The Assassin

Vengeance can be a controlling emotion. It can distort reality and change it the way you want to see it.

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3. The Vengeance

I woke up suddenly. I was panting and sweating.  I looked around and saw I was in the academy. I remember that day so clearly how my family was slaughtered and the only reason I survived was because of Blake. He saved me and raised me. As I got older he questioned if I wanted…needed revenge. That word adds life to me. It consumes me. I need it. The reason he brought me here-to the academy- was because he sensed something inside of me. Something more than the average person could see. I was born to be an assassin whether that was good or bad I didn’t care. I’ve lived up to the expectation of becoming the best.

“Scarlett? Are you up?” I looked at my door and Todd came in already in his assassin uniform.  All you could see was his dark black eyes staring at me. He was a fantastic assassin and one of my best friends in the academy.  He was one of the sweetest guys you would ever meet.

“Just woke up. Let’s do this thing. I’ve been longing for this moment.” He nodded. “Who else is coming?”

“Just Rose.” I should have figured Blake would only send two people with me. He trusted me enough to get the job done even without help. Moments later Rose walked in and was ready to go.

“Follow me.” I said with my voice sounding fierce.  They nodded as I jumped out the window and onto the roof. The air felt thick with humidity. All I could think of was that man’s face replaying in my mind. All I thought of was vengeance. The enormous black castle began to emerge from the distance. The castle was in the middle of the kingdom but covered most of the surface.

“There are guards surrounding the castle.” Todd said casually. “Rose and I will take them out. You go ahead and find Robert.” I nodded and ran off without saying another word. I got into the castle without a problem. I scanned the area for guards. They were everywhere but that wouldn’t be a problem. I could easily sneak around them and kill any of the ones that get in my way. I slowly walked in between all the people in the castle. I seemed to blend in with the crowd. I wondered if they would be expecting me or if they were ever going to expect an assassin to come and destroy them from the inside out.

As I looked into the distance there were two guards coming towards me. I think they noticed there was something off about me but little did they know is that I could end their lives so easily. I took a deep breath and let my eyes meet theirs. I had a hidden blade on both of my arms and I was prepared to use them.

“Halt you there!” One of the guards said timidly. I just stared at him and slightly laughing in my mind. He could see the danger of confronting me.

“Me? Do you know who I am?” The guard shook his head. I studied his expressions. He was young. For some reason I wondered if he wanted to become a guard or if he was forced.  I felt a little bad for the guy but I needed to do what I needed to do. “Hmm I’m not surprised. Why don’t you walk away why you still have a chance?”

“Is that a threat?” The other guard said. This guard was older. He was probably around his 40’s. He wasn’t going to let me pass without a fight.

“Of course not. I’m just saying you should let me continue on my journey before things get out of hand.”

“We can’t let you do that.” I glared at the older guard.

“Fine then.” I walked up to them and lifted up both my arms and my hidden blades ejected themselves from their slots and into their throats. Their deaths were quick and painless. My blades slowly went back into the slots and remained unseen. I looked at their bright golden faces go pale.

“Sorry, but you’ve asked for it.”  I looked at the dead bodies and walked away casually liked nothing happened.

 I climbed the highest part of the castle and I finally saw the evil man named Robert. As I was about to kill him a guard ran in yelling."Robert! My king! There is a murderer in the castle! She has killed two of our guards! We have to hide you" I stared at the guard but he couldn't see me. He seemed like he was in his early 30s. He had bleached blonde hair and cloudy blue eyes. It was pretty obvious that he was scared. I wanted to kill him but something in me made it impossible to attack. Robert was staring at the guard but said nothing. He showed no emotion but I don't even know if he had any emotions.

"She's probably watching us right now." Robert said coldly. "What are you waiting for? I'm waiting!" I stayed hidden behind the pillar of the castle. Todd suddenly appeared in front of me.

"Where's Rose?" I said in a whisper.

"She's on the other side of the castle making sure nobody gets in our way."  I didn't reply. I was thinking of how to attack. I wanted Robert's death to be painful. I knew what I had to do.

