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G.A.L.E. Force
Writer Perci Snickedy
  • G: General Audiences
  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
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G.A.L.E. Force
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The Pawn
Perci Snickedy
Sep 15, 2017
9 Mins Read
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LAWRENCE CROXLEY WAS late as usual.13Please respect copyright.PENANACxputAZ2Of
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    This is exactly why most people have a car, he thought. He stood at the corner waiting for the bus, and ground his teeth as he kept taking his phone out to re-check the clock. Ten minutes behind schedule. Stupid traffic. Of course, it was a rare moment when downtown Atlanta wasn't gridlocked. Lawrence ruffled his mop, blond locks falling into his eyes as he took off down the sidewalk to catch the train instead.13Please respect copyright.PENANA8kHtx32mfk
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    The skyscrapers towered above and blocked the sun, and Lawrence zipped his hoodie to combat the morning air. Red and orange leaves crunched under his feet as he turned a corner. They're gonna fire me this time. I just know it. He smiled, though, when he saw that the stairwell descending into the underground station was almost empty.13Please respect copyright.PENANACQo27yBT9a
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    But as he started down the cement steps, a young woman rushed up from the platform. Her plain, gray jumpsuit was a strange fashion choice. She looks like she just escaped from a mental institution. Her dark brown curls swung around as she continually glanced back at two men in black suits, who were right on her heels. Why are they chasing her? Heh, maybe she did escape from a mental institution.13Please respect copyright.PENANAnLIMgcnfeb
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    As she got closer to Lawrence, their eyes met and her stare reminded of a hungry cat—which made him the mouse. He turned to get out of the way, but before he could think, she grabbed his arm and pulled him along out into the street.13Please respect copyright.PENANAumwcQ3gSpv
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    What the hey? He cleared his throat. "Uh, hi? Wanna explain why you're holding onto my arm?"13Please respect copyright.PENANAd2mB5taGnj
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    She ignored him and turned back to her pursuers, lips pursed and eyes narrowed. The men slowed, but continued to approach. Cocking an eyebrow, she grabbed Lawrence's other arm. He seized up. What kind of crap did I just get mixed up in?13Please respect copyright.PENANARK5zxlMVB1
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    He tried to shout but the words wouldn't come out, like the connection between his mind and mouth had broken. He tried to break free, but couldn't move his arm. The men stopped and the girl took off down the sidewalk, pulling Lawrence along. The few other people around didn't seem to care, ignoring them. As she led him down a path between two buildings, his mental haze cleared.13Please respect copyright.PENANA66oDjeHz76
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    Lawrence tried to squirm free again but couldn't break her grasp. Instead, it tightened even more. What is this? A death grip? He let out a yell, but there was no one close enough to hear. You know what, she's tiny. I can take her.13Please respect copyright.PENANA5k9rWeV6Vi
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    Though he disliked the idea of hitting a girl, his hand balled into a fist.13Please respect copyright.PENANApM3vmBQ8ws
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    "A warning: do not try to hit me. A fight with me would not end well for you." She squeezed harder.13Please respect copyright.PENANA9DzyhTMYsT
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    Searing pain ran up Lawrence's arm. God, what kind of vitamins have you been taking? They rounded another corner, then went behind a brick building.13Please respect copyright.PENANA5xeeYatUgo
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    Now or never. He tried to kick her shin. The girl stepped out of the way too fast, spinning in place, whipping Lawrence around by his arm, like he was a horse on a merry-go-round. After building momentum, she smirked and let go, sending him sprawling. His palms scraped as he hit the old, cracked pavement, and a trash can nearby reeked and made him gag. Before Lawrence could get up, she placed a foot on his back and forced him down.13Please respect copyright.PENANAcFagbwS2Fo
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    "I did warn you that a fight with me would not end well."13Please respect copyright.PENANAuP24njX9hq
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    Mom should've made me take self-defense instead of dance. He glared as the girl latched onto his now sore arm and yanked him back up. His frazzled mind tried to understand how she could even do that. Yes, he was skinny—but so was she. Something ain't right, here.13Please respect copyright.PENANA3mYhBXr4RI
