The Six Protecters

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

There used to be six of us, but not anymore. Now it was just me, Anna. I was alone, but I would build up my group again. I had no choice; the Runlai had to be protected. I couldn’t let Raven get her hands on it. The world would surely fall apart if they did.
But I had to start somewhere, so now it was time to recruit my first member.

“There used to be six of us... Now I’m alone.” I stated.

”What happened?” Sophie asked.

”Do you want me to just tell you what happened to each of them, or do you want me to tell you the story?” I asked.

”umm... how about the story?” She asked.

“Alright. So I’ll tell you who the six people were fist. There was Liam, he was twenty three, the oldest of our group. Then there was his sister, Arya. She was twenty one. Then there was Mason, he was nineteen. Then Luke, who was seventeen. Then me, Anna, I was sixteen at the time. Then my best friend, Sarah. She was fifteen.” I explained.

”Liam, what are we going to do?” Luke asked. “Raven and her group are going to keep coming back. We have to do something.”

”I know... but what can we do? They’ll do whatever it takes... and we aren’t like them. We won’t fight.” Liam said.

”We don’t have a choice, Liam...... If we don’t we won’t last long.” Arya said.

”We won’t fight. But we can defend ourselves.” Liam said. “We defend ourselves long enough to run away.”

”We can’t just keep running away. We have to do something.” Sarah said.

”I know, but we aren’t fighters... it’s just not what we do...” Liam sighed.

”They’re gonna kill us if we don’t though. If we’re dead then they’re going to get the Rinlai!” I said.

”That’s true... Maybe we hide it somewhere that only we’d be able to get it?” Liam suggested.

”That could work... but what if we’re all dead? Then they might be able to find a way to get it.” Mason said.

”We’ll find a way that they won’t be able to get it. Don’t worry. They won’t get their hands on it.” Liam promised.

”So we need to come up with a spot then.” I said.

”Alright, so everyone come up with ideas and we’ll figure something out.” Liam said and everyone started suggesting ideas.

About three hours later, we had come up with a place to hide the Rinlai. 

“What’s the Rinlai?” Sophie asked.

”The Rinlai is... a tool, i guess you could say. This tool can be extremely useful for both the good and evil people of the world. It can help or destroy the world. We wanted to use it for good, but Raven’s group wanted to use it for bad. So we had to keep it from them.” I explained.

”Who was Raven’s group?” She asked.

“They had eight people in their group. Raven was the leader. There was also Dylan, Layla, Kali, Pete, Bella, Nero and Selene. I don’t know their ages, though. They were the evil group. They did whatever they could do to harm people. They killed a lot of people, and we tried our best to save the people they hurt. We were able to save some of them, luckily. But not all...”

“Wow... they were horrible...” She commented.

”They’re all still alive, i think. They might have lost a couple people, but I’m not sure.” I said.

About a week later the Rinlai was safely hidden and everyone agreed that it was the best hiding spot that there was. We had to be prepared for Ravens group to come and fight for it though, so everyone was preparing for that.

Everyone was in the basement of the house we stayed at, training for self defense. We knew we had to use violence to be able to protect ourselves, but we wouldn’t hurt them too much. 

Arya was listening to music through her headphones while punching the punching bag.

Liam was lifting weights with music quietly playing next to him.

Mason was wearing his wireless headphones while running on the treadmill.

Luke was doing push-ups and silently counting each one.

Sarah was running in place and listening to music on her headphones.

I walked over to Sarah and started running in place next to her.

She took out one of her headphones so she could talk to me. “Hey, what’s up?”

”Nothing much, just prepping for an attack from our rivals.” I joked.

”Same,” She laughed. “I wonder when they’re going to come and try to get the Rinlai.”

”Probably soon. They know we hid it, so they’ll start looking for it soon.” I said.

”True... do you think we’ll be able to keep the Rinlai away from them without loosing any of our members?” She asked.

”That’s hard to tell... there’s definitely a chance that we could die... but we can’t let them get the Rinlai, that would hurt way too many people.” I said.

”Yeah, definitely. Everyone here would for sure give their life to keep the Rinlai away from them. I definitely would.” She said.

”Same, for sure.” I agreed.

We stopped talking and just silently ran in place when we heard a crash from upstairs. Liam, Luke, Sarah and I froze and looked at each other. Arya and Mason saw us freeze, so they stopped what they were doing and took out their headphones.

”What happened?” Mason asked.

”We heard a crash upstairs.” Liam whispered.

Arya and Mason silently nodded and Liam motioned for everyone to follow him as he quietly went up the basement stairs.

We snuck up there and looked around for whoever made the noise.

Sarah tapped my shoulder to get my attention, I looked to where she pointed and saw Raven going through our stuff, probably trying to find the Rinlai.

I got everyone else’s attention and when they also saw Raven, we went up to her and cornered her. She noticed us there and she didn’t seem surprised at all. She simply smirked at us.

