Chapter Ten - A Visit
After a long day of boredom, Max was leaving School, two of his friends beside him.
"Guys... I can't come to the Ice-Cream Parlour today" Max brought up as they walked through the gates.
"Why not? We always go every Monday... why, do you have a little surprise for me and don't want to show it?" a girl said, by the name of Cindy Sparks.
She winked one of blue eyes at him, twirling her blonde her whilst at it.
"Err... no... But I can't come because... I have to pick something up at a shop for... Daniel" Max lied awkwardly.
"Ah... I see. Just make sure you don't run into any Thieves on the way" warned a Gothic boy named Mark Thomas, his pale eyes glinting.
Suddenly, a dark-skinned and very pretty girl ran up behind them, her short, curly, black hair bouncing on her shoulders.
"Max! Max!" she panted, running beside them.
"Hey, Henna" Max greeted unenthusiastically.
"Hey, d-did you hear about what happened at your Uncle's apartment?" Henna asked, as Cindy started doing her hair.
"N-No…" Max whimpered, his face full of horror.
"These four Thieves broke in! One of them was… ah… Silvia Grey" Henna announced, looking away slightly.
Max froze on the spot, horror filling through him. The three glared at him in confusion as he suddenly came back to reality.
"Okay... I'll see you guys on Wednesday. Staff Day tomorrow, remember?" Max said simply, walking backwards away from them.
"Okay! Bye!" called Cindy cheerfully as the three walked the opposite direction. Max got on his board and hovered away towards Queens.
Silvia had broken into his apartment…
It took him a while to find the alley again, most likely because questions were swirling in his mind.
Soon, he finally did and immediately noticed that both motorbikes were gone. Max hoped that at least someone had stayed…
He tapped the wall four times nervously and then dropped down, screaming on the way.
Again, he landed on his stomach and groaned in pain.
"Need to work on the landings" he muttered to himself. He rolled over, looking up at the dark hole in exhaustion.
"M-Max!? What... what are you doing here? How did you find the Hideout again? I didn't expect you to... to remember where this place was" a voice exclaimed.
Max then stood up at that moment, spinning around to see Silvia standing there.
"I'm sorry for barging in... but I just had to... to see you again" Max murmured, rubbing dirt off his red shirt.
"Why?" asked Silvia.
"Because I like you... I mean! Ah! I don't mean... like, like. I mean... you know... just like... like friends? Um... this... this is complicated" Max let out awkwardly.
"Friends? Wait a minute... you must abide by the Human and Thief laws... and you... you're a Human and you're just completely ignoring them?" asked Silvia in awe.
"Um... yeah that's pretty much it" Max said, rubbing the back of his head nervously.
"I like your style" Silvia said happily, biting her lip and smiling.
"Ha-ha... really?" Max chuckled, blushing slightly.
"Yeah... a Human that is breaking the law... that's meant to be weird to Humans but for me, being a Thief of-course, is great" Silvia announced calmly.
"Yeah... are the other three here?" Max asked, looking around him.
"No. They went to get some lunch. They'll be back in about fifteen minutes. So why ARE you here? Really" asked Silvia suspiciously and crossing her arms.
"I had to see you again. I think we can be friends. I really want to know you. This crap about Human and Thieves... it's a bit sudden but I think that Humans and Thieves should live in... in peace. I used to want to be a part of the Police force but... That used to be my dream job but... I want to… to be with you-AH!-I mean… um… be like you…" Max muttered, getting slightly closer to Silvia.
Silvia looked at him in amazement. She had been on Earth for over two-hundred years and not once did she ever come across something like this.
"This is strange. A HUMAN that wants to be a THIEF. Wow. You know you can't do that though, Max. I remember that you would have to breathe the toxic and then you would become one... and you certainly can't go into a Science Lab and do it" Silvia muttered, putting her hand on his shoulder. Max agreed disappointingly.
"So what do you wanna do?" asked Silvia, letting go of him.
"I don't know. TV? Walk?" suggested Max, shrugging slightly.
"TV it is then" Silvia announced as they sat down on the hovering seats.
Sean, Barsy and Sam had managed to not get caught while getting their precious food.
"We were quicker than we thought" Sam chanted happily as Barsy nearly fell off the bike.
"Yeah" Barsy sighed irritably.
Once they reached the dead end they clambered off the bikes and tapped the wall, falling and landing perfectly on the ground.
