Chapter Nine – Secret Revealed
15:45, Planet Earth, New York, Police Station, Year 2200
When Max got home, he took the key off the receptionist. He then found Cindy outside his apartment’s door.
“Cindy? What... what are you doing here?” he asked with a slight tremble.
“My Dad is busy tonight... he’s doing the weather and some other news reports... you know? Oh and my Mum... she is on a plane to England... Science research” she replied.“My Dad told me to stay with one of my friends but Mark was away to his Aunt’s house. Henna wasn’t there. So here was the only option” she added nervously.
“Um... okay. Well I’ll just have to phone Daniel up” said Max nervously.
When he had dialled Daniel he said
“Daniel is it okay if Cindy stays over? Her Dads busy and her Mum is at England”
“Okay... there is a sleeping bag under your bed okay?” came Daniel’s voice.
“Okay. Bye” said Max.
“Well come on in” said Max opening the door. They walked through the corridor and entered Max’s room. Max put aside his board and pulled out a small role of blue from under his bed. Once he had positioned it, it bounced out into comfy-looking, soft, red bed with no stands and a pillow.
“Well what do you want to do?” asked Max as they left the room.
“Homework. You saw what happened today at Maths! Double the work! I really hate him!” Cindy said angrily. “There’s not just that. We have literally EVERY subject” said Max shrugging. The two then went into the Living-Room and started.
“I still don’t see why he came over” said Sam irritably as they settled down to watch TV after Max had left.
“We tried out Barsy’s pills” said Silvia going slightly red.
“Right, so we can STILL trust him?” asked Sam looking at Silvia angrily.
“Of-course we can! Like I said, if Max told Daniel he would be here already” said Silvia irritably.
“Yes but its just that... he’s a, well, HUMAN and we’re THIEVES. That’s a law we actually do abide by” said Sam timidly. Silvia did not reply to this, she instead ignored him. Barsy was busy trying to get the Transmitter to pick up Police and every now and then there was a buzz and an “OW!” from the Kitchen. Sean kept drinking coke and left the apartment every five minutes and came back every fifteen minutes.
Max and Cindy had finally finished their homework and had settled down with the TV.
Cindy had insisted of going to the Cinema to see the latest movie but Max had refused
“Hey Max, do you have a thermometer?” Cindy asked suddenly while in the middle of a show.
“Why a thermometer?” asked Max.
“Because I forgot about my double Maths. You distracted me with those chocolates!” she said angrily.
“Thermometers are so old... what did he give you?” asked Max.
“The arts of old Mathematics! Boring, as usual!” said Cindy loudly.
“Well I think there’s one in my room under the TV set” said Max. Cindy got up and left the room. She went into Max’s bedroom and immediately noticed the diary. She walked over to it and lifted it up.
“Whispering password” she muttered angrily to herself. Cindy hoped that Max would have something in it about her and him getting married. She put down the diary and found the dusty thermometer under the TV stand.
Sean had returned (AGAIN) with nothing worth talking about. When he did come back he paced up and down the room.
“Sean why do you keep leaving?” asked Sam.
“Because I have a feeling that someone might have found the alleyway” he hissed.
“No they haven’t. That’s impossible” called Barsy from the Kitchen. “I built this place. I was here first and I have made sure that it is extremely difficult to see” said Barsy.
“Then Silvia found it with Sean and Sam came along” he added with disappointment.
“Well then how comes other Thieves can’t see it?” asked Sean crossed armed.
“I don’t know... I understand why you and Silvia found it. Silvia’s different from the rest of us and you where with her. Sam, you said you followed them” explained Barsy.
“I did! Two of the most wanted Thieves heading down and a random alleyway! Of-course I would have followed. Others would have if they were there” said Sam drinking a can of coke “This is so flat” he added miserably.
“I know! How about we all go out and watch a movie tonight” said Silvia.
“HELLO! PUBLIC IS NOT AN OPTION!” yelled Barsy from the Kitchen.
“I know! But there is an outside Cinema today. Behind the Metroplix” said Silvia.
“Oh fair enough... but where do we sit without being seen?” asked Barsy.
