Opulence MAG

May 1, 2008
By AquaGem SILVER, Kalamazoo, Michigan
AquaGem SILVER, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger

Life it too short to let you matter.


I’ve been watching him for days now. When he leaves his house to go to school, I’m the one carefully tailing him, switching cars every day to make myself look less suspicious. If he ever sneaks out of his second-story room, I’ll be the one silently watching from a nearby tree. In class when he turns, feeling eyes on the back of his head, I’m the one who sent the hair on the back of his neck up on end. I am the girl whose shadow is always slightly overlapping his.

Being assigned to watch him almost makes me
feel like I’m not a stalker. Though I’m only 17, I’m a full-fledged member of the organization known as O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. I’ve been with them since the ­tender age of five. It’s my home. Being an orphan, my office is also my permanent residence, the couch a fold-out bed. There are many others like me: no family. A lot of us are loners and haven’t chosen this route for ourselves.

I’m a tracker. I have been for years and some might say that I am the best at not being the best. In other words, I’m great at being invisible. Or at not being noticed. It’s not as hard as the others in the organization think. Being young and female is good, since most we track are young. Seeing me around younger people – my age, actually – doesn’t raise alarm bells. It helps that I’m cute. With a small frame, light hazel eyes, and short blond hair that curls under my chin, I don’t appear threatening. Of course, my ­organization-funded training doesn’t back that theory.

Soon I won’t be tracking down others with the power. They are finally going to give me an apprentice. After years of mastering everything I’ve been taught, they see my potential. That’s not to say I know everything. Even with my extended life I won’t be able to learn all the things I want to. If only this annoying boy would show the signs. It’s been almost a week. If he doesn’t show soon, they’ll reassign me. That much longer until I get my apprentice.

So here I am, sipping a latté and waiting for the Target to leave for school. I have been put in all of his classes in case something happens there, though I graduated high school years ago. Private tutors sped things up. With no family or personal ties, I had lots of time to devote to my studies. Martial arts black belts. Twelve languages, not including English. Everything a girl needs for a serious career in the agency. Such positions of power are not handed out easily. You must prove yourself many times over.

The Target and I have never spoken, but I know a lot about him. His file told me some, but after watching him for only a few days, I feel confident in saying that I know things no one else does. Not just the obvious, either. He resents his father and is protective of his mother, which makes me suspect the father is less than faithful. He smiles often but doesn’t make a lot of eye contact. He usually only speaks when spoken to. Although he has many friends, he isn’t close with any of them. The Target is observant, a watcher. This leads me to believe we would get along if he shows any promise.

I look down at my watch, then back at his house a few blocks away. The Target is late, which means I’ll be late too. Today my ride is a shiny black sports car, not out of place in this suburb full of midlife-crisis men. I turn on the engine impatiently. I’m fiddling with the radio when I hear something. I don’t feel any immediate danger, and I know to trust those feelings. But I ­also know that something is off.

Just as I am about to get out of the car and pretend to look in the trunk, the passenger door opens. I look up in surprise as the Target slides into the seat next to me. I grin, quite pleased by this turn of events. This is definitely a good sign. Perhaps intuition is strong in him. That would be good for my apprentice to have, complementary. I could handle having to deal with that.

“Hello, Lenna. Why have you been following me for a week now?” the Target asks lightly, conversationally, his first words ever said in my direction.

Ah, one of my many aliases. The organization set it up so that whenever I’m on a case, I get a new name, past, and present. It’s very powerful. The organization can basically do anything it needs; it has people everywhere imaginable. I’m just one of many, though there aren’t that many at the top, as I am. They don’t trust many to be trackers. Or to be apprentices. All of the full members have the power, though we control others to get things done.

My smile deepens as I say in my authoritative, professional voice, “My real name is Jade. I am a witch of the moon and a tracker for the organization known as O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. You are also a witch. We would like to formally welcome you into the organization as my apprentice. Here is my card for verification.”

Jade Wordsworth
Tracker for O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E
Official Political Understanding Lending ­Everyone ­Navigation for Co-Existing Ethereals
Office hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Sat
Phone: 555-5555
Proud league of witches of the sun and moon.
Worldwide.

“What do you mean ‘moon and sun’? Or ‘tracker’?” he asks, still looking at my card like it’s going to ­disappear.

“Types of magic. Moon is all about spells, the sun is more potion-based, though each type of witchcraft involves the other somehow. As a tracker, I find people like you and I bring them to O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. Every witch must register, train, and become a member by law. In fact, the organization is like a government targeted toward witches,” I explain with a smile, loving the fact that this time I get to teach the newbie.

“Magic? Seriously?” he asks, eyes wide, meeting mine. They are large, yellow, and catlike.