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    Dragging him along, she took off down the back alley and returned them to the main district. How do I get out of this? They turned a corner, and there were people milling about the fancy, towering hotels lined up along the street, so Lawrence opened his mouth to scream.13Please respect copyright.PENANAs4oDkzacBP
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    "I would suggest you not do anything rash." The girl's irises briefly changed from natural green to a glowing, electrified blue as she glanced back at him. "And that is my final warning."13Please respect copyright.PENANAB6FEa2X8cf
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    He shut his mouth and held his stomach as it began to churn, willing his heart to calm down. What am I dealing with? I bet she escaped from somewhere . . . but where? What is she? He had to get away from her.13Please respect copyright.PENANAygCwxetZil
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    Realizing he needed to be more creative if he wanted to save his skin, Lawrence ignored the knot in his gut and made a toothy grin that even he knew looked fake. "Hey, so do you think you can let me go? I won't tell anyone about this or anything. I just want to get to work before my boss fires me for being late again."13Please respect copyright.PENANAHLp5pJEzWf
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    Her expression was still blank, but she slowed down to something closer to a jog—which was a good thing, since Lawrence was starting to pant. The girl dodged into an alley and stopped. She hadn't broken a sweat and wasn't even breathing heavily.13Please respect copyright.PENANAoym3cw6aFi
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    "You are getting tired. Catch your breath," she said in a flat tone.13Please respect copyright.PENANAqdy2K6he5A
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    Tired? Yeah, of you. "Oh, so you care about me now?"13Please respect copyright.PENANAzNlYSLIxkE
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    She ignored him and stared off. Then her eyes widened and started to dart back and forth, her teeth clenched.13Please respect copyright.PENANANJd9NpGTAl
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    Lawrence scoffed. "You mean something can scare the girl with the magic eyes?"13Please respect copyright.PENANAc0yK3jRlxX
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    "You are making it impossible to focus."13Please respect copyright.PENANAV6Kh4D2Nam
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    "And why should I care? What have you got to focus on?" She wasn't going to release him, that much was clear, and he gagged as the sour taste of stomach acid rose from his throat. "Why won't you just let me go? What do you want with me?"13Please respect copyright.PENANArX5F7S5NLF
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    "I have plans for you. Besides, you are leverage." Her gaze rested on him, a slight smile tugging at her mouth. "I doubt they will try to recapture me as long as I can do horrible things to you in public."13Please respect copyright.PENANA8YGHJK0A5x
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    That threat did it. Lawrence doubled over as he lost the contents of his stomach, thankful that nothing got on his clothes. Since she seemed to care about his lack of oxygen, he looked up to see what she thought of him barfing—it didn't seem to bother her. 13Please respect copyright.PENANAx0EhhJVkw5
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    Whatever. "So, who are 'they?'" His voice shook as he tried not to throw up a second time.13Please respect copyright.PENANAGY3MDbEIYq
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    Her eyes started to dart again. "My Keepers."13Please respect copyright.PENANAo7o4O7OOIU
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    Keepers? It seemed like a strange choice of words. He saw the so-called Keepers in his peripheral vision, but she didn't seem to notice them approaching. Just capture this weirdo so I can be free of this mess. But then the girl's head jerked to the side, staring at them with dead eyes. Lawrence winced as her painful grip tightened.13Please respect copyright.PENANAmfU0xcKswg
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    "Gale," the paunchier of the two of them said, "let him go. We can discuss this."13Please respect copyright.PENANAydeCZSNDAL
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    Her jaw cocked. "I tried that before. You gave me more sedative. Well, you are the ones who want me to be a weapon. So I will be." There was a whirring noise from above, and Lawrence looked up to see a building's security camera moving up and down. Gale pointed at it and said: "Right now I am blocking that, but come any closer and I promise, I will destroy him on camera."13Please respect copyright.PENANA4YSt3HARvi