I heard Sarah squeal next to me and I saw one of Ravens group members, I think it was Pete, pulling her away from us with a cloth over her mouth.

I ran after them and tried to get Sarah back, but I wasn’t able too. Everyone else tried to get her away from Pete, but we weren’t able to because everyone else in Ravens group held us back.

We could only watch  as she was thrown into the back of a truck and was taken away from us.

Somehow, Mason managed to get out of one of Ravens members and he started to run towards the truck.

”Mason, stop!” Liam yelled when he saw that the person who was holding him back pulled out a gun.

Mason turned around to see why he had to stop and took a step back when he saw the gun.

The person who was holding him back didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger and shoot Mason in the head. At this point the truck that Sarah was in was too far away for us to see. Ravens group released us and drove away laughing.

We ran over to Mason and tried to stop the bleeding, but it was no use. We could see that he was trying to stay awake, but it was hard for him. The light was fading from his eyes and we knew he wouldn’t survive this.

”Mason, stay with us. You have to stay awake, we’ll get you help.” Arya cried.

Mason weakly nodded and we tried to stop the bleeding while Luke called an ambulance.

We were all silently crying as we watched him die. There was nothing we could do but watch him die. It took a few minutes, but eventually the light in his eyes was gone and he had no pulse. He was gone.

We sat there silently mourning his death and we stood silently when the ambulance came and took him away.

Over time, we got use to him not being there, but we missed him so much everyday.

“What happened to Sarah?” Sophie asked.

”I’m not sure. I haven’t heard from her ever since then, and no one from Ravens group has mentioned anything. I miss her every day, but there’s nothing I can do to help her. She could have been killed as soon as she was brought into that truck for all I know.” I sighed.

”What was the point in taking her if they would just kill her?” She asked.

”Maybe they didn’t kill her right away. They probably tortured her to see if she would tell them where the Rinlai was hidden. If they did, then she didn’t tell them where it was, since they haven’t found it yet.” I said.

”It’s still hidden?” She asked, surprised.

”Yeah, in the same place, too.” I lightly smiled. “We hid it well. They’re never going to find it.”

About a year later and we still hadn’t heard of what happened to Sarah. Every time we saw Raven’s group, we would ask, but they would always just laugh and get on to what they planned on doing.

Everyday we would use the Runlai for what it was made for. We used it to help people, but we still kept it hidden and we made sure that Raven’s group wouldn’t see us using it. The Runlai did a lot of good, but it was very subtle. It was some kind of magic, it made either a specific person or a random person have a really good day. It didn’t seem like much, but it helped a lot of people.

If Ravens group got ahold of the Runlai, then they would use it to make people have bad days. That, to Raven’s group, means the person dying or killing multiple other people probably on accident in their eyes, but in Raven’s eyes it was not an accident. She would use it to kill as much people as she could. Maybe have the president get mad at everyone and make bad choices that cause the government to crash. So ya, there was no chance that Raven’s group could get the Runlai. We wouldn’t let them. Even if we were all dead, our hiding spot was too good for Raven’s group to find.

None of Raven’s group had seriously hurt anyone else in our group since that day that they took Sarah and killed Mason.

That was, until we saw everyone in Raven’s group show up in our training room with guns pointed at us.

”Show us where the Runlai is or we’ll shoot you!” Raven screamed at us, she had been getting more and more frustrated at us every time she would look for the Runlai and not find it.

”Not a chance.” Luke scoffed. “We’ll never tell you. Or anyone outside of our group for that matter.”

”Are you asking us to kill you all?” Dylan, another one of Raven’s members, asked.

”They’re practically begging us!” Bella, another one of Raven’s members, sneered at us.

”No, we’re not. We would much rather live to help people, but we won’t tell you where the Runlai is.” Liam said calmly.

”Then we’re just going to have to kill you all.” Raven practically growled. “Layla.” She nodded her head towards us and we heard a gunshot before we saw Luke fall to the ground.

”Luke! No!” I ran over and kneeled next to him, trying to stop the bleeding to no use. Arya went to help, too, since she was the one in our group with the most medical experience. But even she couldn’t save poor Luke. He died pretty quickly.

”Ready to tell us where the Runlai is?” Raven asked.

”No matter how much of us that you kill, none of us will ever tell you where it is!” Liam sneered.

”Then we’ll just have to kill you all.” Raven said, surprisingly calm. She looked to her group and nodded before I heard a lot of gunshots.

I was standing next to Luke and he pushed me behind him before he got shot. He fell back, causing him to push me to the ground with him.

When we first fell to the ground, I tried to get out from under him but Liam mumbled “Stop.” He said it too quietly for any of Ravens group to hear.

“You guys were supposed to save one of them! We needed one person alive to tell us where the Runlai is hidden! Now they’re all gone!” Raven yelled at her group.

