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#13
Chapter XI
Zero Dantez
No Plagiarism!CuvFG1I1ewxnU64IsBTKposted on PENANA

Yet another gorgeous day, despite it being the tail end of fall, for South Dakota, truly astounding weather. The trees, still with plenty of golden to red to brown leafs. The streets, a buzz with people in large town Rapid City. A beautiful city, large full of life, not just the inhabitants. Traffic, despite there being a fair amount, was moving quite smoothly.copyright protection8PENANAYlll9148iz

To the northern part of the city, a large mall known as Rushmore, at which there were several buses pulled up, all from varying school districts, including one in particular that holds its own special place…copyright protection8PENANA8U4DzKFiMU

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“Ellie, like, hurry up girl, we don’t have all day ya know, we need to check the next store.”copyright protection8PENANAEWHZhQ1mZj

“Er, you guys go on without me, I want to look around a bit yet. Shoes aren’t really my thing anyway.”copyright protection8PENANAW7e0LOLq6y

“Whatever girl, haha.”copyright protection8PENANAkWTCGkZ7eY

Walking away a group of five, leaving young Ellie to herself inside the mall in front of winter jackets, though when looking around, it became clear her gaze was not resting upon the jackets. Taking a step back and a turn right, she’d then move towards the exit, off to another entrance, this time to a small new bookstore called Books and Beyond.copyright protection8PENANAtSUaSc1Tz0

Right inside, a set of book stands in the back easily visible with a sign card above titled Manga. With nothing more than a slight smile she’d walk right in, looking up and down as she went in at the many different books, first the non-fiction, then fiction, teen fiction, fantasy, a decent very diverse selection. Off to the side though, one that quickly caught her eye, titled The Glass Room, “[Whoa, looks like a total Saw rip off on the cover.]”copyright protection8PENANAdv7rwSgijn

Off in the corner of her eye though, another sight, Dustin himself in the back also checking out the books in the fantasy section. A slight smirk crossing her face before nothing as her gaze would drift back to the books, picking up one. “[Warriors? Looks like a cat thing...]”copyright protection8PENANAREjKgZ4g7j

“That’s a good one kid,” came a voice which caught her attention and also made Dustin look up. As she turned she’d lay her eyes upon a worker, dressed in black with a name tag, his name being Greg Varpkin.copyright protection8PENANAeBb9M3lNXV

“Oh uh, is it really?”copyright protection8PENANANarVCYOSg8

“Why yes, an exceptional series by Erin Hunter. It’s also on our forty percent off bonus for the store’s opening.”copyright protection8PENANAg8MAS2zXjH

“Perfect, I’ll give it a look through and perhaps give it a try.”copyright protection8PENANAhxjsG5w2Su

“Awesome. Can I help you with anything else today?”copyright protection8PENANAYGEpChnraE

“Oh no, I should be good for right now.”copyright protection8PENANAzqMl0FoACH

“I’ll be up front then when you’re ready.”copyright protection8PENANAiTfBmWGTYz

Foot steps growing distant as he’d walk, letting Ellie return to her thoughts turning back to see if that had alerted Dustin, who was now gone though not too far off, turning to see another book in the series titled River of Fire although he was also soon stopped by the worker, “Oh, Warriors?”copyright protection8PENANAnWg2mSjJkt

“Uh yes… it’s actually something that inspired a friend of mine to write.”copyright protection8PENANAnTU9eUPCvs

“Really? Well not too surprising, it’s a great series. Any chance your friend’s work would be in here?”copyright protection8PENANAkNlzpIv6Cu

“No he uh, doesn’t go through traditional publishers. I have a copy here actually.”copyright protection8PENANAFZrW2NPlw9

Reaching into his bag, he’d pull out a book by the title of Midnight: Book One- Dawn. copyright protection8PENANAPU2K4hFTUa

“Oh? Amazon publishing eh?”copyright protection8PENANAleYHNnqjt2

“Yes… it’s a pretty good story though.”copyright protection8PENANAN92e541Uqy

“I’ll have to look it up.”copyright protection8PENANA3fs60wnFph

“Hey uh, any chance I could give that a read on the way back?”copyright protection8PENANAPLwNskbSDE

Both the worker and Dustin turned to face Ellie who would be approaching.copyright protection8PENANAUqNWFS1HNr

“Uh… sure… so long as you don’t do anything to it.”copyright protection8PENANAfQHIXHelmE

“I’ll be careful.”copyright protection8PENANADcp90RtbK6

“I take it you’re both here with one of the schools? Not a lot of kids around here enjoy books anymore, I’m kinda surprised.”copyright protection8PENANAPExCBcvCUi

“It beats this hellhole we live in buddy,” Dustin replied back.copyright protection8PENANA399KR6s6sO

“Ha, that it does. I didn’t leave my house for a month after my wife left me, all I did then was read.”copyright protection8PENANAK51ae11HcL

“Mmm… I do it because I keep moving around with my parents. I was born a New Yorker, then I went to North Carolina, Michigan for awhile, Kansas, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, now here in South Dakota.”copyright protection8PENANAO1qmE1z9Et

“Sounds rough,” the worker then replied.copyright protection8PENANAsHDBsvIUBa

“Yeah it is but-”copyright protection8PENANAJmfKwtLybY

The whole room in an instant rocked, books falling off the shelves and many tipping over, a blast going off, fire and smoke climbing high in the middle of the mall which was visible from this store. Ceiling fans wobbling and then falling, the worker fell quick over onto his back, yelping as he flipped and quickly began to crawl and then bolt.copyright protection8PENANAk00KmEMVOr

Ellie, stumbling backwards and then forward, a shelf of books falling over right atop her though no crash. Looking up to see a pair of legs, hearing grunting, then quickly rolling away to see Dustin holding the shelf up until she was clear, then the crash as he also fell back.copyright protection8PENANApg82SBxAw9

“What’s going on!?”copyright protection8PENANALfv002uLAG

Shouting could be heard, both rushing to the doorway looking out, security officials rushing by, one stopping right in front.copyright protection8PENANAJUHJF3osZd

“You kids stay here, there’s been some sort of explosion.”copyright protection8PENANATpu2rmDZXa

“Clearly!”copyright protection8PENANA8IpEJpGebh

“Come on man,” another shouted, “A call just came in, it was some guy with a backpack that was the center of the blast!”copyright protection8PENANAUVbCFRF4jF

“Terrorists,” Dustin would growl.copyright protection8PENANAhd4Lfw8Tw5

The security officials then ran quick, leaving Ellie and Dustin alone, Dustin shaking with clear rage on his face, “Damn this ignorant world, why the hell… why the hell does this have to happen!?”copyright protection8PENANA3EOtjySZM4

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