sorry to interrupt you. It’s just...”
okay. What is it?”
have a lead on Jarod. Miss Parker and I will be flying to Nevada in half an hour. Do you want to come with us?”
have to choose between going on a goose chase or staying here?”
don’t have to go if you don’t want to.”
call the window seat.”
C’mon Syd! You got the window seat last time!”
know that’s not fair...”
Broots, you will learn how to call.”
I need to finish something here first.”
go tell Miss Parker then.” Broots replied and left the room.
Sydney turned to me and spoke, while gathering his stuff,
“I’m going to leave you now. I’m sorry to say this, but I’m afraid you’re going to have to be
put under Mr. Raines’ care.”
felt like asking if I could go with him but then I remember I really didn’t like goose that much, so instead I asked
“Are you sorry for me or him?”
a difficult question. I’ll give you an answer as soon as I return from my journey.”
Sydney left me alone in the room. Alone with my thoughts.
What did he mean by that? And who was this Mr. Raines anyway?
if hearing my thoughts, a man carrying a briefcase entered the room, accompanied by two other men similar to the ones who
dragged across the building from room to room. What’s with this people and individuality? They all look like a bunch
took a good look at the man walking towards me. Old, about Sydney’s
age, bald, wrinkled skin, psychotic eyes and, to complete the portrait, a pet oxygen tank.
guy reminds me of my neighbor’, I thought ‘Man! Imagine me being in love with... this. Ergh!’
name is Mr. Raines.”
know. Sydney told me.”
nodded once and one of the clones hit me with a slap on my face. I tried to get up but the other one restrained me.
was that for?” I asked.
he nodded. Again I got hit. This time, harder than before.
seems you’re failing to understand your situation. You have two chances here: either you follow my commands or you suffer
the consequences.” He leaned a little closer. “I can be your worst enemy if you want to.”
smiled and that smile really crept me out.
guy wants to be my worst enemy? That means he’s in... Wow! Stop right there! Don’t even think it!’
don’t love you mister! You can forget about me having an affair with you! It’s not gonna work.”
I wasn’t too hard on him.’
you talking about?”
of the pretender requisites. It says that we must be in love with our worst enemy.”
told you that?”
and his stupid pranks...” we wheezed. “That boy is needing a long trip to Renewal Wing.”
mean... Oh! OH! Thank God! I’m so relieved. No offense to you sir.”
nodded once before continuing, “Let’s get down to business.”
opened the briefcase and took a bunch of papers, which he gave to me. I gave a quick look at the papers before asking, “What
do you want me to do?”
client wants you to solve this problem.”
I’m telling you.”
leave you alone for now. Be sure to be finished when I return.”
Raines and his two pet clones left me alone for almost thirty minutes. I stared at the papers pretending to understand whatever
it was. I just couldn’t get it.
Math... I’m sooooooo good with math. At least the pretending part is going on great. Look at me now, pretending to understand
wrote a few numbers when I noticed Mr. Raines and his fellow men returning.
you finished with the simulation?”
there.” I grinned.
gave me an angry look.
He doesn’t like to wait. Maybe I can cheer up him a bit.’
up, will you? Hey! I can tell you a few jokes while I’m finishing this.”
will not tolerate insubordination!”
choice of words.’
know, being a little nicer could open many doors.”
he turned to the clones. “I think he needs a lesson, boys.”
two clones threw me to the ground and used me as a punching bag for three eternal minutes. Maybe I should quit while I’m
still alive. Lucky for them I enjoy a good beating every once in a while. It runs in the family.
don’t need to be ‘lightened up’, what I need is for you to finish the simulation. Are we clear?”
Then proceed. I’ll wait.”
Okay mister. If it’s pretending you want, it’s pretending you’ll get.’
if this is 834003x90309/3839 then this thing here will be 83817645,43094 which will be right next to the parallel line of
the spiral figure, which...”
the hell are you doing?” he wheezed.
to solve this.”
d’you mean ‘pretending’?”
that what I’m supposed to do here? Pretend?”
are supposed to solve the problem!”
have to be kidding, right? I mean I would have to be genius to solve anything like this.”
is what pretenders do!”