I was mostly hidden by Luke’s body, so they probably couldn’t tell that I wasn’t shot. Which was good, now I could use the Runlai to help people and Raven’s group wouldn’t know that I was alive so they wouldn’t come after me.

I could hear Raven storming out of the room and going upstairs to probably search the house again for the Runlai. Even though she had done it so many times before.

After Ravens group left the room we were in, Liam started talking quietly to me as I got out from under him and kneeled next to him.

”Anna, you can’t let them get the Runlai.” He said sternly, with strength in his voice even though he was growing weaker by the second. “Do whatever you must to keep it from them. Recruit more people for this group when you’re ready. Make sure they’re trustworthy and will protect the Runlai with their life. You know what the test is to determine the new members. You will be the new leader. You’ll lead them right. I know you will.” His voice was getting weaker now, he was losing the strength he had put into his voice.

”I promise I won’t let them get the Runlai. I’ll continue using it to help people every day. I promise I’ll do good.” I was crying, I didn’t know how I would do everything by myself. I didn’t know if I could do it.

”I know you will.” He breathed out. “You’ll do great.”

And with that he was gone. I was alone. I had to do everything by myself now. When I was ready to be a leader, I would try and recruit more people for this group. I had to. I owed it to everyone. To Liam. To Arya. To Mason. To Luke. To Sarah. To everyone else that Raven’s group had hurt and murdered. I couldn’t let them win.

I would defeat Raven’s group once and for all.

”How long ago was that?” Sophie asked.

”It was three years ago. I wasn’t ready to be a leader yet, so I did all I could by myself, while still letting Raven’s group think I was dead. They still think I’m dead, and I hope to keep it that way until I get a bigger group.” I frowned.

“It will never be the same, though.“ I continued. “When I recruit new members, it won’t be the same as when Liam, Arya, Mason, Luke and Sarah were in the group. No one will be quite as dedicated as them. And me, of course. We were all the original members. It was created by us, but it won’t end with us.”

“It won’t be the same, but it will still be good. It will still help people. You’ll be a good leader and your group will defeat Raven’s group. I’m sure you will.” Sophie assured me.

”I sure hope so.” I lightly smiled. “It’s time I recruit people, now. How would you like to be part of the group?”

”Me, really? You’re letting me in?” She asked.

”If you’re up for it. I gave you the test and you passed. You’re trustworthy and seem to want Raven’s group to win.” I said.

”I’ll do whatever it takes to defeat them.” She said determinedly.

”You do realize that you might lose your life doing this, right?” I asked.

”Yes, I realize that.” She said.

”Good. And even if you’re tortured by Ravens group, you won’t ever reveal where the Runlai is?” I asked.

”No, I won’t.” She promised.

”Then I will show you where the Runlai is hidden.” I stood up and walked to the kitchen.

”I thought you said that Raven’s group searched the whole house?” She asked.

”They did. But they weren’t accounting for hidden-in-plain-sight hiding places.” I opened the fridge and took out a plastic water bottle. Instead of water inside it, there was a thick slime that no one could see through. I opened up the lid of the water bottle and dumped the slime onto the counter. Once all the slime was out, it was easy to see that there was a small box inside. Under the paper that wrapped around the bottle, there was a hole big enough to let the small box out easily.

The small box was silver and gold, and it was more of a cube then a box since it couldn’t open, like a box could. On the top of the cube there was an oval shape that was for a thumb print to go on. it didn’t matter who used the box, but putting your fingerprint onto the cube gave the cube your information and would know if you were going to use it for good or bad. On two of the sides of the box, opposite of each other, there was a button. One was black, the other was white. The white one was for if you were going to use it on a random person, the black one was for if you wanted to do use it on a specific person.

”It’s a lot smaller then I thought.” Sophie commented.

”It’s small, but powerful.” I said. “To use it, you place it on a flat surface,” I placed it on the counter. “And you put you’re thumb on the oval. How about you do it?” I gestured for Sophie to use the box. This was really the final test of being recruited, but I wasn’t going to tell her that. When she would put her thumb on the oval, it will tell me if her intentions are good or bad. If they’re good, she stays. If they’re bad, I have a spray that will make her forget the last few hours and she will not be joining my group.

”Are you sure?” She asked and I nodded. She put her thumb on the oval and a large, thin, clear blue screen popped up in front of us. The screen had a loading sign on it as it processed the information.

 “What is that?” She asked.

”It’s the screen that let’s us see what will happen once we use the box. It will basically be like a video that will show us the good stuff we did. It’s also like a log that shows us who the last people to use the box were.” I explained.

”Oh, that’s cool.” She smiled.

The screen’s loading symbol went away and it showed Sophie’s profile. There was a picture of her, and under the picture was the word ‘GOOD’ lit up in green. To the right of the picture was some information about her, but I wasn’t worried about the random facts about her.

