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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.

“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 Sep. 14 2011 at 10:23 pm
tianna-alexa BRONZE, Minden, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.
— Eugene Ionesco

As well as pretty much everything that comes out of John Green's mouth.

I thought this was a VERY well written story. Your writing style was refreshing and diction cleverly used. However, the beginning was a bit too much of an "info dump" for me, and I hope it didn't deter other readers.

Great job, and keep writing! :)

on Sep. 12 2011 at 7:37 pm
Regs_the_Shorty GOLD, Frankfort, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There are people who finish what they start and.....

So amazyingly great!!!! Love it!!!

on Sep. 12 2011 at 5:50 pm
SpringAhead GOLD, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't call me crazy, it drives me nuts!"


I hear ya, but with my blond hair I am honestly oblivious to everything XD Anyway I really wouldn't know if it where related to Twilight because I've never read Twilight. It never really interested me that much, althought I do like fantasy books, and stories. In any case we are in agreement that this story should have more chapters because it is such a cliffhanger. :)

Brin11 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 5:41 pm
Brin11 BRONZE, Gilmer, Texas
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I wish there was a like button. the stlye was what made the story. It kept me in suspense and in curiosity.

Brin11 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 5:38 pm
Brin11 BRONZE, Gilmer, Texas
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I expected that from the beginging.......but that's just me. It reminded me of Twilight (though not as depressing) and some sort of secret spy book. deinitly needs more chapters.


Brin11 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 5:35 pm
Brin11 BRONZE, Gilmer, Texas
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At first I thought she was a stalker...then a monster in disguise. I kept trying to figure out if she was a good guy or not. At the end I felt like she fit the role of a witch very well. I just suggest that if you realize someone has been watching you for a whole week, don't get in nthe car with them annd especially don't let them lock the door.  (though I liked that detail- it fit her personality) though maybe he was just going with his witch gut feeling.

on Sep. 12 2011 at 11:34 am
Rocinante SILVER, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Nice!!! This is so cool! You could make a whole book about this subject. It just sucked me right in!

Catiejune said...
on Sep. 7 2011 at 10:32 am
Catiejune, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
we are who we, so don't change that

amazing story. i want to get mine most of the way finished before i post it.

Mackie BRONZE said...
on Sep. 2 2011 at 5:32 pm
Mackie BRONZE, Neverland, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isnt about waiting for the storms to pass... It's learning to dance in the rain."

wowowow ! awesome ! you have a gift ! :) if you get a chance please check out my new piece "freak's island ch 1-5" and leave some feedback !

im.so.me said...
on Aug. 29 2011 at 10:50 am
It's like James Bond mixed with Harry Potter. Mixed with stalkers.

on Aug. 21 2011 at 3:22 pm
MiNdLeSsLuVeRgIrL BRONZE, Kenly, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
If you love something let it go, if it comes back its yours if it doesn't, it never was!

love it :)

Janeyy BRONZE said...
on Aug. 21 2011 at 1:15 pm
Janeyy BRONZE, Vancouver, Other
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Favorite Quote:
\"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams\" <3

The main plot is a LOT like Agents of Secret Stuff... 

on Aug. 17 2011 at 6:44 pm
Suzannahlikespie SILVER, Katy, Texas
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This is so old time spy mixed with the now. The voice kind of sounds like a detective movie. I love it!

amber R. said...
on Jul. 30 2011 at 8:06 pm
i agree. please write more and post it. I loved this!!

on Jul. 30 2011 at 3:20 pm
dancinshell SILVER, Longwood, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Do you have the audacity to doubt my veracity and insinuate that i prevaricate?

I love the House of Night Series!!! I completely agree with you too!!! Check out my work please :) thanx!

jojo said...
on Jul. 30 2011 at 12:36 pm
i don't get this...

on Jul. 23 2011 at 6:34 am
iamonecoolradiator, London, Other
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This was great...maybe you could build up the suspense even more? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read my work if you have time

TAR11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 19 2011 at 6:54 am
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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Cool story please check mine out if you get the chance. 

on Jul. 12 2011 at 10:18 am
Tongue_Blep PLATINUM, ????, Ohio
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I loved the story! Great job! Hey everyone! just posted two of my stories here there called Nightstalker and The Beast. if you read them tell me if you like them or not! Thanks! :D

on Jul. 8 2011 at 5:44 pm
place4pluto BRONZE, Beloit, Wisconsin
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This story is AMAZING! It made me want more. PLEASE POST MORE CHAPTERS!!! Your a great writer. :)