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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 Jul. 16 2012 at 6:49 am
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very well written...keep it up... :)

on Jul. 4 2012 at 3:46 pm
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When words fail, music speaks.

This should definately become a book! So well written, I was drawn in so quickly! Well done! :)

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on May. 18 2012 at 7:58 am
This story is horrible.

Forevernever said...
on May. 15 2012 at 11:25 pm
Forevernever, Sugar Land, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.” -Francis Chan

Excellent story. I would understand if you didn't make a sequel though, for then you would get to watch us beg for one until the end of time *evil grin*. truly exceptional though,  I enjoyed it immensely.

on May. 11 2012 at 11:28 am
nolanje80 PLATINUM, Kalispell, Montana
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Favorite Quote:
“When you're dreaming with a broken heart
The waking up is the hardest part
You roll outta bed and down on your knees
And for a moment you can hardly breathe”
― John Mayer

this is great, ive read alot of fiction books about witches but i think this storyline and plot is by far th best. it caught my attention immediatly and makes me want to read more...please continue this tale!

RMoore BRONZE said...
on May. 9 2012 at 3:51 pm
RMoore BRONZE, Springfield, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
There is strength in numbers, that is unquestionable, any yet, sometimes we must fight alone.

Can you just turn this into a novel or something?! I want to know what happens next! Who is this mysterious character that is going to cause me to lose sleep over trying to place a background behind her! MORE!!

on Apr. 29 2012 at 12:43 am
_ella_herondale BRONZE, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"...If the Thames that ran beside them...recalled a night where the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on the same boy and girl... and thought to themselves, 'at last, the wheel comes full circle,' they kept their silence."

Oooooo!!super good! More? More? More? ;)

Boota BRONZE said...
on Apr. 27 2012 at 4:24 pm
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Favorite Quote:
Bowties are cool!

LOVED IT, can you write the rest if there is a rest, MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT....




on Apr. 24 2012 at 7:21 pm
Bookwizard PLATINUM, Watertown, New York
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Favorite Quote:
If you love something, let it go. If it comes back it was always yours, if it doesn't it never was.

I didn't love it but you're a good writer.

on Apr. 23 2012 at 8:23 am
marinophan BRONZE, Smithtown, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow.

Oh, and report the abuse to TeenInk on the spammers. If evough reports go through, the comments will be removed.

on Apr. 23 2012 at 8:22 am
marinophan BRONZE, Smithtown, New York
3 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow.

This story left me unmoved. I felt that it was very plain and flat and at no point did it draw me in. Continue your writing, and I hope that your talent will bring a piece that touches upon my interests. By the way, you might want to check on those spammers and report something to TeenInk. Those comments are extremely annoying.

on Apr. 19 2012 at 10:20 pm
spirtualpersonification BRONZE, Glenview, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible, the word impossible says i am possible" - Audrey hepburn <3

omg i love this soooooo much! i wish it didnt stop at such a cliff hanger though

Lindsey31 GOLD said...
on Apr. 9 2012 at 3:50 pm
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Favorite Quote:
LIVE life ~ LAUGH always ~ LOVE lots

I love this! Just curious but how many people have viewed this, rated this and/or commented on this?

Poetic_Ninja said...
on Mar. 29 2012 at 7:48 am

I love it girl! Keepup the good work, you're such an amazing writer too <3


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on Mar. 28 2012 at 8:24 pm
SElahi BRONZE, Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
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Draws you in! Very compelling writing style. Keep up the good work!

on Mar. 28 2012 at 10:06 am
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Favorite Quote:
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Good story!(;(;

on Mar. 26 2012 at 5:51 pm
Poison-ivy SILVER, Park City, Utah
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I absolutely loved it!  You are an extremely talented writer.  If you want, I would love it if you checked out my writing.  Visit my page, or look for an Article called "Immortal Tide."  It should be posted already.

Lindsey31 GOLD said...
on Mar. 26 2012 at 4:24 pm
Lindsey31 GOLD, Rockford, Minnesota
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LIVE life ~ LAUGH always ~ LOVE lots

This is an AWESOME story!! If you want to read a different action-adventure short story, definitely read "Lost Girl Found." Just go to my page OR see recently published work.

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on Mar. 20 2012 at 10:11 am
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on Mar. 6 2012 at 5:21 pm
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