“At the back. Remember that little garden and the bush? We can sit behind it or in that tree...” said Silvia.
“Oh yeah... I remember that! That’s where Sam lost the GOD DAMN CAR!” yelled Sean furiously.
“Don’t bring that up” groaned Sam.
“What time does it start at?” asked Sean.
“Well... what do you want to do till then?” asked Sam.
“Pizza?” said Sean.
“Yes. I’m hungry” said Silvia. The two then zoomed up the space and headed out for a dinner.
Max and Cindy had had enough of the TV and, eventually Cindy had convinced Max to see a movie.
“There’s an outside one you know” said Max as they counted their money.
“No... I would rather have an inside one” said Cindy biting her lip.
“Um... okay” said Max. Cindy looked up at Max counting.
“Max, do you like me?” she asked quickly. Max looked at her confused.
“As a friend of-course” he said with a slight tremble. Cindy lookedat him in disgust. A friend? What about a couple, she thought frustratingly to herself.
“Is there anything wrong?” asked Max.
“No, no. Not at all Max” she said forcing a smile.
“When does the movie start?” she then asked.
“Oh. Nine I think”Max said still counting his money.
“What time does Daniel back at?” she asked him.
“Twelve” Max said quickly.
“And the movie ends at...?” she said.
“Ten past ten” Max replied. Cindy nodded and continued counting.
“Right Sean... you remember that if we make a loud noise while Humans are around, the monitors are going to pick it up so, as usual, be quick and UNNOTICED” explained Silvia in a graffiti-covered alleyway facing a restaurant.
“I know, I know” said Sean irritably and looking at the restaurant.
“There’s quite a lot of a people in...” he muttered.
“Take the back. There’ll be a hologram door and a dumpster” said Silvia.
“Watch out!” hissed Sean grabbing Silvia back.
“Damn it. What are they doing here?” groaned Silvia looking at two Policemen walking towards the restaurant and leaning against a wall.
“This is going to be hard” said Sean.
“Right, I’ll stay here and keep an eye on these two, you get over that road and into the back. There’ll be a counter with small fridge. Get some drinks from that and food from the oven beside it” ordered Silvia. Sean agreed and sprinted over the road and into the alleyway. He thumbed up and disappeared through the back door. Silvia watched the Policemen chat away. She wished Sean would hurry up because, by the looks of them, they would be going back for a break any minute. Without thinking, she pulled out a transmitter and contacted Sean. He appeared on the triangle and looked anxious
“What!?” he hissed.
“Hurry up, set your transmitter on the counter and I’ll tell you if those Police are near you” she whispered. Sean nodded and disappeared from the transmitter.
The Policemen stayed were they were but Sean was struggling. He had four pizzas in one hand and four drinks in the other. Surely he would drop something and be caught red-handed? Sean didn’t know what to do. He had only one option; He set down the drinks and ran rapidly across the road with the pizzas.
“Are you okay?” asked Silvia, taking them off him.
“Yes. I just need to get the drinks and my transmitter” he said looking at the Policemen.
“Just be careful” whispered Silvia. Sean nodded and ran back across the road. He hurried into the back, put the transmitter in his jean pocket and grabbed the drinks. Suddenly, Silvia saw the Policemen move down the street towards Sean. Sean had only stepped out of the door when Silvia indicated with her hands to go back into the room. Sean saw this and backed off. The Policemen were getting closer to him. Thinking that they would walk past Sean, Silvia saw they instead went into the back and was in shock. They must have heard Sean.
Scared out of her wits, Silvia then rapidly sprinted over and jumped on a Policeman’s back and saw a terrified Sean in the back room. The other one pulled his gun out but Sean attacked him and threw him to the wall, knocking him out. Silvia was thrown to the wall by the Policeman but then was knocked out by a punch of Sean’s tightly clenched fist.
“Let’s get out of here” hissed Sean. With their pizza, drinks and transmitter, they zoomed off on the silver motorbike and to the hideout, hearing the sirens in the distance.
Two hours the four talked about what happened while eating. Barsy was furious, Sam was worried, Sean was in shock and so was Silvia.
