at the eyes or not?" Her patience was wearing thin. Jimmy shrugged.
"Sure." He said as he lead her over to a table with operating equipment on it, pulled a jar down from a shelf, took the eyes out and laid them on the table in front of her. She accepted the rubber gloves he offered her and began examining the eyeball. Although not many would, I actually believed her when she said she hadn't done it.
She picked up a scalpel from the table and brought it to the eye. She gently ran the sharp edge along the eye, and then she pulled the tip upwards revealing what she had discovered. The eye had a very thin extra layer on it. She cut it and pulled the eye out of it. The cover looked like a contact lens but it went all around the eye so you wouldn't detect it. There was a black Raven on it so, when it was over the eye, it would appear that the pupil had changed shape.
"Rookie mistake." Raven commented.
"How did you figure that out?" Jimmy asked in wonder.
"Well, you put it in this liquid to preserve the eye. But, the eye was decomposing at its regular rate proving that the liquid wasn't getting to the eye. Obviously whoever thought up this plan wasn't so smart after all."
"So it really wasn't you changing the shape of people's pupils?" Jimmy asked again just to be sure."
"No, that would be impossible. I'm kind of insulted that you would think I'd do something so tacky though."
"What do you mean?" Jimmy asked her.
"I hate false appearances, if I wanted people to think that I had changed the shape of someone's pupils, then as impossible as it is, I would attempt to actually change the shape. Not just make it appear so." She said to him.
Silence fell; no one really knew what to say to that.
"Come on then, we have much to do. Raven it is time to do your tests now." she grimaced but did not complain. Both Jimmy and Raven stripped their gloves and disposed of them. Jimmy gestured for Raven to sit on the bed whilst he got the needle ready.
"Just relax your arm" Jimmy instructed. She did so but as soon as the needle came in contact with her arm, the needle snapped. And I meant literally it snapped! We all looked to her for some kind of explanation.
"My apologies, I forgot about that." Forgot?
"That's ok, don't worry about it." Jimmy said, whilst he turned around to prepare another needle Raven took a large, thick knife out of her boot. Ah so I was right! I wonder what else she has stashed in that boot.
Jimmy was certainly surprised and froze instantly when he turned back around and saw the knife in her hand, but she did not attack anyone.
"Ready?" she asked Jimmy. He looked confused and she gestured to her arm. She lowered the knife to her arm and broke her skin with the point; she did not wince at the pain although any normal person would. After getting over his initial shock, Jimmy lowered the needle to the hole in her skin that the knife was still keeping open and filled the syringe with her blood. As soon as he removed the needle Raven followed suit and removed the knife, as soon as she did so, her arm healed. There was no mark or trace that could prove that had ever happened. With us all being supernaturals, this is nowhere near the weirdest thing we've seen.
"Good luck trying to make anything of it." Raven said, gesturing to her blood.
"What do you mean?" Both Jimmy and I asked as one.
"Many have tried to make sense of it, but a load of dumbass scientists messed with it and since then I haven't come across a single soul that can make heads or tails of it." She explained.
"Scientists messed with your DNA? How long ago did this happen?" I asked, I wasn't trying to be nosy I just wanted to know who could be so stupid, not to mention that messing with someone's DNA is against the law. She paused as she thought for a moment.
"I'm not entirely sure how long ago it was. Maybe five or six years?"
"Five or six years? Well who are they? And do you have any idea where they are? If so, then we can find out what they did and who else they did this to. They need to be stopped." I said to her.
"Well I think finding them will be quite difficult and a waste of time also." She said matter of factly.
"Oh yeah, how so?" I asked.
"Well their main goal was to create weapons out of people. I was the only successful subject at the time. However, they really should've thought ahead." I didn't completely understand and looking at Jimmy's and Tom's faces, it appeared that I wasn't the only confused one.
She rolled her eyes at our cluelessness but continued anyway, "They were creating weapons out of us, weapons of destruction. They just didn't for see my...opinion of what they were trying to turn me in to. When I realised what was going on I went ballistic to say the least, I went in to a blinding rage. I killed them all and destroyed all of their equipment, their laboratory was in the middle of the ocean so they could stay undetected and they kept all their notes on paper. So when I got angry I ended up sinking the lab and all of their notes were destroyed." She paused and looked down at her hands. It was obvious that she regretted her actions that day, although I am unsure whether she regrets killing them or not. "The rest of the subjects were humans, they didn't survive the altercations to their DNA." She added.
Wow. Raven has only been here for a couple of hours and already I have learnt so much about her. I have no doubts that she will still remain a mystery to us though.
We didn't talk any more about the scientists or the laboratory; although I'm sure we were all curious, but she had opened up to us and we didn't want to push it. Jimmy finished the tests and I began to fill Raven in on some things she would need to know about working here.
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