As always, Liz, Dev, and the gient belong
to me, as do all the people working for Sinister.
Thank you Sensei Dor for letting me use you name. You are
an honorable sensei, and it is an honor to be one of your
students. Likewise, thank you NePier for also letting my use
your name. May all your eggs break without getting shells
in them, and may you never burn another pot roast in my kitchen
The Sun Will Shine Again
The days grew longer as Spring came. The morning sky filled
with colors so brilliant that they could only be reproduced
in a crayon box. And at night, the sunset would turn the sky
to velvet as it dipped its sleepy head into the waters of
the Atlantic. And the spring constellations in the sky seem
just close enough to touch.
Snow melted in the higher reaches, causing small waterfalls
as it drained into rivers and lakes. And flowers of many different
sizes and colors sprung up. The air filled with scents, as
if an Angel had come down and sprayed the whole countryside
Birds that had left in the colder months came back, their
songs of mating filling the air like an orchestra. Tree leaves
came back with a green brilliance, and the air was alive with
the sounds of honey bees going about their work to gather
nectar from each flower.
Children played outside, sailing kites, and riding on bicycles.
Hockey gear was put up, and baseball outfits were donned.
The world was alive once more, the death of winter having
left for another year. And the songs of Spring and Summer
coming into every open window that could be found.
The world had turned into a playground for the children,
making new friends and finding new adventures was on every
little boy's and girl's mind. The time was right for exploration...
The time was right for every child but the two kept underground
in a maze of laboratories.
Lizzie and Devin didn't know that it was spring time. They
didn't know they were in Maine either, all they knew was that
the bad IT was gone, and their giant would watch over them.
And even though they were prisoners, they were treated fairly,
and they never have want for anything.
"Oh come on, Lizzie! I wanted to read that one!"
Devin cried in dismay, his voice taking on a whine.
"Too bad, it mine now, an' you c'n read it after I done,
Flat Scan." She stuck her tongue out at him.
"Fine! Be that way... Mutie!" He grinned,
picking another book off the library shelf. It was a game
the two played, neither really knowing what a flat scan or
a mutie was, just knowing that Devin was human, and Lizzie
was special. Devin got his book, a hefty one that he had to
blow the dust off of as he opened it, and came to sit on the
floor in front of Lizzie. Her hand came down and found his
as they quietly sat and read together. They often found comfort
with one another since they had met, and the only times they
were separated was when one or the other had to go for the
The TESTS they both despised. Neither knowing what
they were for, and none of the people that worked for IT
would tell them. They just knew that after one they felt different
for a while, then the feeling seemed to become normal, as
if they should feel that way.
They pretty much had their run of the place--they could go
almost anywhere they wanted to. Only a few rooms were restricted
to them, and the giant, who still said very little, had to
follow them everywhere they went. Except for the TESTS.
He would stay away then, pain filling his eyes. Lizzie often
wondered if he had gone though the TESTS too when
he was younger. But it didn't matter. Devin and she both soon
forgot much of what the world had been like OUTSIDE.
Devin forgot his Uncle Jim, and Lizzie's memories of her mother
Her father stayed in her mind the most. Perhaps it was because
she tried blocking her mother's death from her mind, and she
was forced to remember everything her father had ever taught
her. She was required often to show her thieving skills and
the more and more she had to pick a lock or hack into a computer,
the faster and more sure of herself she became.
Devin had to hone in on his skills too. He was made to teach
Lizzie all he knew about living off the land. Teach her how
to catch food, and how to find it. Which berries shouldn't
be eaten and which could be. Things he had learned to survive.
Likewise, Lizzie taught him to be a thief, as well as she
could. There was still much she hadn't learned in her three
years as her father's apprentice. She still had four years
of learning to do. They had a schedule every day to follow,
not that they minded for most part. It kept their minds away
from the life they had before, and kept Lizzie from crying
herself to sleep at night.