”What is this?” She asked.

”It’s just your profile.” I said and tapped the X in the corner of the screen and it was blank, waiting for us to press a button.

”Why did it say good in all caps under my picture?” She asked.

”It means that your intentions are good and you are able to join the group.” I smiled.

”I thought I was already part of the group?” She asked, but she couldn’t hide the smile that grew on her face.

”You were, but this was just the final test to double check. If it said that your intentions were bad then I would have erased your memory of the last few hours.” I explained.

”That makes sense.” She shrugged. “What’s the next step for the Runlai?”

”Push the white button.” I told her, and she did so.

The screen showed a girl sitting on a bench, crying, and some guy that seemed to be roughly the same age as her came up to her and talked to her, trying to comfort her. Then the video switched to showing clips of the future of the girl. Her and The guy she met were sitting at a restaurant laughing, then the next clip was of them walking down the street hand-in-hand, the net clip was of them kissing, the next was of him proposing, the next was their wedding. Then the screen shut off and disappeared.

The clips spanned over a few years, because it was showing us what our good deed caused. It always made me happy seeing how we not only made their day better, but sometimes it would effect their whole life, like the one we just saw. Sometimes it just effected that day, but no matter if the Runlai made their day or life better, it always made me really happy to see how it helped them so much.

”That was really cool.” Sophie smiled brightly.

”It’s always great seeing the people become happy like that.” I smiled.

She thought for a moment before asking, “Have you ever done that with Sarah? When she was taken by Ravens group, you could have made her day better with this.”

”I’ve thought about it, but we’re not supposed to use it to help ourselves. We got it to help others, not ourselves.” I said.

”But if you use it on her right now, you’ll now if she’s alive or not and you can give her a good day. It’s been years since you’ve seen her, she could still be getting tortured and you could help her.” She said.

”I don’t know if I’m supposed to. Liam would know, since he was our leader, but he’s not here, so I don’t know what to do.” I frowned.

”You’re the leader now. If you think it’s a good idea, then you do it.” She said.

”That’s true... It makes sense to use it on her... I don’t see a problem with helping her... so I guess we should do it.” I put my thumb on the oval on the box and watched my profile pop up on the screen.

I pushed the X in the corner and then pressed the black button.

The words, ’Enter the first and last name of the person you want to help.’ Showed up on the screen and a keyboard showed up on the screen. I typed in ‘Sarah Smith’ and pushed the ‘enter’ button.

the loading sign appeared, and for a minute I thought that it was trying to find her and it couldn’t because she was dead. A part of me had always feared that Ravens group had killed Sarah. But a part of me also held hope that she was alive.

The loading sign disappeared and I saw Sarah walking into a cemetery and to a grave. She walked to four graves, putting a flower on each one and I gasped when I read the names on the graves. “Mason Gregory,’ ‘Liam O’Conners,’ ‘Arya O’Conners,’ and ‘Luke Tyler.’

“She’s at their graves! She’s so close to us!” I jumped in excitement, and continued watching what she was doing.

She had one flower left over, and she smiled lightly at it. Maybe she was going to put that one on my grave and now she knew I was still alive? Then maybe she would come and see if I was here!

I wanted so badly to go and run to her, but I figured it would be better if I let her find me. I continued to watch what she was doing and she started running towards our house. Then the video switched to other clips of what this would cause, but I didn’t watch them. I quickly put the Runlai away and hid it back where it was in the slime-filled water bottle in the fridge and I waited at the front door for her to come.

It took three minutes for her to run from the cemetery to the house, and I opened the door before she could knock or come in. We hugged tightly and talked for the rest of the day as we caught up to what happened in the past years.

Apparently, Ravens group tortured her for a year, trying to get her to tell them where the Runlai was, before she managed to escape. She had tried coming back to the house, but when she got here, she heard the gunshots and peaked into a window that went into the basement and she saw us lying lifeless on the ground. She had to run away and hide quickly so Ravens group wouldn’t see her, and she ran as far as she could. She didn’t want to go back and see all our dead bodies again, so she stayed away.

Recently, she had finally decided to come back and she found the graves. When she didn’t see mine there, she just knew that I was still alive, so she came down. She was so excited that we would finally be back together that she ran faster then she had ever run before to get here. And now that we were finally back together, they could defeat Ravens group.

I had introduced her to our newest member, Sophie, and they became fast friends, too.

We talked about whatever we felt like all night until eventually we crashed on the couch and fell asleep.

We would defeat Ravens group. And we would do whatever it took to do that. Even if it meant we had to hurt them. We wouldn’t kill them, off course, but we would hurt them enough so that they couldn’t leave and then we would tell the police and they could be sent to jail. They would no longer hurt anyone.

That would be a good day. I couldn’t wait until that day came.

Submitted: September 15, 2020

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