The Revelations of Meg Scott-Reese

Needs editing! The Lollipop Brigade. That's what Meg nicknames the gang of popular girls at her high school. They've made Meg's life hell and stopped her from having any friends. That's until Damien appears. But what if there is more to the Lollipop Brigade than meets the eye?

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16. Chapter Sixteen

 

      I was in bed reading when I got a text from Damien.

      Guess what? It read. We will be playing the Crystal Kingdom two demo on Wednesday, as it will take over an hour to get there, and we finish school early on Wednesday.

      I let out a squeal of delight and text back immediately.

      Really? I can't wait; I'm so excited!

      Damien's reply was. Yeah me too, work was boring. I'll see you tomorrow.

      With a smile I returned to reading my book, but my thoughts were elsewhere (Crystal Kingdom not Damien!).

 

      Tuesday seemed to take forever to be over but then... Then it was WEDNESDAY! Yes, Wednesday the fateful day on which Damien and I would play the demo for Crystal Kingdom two!

      I had a bounce in my step as I walked to school with Damien, and was probably grinning away like an idiot.

      "This is probably what people who have won the lottery feel like." I told Damien.

      He laughed and gave me a strange look which I probably deserved. "Yeah maybe,"

 

      I received countless odd looks that day, especially when I ran out of school when the bell for the end of our last lesson rang, Damien trying to keep up with me. I had to stop after a while though as my thigh felt like it was on fire.

      I was leaning against the sign at the front of the school when Damien caught up with me.

      "Are you ok?" He asked, out of breath.

      I felt quite sick. "I don't think I should have done that."

      "You're telling me," He remarked. "You've gone really pale, are you going to be alright in the car for over an hour?"

      I nodded. "Yeah, I'll be fine."

      I hoped that I would anyway.

      Damien's dad, Tom pulled up in a fancy company car, and Damien and I got in and sat in the back.

      "Are you two ready to go?" He asked.

      I grinned. "Yep, let's go!"

      Tom laughed. "Alright, next stop Baugh Technologies."

 

      The journey took about an hour and a half to get to Baugh Technologies, but Damien and I spent the time talking and playing on the built-in games system that was in Damien's dad's car.

      I felt like a little kid as Tom pulled up outside the main entrance to Baugh Technologies.

      Stepping out of the car I gazed up at the endless building that stretched higher up than I could see.

      "This way," Tom said, taking us inside.

      I grinned at Damien who laughed at me.

      The entrance hall was big and shiny, and everything was made from marble and glass.

      The receptionist smiled warmly at us as Tom explained who we were and why we were there.

      "Mr. Scott will be down to meet you momentarily."

      I was becoming nervous as I gazed around and took a deep breath to calm myself.

      Jeremy Scott came into view and smiled at us. "Welcome! What a pleasure it is to see you both again, Damien and Meg." He nodded to Damien's dad, and seemed to give him a meaningful and weighty look. "If you would both like to follow me, I shall take you to the room that you will be playing the demo in."

      The corridors we walked through we generally empty, but when we did pass people they all said. "Good day Mr. Scott." and went on their way; it seemed that Jeremy was an important person at Baugh Technologies, which I could have told you anyway, I think he's the Chief Executive Officer or something like that.

      At last we arrived at the Room, yes it has a capital and that is because it is important.

      In any case we stepped into the room and I felt butterflies flourish in my stomach.

      There were two gaming chairs and two big plasma TV's.

      "Would you like a drink or anything to eat?" Jeremy asked.

      Damien and I both declined his offer and settled down in the chairs.

      The Room had glass windows which we couldn't see out of, but I'm guessing that people were watching us, and I bit my lip at the thought that I was being observed.

      Jeremy came over and placed a hand on my shoulder. "You ok Meg?"

      I nodded. "Yes thanks, just a bit nervous."

      He smiled reassuringly. "Don't worry, you aren't being watched but there are CCT cameras in here, just so that later on we can see your reactions to the game."

      Switching the TV on, Jeremy spoke to Damien and me. "To start with you will play a game individually, and then you will have a break, before playing a game together."

      Damien and I nodded our agreement.

      "Alright, let's get started then."

      The Crystal Kingdom logo flashed up on the TV screens and I gripped my controller in anticipation, unable to help but smile to myself.

 

      After forty minutes Damien and I stopped our gaming and went outside for a walk in the fresh air, and were told to drink some water and eat something.

