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Short Story: Stifling Heat

Genre: slice of life

It was stifling. No matter how deeply she breathed, she still felt like she wasn’t taking anything in. The heat pressed on her from all sides, leaving no space for relief.

She couldn’t take it anymore.

With a gasp, she threw the heavy blankets off her. Cold air rushed over her and she gulped the air like she was drowning.

“That’s what a sauna feels like,” her friend said.

“Your sister pays to do this?”

“Yup. My mum too.”

“Adults are crazy.”

“I don’t want to grow up.”

“Me too.”

He jumped to his feet.

“I’ll be a kid forever!”

She bounced on the bed.

“Me too!”

Outside, two amused mums peeped through the gap in the door. Remembering the same promise they made to each other many years back.

How things had changed. Yet some things remained the same.

~End~

Mission Gone Wrong 10: Promise Me This

Written in response to the prompt promises with a dash of the previous original prompt.

This is part of the Mission Gone Wrong story.

Genre: general

 

~Promise Me This~

Before Alan was team captain, he was vice-captain to the original captain who created the team. The original captain was a small lady half his size with a mischievous streak a mile wide.

But under all the pranks and giggles was someone who took her job very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that when she learnt that her cousin would join her team, she applied for a transfer.

“Why?” he asked her after training when everyone else had left.

“Because my cousin’s a shy boy,” she said with a cheeky grin.

“Then put him on another team. Why should you be the one to leave?”

“Because my cousin’s a shy boy.”

His fingers twitched, but he didn’t throttle her. His parents had brought him up to be better than a thug who only knew how to throw his strength around.

Lucy’s grin softened into a smile. She rested a small hand on his arm.

“This team will be good for him, but not if I’m here. He needs his own space. Anyway, Lavi’s been bugging me to start a new team for a few months, so the timing is amazing.”

He didn’t know how much of the excitement was feigned, but the least he could do was play along and let her go.

“It wouldn’t be the same without you.”

“I hope not. This is your team now. Choose your own vice-captain, have as many or as little members as you want, train with bubblegum if that’s your style. It’s up to you. Just promise me this. Keep my cousin in the team until he becomes a full Fighter.”

“I promise.”

It was that promise that stopped him whenever he thought of filing for a transfer for Lucy’s cousin. Shuffling newbies around different teams until they found one that fit was standard procedure. In fact, it was a great way to expose newbies to different combat styles and group strategy they wouldn’t otherwise get by sticking to just one team.

But Lucy had always had great insight into what people really needed, and if she thought sticking to one team was what her cousin needed, he just had to do his best to support her cousin.

“Captain Alan?”

He snapped out of his thoughts to the girl beside him.

“That’s me.”

“I am Shadow,” the girl introduced herself, “I am ready to leave whenever you are.”

He rose to his feet and checked his gear.¬†Whatever misgivings he had about Theo’s place in the team could wait. It was time to bring their newbie back home.

“Good. Let’s go. Ezra, lead the way.”

~Continue to the next part: Just Keep Walking~

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