As they all stood up, Sam then tapped Barsy repeatedly on the shoulder.
"What?" he groaned.
"Where did that come from?" Sam asked, pointing at Max's hover-board.
"I don't know... Silvia probably stole it or something" Barsy snapped, walking away.
"No... that looks familiar... hey... that's Max's!" gasped Sean and going pale.
The three boys looked around them but Silvia and Max were not in sight.
Slowly, they made their way into the hammock room, clamping their mouths at the sight. In the same hammock, the both of them were asleep.
"Should we wake them up?" whispered Sam.
"No. Let's leave them there... they look happy enough. You know how Silvia hates Humans. She wouldn't do this if he wasn't trustworthy" hissed Barsy.
"Well for some reason, I STILL don't trust him. THIS RIGHT HERE has got to be a hologram" hissed Sean furiously, scanning the room.
"Aw... now the eggs and bread are going to go to waste" Sam groaned, looking at the bag longingly that he was holding.
Suddenly, something started ringing from Max's pocket. Sam whammed into Barsy in shock as Sean sprinted out of the room, grabbing Barsy's arm.
"Huh? Oh no!" groaned Max pulling out the phone and leaning up which woke Silvia.
"What's wrong?" asked Silvia.
"It's Daniel... he's wondering where I am" groaned Max, answering the phone.
"Oh, you're still staying with him?" asked Silvia, rubbing at her tail.
Max nodded smoothly, then answering the phone.
"Hello...?" he then said timidly.
"Max! Where are you!? You certainly aren't at the Ice-Cream Parlour anyway!" came Daniel's angry voice.
"Oh... I'm at... Central Park. Just decided to go for a walk... the Ice-Cream I had was pretty big" he lied awkwardly.
"Oh... well, stay aware of Thieves okay? I'll be home at twelve in the middle of the night. I got that gun, you know, for the C.A.D thing. Don't let it bother you, Max. You know the rules. There's food in the fridge and the key is with the receptionist. Do your homework! See you, Max... Arresting this little, OW!"-
Daniel then hung up, making Max groan.
"Well... I'm safe for now" he said.
Silvia looked at him in an usnure way. She had heard C.A.D be mentioned in that conversation. What did Max have to do with it? She shook it off her, climbing out of the hammock.
"Those pills were cool. Barsy should use things like that more often" Max said to her as they walked out of the room.
A screech escaped Max's mouth as Barsy stormed out from the kitchen.
"YOU USED MY PILLS!? THEY'RE STLL UNDER EXPERIMENTATION!" Barsy screamed furiously. Sam was attached to his leg, begging him for food.
Max glared at him, only noticing him glance over at the TV. He saw his console there and a bunch of his games.
"Hey! They're mine! I want it back!" shouted Max angrily. Sam nodded irritably, standing up from Barsy's leg.
Sean had groaned loudly and walked into the room, handing Max the movie he had stolen.
"Thank you. I just heard today that you broke into Daniel's apartment" snapped Max.
"Yes… so? We're Thieves. Expect the unexpected" Barsy sighed, walking past him.
"Max, they're not going to harm you" Silvia chuckled, smiling.
"Great! You have a boyfriend!" yelled Sean angrily.
"No! He's just a friend, Sean. He promised to keep our secret, remember?" Silvia said loudly, waving her hands in panic at him.
"Yeah... well, he better leave" Sean snapped, eyeing Max suspiciously. Max smiled up at him.
"Sean's right... you should go. You can see us again tomorrow though" Silvia said, a tone of sadness in her voice.
Max nodded and walked over to the space, grabbing his hover-board. Before he could press the button, Silvia had run over and hugged him tightly.
"Thank you for not telling" she whispered in his ear.
Max smiled at her and then, when Silvia had let him go, pressed the button and zoomed off, finding himself in the alleyway once more.
Silvia turned round to see Sean open-mouthed. Silvia sighed, making Sean fold his arms in fury.
She walked over to him slowly, looking at his deep, blue eyes with sadness. She then found herself hugging him tightly, her tail drooping.
"You're still my friend... right?" she sobbed as a single tear drew from her eye.
"Of-course I am" Sean whispered, hugging her back.
Barsy stared at them sadly. Sam turned to him at that moment.
"You're still my friend too, right?" he asked.
"Maybe" Barsy said, taking a drink of coke.
"What do you mean? Barsy? Barsy? Barsy...? BARSY?"
Barsy walked past him, smiling at a gullible Sam.