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            “Chris, we’re going to be late if you don’t hurry up!” Travis yelled from the living room. I sighed. I just had to put my shoes on. I slipped them on and went into the living room. We’re on our way to Mr. Hamel’s office. Apparently he found someone to put in our group. I hope this guy, or girl, isn’t an asshole like Ian. I’ve had enough of those.

            “I just had to put my shoes on. What are you so worried about?” I asked as we left the house. We finally made a designated spot to summon the door without being detected. It just happened to be a little bit out of the way of Forks and since we were kind of in a rush, it was an inconvenience.

            “I don’t want to make Mr. Hamel more stressed than he already is.” Travis said rolling his eyes. “You know he’s still trying to figure out who broke into the research lab.”

            “I know, but he’s just putting some kid fresh out of training on our team.” I said shrugging. “It’s nothing to get excited about.”

            “Yeah, I just hope he isn’t as much of a handful as Ian was.” Travis said shaking his head.

            “You and me both.” I grumbled. “I’ve had enough assassination attempts to last me for awhile.”

            “Yeah? Well, if we don’t hurry, there’s possibly going to be another.” Travis said scowling at me.

            “Seriously?”  I asked him with a deadpanned look. “That wasn’t even funny.”

            “It really wasn’t meant to be.” Travis said sighing. I just like to give him a hard time. “I did hear something about our new recruit.”

            “Oh?” I asked a bit curious.

            “Yeah, apparently he’s bit ignorant of humans. This will be his first time stepping into the human world.” Travis said shrugging.

            “I didn’t go to the human world until I got out of training.” I said not really impressed.

            “Yeah, but you adapted quickly and pretty much got treated the same way you do in Reaper’s Hollow.” Travis said shrugging.

            “Wow, someone’s being extra salty today.” I muttered as we finally reached our destination.

            “Anyways, I’m saying you weren’t ignorant of how humans are and he is. He’s basically a child.” Travis said scowling at me.

            “Great...” I said before we summoned the door. We arrive somewhere in town, but we weren’t far from Ennery Tower. We walked the rest of the way in silence. Travis hasn’t asked me about Sophia since he last visited her. I wasn’t going to mention her if he wasn’t. It was mostly because I think she made him mad when she didn’t tell him. We made it to Ennery Tower and went to Mr. Hamel’s office. Travis knocked and we were allowed to enter.

            “Good afternoon, boys.” Mr. Hamel greeted us. Ugh, why did he have to say that?

            “Hello, Mr. Hamel.” Travis greeted him.

            “I took my time in choosing a new recruit for you two. I did double the usual background check so we don’t have another incident.” Mr. Hamel said scowling a bit.

            “That’s good news.” Travis said relieved.

            “I’ll call him in.” Mr. Hamel said before picking up his phone. “Send him in, please.” About two minutes later, a boy with chestnut brown hair and bright blue eyes walked in. He was pale like every Reaper ever, but he was a few inches shorter than me. He also had some freckles dotted across his face. He looked like he was 17 and he looked excited. “Mr. Lynch, Mr. Sykes, this is Jack Quinn. He’s not very experienced with fighting Black Souls, so teach him well.” And then we were dismissed. Jack followed us out to the lobby of Ennery Tower in silence. Once we were outside of the tower, he started talking.

            “I’m excited to work with you two!” Jack said excitedly.

            “I’m glad.” Travis said smiling. “We have a room prepared for you. Do you need to stop to get clothes or anything you might want?”

            “No, I brought that stuff with me!” Jack said showing us his bag.

            “Okay, then let’s get this over with.” Travis said before summoning the door. We ended up back where we entered the door the first time, which is good for us. “Chris, I want you to show him around Forks and get him enrolled in school.”

            “Why do I have to do it?” I said sighing.

            “I’m your boss and what I say, goes.” Travis said scowling at him. I raised an eyebrow at him. He’s never pulled his rank on me before. He’s obviously irritated about something.

            “Okay.” I said shrugging. I decided to be nice for once and not make a comment on it. I looked over at Jack and he didn’t seem uncomfortable with the plan.

            “I’m going to head back to the house. There are some things I need to work on.” Travis said before taking off.

            “He’s a busy guy, isn’t he?” Jack asked, smiling.

            “Yeah, I guess.” I said shrugging.

            “So what are we going to look at first?” Jack asked excitedly. I thought about it long and hard.

            “Let’s start with the basics in case you manage to run into trouble and Travis or I are not around.” I said sighing. That sounds like a smart idea. I showed him where the police department. “If you’re ever in trouble, come here and ask someone to get a hold of either Travis or myself, got it?”

            “Yeah,” He said sounding kind of confused. “Will I be getting into trouble?”

            “I don’t think so. It’s pretty hard to do that in a small town like this, but this is just in case you happen to get into some trouble.” I said shrugging.

            “Okay! Where are we going next?” He asked eagerly. I ended up showing him where everything was and saved the school for last. “So this is the school I’m going to go to?”

            “Yeah, it’s pretty easy stuff, so I wouldn’t stress too much over it.” I told him.

            “Are we going to go inside?” He asked curiously.

            “We’re going to go into the office building.” I said shrugging. “We have to get some papers that you need to fill out to start tomorrow.”

            “Okay!” He said grinning. This kid will agree to anything. I should keep an eye on him in case someone tries to manipulate him into doing something awful. We walked into the office building and the secretary looked up as we walked in.

            “Hello, boys, what can I do for you?” She asked politely.

            “This is Jack Quinn. He’s here to be enrolled into school.” I told her. She nods and opens a filing cabinet. After a few minutes of searching for some papers, she handed them over to me.

            “These need to be filled out and brought back tomorrow.” She explained.

            “Okay, thanks.” I told her before Jack and I left.

            “She seems nice.” Jack commented as I took him back to the house.

            “She’s a little too nice.” I said grimacing. In a sense, she kind of reminds me how I thought of Sophia when I first met her.

            “How can someone be too nice?” Jack asked curiously. Oh. I forgot how naïve he is.

            “Sometimes humans or anyone really can be nice to a certain point to get what they want. For example, say a girl came up to you and asked you if you wanted to go see a movie with her.” I said looking over at him briefly before turning my eyes back to the road.

            “I would say yes because she seems nice.” Jack said easily.

            “Right, well consider this. Earlier that day, she and her friends were talking about you and trying to come up with a plan to get you alone to upset you in front of a lot people so they could laugh at you. Would you have said yes if you’d known that?” I asked him.

            “No, that doesn’t sound good at all.” Jack said sadly.

            “I’m not saying all people are like that, but there are some people like that out here in the Human World. So you have to watch out for those people.” I told him.

            “How will I know when a person is like that?” Jack asked looking like a lost child. I sighed.

            “Honestly? You don’t know. You just follow how you feel and if something doesn’t feel right, then you get away from that person.” I said as I pulled into the driveway of the house.

            “Okay. I’ll keep that in mind.” Jack said smiling now.

            “I have a question. Why aren’t you glaring at me and treating me like a bug like everyone else?” I asked him curiously. What? I can be blunt too.

            “Hm... I don’t think you’re a bug. I have heard some of the things Reapers have said about you, but I don’t agree with any of it.” Jack said thoughtfully. Then he looked at me and smiled. “Since I don’t agree with any of it, I’m going to make it my goal to get to know you.”

            “I’m not a saint, just warning you now.” I said frowning. He shrugged.

            “I don’t care.” He said before getting out of the car. I blinked. Did he just tell me that he was going to be my friend whether I liked it or not? I like this kid. I thought chuckling. I got out of the car and headed inside.