BEEP! BEEP! BEEEP! The recognizable sound of Raymond's alarm clock woke him from his sleep. Keeping his eyes shut, he reached over to his nightstand and grabbed his glasses. After putting them on, he opened his eyes and sat up, turning off his alarm clock.
Raymond got up and began to brush his golden yellow hair, being careful of his glasses. After that, he got dressed and put his white laboratory coat on over his clothes. He left the coat open so that his shirt and pants could be seen.
He then began to walk up the staircase of his dimly-lit computer lab. As he reached the top of the staircase, the automatic door opened, revealing a world illuminated by the morning sun filtering through the windows. Raymond stood still as he waited on his eyes to adjust to the new light setting. The smell of his wife's cooking greeted Raymond warmly, leading him forwards into the hallway. He could hear his lab door shutting behind him.
Raymond began to walk through the hallway, where he ended up in the living room. He walked through the living room and into the dining room, then circled around the table so that he could see his wife.
Raymond silently admired his wife as she cooked breakfast. Her long amber hair was always well-kept. The way she had mastered the art of cooking pancakes fascinated Raymond to some extent. It was then that Raye noticed her husband's presence. She focused her yellowish-green eyes on him for a moment, before remarking in an emotionless voice, "You've gained a little bit of weight." She then refocused on her cooking.
Raymond habitually adjusted his glasses with his left hand by moving the left frame upwards a little as he contemplated his wife's actions. How could she so easily evaluate his weight? Why did she do this every morning? Raye was most certainly unlike other women; the ways she showed her affection were dissimilar from most. Raye was a strong, independent woman. Perhaps her daily assessment of his weight was the product of her secretly worrying over his constantly fluctuating health. But if that were the case, she was an expert at hiding it.
This had become Raye and Raymond's morning tradition. It began a few months after their marriage and continued until this very day. Every morning, Raymond would wake up and walk to the dining room. There, his wife would assess his weight, and he'd wonder why she did so.
Raymond sat down at the breakfast table and began to contemplate on the big event happening today. The mayor issued an order that there be a meeting at City Hall today, and he was very adamant about Raymond being part of the meeting. Raymond closed his eyes as he wondered if he should say a formal farewell to his wife today.
Miracle City was a large and populated city, but it held a dark secret. A secret that involved a group of Darkians which lived in the desert south of the city's borders. These Darkians strived to bring Miracle City to complete annihilation, regardless of the cost.
Somehow or another, that evil group had come to learn that Raymond knew something that could wreak mass amounts of devastation. Raymond himself didn't believe the information to be true, but the Darkians seemed to believe it was. Raymond had promised himself-and his former best friend-that he would never tell anyone about that information. Regardless, the Anti-Miracle Group hunted Raymond for that information.
Raymond?" Raye's puzzled voice snapped Raymond out of his thoughtful state. Raymond partially and involuntarily scowled at his wife in annoyance after snapping out of his contemplation. This was an automatic response to his concentration getting broken by an outside source.
Raymond was quick to realize that Raye had placed his breakfast in front of him and was now sitting down across the table from him. "Yes?" he remarked, sounding a bit irritable. Raymond noted how Raye's eyes gave off a semi-worried look despite her expressions being neutral.
Or maybe it was just him?
You have a meeting today, don't you?" Raye asked, keeping her voice emotionless. Raymond picked up his fork and knife, and began to cut his pancakes.
the mayor absolutely insisted that I be at the public meeting today. As the head of Miracle City's circle of scientists, I have to be there to explain a few scientific details about the new water treatment plant
or so he says." Raymond explained.
'Or so he says?'" Raye repeated. "What do you mean by that?" she asked, sounding a bit confused. Raymond vaguely shrugged.
"To be honest
I don't understand it myself. Anybody from the Circle of Scientists could clarify these things. The others are perfectly willing to take my place, but the mayor wants me. He won't have it any other way." Raymond said. Raye made no response as she returned to eating.
This was a common response made by the citizens of Miracle City. Though it made no sense scientifically or logically, every person born and raised within the city limits seemed to be numbed towards things they didn't understand. When things happened that didn't make sense, they disregarded it. If an outsider came up with a vague cause for the happening, everyone believe it without a doubt.
