“Of course I am,” Cole says. “The Order chose me!”

Sci-fi Assassins 1

            “Hey, future roomie!”

            Cole looks up and chuckles at Sarah’s actions before continuing to pack his bag. He’s too far behind schedule to focus on her and he checks the clock on his beside table realizing he has ten minutes until they come.

            “Oh, come on,” Sarah pokes at his shoulder. “You’re not even gonna respond?”

            “Sarah, you know I have to go soon and I haven’t even finished packing.”

             Sarah sticks out her tongue playfully before moving to sit on the bed. She supports her weight and watches as her best friend packs for the academy. Cole has been accepted to the Order and is shipping out today. He will be completely consumed by the academy and everything from home will be pushed to the backburner.

            Sarah isn’t going with him because she is too young. The Order has told her family she is being scouted but she is too young to go. So, she will sit and wait at her home while her best friend disappears from her life.

            “So, are you excited?”

            “Of course I am,” Cole says. “The Order chose me! I’m going to train and become one of the best agents they have.”

            Sarah nods and tries to smile but it doesn’t quite come across.

            “My parents were the best in their class,” he continues. “My father was the most aggressive and my mother was the most elusive.”

            Sarah knows that once Cole starts talking about the Order he never stops. No use in trying to talk so she drowns him out.

            “Hey, are you okay?”

            Sarah snaps her eyes open and makes eye contact before sitting up. Cole has a genuine look of concern and sadness in his eyes.

            “Yeah, I’m fine,” she responds. “I’m just worried.”

            “Worried about what? The Order will take care of me,” he says faithfully.

            “I know, I know,” the brunette looks away and hunches over. “I’m just worried that…that you’re going to forget about me.”

            Cole stops packing and looks thoughtfully at his best friend before moving to sit beside her. He places his hand on her shoulder.

            “I would never forget you, Sarah,” he says genuinely. “You are my closest friend and my confidant. We grew up together and remained best friends all these years. Besides, you’ll be joining me in no time and we’ll run the place,” he chuckles and wraps her in a hug.

            Sarah hugs him back before moving to lie back down. Cole continues packing while Sarah throws an ooblong at his ceiling to see if it’ll stick.

            Before long, Cole’s mom yells up the stairs that it’s time to go and the two move towards the front door. A large man in a black suit is waiting there and Cole goes to say goodbye to his parents. When the blonde haired boy comes back, Sarah is crying.

            “Hey, now, stop that,” he says softly before embracing her. “You know you’ll see me again. You’ll join me in a year and we’ll pick up right where we left off, I promise.”

            Sarah silently nods while pulling him closer.

            “And if you ever miss me too much, go to our hideaway and make some new carvings. I’ll always feel it.”

            “I know,” she responds sadly before pulling away. “Now go, the Order is waiting.”

            Cole squeezes he shoulder before turning to the man. The man picks up his bags and starts to move out the door with Cole following suit. But before he clears the doorway, he turns one last time and smiles at Sarah. “See you soon, future rooomie.”

Photo: Calgary public Library.

Produced by: Eugenio Zorrilla.

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