“I wonder what they were doing there? They should be up near the center of New York with a car. They can’t just walk around without a vehicle” said Sam looking at a petrified Sean. Silvia was curled up beside him in the seat and was leaning her head on his shoulder with her arms around him. Sean looked as if he was dead but after a while he and Silvia had fallen asleep on the spot. Barsy and Sam had been chatting about the transmitter that Barsy had finished and that they should always keep it handy when stealing things. They decided not to wake Sean and Silvia up until it was near nine.
Meanwhile, Max and Cindy were playing the GameZone-320 and he dared not say that a Thief had it; Cindy would force Max to wash it as she hated Thieves more than any person he knew (besides Daniel).
Cindy kept beating Max at sniping levels in the game but when it was hand-to-hand combat, Max won. The time to go to the Cinema was two hours away and they were rather excited. Max had phoned Daniel up to have permission to go and of-course Cindy was allowed to because she was to stay there. After the GameZone-320 they went for a snack in the Kitchen and then, because of Cindy, decided to tell secrets that they would promise to keep in Max’s room. Cindy persuaded him into doing it strongly. Max never told Cindy about him liking Silvia or anything in the diary and Cindy never told him about her having a crush on him. Cindy had admitted that she self-proclaimed herself as the Boss of the group and Max had admitted that a Policeman was no longer his dream job. Cindy wanted to be a Policewoman, a Singer or a Dancer. She was extremely shocked when he said he didn’t want to a Policeman. Max had said that he would like to be a Soldier or a Rock-Guitarist. He did not mention becoming one of her most hated things of-course.
Back at the hideout, Silvia and Sean were still asleep on the same chair and Barsy and Sam had headed out for some Chinese food before they went to the Cinema. After a few minutes, Sean had woken up. Silvia also started to stir since he tried to move her and she, too, woke up.
“Where’s Barsy and Sam?” she yawned.
“Probably away stealing something or Sam could have just been frigged off about Barsy... or somehow it could have been the other way round” Sean yawned.
“I just remembered those two Policemen and that my record is now eighty-nine and yours is one-hundred and... and five” he added sadly.
“Oh...” Silvia muttered disappointingly.
“We defiantly can’t let Daniel find you now” said Sean getting up and going to the Kitchen “Or it’s either the end of the line or Trano” he added from the Kitchen. Silvia looked at the ground. She had never been so frightened or scared in her entire life... which was endless.
Silvia and Sean had spent an hour watching the TV. They did not speak to each-other but gave each-other nervous looks every now and then. Barsy and Sam had arrived with a Chinese and said that they weren’t seen (“Tut!” groaned Sean in disappointment). After they had ate and watched some television, they discussed the Cinema and that they were watching a film outside of the Metroplix. They all agreed that the film was suitable for each of them (a war film) and thought about how they were going to swipe some popcorn and drinks.
“I say we distract the guy at the bar and then take what we can” suggested Sean. Sam nodded but Barsy, obviously, disagreed.
“We are only after a Chinese! We don’t need anymore food!” he yelled angrily.
“Barsy, are you a Thief or not?” asked Sean irritably.
“Of-course I am! If I were a Human I wouldn’t even be here” Barsy groaned.
“THEN ACT LIKE ONE!” yelled Sean.
“I can’t help it if my personality stayed the same” Barsy muttered. There was a small silence.
“What? Your personality stayed the same?” said Silvia in shock.
“Yes. They had only some of the toxic left” said Barsy disappointingly.
“I’m not half Human though. I am full Thief. It’s just that I have the same personality. That’s all” he added quickly before they could say anything.
“Disappointingly” muttered Sean so Barsy couldn’t hear.
“Right... well let’s head over now. We can get the stuff while it’s still fresh” said Sam irritably. With a press of the button, they were again in the alleyway with Barsy complaining.
Cindy and Max were also talking about the Cinema. Max wanted to sit outside the Metroplix but Cindy wanted to sit inside. Max had to agree to not disappoint her or he would face one of her annoying demands. They spent the next hour chatting in Max’s room and they then set off.