This was an observation made by Professor Raymond Thundston himself. Raymond was born in a town some distance away from Miracle City, and his family moved to the city when he was a young child. He was always intrigued by mysteries, often wanting to find the answers to everything he couldn't understand. Other people that he knew who were born and/or raised elsewhere were the same as he was. Yet those who spent the entirety of their lives in Miracle City exhibited this odd behavior of feigning ignorance to things they couldn't understand.
This odd behavior was a mystery unto itself. It was scientifically and logically unexplainable. How could spending the entirety of one's life within the limits of a city cause one to become numb towards things that couldn't be understood, yet those who were born within and raised elsewhere or those born elsewhere and raised within were normal? Raymond was known as a prodigy, learning and remembering everything he heard, saw or researched. Yet even he was unable to solve this mystery.
Well, Geek, I'm going to get ready for work." Raye stated, getting up from the table. Raymond snapped out of his contemplation upon hearing his wife's voice. "How about eating those pancakes sometime today?" Raye asked, flatly. She then walked over to the stairs and ascended them.
After finishing his breakfast, Raymond himself began to prepare for his day. He grabbed his research papers sat down on the couch. He began to read over them, memorizing the position of the information that he figured people would ask about. When he saw Raye walking towards the door, he haltingly called out to her. "R-Raye
" he said, standing up. Raye turned around at looked at her husband with a somewhat surprised expression.
Raymond was a man who was shy when it came to expressing his love towards his wife. He hesitated as he pushed his glasses further up on his nose. He then looked Raye in the eyes and spoke sincerely. "
I love you."
Raye was obviously shocked speechless by her husband's sudden desire to express his love. She stood there a moment, as if wondering what had led the quiet genius to speak words he normally didn't speak. Unable to figure out what words to respond with, she simply remarked, "
Geek." She then walked outside, closing the door behind her.
Raymond sighed with relief. Though that was nowhere near a formal good-bye, it was the best he could manage. Raymond sat down and began to read his papers once more. He wondered if Raye suspected anything. As a citizen of Miracle city, she probably disregarded it
The time finally came for Raymond to began heading off towards City Hall. Despite the fact that he was a millionaire, Raymond preferred to walk to his destination most of the time. With an evil organization hunting him, that would seem like the dumbest thing to do. Yet
he couldn't drive, and hiring somebody else to would only be inviting an innocent person into the fate of which Raymond felt he was destined to.
Raymond began to walk across town towards his destination. He made sure to stay on the sidewalks, sometimes stepping into the street in attempt to make a wide circle around things that his hunters could be hiding behind. He warily eyed every alley he walked by. Darkians were devious people; they hid and traveled through the city via the alleys during the daytime, but they ran the streets at night.
It took Raymond two hours to get to City Hall. This building was built to look grand. The white columns that supported the overhang in front of the building were supposedly crafted by the best of the best, and they gave the building a look of distinction. About ten feet away from the sidewalk was where a twenty-step stairway began. The twenty-first step was actually a large, stage-like area, where a podium stood as a sign that this was the place the speaker would stand. A flight of twenty more stairs led up to the building behind it.
The stairs had three rails: one on the far left, one on the far right and one in the center, which led up to the podium. Raymond spotted Mayor Conwell talking to an olive-haired man. After glancing around at his surroundings, Raymond began to walk up the stairs and approach the mayor. As he was doing so, the other guy walked off.
"Ah, there you are. You're a tad late, professor!" Mayor Conwell remarked, in a taunting tone. Raymond said nothing. "Anyhow, you have that report all ready right? If not, I suggest you go down there and get to work on it. I'll call you up when I want you." The mayor said.
Raymond disregarded the mayor's ill attitude towards him. Instead, he walked back down the staircase and sat down on the bottom stair. The mayor had a discourteous way of going about things, especially when it came to Raymond. It was most likely due to the two going to high school together.
Finally, the meeting started. The mayor selfishly introduced himself and spoke about how proud he was of the new water treatment plant. How its remarkable design was the first of its kind, and how flawless it was. Raymond was irked by the fact that the mayor gave no credit to where it was due, instead bragging about it as if he had done it all himself. However, Raymond's docile nature prevented him from taking any action against it.