In the morning they had a training session with Dor. He wasn't
too harsh on them, even though he never had a kind word to
say to them. He made them run laps, climb ropes and walls,
swim, and do push-ups and sit-ups. Dor also taught them martial
arts. For three hours before breakfast they were his, and
by the time they were done, they both were ready to collapse.
Next they had to make their own breakfast, as they did lunch
and dinner. NePier was the cook, but he was allowed to make
suggestions, but never help. He was most likely the nicest
one among the people who worked for IT. He and the
giant. NePier was from France, but they never would have known
it if someone hadn't of told them. He was deaf, and both were
forced to learn sign language in order to understand what
he was saying to them.
They were also required to go to the SCHOOL. The
SCHOOL was much harder then any Lizzie had ever had
to go to, and since Devin had never been to one before, he
didn't know the difference. The SCHOOL was run by
Shora, the green-eyed and -haired mutant that was almost a
mean as IT. She was a harsh teacher. Devin and Lizzie
were required to know how to manage money, to read perfectly,
they were taught other languages too. Lizzie now had Latin
and Spanish to add to French and English. Devin didn't learn
quite as fast as Lizzie in the languages, but he made up for
that in history and science.
After SCHOOL was lunch and then another training
session. This one run by Gart. She taught them to use computers
and how to shut off security systems. She was the one to make
them teach each other everything they knew.
During her class they would be taken away for the TESTS
one at a time, never together. Neither remembered much of
what happened during the test, just knew sometimes they felt
stronger than they had before, and they never hurt, but neither
After Gart, they would be with Morn. She was a quiet woman,
she was also quick with a harsh word when they did something
not to her liking. But she, unlike the others, had kind words
to say when they did something right also. She taught them
to use weapons. She helped Lizzie with her invisibility and
the small charging ability she had inherited from her father.
Also, Lizzie was taught to control her feelings to the point
that she could make her eyes change to any color she wanted
them to, and to hide what she was really feeling. Anger was
the only thing she couldn't control, but she didn't get angry
often. Both were taught to use guns and gasses, as well as
throwing knives with deadly acuracy.
After that they could do whatever they wanted. And more times
then not, they found themselves in the library, either reading
something, or one or the other of them playing the giant in
a game of chess. He was their protector, it seemed. He would
never let the others hurt them, had even slapped Morn once
for hitting Devin. He was also there to keep their minds busy
Nether understood why they were being taught any of this,
nor did they understand why they were there. But they both
bore with it, and in Lizzie's mind she still clung to a thread
of hope--her father finding them. And they had each other.
They had become like brother and sister, never separate, and
they loved each other. That was all they needed.
"Lizzie cut it out!" Devin turned around sharply.
His words were angry, but she knew he wasn't.
"I n't do anyt'ing, Devin!" She said not taking
her eyes off her book.
"You're reading out load! How am I supposed to read
with you talking so much?"
"You hearin' t'ings, mon ami."
"I can here you, ma ami."
"Amie." She cerected him, he glared at him, then
turned his back to her to keep reading. the next thing Lizzie
know, she could hear him reading out loud. Cul! She
thought to herself, but said nothing.
"That's it, Lizzie. " Devin said, slamming his
book on the ground. "I can take you reading out load,
but you don't cuss at me!"
She looked at him like he'd lost his mind. "Hein?"
"I heard you call me an ass!"
Lizzie blinked. Quietly she said, "Devin, I didn't say
that out loud. I only... thought it.
He watched the two of them out the corner of his eye and
sighed. It had happened. Sooner then he had hoped. The Master
would be back soon, now that the link between them had been
The giant decided to leave the two of them alone, to let
them sort out their minds by themselves. There really wasn't
anything he could do to help them, not yet anyway. He walked
quietly to the control room and picked up the transmitter.
"It's done." He said simply.
"Good." Came the reply, and he left the room, going
back into the library. He looked on at the children, now hugging
each other trying to be comforted and to give comfort. They
had no idea what was going on, why they had to take the tests,
but the four months that they had spent here, at peace with
themselves and each other, would quickly come to an end.
Continued in Chapter
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