      "That was amazing!" I said to Damien, clutching his arm as we walked around a paved courtyard with palm trees along the edges.

      He was grinning. "I know, how did you get through the cavern on level three?"

      "Oh that was easy; I found a secret tunnel in the wall."

      Damien laughed. "That's weird, I found a staircase."

      We talked about the game for a little bit longer, and then I saw Jeremy and Damien's dad talking inside

      Damien saw where I was looking and sighed. "Dad's not too happy with Jeremy at the moment."

      "Really?" I asked, turning to face him. "Why?"

      He shrugged. "I'm not really sure; I just know it's got to do with something that Jeremy did a couple of days ago."

      I sipped at my water pensively and waited until it was time for Damien and me to return inside.

 

      It had been really good playing Crystal Kingdom two by myself, but it was even more fun playing with Damien.

      "Not that way!" He cried as I made Ebony run in the wrong direction (according to him).

      "But I saw something over here!" I threw him a frustrated look.

      Sighing he replied. "Ok, fine let's see what's over there."

      "Ha!" I cried when it turned out that what I had seen was in fact a health boosting item.

      "Whatever," Damien laughed. "Come on we need to get out of here before Sygrove's evil spy birds find us."

      And so it continued for about fifty minutes.

      "Ok," Jeremy said walking in and clapping his hands. "That's it I'm afraid."

      I put my controller down, my face set in disappointment. Standing up I stretched.

      "How did you find it, Meg?" Jeremy asked me.

      I beamed. "It was brilliant! Really good! Thank you so much letting my test it out."

      He laughed, seeming pleased with my praise. "What about you Damien?"

      Damien pretty much just repeated what I had said.

      Jeremy took us outside to the corridor. "Good, now before I give you a tour I want to ask you both some questions about the game, while it's all fresh in your memories."

      He led us down the corridor and into a small room filled with only chairs and tables.

      We sat down and Jeremy asked us questions about the game, such as what we enjoyed about it, what could be improved etc, etc.

      Then it was time for the tour.

      "Now as you probably know this is not the biggest Baugh Technologies in England, no the main offices are in fact in London, this is however the second biggest."

      Jeremy showed us around the massive building and in all the different areas. For example, he showed us where the games were made, where they were designed, where the artists worked (I got a signed drawing from them), and last of all was his office.

      "Do you not spend most of your time in London?" I asked, gazing around the colossal office.

      “I recently relocated here." Jeremy told me.

      That explained all the unpacked boxes.

      I went over to the window and peered out. We were up so high that I wouldn't have been surprised if I had looked down and seen clouds.

      "Could you leave us for a moment Damien?"

      I turned and saw Damien's expression. He looked as if there was something he wanted to say, but seeing me watching he nodded. "Of course I'll see you outside Meg."

      I watched as he left, my heart falling; why did Jeremy want to be alone with me again? It was starting to get a bit creepy.

      Jeremy walked over to me and joined me by the window. "Have you enjoyed yourself this afternoon Meg?"

      I smiled. "Yes it was fantastic, thank you so much."

      "It was no trouble at all." He paused for a moment before continuing. "Meg, there's something important that I need to tell you."

      There was a knock on the door and Jeremy looked distressed.

      With his thumb and finger pinching the bridge of his nose, he called. "Enter,"

      Damien's dad walked in, and paused when he saw Jeremy's expression. "Err, sorry to bother you but it is really time for Meg to be getting home."

      I glanced out of the extensive and very shiny windows that ran along one wall of Jeremy's office, realising how dark it had become.

      "Wow," I said. "I hadn't realised it was so late. Thank you so much for everything, Jeremy I had a great time."

      He looked pained and took us over to the lift that was hidden away in the corner of his office.

      Once inside and after the doors had closed, I could feel tension in the air and observed Jeremy and Tom having a silent conversation in the mirror panels of the lift.

      Damien was waiting for us at the reception, and looked agitated until he saw me and his expression changed to concern.

      "Everything alright?" He asked.

      I frowned. "Yeah, everything’s fine thanks."

      We went outside and got into Damien's dad's car.

      "It was wonderful to see you again, Meg." Jeremy said, bending down and talking to me.

      I nodded. "Yes, thank you for everything."

      He gave me a gentle smile. "Take care, Meg."

      Tom drove off leaving Jeremy standing alone, a lonely silhouette against the darkening sky.

 

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