It was actually the Miracle City Circle of Scientists who designed the archetype, perfected it and brought it into reality. The Circle of Scientists were the city's top-ranking experts in their fields, and Raymond was unwillingly put as their leader due to his superior intellect. Most of the inspiration for an eco-friendly water treatment plant was directly from Raymond himself. Mayor Conwell knew of Raymond's submissive nature well, and was using it to his advantage, but the others in the Circle would unquestionably give the mayor a nice scolding for it.
"So now, to answer whatever questions you may have about our new system, I call upon the head of the Miracle City Circle of Scientists, Professor Raymond D. Thundston!" The mayor's voice echoed through multiple speakers. The moment had come
Raymond stood up and began to walk up the steps. He glanced at the mayor warily
memories of Conwell's bullying in high school still controlled Raymond's view of the man.
Raymond shook hands with the mayor and turned towards the crowd. At that moment, movement outside of Raymond's frames caught his attention. He had just enough time to look in that direction before getting tackled by great force. An unfitting explosive noise sounded on the moment of impact.
Raymond's lightweight body was sent flying backwards several feet, scraping the hard cement as he landed on the ground. His glasses fell from his face during the process. Raymond quickly shut his eyes to prevent his motion sickness from kicking in, and he felt around for his glasses. He found them almost immediately and wasted no time in putting them on.
Raymond was shocked speechless to see a child standing in the place where the mayor and Raymond had previously been standing. The boy's body was surrounded by so much electricity that the light was too bright to look at.
As the seconds passed, the electricity seemed to just
disappear. The bright yellow-haired child seemed entirely unfazed by the electricity, and the strange golden topaz that hung from his neck glowed wildly as if it had electricity trapped inside of it. Once the boy's body was barely sparking anymore, he opened his eyes and looked upon Raymond and the mayor.
There was hardly any time between that moment and the moment that a police officer came running up to the child. "I have no idea what the heck just happened, but you have broken several ordinances! I'm taking you in, kid!" The child started to speak in defense, but the officer wouldn't have it. "You have the right to remain silent!" he snapped.
The officer, whose name was Luis, led the child away. Raymond stood up and memorized the child's appearances: bright yellow hair, bright blue eyes and a peculiar golden topaz gem.
Raymond was speechless and unable to think clearly after the event that had just happened. The mayor sent some people off to call the police, but then he returned. "Let the meeting continue." He remarked, as if nothing had happened at all. Raymond was unable to argue with the mayor due to his shock.
The meeting didn't last long after that. Immediately after it was declared over, an investigator came up to Professor Raymond. "Professor Thundston. We found some sort of strange machine in the second floor of the abandoned bank building. We would like for you to see if you can identify it. It's just across the street here." The investigator said. Raymond agreed to follow the man.
Once on the second level of the bank building, the investigator led Raymond into a particular room. Raymond was somewhat surprised to see some sort of machine positioned in the window. "We're leaving this entirely to you sir. Do as you please." The investigator said. Raymond walked up to the machine and looked at it.
After studying the machine for about twenty minutes, Raymond stood up and habitually repositioned his glasses as he fell into a state of deep thought. This machine was obviously the product of somebody's highly intellectual mind; a device capable of condensing the molecules in electricity, making it possible to aim and fire at a target. Raymond checked to see where the machine was aimed
It was aimed directly at the podium. Raymond's eyes widened and he silently gasped as he remembered the events that had happened earlier that day. That child-whoever he was-had saved Raymond's life, selflessly shoving Raymond out of the way and taking the electrocution himself.
Raymond stood up straight. Both he and the mayor owed the child their lives
yet they had said nothing when Luis Lawson arrested the child. Raymond felt grieved at the fact that the child was now being punished for saving his life.
"Professor Thundston! Have you figured out what is it yet?" asked the investigator. Raymond turned and faced the investigator. "It's a cannon capable of firing electricity." He stated.
"Whoa!" the investigator remarked, as if shocked and fearful at the same time.
If I may leave now, I have something I must do." Raymond stated, before speedily walking out of the room and down the flight of stairs.
