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Lightning in my Veins

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Dr. Thaddeus Sivana was walking down the hallways of the lower section of his research building. The hallways were lined with pure white walls and heavily secured doors.

The man had a stern yet blank look on his face. No expression or emotions could be detected off of him.

Dr. Sivana has never been what you call a “happy man,” it was very rare for the man to be please in something, or anything at all.

But today was different.

Today was going to be the day!

The man then turned a corner towards a small hallway. At the very end was a single door, a small yellow lightning symbol was painted onto the wood. Under the doorknob was a keycard lock.

Once Dr. Sivana was directly in front of the door, he pulled out his keycard and swiped it across the lock. The lock turned green and the door unlocked with a small click.

Placing away his keycard, Dr. Sivana opened the door and stepped inside.

Inside the small room, a young boy, dressed in a hospital gown, was lying on a small bare mattress on top of a metal-framed bed. Curled up on himself for warmth rather than being under his cover.

A nightstand was next to the small bed, with a Magic 8 Ball on top of it. Above the boys head was a single picture, it was a messy and childish drawing of a tiger. Billy was written in messy writing at the bottom.

When the door was closed, the boy instantly sat up and leaned back against the metal headboard of the bed. Pulling his legs to his chest as the man sat down on the edge of the bed. The metal creaking under the new weight.

"Good morning, Billy," Dr. Sivana greeted with a small smile on his face.

"Morning Papa," the boy responded immediately.

Billy had pale skin, soft blue eyes, and straight brown hair. The right side of his bangs covered one of his eyes as he looked up at Sivana.

"Today is going to be a very special day," Dr. Sivana before lifting his hand towards Billy's face.

The boy stiffened at the man's action, his breath caught in his throat as Papa brushed his bangs away from his eye.

"W-why?" Billy asked in a shaky voice, as Papa pulled his hand away.

"Because today," The man paused for a moment to grab the Magic 8 Ball on the small nightstand, "We’re going to find the Rock of Eternity,"

Dr. Sivana gave the magic ball a few shakes before handing it over to Billy.

"Today, we’re going to change the world."

Billy looked down at the 8 Balls answer with confusion.

Outlook, good

In a small observation table, Billy was seated at a small table.

On the surface of the table were a notebook, a black pen, and a tablet with seven strange symbols on the screen.

Across the room was a large glass window, Dr. Sivana, along with a female scientist, were watching from behind the glass.

Billy's hands were shaking as he opened the notebook. Flipping through a few pages, each one had the same symbols from the tablet scribbled in ink. Some were written in a different order, while others were written more time than others.

When the boy finally came to a blank page, he looked up at Papa with uncertainty.

Dr. Sivana looked back at the boy through his glasses and responded with a stiff nod.

Fear entered Billy's eyes as he looked back down at his notebook, his breathing was uneven and shaking.

He always hated this test, he never got it right, and when he failed... Isolation Room.

"PAPA!" his own screaming filled his head "PAPA!"

Shutting his eyes, Billy forced the memory away and tried to calm himself down.

Slowly, Billy picked up the pen and began writing on the page. He used a different order this time, writing out the seven symbols onto the paper.

After writing out them all out, Billy wrote them again under the first line. In the same order.

He repeated this process a few more times until he had finished his seventh line.

However, when he finished writing the last symbol, something strange happened.

The symbols began flashing on the page, disappearing and reappearing upon the page.

Billy looked up at his Papa with confusion but the man was too busy trying to get into the room. However, as the man reached the door, he disappeared. As well as the female scientist behind the glass.

When Billy looked back down, the symbols were solid on the page, and they began to glow.

Brighter and brighter until it was almost blinding.

Billy barely had time to scream before the bright light engulfed him, into complete darkness.