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An abundance of (name)s

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Sigh

That was his 10th one today. Black Hat looked up from his mountain of paper work and files.

His last auction was very successful, and the latest invention Flug made, which was a medusa ray, was first in sales in the market.

Sigh

Again. Why was he so bored? Yes, he rarely felt like this when filing documents. He glanced over to his bottle of wine. Empty. Leaning back into his chair, he pulled back his sleeves and stared at the number on his wrist.

548

The number was mocking him. It would either go up or down suddenly. The steps of his darling was always hundreds of digits away.

This appeared 21 years ago, when he was washing his hands after a nasty encounter with a hero.  The starting number was 1000. He thought it was a prank from whoever decided to play on him, but when it didn’t come off, he went to Flug for help. He then explained that it was the hint of the gods who linked someone to their soulmates. It was called a charm, and the step counter was his. Just as Flug’s charm was their name, and Demencia’s was the color charm.

Flug also told him that he should be thankful that the gods were merciful enough to give him someone to fill his evil little heart.

(Of course, not exactly like that, or else Black Hat would have his head)

He was greatly relieved that Demencia wasn’t his destined significant other, but who?

He turned side to side in his chair, his folded hands resting on his pursed lips. Why is he even being troubled by this?

I shouldnt be thinking about this I have an appointment tomorrow with a client. Black Hat thought, rubbing his forehead. He glanced over to his clock. Twelve forty-two. Time to sleep.

He grabbed the empty wine bottle and threw it away. With the snap of his fingers, the documents, finished or not, put themselves away in his desk drawers.

He changed into his nightwear and jumped under the covers, and dozed off.

 

“But (name), you shouldn’t be liking someone who isn’t your soulmate!” Bianca told her best friend. She explained the consequences not only to her, but to her true significant other if that ever happens.

“And I told you that I don’t like him. It’s just a simple idolization. He’s cute and okay. I want someone handsome and great! And hopefully, these numbers lessen…” (Name) retorted as she looked at her gloved hands. She liked gloves, the thin cotton ones were her favourite among her whole collection.

Which filled up a drawer.

“Yeah. Hopefully someone who can match your weird personality” Bianca mumbled. (Name) was known for smiling when she saw gore themes or movies, making corpse jokes or cackling when someone face planted and broke their nose. She was a prankster, but she was smart. She was always top 1 in her class and it confused the teachers and students about how a beautiful and smart girl can be so…vile.

She was also nice sometimes, which greatly relieved everyone.

“What?” (Name) swivelled around to face Bianca. She just shook her head and they continued to walk towards their classroom. History.

It was always (Name)’s favoured subject. She liked the stories of the old folk about evil beings lurking in the shadows, and the good which protected everyone.

Her favourite urban legend in Hatsville was about the Watcher and The Snatcher.

Two evil beings working together not to harm but punish higher ups who abuse their power by taking away something precious from their lives.

She laughed at their reactions all the time. Priceless.

“And here is the living legend himself, the malicious Black Hat.” Mr. Rose said, changing the slide to show a picture. The name Black Hat made (Name) look up from her notes.

She’s been fascinated by him for over 6 years. She’s been studying a lot about him that she might have a small crush on him. (Name) patted her cheeks to get rid of the blush forming on her face. I hope hes my soulmate. Snrrkk good one, (name) She coughed and shook her head, dispersing the random thought

“It’s said that he’s over two centuries old. Being an eldritch and demon spawn of many abilities. Stories and legends depicting a monstrous creature has led back to him. Much like The Slender Man, The Rake, The Babysitter and the Man in the basement and many others.” Mr. Rose continued, showing slides of photos of each story.

None of these looked like him at all. I mean, a guy 10 feet tall without a face? Creepy, but not him.

Mr. Rose droned on and on, but today, (Name) wasn’t very excited about history. She’s been staring at the counter on her wrist more often than not for the past few weeks. 21 years and still no sign of him. The number drastically decreased to 548 when she moved to Hatsville from the Coats.

College was gonna end soon and she wanted to at least find him before she gets a job. The counter was distracting her from her studies. She sighed. Alright. Today’s a Friday, and it’s only a half day for her. She’s decided. She’s going to look for him today! He’s gotta be outside sometimes too, right? And the counter is there to help her.

Now, she just has to wait. History is the last subject today.