As he left the building, he met up with a man who had olive green hair and olive green eyes. The two looked at each other for a couple of seconds. "
P-Pardon me." Raymond remarked nervously.
Raymond? Raymond Thundston?" the olive-haired man remarked. Raymond was almost overcome with anxiety as he haltingly replied, "Y-Yes
The olive-haired man laughed. "I knew it! Raymond! It's me, your old school friend! George Talibur!" the man remarked. Raymond had to search his memories for a second, but he remembered who this guy was.
wow. It's been so long." Raymond remarked. "As much as I would like to speak with you, I'm afraid I have something very important that I must do." He added.
at least give me a phone number. I'd like to talk with you sometime." George stated. Raymond was quick to grab the pocket notebook and a pen from his pocket. He wrote down his phone number somewhat hastily. "Here. I must get going." Raymond remarked, before hurrying off towards Police Headquarters.
Raymond entered Police Headquarters and immediately began searching for the yellow-haired policeman. Luis Lawson was one of Miracle City's most vigilant policemen, and almost everybody knew who he was. Raymond walked over to the policeman. "Luis
I want to see the child you arrested earlier." Raymond stated.
"What? Whoa, what are you doing here? I thought a man like you would be too scared to come into a building full of criminals!" Luis remarked. Raymond's expressions reflected seriousness.
"Take me to the child. I will not leave this building until I have seen the child." Raymond said, sternly.
Luis noted Raymond's seriousness. "
This way." He remarked, before walking towards the prison door.
As the two walked through the many rows of prison cells, Raymond tried his best to keep his attention on Luis. He was afraid that his eyes would wander and lock eyes with one of the villains. If that happened
Raymond would probably freak out. He was easily frightened by large, rough-looking criminals.
"All right, here he is." Luis said, stopping in front of a cell. Raymond walked in front of the cell and tried to divert his eyes from the two scary thugs in the back of the cell. In the front of the cell sat a yellow-haired boy, hugging his knees and pressing against the bars. The boy had bright yellow hair, and he looked up at Raymond with fearful bright blue eyes. A gold chain hung from his neck.
Raymond turned to Luis. "I'll pay whatever fines you've given him, just let him out of here." He said, calmly.
"W-what?" Luis remarked in shock. "Are you sure about that? Weren't you injured because of this child? Weren't your glasses messed up because of what he did?"
Raymond immediately responded. "I'll take a scrape and scratched glasses over death any day of the week!"
Luis seemed reluctant to do anything, Raymond was irked by this, and his voice lost its calm in favor of seriousness as he spoke again. "If this child hadn't have shoved us out of the way, both the Mayor and I would be dead! Now release him before I tell Connie that you threw an innocent child into a cell with malicious criminals!"
Raymond's stern command shocked Luis. He hastily unlocked the cell and beckoned for the boy to come out. "You're free to do whatever you want with him." Luis remarked flatly. "Thank you." Raymond replied. Luis locked the cell and began to leave the prison. Raymond and the boy followed.
Raymond paid the boy's fines, then turned and faced the boy. "Thank you for letting me out, sir." The boy said. "I was really scared in there!" he added.
Raymond replied, "I don't blame you! They frightened me, and I was on the other side of the bars! But enough about that. What is your name, young man?"
"Zachary Talibur, but I like to be called Zack." The yellow-haired child replied.
"Well then, Zack, I'm Professor Raymond D. Thundston. I must thank you formally for saving my life earlier." The man said. Using his left hand, he repositioned his glasses via the left frame. "I'm not sure how anyone could construct a cannon that can aim and fire electricity like that, but the one thing I do know is that I would be dead right now if it weren't for you. Thank you." Raymond said.
"I-It was nothing sir." Zack said, honestly. "I'm just glad I was able to get you out of the way in time." He added. Raymond was impressed by the child's sincerity.
"So, Zack, how long have you been in Miracle City?" Raymond asked, curiously.
about a week or so?" Zack replied, sounding somewhat unsure. 'That explains it
' Raymond thought.
"I see. Well then, welcome to Miracle City. I'm sorry that you had to get arrested so shortly after your arrival here. I hope you come to like this city regardless." Raymond said. Zack shrugged as he replied, "Thank you sir."