I click a button on my left, automatically locking the doors. I put the car into drive, pulling out onto the road. As an afterthought I add as a courtesy, “I think you had better come with me.” .



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on Jan. 11 2012 at 2:27 pm
what a wonderful story. What's up with these spammers anyway? Hope you guys have fun. Keep writing. God Bless!

vazenitran98 said...
on Jan. 11 2012 at 1:53 pm
vazenitran98, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,I met a man who had no feet."

. . . ummmm,sure.....

Wergugy said...
on Jan. 9 2012 at 5:16 pm
Wergugy, Vancouver, District Of Columbia
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wow great story

@Spiritiris said...
on Dec. 31 2011 at 11:10 pm
finally. about time. *Rolls eyes*

on Dec. 31 2011 at 8:35 pm
SilentVoice BRONZE, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
~ Unknown ~

This is an amazing story. I really enjoy the way you describe this person who on the inside just needs a good friend

nice said...
on Dec. 31 2011 at 7:26 pm
nice story, very awesome

on Dec. 31 2011 at 4:47 pm
Pamplemousse SILVER, Gilbert, Arizona
7 articles 1 photo 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To be happy, Don't do whatever you like, Like whatever you do" -James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)

You should definitely keep this story going. We can never have enough stories about magic... especially ones with magic and spy stuff!

on Dec. 31 2011 at 11:55 am
writingrox2 GOLD, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
14 articles 2 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars.

I agree. It's really good and very captivating, but it seems like there should be more. I hope you stem off this into a book--I'd love to read it!

on Dec. 31 2011 at 1:22 am
DarkMountain BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
4 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
My eyes feel so heavy when the stars are calling me
- Join with us eternally -
I'm falling in deep trance and my powers are weakening
I'm falling in a world between dreams and reality
... I'm sailing away to undiscovered seas...
Oh time...

(Disclaimer:Just my opinion...) Def_Leppard_fan120, if you're going to self-advertise, at least post constructive criticism first. prove to readers and the author that your voice is worth it. otherwise people think it's spam btw, I did read your article and found it interesting, though a bit lacking. I did post a comment..

Blairezie GOLD said...
on Dec. 30 2011 at 4:06 pm
Blairezie GOLD, Montrose, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"You must never give in to despair. When there is no hope, you give yourself hope. That is the true meaning of inner strength." -General Iroh

Sounds like the opening chapter to a book.

on Dec. 27 2011 at 10:33 pm
Def_Leppard_fan120 SILVER, Lake Lorane, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
If you want your dreams to come true, Make them come true. If you want to win, Make it a win.
The only one that is stopping you from accomplish your dreams is YOU.

Check out my article called THE BATTLE by Def_Leopard_fan120 and leave a comment on what you thought about it

vazenitran98 said...
on Dec. 27 2011 at 9:04 am
vazenitran98, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 79 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,I met a man who had no feet."

This was amazing! I was just looking up random articles and stumbled upon this one. Yes,it's indeed amazing!

on Dec. 9 2011 at 11:15 pm
Ahmad-Mobeen GOLD, Rawalpindi, Other
11 articles 4 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Understand life... Don't just STAND UNDER it!

Graet! =D

Keep it up! =)


on Dec. 9 2011 at 8:12 pm
melyssaanne BRONZE, Have Fun, Oklahoma
3 articles 1 photo 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't want to live; I want to love first, and live incidentally." - Zelda Fitzgerald

Love it, I never expected the little twist at the end. It's great!!

on Dec. 9 2011 at 2:58 pm
lzcelloplayer BRONZE, Wayland, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"It seems that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little." ~ Oscar Wilde

I really enjoyed this piece, especially the pacing because sometimes a piece can be too slow and the reader will get bored because it takes time to build a world. Or the piece can be too fast and the reader will get confused. 

I would love to read more of it! 

Congrats, 

:D 


on Dec. 9 2011 at 7:41 am
Hetalia-otaku SILVER, Sweden, Maine
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Love the story

on Dec. 9 2011 at 7:40 am
Hetalia-otaku SILVER, Sweden, Maine
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Sorry that comment was worthless xD

I just got to teen ink


on Dec. 9 2011 at 7:39 am
Hetalia-otaku SILVER, Sweden, Maine
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I really like this story.  It's very nice and I'm happy that it got published.  Keep writing!! :D

on Dec. 6 2011 at 9:52 pm
ms.nerdalicious GOLD, Orlando, Florida
16 articles 1 photo 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
— Maya Angelou

yeah! please. keep writing! need more!

on Dec. 3 2011 at 7:58 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

this is really funny actually i loved it!!!!1! please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and comment and rate it thanks!




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