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    Lawrence, his brain caught up with the excitement, finally realized he had become a pawn in a dangerous game—and he didn't want to play. Eyes meeting with one of the Keeper's, he mouthed "help me."13Please respect copyright.PENANALSyGT6TDyp
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    The Keeper turned back to the girl. "All right, Gale. Let him go and we'll let you go."13Please respect copyright.PENANAU7C9JB1wfC
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    She chuckled. "You know I can sense when you are lying, Reg. You have lost your chance to bargain."13Please respect copyright.PENANAhkAaNERnwn
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    Reg stepped closer, but stopped when Gale's eyes turned blue. That debilitating mental haze took over once more, and Lawrence's field of vision narrowed.13Please respect copyright.PENANAGiffY8lRMU
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    She turned and took off down a back alleyway with Lawrence, but he couldn't keep with her pace and his feet caught on the ground, causing him to trip. So she stopped and picked him up like he weighed nothing, and started to move much faster than should've been possible. What in the flipping heck? The buildings blurred until they were streaks behind them—he didn't know if that was from the speed or his spinning head—and his breaths became more rapid as the vertigo grew. 13Please respect copyright.PENANAhG1UPKwQgM
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    When Gale came to an abrupt halt, she helped him out of her arms. His body shook and vision blurred as he tried not to faint—he'd have collapsed if she weren't still holding him up. Vision returned to normal, Lawrence looked around at the backs of the old, brick shops and recognized the alley she'd stopped in. It made his heartbeat quicken, because it was about two miles from where they were.13Please respect copyright.PENANAty63ITIAhe
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    Gale let Lawrence go, and he slumped to the ground, rubbing his shoulders with clammy palms and shaking worse as his heart pounded away. Sitting on the cold pavement didn't help matters.13Please respect copyright.PENANAXXwddvmyn8
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    Okay, okay. I'm . . . hallucinating. Yeah. I finally reached my tipping point and I'm having a nervous breakdown. It was bound to happen, eventually. But a couple of minutes passed and she was still there, staring at him with folded arms. Wishful thinking. Where did she come from? She was in her late teens, dark and pretty and a good foot shorter. But in the end, Gale just looked normal. Nothing beyond the jumpsuit and her eyes told she was different.13Please respect copyright.PENANAsEPtzFd5vu
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    "What are you?" Lawrence managed to utter.13Please respect copyright.PENANARZ2X3LQLm8
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    She crouched down in front of him, head tilted, eyes fixed in a wide, creepy stare. "I know you are frightened of me, and I suppose you have reason to be. But I have no intention of hurting you, Lawrence Croxley."13Please respect copyright.PENANAZk6vxj1USo
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    "How do you know my name?"13Please respect copyright.PENANA3k2SOCx2H3
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    He remembered his phone was in his pocket, and dialing 911 seemed like the best course of action. I wonder if I can dial it without looking? Lawrence started to reach for it, but her hand dived and then crumbled it as if it were dry bread.13Please respect copyright.PENANAwz2zw5knRG
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    His mouth dropped open. "How did you do that? Or any of the stuff you've done?"13Please respect copyright.PENANAwQ1CmyVntN
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    Ignoring him yet again, she pursed her lips. "I cannot just let you go, like you desire. I need your help, and you are going to help me. But first, I can sense this has been a shock to your system. You need rest."13Please respect copyright.PENANALw8OpWrWZ8
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    Lawrence was about to protest when she touched his temple. The world spun as an overwhelming drowsiness clouded his mind. Wh-what i-is this . . .? He tried to resist and keep his eyes open, but ultimately couldn't fight it as terror of what might be happening crept into his thoughts.13Please respect copyright.PENANA0vH35e9pC0
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    All he could do was watch as Gale's face faded out.copyright protection9PENANAB3qhayLBzt

Comments ( 2 )

Chloe Quinn - What a wicked start to a story. Can't wait to read more, see how this goes. I like how crisp and vivid everything was. Very pleasing and satisfying to read.
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Perci Snickedy - Thanks! I hope you enjoy the rest as much. :)
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