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1153 days before

August 8, 2010

Age 16

"Agent Riot," a voice echoed through the speakers, "do you copy?"

I don't know how I got there. All I knew was that I was in a room with huge monitors covering the walls and a keyboard in front of me, surrounded by flashing buttons of all different sizes and colors.

"Yeah, I'm here." The words seemed to fly out of my mouth, as if I had no control of them. I sounded so nonchalant as I answered, even though I was everything but. Inside, I was freaking out.

Where am I? What is this place? How did I get here?

"The Anarchy has passed the security breach."

"Fuck, are the cameras still on?" I asked, furiously typing and pressing buttons.

"None, only area 5."

"They're close," I panicked. "They should be past the barricade any minute now."

A loud boom echoed from a distance. Screams immediately erupted as the monitors above me cackled.

"That would be them," the voice remarked.

Suddenly, the speakers around me screamed with feedback as I cringed from the defying noise. Then, a new, but familiar, voice replaced the previous one.

"Agent Riot, oh, how we meet again. Or should I say... Scarlett." the voice cackled. I gulped, my heart speeding up more than it already was.

"Haven't heard that in a long time have you, dear, dear Scarlett," the name rolled off his tongue in disgust, sounding like pure vomit.

"What do you want from me, Spectral?" I tried sounding tiresome although failing as my voice slightly quivered.

"Oh, it's not what I want from you, my dear. It's what I want you to see."

The cackling from the monitors halted. In it's place, it was showing a boy, tied to a table as huge gashes, trickling with blood, ran up and down his body. Trying to identify the boy, I leaned in to the monitor, hoping to get a clearer view. However, I got none. The boy faced to the side, an obvious look of pain etched across his face. Then he started to turn towards the screen.

And all went black.

~

My eyes flew open. My body was drenched in a layer of sweat. My heart beat raced nervously. All the monitors and keyboards and obnoxiously bright buttons disappeared. Instead, I laid in my bed. Nothing out of the ordinary.

"Just a dream, Scarlett. Just a dream. No big deal." I tried reassuring myself. It was no use. The boys pained and broken face flashed through my mind, as if to haunt me. I laid back in my bed for a few moments before getting up.

Deciding that I wouldn't be able to fall back asleep, I rose from my bed and left my room. I couldn't go to the alley at this time at night. Who knows what kind of people are lurking around the area at the moment. The only place I could think of was the roof of my house. I hastily grabbed a couple objects and ascended my way up.

Opening the door, I snuck out onto the rooftop. The sun still slept as the night loomed over. The glistening stars shined across the dark sky. Then something caught my eye.

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