Sean and Barsy had managed to distract the Barman (by throwing a fifty cense across the room) and then took a large box of popcorn and five cans of coke and water. The garden was quite high above were the cars would hover, in fact, it was on a small hill. There was a large bush and a tree. Barsy sat beside the bush, Silvia in the tree and Sean and Sam behind another bush.
Cindy and Max had sat inside watching the same film and took the highest seats. Silvia didn’t have any idea that Max would be here and the same was with Max... but yet Silvia had a feeling that he was around. She ignored this feeling and made herself comfortable in the tree.
More and more Cars had hovered in with couples and families. Silvia had once wondered what it would be like to have a Brother or Sister but Sean had fulfilled that for her. He was like a Brother or even a Father to her. Barsy was like a know-at-all Brother and Sam was like a little Brother due to his childish personality. Barsy had always been the same, Sean had remembered that he was once rich and polite but now he is a rough, serious and somewhat bossy. The only kindness he ever showed was to Silvia. Sam was once a trouble-making, strict and cursing gangster in 2015 but when he was experimented on, he changed... a LOT. Silvia could not remember anything when she was once a Human. The only thing she could recall after that was Daniel, Cell, Punishment, Daniel, Cell, Punishment and all of her Crimes.
That was all her life was after 2015. Although...there was ONE thing that she could remember; she was meant to work for Humans and help America win wars but she refused... that was it. For the next hour and a half, she enjoyed the film with what she had for a family... not that is was a bad one though.
Max and Cindy had hurried out of the Cinema and headed home when it was over. They hated having to wait in the crowd and Daniel had phoned Max up saying that he would be home at half eleven. He wouldn’t say why which made Max suspicious. It was ten past ten so they had to be prepared and sleeping when he got back or he would surely be mad. When they did get home, they spent half an hour at the TV, which put them at twenty to eleven and then they went onto Max’s room. Cindy spent the rest of the time playing the GameZone-320 and Max spent more time in his dairy. He writ mostly what had happened today and the times he did it at. He also put down;
Secret Six – Met Silvia. Watched TV and had a sandwich. Can’t wait to see her again. I think I’m getting somewhere with her...
Suddenly the door knocked and Max immediately stood up and ran towards it. Cindy had turned around too but noticed the diary lying wide open.
“Surely Max wouldn’t mind if I had a look” she muttered to herself and she started reading. She noticed the first page... and was almost crying with fury. HE LIKES THAT PRATTY THIEF SILVIA!?, she thought furiously to herself while reading it. She then noticed another secret; the Location of Silvia’s hideout.
She read it over and over again until she heard Max coming, closed the diary panicking and sat down on the Gaming chair. She saw Daniel walk past with black shadows under his eyes. Max was following him. They had walked into the Kitchen and started talking.
“What happened?” said Max in horror.
“Thieves. Everywhere. Thirty had managed to escape from their Cells. I’m just so tired. We got them all in of-course and punished a few of them. Thank God that Silvia one wasn’t amongst them or most of us would have died” Daniel said in a hoarse voice.
“How’d they escape?” asked Max curiously.
“No one knows. I was told to go home and get rest by the President and... Well... he put my second in charge” he replied and rubbing his forehead.
“You were fired!? AND THE PRESIDENT CAME OVER!?” said Max in shock.
“Of-course the President came over... Thieves are a very dangerous matter Max! And No, no! Of-course I wasn’t fired! I just needed some rest that’s all. Tomorrow I’ll be on from twelve A.M to three in the morning, so I need sleep. You hit the hay too Max. Oh and how was the Cinema?” he asked quickly.
“Oh it was great. Pretty good movie” Max replied.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” he added.
“Yes, yes. Now go on Max, you and Cindy need sleep and so do I” he said giving Max a hug and then walked away into his bedroom.
Max turned off the Kitchen light and walked into his own bedroom and saw that Cindy was curled up and sleeping on the sleeping bag. Max noticed that she was shaking and was about to ask what was wrong with her but rejected as she seemed tired. Cindy, however, was weeping silently. Max noticed that his diary had been closed. He looked at Cindy in horror and asked “C-Cindy... did... did you look in my diary?”