"Zack? What in the world are you doing here? Don't tell me Luis actually arrested you!" Chief Connie said, walking up to the two. Raymond turned to the woman and asked, "You know him?"
"Yes. He's the son of a friend of mine. What are you doing here, Professor Thundston?" Connie asked. "It's not like you to come to a place full of criminals!" she laughed.
"This child saved my life, so the least I can do is bail him out of jail." Raymond said, tilting his head to the right a little so that the scratch on his glasses wasn't obstructing his view of Connie.
"Oh that Luis! I can't believe him!" Connie said, getting infuriated.
"Pardon my interruption, but if you know his parents, perhaps you can call them for me? I really must be going." Raymond said.
"Of course." Connie replied, smiling. After that, Raymond began to walk towards the door. "Thank you again, Zack." He said, turning back. "I hope we meet again sometime." After that, he left the building and hurried home.
It was around 5:00 P.M. when Raymond got back to the mansion. He opened the front door and walked inside and was somewhat surprised to see Raye sitting on the couch with her eyes closed and arms crossed. Raye was a woman who didn't like showing her worries, but Raymond knew her well enough to know that she was very worried about him. Unsure of what to say, he simply closed the door.
Raye's head jerked up. "Raymond!" she remarked, her voice sounding both worried and shocked. She stood up and stepped forwards, as if she were about to run up and hug him but stopped herself.
"I suppose you saw the news
" Raymond remarked, tilting his head so that he could see his wife. Raye hesitated, before responding, "Yes
they even showed it in slow motion and everything
you're not hurt, are you?" Raye asked, worriedly.
Raymond was shocked by his wife's worrying. "I have a few scrapes and my glasses are scratched on the left lens, but I'm fine."
Raye seemed relieved that her husband was all right. "Who would do such a thing?" she asked. Raymond lowered his head and had to hold his glasses on. He didn't say a word. "
I better start making dinner." Raye remarked, before heading into the kitchen.
Raymond sighed. He felt awful sometimes for keeping such a secret from his wife. Raye had no idea that Raymond was hunted by an evil organization of Darkians. He never told her about it. Raymond knew that he wouldn't be able to elude the evil organization forever. He felt that his fate was the same as his former best friend's fate: dying at the hands of the Anti-Miracle Group.
If he told her about it now
she would spend the rest of their marriage worrying about him. That wasn't his desire
he wanted to enjoy his time with her the best he could. Although this meant that when the evil organization did get their way
it would be a complete shock to her. This wasn't his desire either, and this was the source of most of his guilt.
The phone rang. Raymond went over to answer the phone. "Hello?" he asked. The voice from the other end of the line was a male voice. "Hey Raymond, it's me, George. We met earlier today, remember?" the voice said. Raymond had to think a moment.
we met briefly as I was leaving the bank
" Raymond remarked. "I apologize for earlier
I was a little
distracted at the time." He added.
"I could tell." George said. "Listen
I know you're probably a very busy person, but I'd like to get together with you sometime. See
my wife has already gotten in touch with her old friends, and I'm a tad envious. I'd also like you to meet my son." The man said.
"Your son? Ah, well
we can do just that. When do you think you have the time?" Raymond asked. The two discussed it for a bit, and decided on meeting at noontime the next day. Raymond gave George directions to his mansion, and after confirming everything, the two hung up.
Raymond walked over and turned on the television. The news was on, and surprisingly enough, it was featuring the meeting from earlier. Raymond listened and watched the scene intently. Though he had been there, seeing the scene from another angle intrigued him.
"This is amazing! Watch this in slow motion. Just as Professor Thundston got up to the podium, an unidentified child runs past security, up the stairs, under the No-Crossing line and tackles both of the adults, sending them flying!" the newscaster said, as the video played. "A sudden bolt of electricity seemingly comes out of nowhere and electrocutes the child! Look at this
the boy seems to feel no pain or anything!" the newscaster said.