"Follow my lead." Todd nodded and whistled to let Rose know we were going in. I jumped off the roof and in front of Robert. I drew my sword from its holster. "Robert." I stared into the same chestnut eyes that slaughtered my family.

"Do I know you?"

"You slaughtered my family remember? I was five at the time. I lost everything at the age of five because of you."

"Sweetie I've slaughtered a lot of families. Do you really think I would remember yours?"

"I suppose not but I remember and that's all that matters. I will kill you like you killed them."  He smirked evilly. I lifted my sword up to his throat. "That would be too easy. I want you to die painfully." I swung my sword into his leg and he fell to the ground.

"Stop!" The guard yelled. I looked at him curiously.

"Why? He didn't stop when my family begged for mercy." The guard glared at me.

"There are more guards on their way. You will be arrested and then executed." I laughed.

"Do your worst."  Rose jumped down from the roof and next to me. You could see her pink eyes staring at you. She always wore pink contacts to go with her name. Seconds later guards surrounded us. "Todd, Rose leave now."

"But-"

"Now!" They nodded and jumped onto the roof tops and vanished into the distance. The guards closed the space between us but I didn't move. "What are you waiting for?" One guard grabbed me from behind and disarmed the weapons he could see. They brought me to the dungeon and threw me into a dark cell. It smelled like sewer but I couldn't tell where it was coming from. I sat down against a wall and closed my eyes and just waited.

"Hey you there." I heard someone say. I looked up. "Why did you become an assassin?"

"You know you can get in trouble for talking to me." He didn't reply. "I want revenge." 

"I guess I can't argue with that but it's been years since then."

"I would wait a thousand life times to get what I want." I tried to look at him but it was too dark to see him. I wouldn't even know if he would have just walked away. The only way to tell if he was there was of his slick voice talking to me. "What's your name boy?"

"I am Vinny and you are?"

"I am Scarlett."

"I can get you out of here." I didn't answer. I just listened. "Most the guards leave at midnight. Another guard and I work that shift. It won't be hard to distract him and get you out of here."

"Why do you want to help me?" He didn't answer for a while, like he was thinking.

"I don't know. I guess because you’re different. You don't let anything get in your way. Not a lot of people are like that anymore." I smirked all though he couldn't tell because of the darkness. "Anyway just wait till midnight. I promise I will get you out of here but I must go before someone suspects that something is up." I listened to his footsteps slowly fading away into the distance. I closed my eyes and tried to sleep so it would seem that time would just fly by. "Scarlett you ready." I woke up suddenly.

"Yeah. I heard the click of the key unlocking the door. I walked out. "Is the other guard going to be a problem?" He shook his head and pointed to the way out. As I walked to the door he followed me.

"Just because you helped me doesn't mean I'm not going to kill your beloved king Robert."

"I know. You could do whatever you would like." I smiled. He leaned in closer to me. I grabbed a part of his uniform and pulled him in close and kissed him on the cheek.

"Thanks for your help." I ran out the door and into the bright radiant sunlight and vanished from sight. "Todd." He looked at me. He was sitting on the roof across from the exit.

"How did you escape?" He said happily and hugged me as he jumped off the roof.

"One of the guards helped me." He gave me a strange look. "I don't know why but I trust him. There's just something about him."

"You like him." I looked away and shrugged. "Just be careful okay?" I nodded. "When are you going to kill Robert?"

"Soon I have some stuff to take care of in the meantime. I will let you know when it's time to go in." I walked away from him before he could say another word. I wander the outdoors. I might have only been in a cell for a little a while but even then you miss the feeling of the sun beating on your face and the way the slight chill of the wind that hits your face as you walk. As the sun went down and the glistening stars came out I sat on a roof near the academy and stared at their beauty.

I woke up from the brightness of the sky and realized I fell asleep on the roof. I stretched and walk the rooftops till I reached the castle. Nobody noticed that I had walked in. I looked around for Vinny but I didn't see him. I walked in and out of the people going on with their lives like I wasn't even there. I caught Vinny alone guarding a door. I jumped on the closed dumpster next to him. "Hey stranger."

"What are you doing here?" I shrugged. "It's not safe and we can't be seen together."

