Chapter 8...

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MIKAELA'S POINT OF VIEW!

It was the next day. I already ate food to get it out of the way, then walked around the hideout again and decided to go to the store. I was curious what was in there and I haven't been in there yet. I entered and saw a husky male pig behind a counter. He had brown curly hair reaching just below his neck and a large brown mustache on the sides of his snout. His one arm was almost completely tattooed, while the other arm only had it's bicep tattooed. He wore a slightly tall red beanie hat with a pom-pom at the end of it and yellow glassed goggles. His actual outfit consist of a yellow muscle shirt, green pants with suspenders, red boots, and fingerless gray gloves.

He saw me and gave a smile. "Oh, hello there! I'm Carlos. Feel free to look around." I nodded and smiled back. How nice. Then I looked around. "I hear that you're wedding with Benito is in about 2 or 3 days! You excited?" He asked. I stopped dead in my tracks and stopped looking. I completely forgot about that wedding thing! Umm..."Uh...Yea...! Can't wait...!" I lied, partly trying to sound enthusiastic. Carlos nodded and I just continued looking, feeling my heart pound because of my shock of remembering. Let's just continue...Yea...

There were weapons, power up items, and some clothes. I looked more in the clothes section. After awhile, I saw a cool leather jacket that came with a pair of black boots. Awesomeness! Black is my 2nd favorite color. Carlos saw me staring at them and said "I see your interested in the leather set. It is for 800 gold." Holy crap! I have no money! Umm...Wait a moment. Then I took them and put them on the counter. "Can you keep these aside for me please? I need to go get some of that gold." I told him. Actually, ALL of that gold. And I know the perfect person, er, pig. Hopefully generous enough..."Sure! Just don't forget!" He said, slightly mean towards the end. I nodded and ran out.

But when I exited the shop, I decided to walk instead. I went down the halls till I heard Benito's voice through a certain door. "Boss, what if the sweepers come for her again?" "FORGET THOSE STUPID CATS! They will NEVER get her back! It's too late for them! Mwahahahahaha!" "But what if they have a completely different plan? They could easily retrieve her if we don't expect anything. They already tried to come last night and take over our 1 ship that was out, but luckily we stopped them." "Yea! But they could come in more numbers...! We need a plan if you want to continue-" "I KNOW! BUT! As long as we have all Time Crystals, they won't be able to use there power against us! AND Mikaela likes Time Crystals more than them! Long as I have Time Crystals, she'll be happy and NEVER want to even leave me! And plus, who would want to go with those losers anyways!? I have a wedding to attend to soon!" "We can put up more defense. They won't be able to enter." "That's it! Get moving! If this fails, you will NEVER get dinner again! Ever!" "Yes boss!"

I gasped. The Time Sweepers are coming for me? Some came last night? I can't believe it! Well, apparently they are putting no effort getting here. So they don't really care. They'll probably say to the CEO they tried, then give up and forget about me. I can't be that important to them. Benito is right. It's too late for them now anyways. Plus, this place feels like my environment. It's always ready to put up a fight! At least I think so...But I should get use to this place while I can, because I'm probably never gonna leave here, just like Benito said the days after I arrived...

I backed up about 10 steps and continued to walk forward, acting like I didn't hear a thing and was just passing by. The door burst open and 2 pigs ran out. Benito came out too and saw me. "Mikaela! What are you doing here?!?" He asked in shock. "Sorry. I was just walking around, trying to find you. And I did." I replied with a half smile. I wasn't lying! "Oh! Of course! I'm always here for you! What do you need?" He replied with a grin. I hesitated, then said "I wanted to get something from the shop..." Then he grabbed my arm and tugged me along. "Of course! Let's go!" He said happily. Oh, umm, ok then!

Once he got me to the shop, Carlos smiled and waved. "Hey boss! I guess you're here fo-" "Mikaela wanted something, so I'm getting it for her!" Benito interrupted. Carlos smiled, nodded, and pulled out the outfit I wanted. "Is this what you liked?" Benito asked. "Yes. I thought the outfit was cool." I replied with a grin. Benito grinned also and bought the outfit for me. "Thanks for your purchase. See ya and come back again!" Carlos said. Then we exited the shop with the clothes.

Benito went up the stairs, led me to a door and said "Whenever you feel like changing into them, go in this locker room...or just do it in your room. Doesn't matter." I nodded. Wait...Isn't everyone, besides me, male? I'm not going in there! "Let's go on my ship!" He continued. I nodded once more and he dragged me along. I'm coming. I'm coming. Calm yourself. He snapped his fingers for some pigs to follow him onto his ship. Hmm, I could get used to this...

We got to his main ship and entered. He ordered me to sit on my throne and I did. Some pigs went their stations, as he ordered as well. Then we soon started moving. But then I started to think again of what I thought earlier. What if the Time Sweepers really don't want me to be there? What if the CEO forgets about me? He/they probably already did. And what about Blinx...? Am I too much of a burden to him?

I started to cry just thinking about these things. "What's the matter Mikaela?! Why are you so sad?" Benito asked, also sad because I was. "I'm just...upset...about something." I replied, rubbing my eyes to hopefully get rid of the tears. "Is someone mistreating you? I'LL BEAT THEM TO THE GROUND IF THAT'S IT!" He said in anger. "No...It isn't that." I replied with a sigh. Then he calmed a bit and looked at me. "Then what's wrong?! I'll fix whatever it is!" No you can't. "It's just that...I don't want to talk about it." I quickly said. He gave a disapproved look at me. "Just tell me...!" He said impatiently and a bit frustrated.

I looked to the ground. "I'm fine. I just thought of something sad." I replied. He sighed and tried to comfort me. "Well, crying about it won't help. But don't worry, you have me!" Yea, thanks...not. But I just shrugged and let it go. He thought for a moment, then had an idea. "Why don't you and I go see the Time Crystals again!" "Yea! I wanna see them!" I said with a hint of excitement. Let's go! I love those things! He grinned and led me to the room where they were stored. They're all sssooooo pretty and shiny! I don't know why, but I am attracted to them like bees with flowers. Benito was also right about this, they make me happy with their mystic-like aura. We kinda spent the rest of the day in there...

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