“Thank you sir Black Hat” the new villain, Blood Wing shook his gloved hand. He stood up from the bar stool and walked away.

Black Hat recounted the money and proceeded to stuff it in his full wallet which he stored in his pocket.

He sighed. He pulled back his sleeves, a habit he gained since the counter appeared and he slung his coat over his shoulder. He nodded to the bartender and exited.

He was met by the daily bustle of Hatsville. The honking of horns, the chit chat of people walking by and the city noises blended well together. A small smile crept into his face. That’ll change later.

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(Name) didn’t even wait for Bianca. She dashed out of the university and into uptown Hatsville. A good start. Many people were present there. Maybe they’ll be there?

She glanced at the population before her. At least a couple hundred. (Name) chewed on the side of her cheek and looked down to check the counter. What?  She thought.

515

It decreased! That means she’s near! Now she just has to find the right direction to go to.

Right? No. Left? No. Forward? 514

YES!

She kept walking forward. The more the number decreases, the more joy fills up her heart.

Why hasn’t she done this before? This would have been so cool!

473

Just a bit more! (Name) thought and started speed walking. Youre gonna find him, I know it!

She occasionally glanced up to avoid getting into an accident, or to stop herself from bumping into signs planted on the street.

376

She started sprinting, not taking her eyes off of the counter on her wrist. She didn’t care if she pushed others out of her way, she was near! She was gonna meet him soon!

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Black Hat strolled around the square, whistling. He thought of ways to destroy something today. Nuke? Arson? Poison? Gunfire? So many options and he can’t choose anything!

He looked up. It was warm. The sun glinted in his eye, he held his hand up to shield it, but noticed something strange.

The counter was going down. At first it was slow, then it was decreasing quicker. He looked up and around, searching for the girl he was destined to be with. Was He ready? Was he going to deserve whoever the gods matched him with? Would she even like him?

He could feel his heart pounding in his chest. His face heated up and beads of sweat dripped down his forehead. Where was she?

He checked his wrist again. 192 steps. He had to find her too! Black Hat started running to whichever direction his gut told him. Luckily, the counter went down faster than before. He sped up his pace. He wanted to see her, wanted to know what she looked like.

Is she pretty? Does she have brown eyes? Blue ones? Is she a brunette? A ravenette or a blonde? Is she tall? Or average? Does she have abilities? Is she smart?

All these questions swam in his head. All he knew at that time is that he wanted to see her.

Badly.

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He couldn’t believe after what he’s done

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He still deserved this love

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He hasn’t been this nervous and excited before

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She panted while she ran

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She can’t believe this is happening

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No more complaints from anyone about me being single!

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I’m not lonely anymore!

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This is it! I’m gonna be happy!

 

“OOMPH!” Black Hat had collided into someone while he was running. It seems as if they bumped their heads. He rubbed and shook his head. “Urgh… Hey, watch where you’re-”

He stopped. His black eye was met by vibrant (eye color) orbs. He felt something inside him, and it was so unfamiliar. “I’m so sorry, I wasn’t looking where I was going” Black Hat apologized. He took her hands and helped her up.

“It’s fine. I’m sorry too.” She replied, never taking her eyes off of him. He was familiar. No, is this real?

Then, they both looked down to their wrists.

0.

The counter was fading.

They just found their soulmates.

“You’re…You’re Black Hat” she whispered. He chuckled, the sound ringing in her ears. It was short but was enough to make her feel warm. “Yes indeed, miss. And you are?” he asked, tilting his head to the side.

“M-my name is (Name)”

              “A beautiful name for a beautiful woman” he said and kissed her gloved hand.

“I think I just found my significant other, mister Black Hat” (Name) smiled at him. “I think I have too” he replied.

(Name) then pulled him in for a hug. This surprised Black Hat, but he still wrapped his arms around her tightly, and kissed her forehead.

“Hah…I’m so happy. I’ve been wondering where you were all my life.” (Name) said, tears spilling from her eyes.

“So have I. I’m glad I’ve found you. Do… Do you want to come home with me?” he asked. He was very new at this, but he thought he was doing okay.

“Yes. I would love that” (Name) replied. Black Hat smiled and kissed her gently as he teleported themselves back to the Manor.

Introductions will be made soon, he still wants to get to know his soulmate.