"No one ever sees me." I jumped in front of him but he still seemed nervous even though I was trying to calm him down. "Will you relax? I'm an assassin, what's going to happen?" I kissed his glossy, soft lips. I had to admit he was a pretty good kisser.  He placed his hand carefully on my face.

"Why do you have to be so perfect?" I blushed slightly. "Did I notice you blush? A tough assassin like you, actually blush?"

"Me? Of course not." I said jokingly. "I don't even know what blushing is."

"Well your pretty good at it considering you don't know what it is." We both laughed. He kissed my forehead so lightly and carefully it was like I was a piece of glass that he didn't want to break.

“I have to finish what I came here for. I’m doing it tomorrow.” He nodded. He knew nothing he could say could change my mind. After that we stood in silence. Sometimes silence was better than actual communication. I hugged him quickly and ran off back to the academy to inform Todd and Rose of my plans. “I’m going in alone. I will be fine, I promise. I just don’t want anything happening to you guys just in case. They nodded even though I knew they didn’t want to.

“Get some sleep at least.” Todd said worriedly. I lay in my bed showing him that I was listening but few words were exchanged as the tension filled the air.

The following morning I got ready. I packed extra knives, guns, and bombs in my uniform just in case there were problems that arose. I sprinted to the castle and got in without a problem. I spotted Robert at the highest point of the castle and climbed the walls quietly. I slowly appeared behind Robert and took out one of my knives.

“I’ve been expecting you sweetheart.” He turned around and faced me. When you looked into his eyes it was like looking into a black hole. I gulped.

“How did you know I was coming?” He smirked and snapped his fingers. Guards filled the area. Vinny stood next to Robert. “You? You told him? I trusted you!”

“I know you did. That’s what made this so easy.” My eyes filled with rage. “It had to end this way. I can’t believe you would actually think I would let you kill my king. It didn’t have to end like this you know. If you left the feeling of revenge aside everything would have been fine. We could have been something but revenge was more important to you than anything else.”

“No it wouldn’t! Just you wait! You will regret this day!” I threw a smoke bomb and all you could hear was the coughing of all the guards as I made my escape.

“Why are you back so soon? Did you kill him?” Todd asked as I entered the window of his room.

“No. Vinny betrayed me. I’m so stupid! Why did I trust him? Why?” I said almost screaming. He placed his hand on my back pushing my gently to sit down and so I did.

“You’re not stupid. Things happen especially when you like them.”

“I’m an assassin I should know better.” He shook his head. I leaned on his shoulder trying to hide the tears. I never cry. I hated it. It was a sign of weakness and I wasn’t weak. “I want to destroy him.”

“Your time will come.” Todd always knew the right thing to say in every moment. I don’t know how he does it. I could never say the right thing to every person at the right time. It seems impossible to me yet he does it with ease.

I let weeks pass by before I was ready to attack Robert again. I wonder if they would be prepared or if he thought I gave up. I would never give up. When I want something I will get it done. “I’m coming with you this time. Blake said he wants Rose, Jeremy, and Dan to come as well.” I nodded. “They should be here shortly.”  Todd said slowly to see if I would actually care. I didn’t.  Shortly after everybody had arrived they awaited for my command.  I headed out and they followed. Words didn’t need to be exchanged, we all knew what we needed to do and that was the most important thing. I saw Robert as we entered the castle. For some reason he wasn’t protected by any guards. It would be stupid to think that any assassin would give up something they want this badly. 

“Stay hidden and do what I told you to do.” They nodded and I jumped onto Robert and put my dagger to his throat. His eyes went through me. Without using any words I can tell him saying do it. That would be too easy. A painless death isn’t my style. I slammed the dagger into his stomach but I made sure to miss all the vital organs. Blake showed me how to kill someone quickly and slowly but it was my decision which one to use. Guards slowly surrounded me.

“Did you think we would forget about you?” Vinny said. I shook my head.