"The child was arrested on charges of public violence, disruptive behavior and harmful intent on the mayor. Investigations were started immediately after the strange child's arrest, and investigators were surprised to find a strange machine gun located in the second story of the closed down Summer Bank building. Professor Thundston inspected the mysterious machine gun to find that it was actually a cannon, capable of firing condensed bolts of electricity. He then quickly disappeared from the scene,"
Raymond habitually repositioned his glasses as he fell into a focused state of intellectual thinking. That cannon fired an overwhelmingly high voltage of electricity. How could anyone-especially a child!-withstand that much electricity
and come off without any side-effects at that! Raymond began searching his knowledge for anything or everything that would explain the situation, but to no avail.
Raye's voice broke through Raymond's focused state of intellectual thinking.. "Dinner is almost ready! Come in here!" Raymond irritably responded, "Yes Raye
" with a tad of bitterness in his voice.
Raymond turned off the television and walked into the dining room, sitting down at the table. He crossed his arms and tried to remember what he had been thinking before Raye called him.
Raye sat Raymond's plate in front of him. "What is it that you're being so geeky about?" she remarked. Raymond wondered why she asked him that question sometimes
she usually didn't understand his response.
"I'm contemplating on how a child of that age could withstand an electrical discharge of such high voltage without accumulating any burns, paralysis or injuries." Raymond remarked.
Raye's puzzled expression gave away the fact that she had no idea what Raymond had just said. "
I see." She remarked, covering her shock with a neutral expression. She then walked back into the kitchen to get her plate, then sat down opposite of Raymond at the dining room table. The two remained silent as they ate.
"...You're so cute when you're trying to figure something out." Raye remarked, breaking the silence. Raymond vaguely smiled as he looked up at his wife. "You do realize that you said that out loud, right?" he asked. Raye blushed as she realized her mistake. "Well...it's
not like I said anything you didn't already know." she remarked, haltingly at first. Raymond chuckled.
The rest of dinner was spent in silence as well. For Raye it seemed to be an awkward silence. Raymond, however, was busy wondering about that boy.
the power is surging." Raye remarked, looking at the flickering light above them. "I hope that isn't your generator's doing." She added. Raymond shook his head. "No
that generator only powers the things in my laboratory." He remarked.
Then I hope it isn't the power plant." Raye remarked, going back to eating. Raymond also hoped it wasn't the power plant. If it were, it would be up to him to fix it. He was the one who designed and paid for the plant to be built
but at that time, he had a laboratory partner who helped him. It has been powering the city ever since
' Suddenly, the events of the meeting replayed in rapid succession within Raymond's mind. This time, however, the answer to his former questions had been answered. The boy's yellow hair
the way his body absorbed the electricity without any harm
the lightning-shaped topaz that hung from the his neck, which sparked wildly as if it had electricity within
"That's it!" Raymond exclaimed, his copper irises lighting up. "Huh? What's it?" asked Raye, a bit shocked by Raymond's sudden exclamation. Raymond stood up. "The boy who saved me! He was able to withstand the electricity because he was of the Diantion electrical element! His powers were activated, so he was immune to it!" Raymond remarked.
Raye's facial expression told Raymond that she was utterly confused about what he had just said. Raymond was too preoccupied with his train of thought. "
To think that all of this time, I believed that information was false! Yet
there's no other explanation for it! They're real! Otherwise that boy would have died when he was electrocuted!" Raymond said, unintentionally thinking out loud.
"The document that I researched Diantion powers from
if that much of it is true, then
" Raymond froze in his words. An immeasurable amount of fear struck his heart causing it to race. Raymond slowly sat down and stared into space as the truth grasped him. 'If that much information is true
there really IS a way to annihilate the entire continent at once!' he thought.
Raymond's fear turned into despair. He lowered his head and ran his fingers through his hair, using his thumbs to hold his glasses on. 'What have I done?' he thought. 'In your search for knowledge
you've learned something that could be the end of us all!'
"R-Raymond! Are you all right?" Raye's worried voice brought Raymond out of his despaired state. He looked at his wife. "You look so pale!" Raye added.
Raymond took a moment to calm down. "Yes
I'm all right." He replied. "I just
Well, if you say so." Raye remarked. "Try to calm down and eat." She added. Raymond nodded.
After dinner, Raymond went down into his laboratory, where he stayed for the rest of the day. He had a rough time sleeping that night