“On the contrary I was counting on you remembering.” I smirked and whistled, which sounds like a bird. Rose, Dan, and Jeremy appeared.  I slammed my dagger into Robert making sure it punctured a lung. I could hear him trying to gasp for air. I looked into the eyes of Vinny. “I told you, you would regret it.” I stand up and as I do I make sure I break every rib in Robert's body. His terrifying eyes that I remember from when I was a kid now look scared and begging for help but nobody could help him now. He was as good as dead. I looked at my assassin partners. “Kill them.” They pushed a button and we walked away as the castle began to explode. Pieces of the castle flew past us but it seemed invisible to me. I had finally felt accomplished. My only wish was that my family could see me now. I hope they wouldn’t be disappointed in me.

“You okay?” Todd asked his voice full of concern. I looked at him but didn’t answer. That was the good thing being friends with Todd. You never had to talk he would read your emotions just by the look in your eyes. I returned to the academy and went up to Blake.

“It’s finally done.”

“Good. Then I would like to reward you for your efforts and never giving up. You are going to take the academy over for me. I’m done with all this, it was never for me. This is truly your calling. In the morning we will have a ceremony and I will step down as you rise up.”

“It would be an honor.”

“I knew you would say that.” We both smiled and I went into my room and got ready for bed. “Todd, Blake is stepping down.” He looked surprised but I wasn’t. You could always tell he wasn’t enjoying himself anymore. “I’m taking over.”

“Really? I’m proud of you!” He hugged me and looked into my eyes. I don’t know why but everything about him seemed irresistible. I took a deep breath and backed away from him. “Well get some sleep.” He walked out of the room and I lay in my bed and closed my eyes but this time I was happy with myself.

The following morning I wore some fancy clothes and went into the gathering room. Everyone in the academy was there; it made me a little nervous all though I don’t know why. 

“I’m happily to announce that I will be stepping down from being your master.” Everybody gasped and you heard the crowds chatter. “Settle down everybody. Scarlett will be taking my place. She has shown determination, courage, and bravery! She never backed down even though it would be easier to give up. That is what a true leader is all about.”  Everybody cheered. I didn’t even realize I was smiling. I was so happy and the people who stood out the most was Todd and Rose. They stood in the front watching me and cheering for me.

“Thank you master Blake but let’s not forget about Todd or Rose. Without them none of this would even be happening. They never lost faith in me and always pushed me.” I waved to them to come up and so they did. They waved to the crowd and the people cheered. We were dismissed shortly after.  I walked out with Todd and Rose. I couldn’t help but notice that Todd was looking at me but I wasn’t sure why. “What?” He leaned in and kissed me which caught me off guard. I backed off.

“I’ve liked you ever since you got here. I just never knew how to tell you.”

“And you find this the right moment?” He looked away.

“I guess I was wrong. Sorry to come on to you like that.” He walked away and Rose gave me a look.

“It’s obvious that you like him. Why did you say that? He’s always been there for you.” I looked down. It’s weird how one moment that you can feel fantastic and the next you can feel terrible.

“It just caught me off guard. I didn’t mean it like that. I’ll go talk to him.” I looked all over the academy but didn’t find him. Then all of a sudden I remembered his favorite spot. I went up one of the posts of the giant academy. He was balancing on it looking at the sky. “Can you come down so we can talk?” He looked at me and it seemed like he didn’t want to but he did anyway. He jumped off the post and landed on the ground. I faced him. “Listen I do like you.”

“Don’t say it. I don’t like you Scarlett. I’m completely and utterly in love with you.” I couldn’t make eye contact with him. My breathing was heavy and my heart was pounding and I looked like a wreck or at least I felt like one. I wonder if he even noticed. “I’m sorry but I can’t hide it from you anymore.” I grabbed a piece of his uniform and pulled him in close and placed my lips on his. He wrapped his hands around my waist as I wrapped mine around his head. I was so much better at showing how I care for people instead of saying it. I could never actually put into words how I felt for Todd. I really never noticed that I have always felt this way but been blinded by vengeance. 

“You should just let me talk from now on.” I said sarcastically.  He smirked and kissed me like he would never stop but something in me didn’t want him to ever stop. I was so blind. How could I not see that we were perfect for each other? I’ve known him forever and I never even realized it was him that I always liked after all. At least now everything feels complete. He fills what was missing when my family died and so much more. Life couldn’t get any better than this. We will definitely be together till the day we die there is no question about it.

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